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Rallarvegen

Haugastol, Finse, Myrdal, Flam, Norway
+47 57 63 33 13
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Wonderful experience

We cycled the whole Rallarvegan to Flam in one day. Whilst it was a strenuous ride, the sights were... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2016
Wally007501
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Brisbane, Australia
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Great experience but quite technical in places

I was staying in Finse for the night so I hired a bike from there for the day. I only cycled from... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2016
zaferduc
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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CYCLING - RALLARVEGEN 80 km - Season: 10/7-30/9 Rallarvegen, the service road built for the construction of the Bergenline, has won a special status as a cycle track and is becoming more and more popular every year. Rallarvegen Haugastol - Flam In addition to the Haugastol -Flam stretch, there is a 43 km road further on the west of the Gravahals tunnel, from Upsete to Voss. Because of the altitude difference from Haugastol, (988 m), round Taugevatn (1301m) to Flam (2m), the majority of cyclists travel westwards. From St. Hans (Midsummer 23/24 June - Mid September), the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) adds a special cycle-train to/from Oslo-Voss. Rallarvegen the Navvies'Road) is designated as a cultural monument and important part of Norwegian National Heritage. The road runs parallel with the Bergen railway, which opened in 1909, and passes by NSB-owned buildings, many of them old guard's houses. There are now listed buildings and all carry plaques showing the year in which they were built. Early in the season there is still a fair amount of snow on the ground, so during this period we advise you to take the cycle on the train from Finse to Hallingskeid. The route is closed for vehicles approximately 15 km west of Haugastol at Storurdivatnet (1140m), and it continues purely as a trail/cycle-track the rest of the way. The Storurdi guard's house offers refreshments and simple accommodation. At 1222 metres above sea level, Finse is Norway's highest railway station. Located in Finse are the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT) Finsehytta, Finse 1222 (hotel) and the Rallar (Navvies') Museum. Further west, the road is somewhat rutted. The Rallar Museum uses the Fagernut guard's house (20 km west of Finse) as a refreshment shop (no accommodation). Hallingskeid Station at 1110 m.a.s.l. is located 21 km from Finse and 15 km from the Myrdal road crossing. There is a DNT-self-service lodge at Hallingskeid. From here, the road gradually descends through fantatic West Norwegian countryside with many waterfalls. Be careful at Klevagjeldet- the track follow a narrow mountains ledge with nothing to stop you plunging down into the river below! Meals & accommodation: Vatnahalsen Hotell (812m.a.s.l.) 2 km from Myrdal station. Cafe Rallaren at Myrdal station. The final 20 km goes through Flamsdalen, a valley famous for its beauty and Norhtern Europe's most exciting railway journey. The line falls 865 m over the course of the valley. The upper section has 21 sharp curves, and at this part it is wise to get off your cycle and walk! At Flam there is a wide choose of accommodation ranging from hotel, B & B, pension, hostel, cabins and camping. TABLE OF DISTANCES: Haugastol -Finse= 26km/Finse-Myrdal=36km/Myrdal-Flam=17km/Myrdal-Upsete tog (5 min.) Upsete-Voss=43km ACCOMMODATION/MEALS: HAUGASToL : Haugastol Turistsenter ph. 32 08 75 64 + bicycle rental FINSE: Finsehytta (DNT) ph. 56 52 67 32 + bicyle rental FINSE: 1222 ph. 56 52 71 00 VATNAHALSEN: Vatnahalsen Hoyfjellshotell ph. 57 63 37 22 MYRDAL: Cafe Rallaren ph. 57 63 37 56 FLaM/AURLAND: TOURISTOFFICE ph. 57 63 33 13 + bicyclerental Flam ph.91 35 16 72 INFO RALLARVEGEN/ROADSITUATION:www.rallarveggen.com
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Haugastol, Finse, Myrdal, Flam, Norway
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Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

We cycled the whole Rallarvegan to Flam in one day. Whilst it was a strenuous ride, the sights were absolutely spectacular. It was an awesome trail with so much to wonder at and admire all the way. The bikes were sturdy which meant they were...More

1  Thank Wally007501
Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

I was staying in Finse for the night so I hired a bike from there for the day. I only cycled from Finse to Myrdal, as I had to cycle back to Finse to return the bike the same day and I was unsure if...More

1  Thank zaferduc
Reviewed September 7, 2016

I am a pretty experienced cyclist and I consider Rallarvegen one of the best cycling trails in Europe. The scenery, the views, the nature, the fantastic downhill ride to Flam, words can't describe the experience. It was such an incredible sensation to find oneself surrounded...More

1  Thank Aleksandra M
Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

We cycled over two days from Haugastol to Flam. The longest stretch between Finse and Flam. Bring warm clothes that wick - the glaciers are in the Finse area for a reason. It's cold and windy and a pretty miserable portion of the road to...More

Thank Charity B
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

This was definitely a highlight of our trip so far! There aren't many places in the world that are easily accessible where you can cycle through unspoiled nature a traffic free cycle path over such a great distance. Amazing!!! We cycled the whole distance from...More

2  Thank pesti13
Reviewed August 11, 2016

We took the train from Haugastol to Finse. A 25 min train ride through marvelous lanscapes. Take the one from 11.30 since the one from 10.43 is full full. You arrive at Finse ( all people have already left). At FInse 1222, you may rent...More

Thank Dobridin
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Biking Rallarvegen is an awesome experience if you love nature and being outdoorsy. We did this for the fourth time, and will be coming back next year!

Thank Annelinestampe
Reviewed March 1, 2016

I booked the train fare and bike rental online before my cruise to Flam. I decided to rent the bike in Myrdal and ride down by myself. I must say that the bike was a very uncomfortable ride as I am pretty short and there...More

6  Thank mickiswit
Reviewed September 2, 2015

We did the tour from 1222 Finse and ride the bikes to Voss, this trip is a little bit easier than going all the way from Haugastol. Most of the tourists take the tour to Flåm. There at many different options to stay during the...More

1  Thank RogerOI
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Rallarvegen is a great experience. You bike through the Norwegian mountains close to Hardangervidda. The track is mostly gravel road with some smaller parts which are stony. From Finse it is mostly flat or downhill. The last part from Myrdal is quite steep downhill -...More

1  Thank Freiro
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333johnsonk
Is there lodging available at Hallingskeid for bikers? (Riding into Flam from Haugastol.) Thanks!
August 11, 2016|
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Response from Dobridin | Reviewed this property |
There are cabins but no real hotel or restaurant. ut.no or bsifriluft.no A small shop is available at 16km from Finse
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