History about Rallarvegen


Rallarvegen is the ultimate cycling experience and has emerged as one of the most popular biking routes. It spans from Haugastøl to Flåm and is about 80 kilometres long. An alternative route runs to Voss. Rallarvegen can be seen as "a small taste of Norway". The route starts at an high altitude and then continues past Hardangerjøkulen, passing major rivers of meltwater from the mountains. After this it continues through the nature and down to the Flåm Valley with its waterfalls. Lastly, the route ends in a beautiful and famous fjord. Rallarvegen offers not only breathtaking scenery, it is also a journey through the fascinating culture and history of Norway.

The history about Rallarvegen

In March 1894, the Norvegian parliament decided that it would build a railway line between Christiania and Bergen. The Bergen Line was to be built over the roadless mountains and before construction work could be started.  The builders needed to build temporary roads from Geilo, Flam and Voss. The feet of building the Bergen Line was seen as an impossible task. From the work that started in 1894, to the opening of the line in 1909, over 700,000 kilograms of dynamite had to be used, 500 km of slivers and 2.5 million man-days had been spent. The work was called Rallar, from the Swedish word “rallare” a derivative of the dialectical word “ralla” (wheelbarrow). This is what has given the old transport road to the popular nickname Rallarvegen or the navvy road.

 

Rallarvegen bicycling package – One overnight stay / two overnight stays


To make it as simple as possible for those of our guests who wants to travel the Rallarvegen road by bicycle, we have three different bicycling experiences with start at Finse. They are available regardless of whether you’re just one person or a group/company. When you arrive at Finse, enjoy a three-course supper before you go to bed, and for breakfast treat yourself to our homemade bread and dishes based on many local ingredients.

Rallarvegen bicycling packages 2018

Biycling package  – One overnight stay (available all season)

Bicycle trip from Finse to Flåm (Rallarvegen cycling packages).

Day 1
Arrival and check-in at Finse 1222.
Three-course supper at Finse 1222 at 7 PM / 9 PM (Friday and Saturday) and 9 PM (Sunday – Thursday).

Day 2
Breakfast, pack-lunch and hot beverage on your thermos at Finse 1222.
Bicycle to Flåm, return of bicycle before 12 noon the next day (Komfort bicycle only)

Prices
NOK 2330,- each person in double room weekdays, and NOK 2430,- each person in double room weekends.
The price includes three-course supper, breakfast, pack-lunch and hot beverage on your thermos, and bike rental. The price does not include train ticket.

If you travel with friends and want to share room, or if you travel with kids, the price will be reduced.

If you want to book a stay or a tour including stay and bicycle rental, contact us by mail or by telephone to +47 56 52 71 00.
If you only want to rent a bicycle, you can book direcly on our webpage here. When ordering more bicycles, add one at a time to the shopping basket.

Finse is located between Oslo and Bergen. Read more about how to get to Finse here.

Bicycling package – Two overnight stays (available all season)

Day 1
Arrival and check-in at Finse 1222.
Three-course supper at Finse 1222 at 7 PM / 9 PM (Friday and Saturday) and 8 PM (Sunday – Thursday).

Day 2
Breakfast, pack-lunch and hot beverage on your thermos at Finse 1222.
Bicycle to Flåm, return of bicycle before 12 noon the next day (Komfort bicycle only).
Three-course supper at Finse 1222 at 7 PM / 9 PM (Friday and Saturday) and 8 PM (Sunday – Thursday).

Day 3
Breakfast, pack-lunch and hot beverage on your thermos at Finse 1222.
We recommend a hiking trip at Finse. See our recommendations for day hikes from Finse here.

Prices
NOK 3930,- each person in double room weekdays, and NOK 4130,- each person in double room weekends.
The price includes three-course supper, breakfast, pack-lunch and hot beverage on your thermos, and bike rental. The price does not include train ticket.

If you travel with friends and want to share room, or if you travel with kids, the price will be reduced.

The price does not include rail tickets to/from Finse on Day 1 and 3, or on the Flåmsbanen from Flåm to Finse on Day 2.
If you want to book a stay or a tour including stay and bicycle rental, contact us by mail or by telephone to +47 56 52 71 00.

Finse is located between Oslo and Bergen. Read more about how to get to Finse here.

Short vacation package – Two nights

Through our collaboration with De Historiske Hotel & Spisesteder, we offer bicycling package to Flåm from Finse. You order the short vacation packet directly from De Historiske Hotel & Spisesteder.

Find out more and order the Rallarvegen bicycling packages that include one night’s stay at Finse1222, one night at the Fretheim Hotel, and bicycle rental here.

Do you want to rent a bicycle? You can book it online here. When ordering more bicycles, add one at a time to the shopping basket.
Do you want to book a night’s stay or a stay including bicycle rental? Contact us at email or by telephone to +47 56 52 71 00.

The Rallarvegen bicycle route


The Rallarvegen road runs from Haugastøl to Myrdal and Flåm, and from Upsete to Voss. From Haugastøl to Flåm the road is about 80km (50mi) long, running through a mighty mountainscape all the way down to the sea. Below is a description of the bicycle route. The stretch from Finse to Flåm is quite simply a little piece of Norway. At Finse, there is a nice view of the Hardangerjøkulen, Norway’s sixth largest glacier. At Finse you start your ride at 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level, going to the highest point on the Rallarvegen, at Fagernut, 1,349 meters (4,400 feet) above sea level. Here you’ll find a warden house with a café and a museum. It is furnished just like the warden houses were when in use. Continuing towards Hallingskeid, you pass Grjotrust, one of the nicest warden houses of them all. The terrain is a characteristically beautiful and typical Norwegian mountainscape.

Rallarvegen bicycle route – Distances and route

Haugastøl – Finse 27km (17mi)

The Rallarvegen bicycle route starts at Haugastøl Turistsenter. It is situated between State Highway 7 and just over half a mile from the Haugastøl railway station (along the Bergen Railway).

The 27km (17mi) trip to Finse is on a gravel road of reasonably good standard, and rises 222 meters (728 feet). Cars may use the road as far as Storurdivatnet, 16km (10mi) west of Haugastøl. At 1,150 meters above sea level (3,773 feet) you will see the warden house at Storurdi. En route, you will roll over beautiful and hand built old bridges. On this stretch, you may observe the new and modern railway trace and the new tunnel at Gråskallen, to which snow screens have been added to prevent the track from becoming impassable. On the road to Finse, we will also pass the Nygård farm. This was the country’s highest elevation farm until far into the 20th century. The stretch is a fantastic bike ride in beautiful mountain terrain on good gravel roads. En route, you’ll experience a mighty landscape, great bridges and nice warden houses.

Finse – Hallingskeid 21km (13mi)

Finse is at 1,222 meters (4,009 feet) above sea level and is the highest altitude station on the Bergen Railway. The Finse 1222 Hotel is located on the platform of the station.
Here you’ll also find the Rallar Museum. It is well worth a visit. The museum will provide you with more details of the history of the Bergen Railway and the Rallarvegen road. Outside the museum you’ll find old snow blowers and locomotives lined up, quite an attraction in itself, for all ages.

When you leave Finse, you will be immersed in a fantastic landscape of mighty mountains, of which the Hardangerjøkulen glacier stands out to the west. Rolling on Rallarvegen bicycle route from Finse you will cross the 100-year-old stone arch bridge over the Finseåa river with the “famous” Finse peaks of Finsenut and Store Finsenut right in front of you. On this 21km (13mi) section, you may spot wild reindeer, if you’re lucky.

In the warden houses at Sandå, Slirå, Fagernut and Grjotrust, wardens lived with their families, and you will get insight into how they fought to keep the Bergen Railway open. Fagernut is not only the highest point of the Rallarvegen; it is also the location of the highest elevation warden house in Norway. A café is in operation during the latter parts of July and in August, and on weekends until the middle of September.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to note the nice bridges, tunnels and walls.

Hallingskeid – Vatnahalsen 17km (11mi)

From Hallingskeid to Myrdal, the railway runs on a mountain ledge. For modern bicycle tourists this provides for fascinating views, but you may want to consider the dangers to which the workers were exposed while building it. From the Rallarvegen road you will have a majestic view of the Kleivabrua bridge. It is considered one of the most beautiful bridges on the Bergen Railroad. The bridge plays a prominent role in the novel “The Bridge Builders” by Jan Guillou, which to a large extent is a narration of the construction of the Bergen Railway, life at Finse and the work related to building the Kleivabrua bridge, which took a full 9 years. From there, the road runs steep and stony along the Klevagjelet gorge, where water floods downriver.

Vatnahalsen is a station on the Flåmsbanen Railway. From here you can choose whether you want to bicycle to Voss (taking the Train to Upsete) or to Flåm. If you want to bike to Voss, there is local train service from Myrdal to Upsete. From there you may continue on your bicycle to Voss.

The Flåmsdalen valley 17km (11mi)

The Flåmsdalen valley is home to Norway’s steepest railway. It is 20km (12mi) long and its 20 tunnels and elevation change of 865m (2,838ft), has made the Flåmsbanen Railway world famous. From Myrdal, the Rallarvegen road continues through 21 sharp turns to Kårdal. At the apex of the sharp bends, many will stop to take pictures of the Flåmsdalen valley and its winding road. Please note that this road is both steep and narrow, therefore we recommend rolling the bicycle and walking this stretch.

The Rallarvegen bicycle route continues through the wild Flåmsdalen valley, past the Kårdalen goat farm and past Berekvam and Dalsbotten. Further down, the Rjoandefossen waterfall can be seen on the left side. The next attraction is the Flåm Church, which is from 1667 and lies on the left hand side of the road along the river.

Flåm

Flåm is located innermost on the Aurlandsfjorden, an arm of the Sognefjorden. All summer, this place is full of people, with the Flåmsbanen Railway in focus. If you have rented your bike from us at the Finse 1222 Hotel, you may leave the bicycle at the bike parking lot next to the Flåmsbanen station.
After several days on a bicycle seat, you may want to avail yourself of the nearby temptations offered by the cafes, restaurants and various shops in the wharf area. Besides cruise ships, there is a scheduled ferry service to Bergen and Gudvangen, among others. If you have time to spare, you may take a walk from Flåm in direction of Aurland. Another possibility is to retrieve your packed lunch and enjoy the view of the fjord from the expansive lawn behind the shop and restaurant area.

Distance Rallarvegen bicycle route and cycling times from Haugastøl, Finse and Hallingsskeid

From Haugastøl: Haugastøl – Finse 27km (17mi) (3-4 hours), Haugastøl – Hallingskeid 48km (30mi), Haugastøl – Vatnahalsen 65km (40mi) (8 hours), Haugastøl – Flåm 82km (51mi) (10 hours)
From Finse: Finse – Haugastøl 27km (17mi) (3 hours), Finse – Fagernut 10km (6mi) (1 hour), Finse – Hallingskeid (2,5 – 3 hours) 21km (13mi), Finse – Vatnahalsen 38km (24mi) (5 hours), Finse – Flåm 55km (34mi) (5-7 hours)
From Hallingskeid/Myrdal: Hallingskeid – Flåm 32km (20mi) (3-5 hours)

Rallarvegen Bicycle Rental


Sykkel 1222 is the bicycle department of the Finse 1222 Hotel. You’ll find it at the eastern end of the platform. The bicycle shop is where you collect the bicycle you have booked. You may also purchase necessary equipment for the biking trip and get assistance with repairs of your own private bicycle. Our friendly staff will extend themselves to help you on your way on the Rallarvegen road, regardless of the issue at hand. Many people elect to start their bicycling trip at Finse, when biking the Rallarvegen. The bicycles may be returned at Finse, Myrdal or Flåm.

Sykkel 1222, Our Rallarvegen Bicycle Rental, offers four types of bicycles.
Do you want to rent a bicycle?

Book a bicycle direcly on our webpage here.
When ordering more bicycles, add one at a time to the shopping basket.

Rallarvegen bicycle rental

Sykkel 1222 also has a bicycle rental outlet at Haugastøl for groups of at least 15 people. Our rental shop is at the train station, east of the station building. At Haugastøl, the only bicycle available for rent is the Merida Komfort, which has been especially developed for bicycling on the Rallarvegen road. It is also possible to bike from Finse to Haugastøl, and return the bicycle at the train station.

If you avail yourself of our rental services, we will take care of all things practical with respect to transport and repairs. The road has a gravel surface and is rough or in poor condition in places, so it’s important to have a solid and comfortable bicycle. In cooperation with Merida, Finse 1222 has developed bicycles that are purpose-built for use on the Rallarvegen road. All our bicycles have shock absorbers and some have footbrakes for the back wheel, if desired.

Our location at Finse  will be staffed every day during the summer. Our staff will be more than happy to answer your questions or assist you if you contact them along the way. To contact them, look for people in the red jackets with a Sykkel 1222 logo. If you have specific or technical questions related to our bicycles, we recommend you contact our bicycle manager directly on +47 919 10 140.

Our bicycle models

All our bicycles have been specially developed for use on the Rallarvegen road. The bicycles are manufactured by Merida, and from the summer 2012. We have also been able to offer purpose-built mountain bikes from the Sandnes Sykkelfabrikk. Below please find information, pictures and rental rates regarding all our different bicycle models.

Merida Komfort fra Finse 1222MERIDA KOMFORT – Finse 1222

The Finse 1222 model has been developed in cooperation with and for Finse 1222. It is very robust, intended to withstand the extreme strain it is exposed to in the mountains. The model features details such as a strong luggage carrier and Shimano disc brakes. In addition, 15 of our ladies’ models have an extra pedal brake acting on the hub of the rear wheel. If this is what you want, please so specify in your booking.

The seat is waterproof and the bicycle has good mudguards. The extremely durable and integral Alfine gear system from Shimano ensures minimal risk of technical difficulties during the trip. In order to withstand the strain and provide a good grip on rough mountain roads, the wheels and tires are more robust than on ordinary bikes. With its comfortable seat and shock absorber on the front wheel, this bicycle makes the trip along the Rallarvegen road into a fantastic biking experience.

Both ladies’ and men’s models are available.
Price: NOK 730 from Finse

sykkelutleie Finse 1222 sykkelMERIDA ONE-TWENTY XTM-D

This is an epic bicycle, a hard-bitten and easy-to-use quality bicycle with shock absorbers on both wheels. The bicycle’s front and back wheel dampers have 120mm play, and it has hydraulic SLX brakes. The gear is of the XT type. You can get a bike With click pedals, so please let us know when ordering.

Price: NOK 1050 from Finse

 

sykkelutleie Finse 1222 sykkelMOUNTAIN BIKE MERIDA Big Seven Xt Edition

This is a solid and comfortable bicycle, therefore perfect for the Rallarvegen road. It has a 100mm shock absorber from Rock Shox, with lockout operated from the handlebar. Other features include hydraulic brakes and a Deore XT 30 gear system from Shimano. Strong Maxxis tires minimize the risk of puncture. The wheel size is 27.5”. All bicycles of this type has a luggage carrier, so you may use bicycle bags for the trip. This bicycle is available in sizes from 13.5” to 23″.

Price: NOK 850 from Finse
 

MERIDA JUNIOR BIKE

A very popular junior model, also with disc brakes. Suitable for children between 8 and 12 years. The bicycle has a shock absorber on the front wheel, disc brakes (F/R) and 24 gears.

Price: NOK 450

Rallarvegen tips


Packing tips for your bike trip on Rallarvegen (clothes)

Clothing for all kinds of weather: Windproof- and waterproof jacket and pants, woolen underwear, wool socks, a fleece sweater, a cap, mittens or bicycle gloves, a buff/scarf and something to change into on arrival. Please remember that Finse is in the mountains (1,222m / 4,000ft above sea level); whereas Flåm is at sea level, so pack clothing accordingly.
• Shoes: Waterproof running shoes (Gore-Tex) in case there is a shower, or if you have to navigate snowfields.
• Bicycle helmet: For safety reasons, we do not rent bicycle helmets. Please remember to bring one!
• A small backpack: Sunglasses, sun screen, Compeed band-aids and a camera. If you have a big backpack that you wish to collect at Flåm, you may order a luggage ticket from the NSB and have your luggage sent to Flåm or another end destination. Bring a small backpack for the trip itself with room for what you need in terms of food and clothing for the trip.

Packing tips for your bike trip on Rallarvegen  (food and for the bicycle)

• Food and drink for the trip: At least two liters (two quarts) of water, a thermos, an abundant packed lunch and cash (the café at Fagernut does not accept credit cards, and it is sometimes possible to buy fruit en route)
• For the bicycle: If you have your own bicycle, we recommend that you bring such extras as spare brake pads, an inner tube, a pump and a puncture kit. Extra equipment is included if you rent your bike from the Finse 1222 Hotel. Pumps are also available for purchase.

Other Rallarvegen tips for the bike ride (when planning the trip)

• Bicycle transport: The road has a gravel surface and is rough or in poor condition in places, so it’s important to have a solid and comfortable bicycle. The Finse 1222 Hotel has over 300 bicycles for rent. The bicycles may be collected from Sykkel 1222, the shop located on the eastern part of the Finse station platform. If you rent your bicycle from us, you don’t have to worry about transport of the bicycle. You collect the bicycle where you are going to start, and return it at Flåm. In cooperation with Merida, Finse 1222 has developed bicycles that are purpose-built for use on the Rallarvegen road. If you will be using your private bicycle, you have to buy a ticket for it in order to take it on the train. Such tickets are available from the NSB Service Center on +47 815 00 888. Please remember that bike transport should be ordered in advance, as the space is limited. You have to load your bike on and off the train yourself.
• The weather forecast: Check the weather forecast and pack your backpack accordingly. The weather may vary immensely from Finse to Flåm.
• Book tips for the bike trip: “1222” by Anne Holt and “The Bridge Builders” by Jan Guillou.

Other Rallarvegen tips for the bike ride (before the bicycle trip)

• Extra food before/during the trip: At the Finse 1222 Hotel, you may buy our famous Finseboller buns as well as brownies and rolls for the trip. Many people also stop by to taste our Rallar Soup. Between 12 noon and 5 PM daily, we also serve game meatballs, mountain pizza and salads in the Millibar.
The Rallar Museum at Finse: Would you like to hear more about the history of the Bergen Railway and the Rallarvegen road? If so, we can recommend a visit to the Rallar Museum, the history museum at Finse. The museum is open from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM daily from early July until September 18. Outside the museum you’ll find old snow blowers and locomotives lined up, quite an attraction in itself, for all ages.

We wish you all a great trip and hope the Rallarvegen tips were useful!

Rail Transport


About the NSB Bergen Railway

When you buy a train ticket for the Bergen Railway, you are simultaneously buying at ticket to one of Europe’s most spectacular railway experiences. The trip is equally impressive regardless of season. Summer days with the mountains drenched in sunshine, or in a howling gale and drifting snow in the winter. The train connects two of Norway’s major cities, Oslo and Bergen, and takes you up to the highest mountain plateau in Europe – towards Finse with its Rallarvegen road and the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. In the summer season, there are five departures from Oslo and five from Bergen each day. We recommend you to check the NSB website for timetables and tickets. Finse 1222 does not order tickets on your behalf, unless specifically agreed. Please note that some of the departures are bicycle trains / local trains, on which it is easy to bring a bicycle.

About bicycle trains and transportation of Bicycles (Rail transport)

The bicycle trains have separate wagons with room for bicycles. If you will be using your private bicycle, you have to buy a ticket for it. You have to do that at NSB. From May 21 to September 23, the price of transporting a bicycle on the Bergen Railway is NOK 195. Tickets may be bought from the NSB Customer Service Center by telephone to +47 815 00 888, or from the ticket office at a manned station. You have to load your bicycle on an off the train yourself. If you rent a bicycle from us, you don’t have to worry about bicycle transport, as you just collect your bicycle where you’re starting and return it at Flåm.

Transportation of luggage

It is possible to transport luggage between the stations along the Rallarvegen road. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception at Finse 1222 by latest 10.00 same day.

About the Flåmsbanen railway

We strongly recommend you to catch the Flåmsbanen railway back from Flåm to Myrdal. The train journey from Flåm, at the innermost point in the Aurlandsfjorden, and the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway, is an incomparable stretch of railway in Europe – 20 kilometers (12 miles) long, with an elevation difference of 865 meters (2,840 feet) and a gradient of 1:18. The gradient is unique for a regular railway, and in order to cope with the great elevation difference, the railway is running partially in tunnels doing spiral turns in and out of the mountain.
Tickets are available from most travel agencies, from the railway’s office at Flåm, and from all manned stations along the Bergen Railway. Groups will need to order tickets in advance. The Flåmsbanen railway intersects with the Bergen Railway at Myrdal. If you are using your private bicycle, you have to buy a ticket for it.

Travelling to Finse

Finse is the highest point on the Bergen Railway. Unless you are biking, skiing or walking, Finse is only accessible by train. The hotel is located on the station platform itself, so finding it does not pose any problems.

If you are taking the train from Bergen or Oslo, you may want to check the departure times of the NSB. The travel time from Bergen is a little over two hours, while it takes over four hours from Oslo. It is also possible to drive to a nearby station, park there and take the train to Finse.
If you arrive by car from the west, Voss is a convenient place to park. There is ample parking by the station, which is also reasonably priced. The train uses a little over one hour from Voss to Finse.
If you are arriving from the east, you will find the Ål station a convenient place to park. Free parking is available right next to the station. The train uses one hour from Ål to Finse. It is also possible to drive to Haugastøl, where there is also free parking. The train uses about 20 minutes from Haugastøl to Finse. Please note that not all trains stop at Haugastøl, so please check the train schedule prior to departure.

Those of you who bicycle the Rallarvegen road to Flåm, and are returning to Oslo / Bergen, have to take the Flåmsbanen railway from Flåm to Myrdal. The last train corresponding with the Bergen Railway is the one departing at 5:25 PM. From Myrdal you may take the train westward to either Voss or Bergen, or eastward (to Haugastøl / Ål / Oslo).

Have a nice trip to Finse!

Bicycle sale 2017


Our annual bicycle sale has started!

We sell our rental bikes every year. We have developed our own bikes since 2009, in cooperation with Stians Sport. They are robust, quality bicycles and, naturally, adapted for bicycling on the Rallarvegen road. They also work well as city bicycles. We sell different models in different price ranges. All our bicycles go through a full service between each rental and are in good shape. Before we hand the bicycle over to you, we’ll give it a final service, so it will be in top shape when you get it. Delivery is either by mail, with the Train to station between Oslo and Bergen or in person at an agreed train station. The bicycle sale is arranged through our bicycle manager, who you may contact on +47 919 10 140 or at email.

More information will be posted on Facebook.

Rallarvegen Report


Conditions 23 of August 2017

We still have questions about the conditions on Rallarvegen and if there is still snow. If you plan to bicycle in the near future, it may be useful to know more about conditions and other tips related to the trip. August is the high season for bicycling on Rallarvegen and the conditions are great right now!

We can inform you about the following conditions:

Haugastøl – Finse: There is no snow left on this stretch now and the conditions are good.

Finse – Hallingskeid: It is now only 100 meter of snow total on this 21 km long stretch. This means that there are tree small snow patches where you need to walk. If you have a lot of luggage or a trolley, you can still easily pass the snow patches. Gore-tex running shoes is recommended. FYI: Fagernut vokterbolig is open daily from kl. 10 – 16.30 until 27th of August in addition to Saturdays and Sundays week 35, 36 and 37. Here you will find coffee, mineral water and waffles.

If you bring small children on the trip, it might be an idea to take the train from Finse to Hallingskeid. The trip to Flåm is then shortened by 21 km.The price for the bike ticket on this route is included in the rental fee. Regular passenger tickets must be purchased in addition to kr. 67 on the train or via app / website from Finse to Hallingskeid.

The bike train arrives at Finse at. 10.55, leaves at 11.04 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11.16. When you get off at Finse at 10.55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue on with the same train. If you bring your own bike to Finse and wish to take the train 11.04, you can buy a bike ticket at the reception of the hotel or in the bike shop. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10.30 same day.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: There is no snow left on this stretch. Some spots on this path are in poor condition due to snow melting. It is therefore important to get off the bike in some places and walk it through. This applies among others to
Kleivagjelet. If children ride this stretch, they should be good at biking. We note that Bane NOR does some maintenance work at the moment between Hallingskeid and Myrdal. In addition, we urge to adjust the speed.

On our website we have also have some suggested tips including: Clothing, food and what is useful in the bag for the trip. Read more here.

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Conditions 1 of August 2017

August is the most popular month for cycling Rallarvegen, and very many bike from Finse to Flåm these days! We can inform you about the following conditions:

Haugastøl – Finse: There is no snow left on this stretch now and the conditions are good.

Finse – Hallingskeid: It is now less than 300 meter of snow total on this 21 km long stretch. This means that there are only a few snow patches where you need to walk. If you have a lot of luggage or a trolley, you can still easily pass the snow patches. Gore-tex running shoes is recommended. FYI: Fagernut vokterbolig is open daily from kl. 10 – 16.30 until the end of August. Here you will find coffee, mineral water and waffles.

If you bring small children on the trip, it might be an idea to take the train from Finse to Hallingskeid. The trip to Flåm is then shortened by 21 km.The price for the bike ticket on this route is included in the rental fee. Regular passenger tickets must be purchased in addition to kr. 67 on the train or via app / website from Finse to Hallingskeid.

The bike train arrives at Finse at. 10.55, leaves at 11.04 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11.16. When you get off at Finse at 10.55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue on with the same train. If you bring your own bike to Finse and wish to take the train 11.04, you can buy a bike ticket at the reception of the hotel or in the bike shop. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10.30 same day.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: There is no snow left on this stretch. Some spots on this path are in poor condition due to snow melting. It is therefore important to get off the bike in some places and walk it through. This applies among others to Kleivagjelet. If children ride this stretch, they should be good at biking. We note that Bane NOR does some maintenance work at the moment between Hallingskeid and Myrdal. In addition, we urge to adjust the speed.

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Conditions 19 of July 2017

A lot of people come to bike Rallarvegen these days. Both today and tomorrow seem to be great sunny days! With regard to snow conditions, it has melted a lot over the past week. We can inform you about the following conditions:

Haugastøl – Finse: There is no snow left on this stretch now and the conditions are good.

Finse – Hallingskeid: It is now just under 1.5 km of snow total on this 21 km long stretch. On the first part of the route between Finse and Fagernut (10 km) 5 snow patches, while on the last stretch (11 km) around 20 snow patches. At Fagernut, the highest point on Rallarvegen, there is very little snow now. This means that you walk some parts and bike the rest. FYI: Fagernut vokterbolig is open daily from kl. 10 – 16.30 until the end of August. Here you will find coffee, mineral water and waffles.

Good footwear (Gore-tex running shoes) and enough time are a prerequisite for cycling this part. However, we see that many people bike the entire distance from Finse to Flåm, including families with older children. With very young children or if you have a lot of luggage (on a trolley), we do not recommend cycling the whole stretch yet! So we recommend using the train then from Finse to Hallingskeid. The price for the bike ticket on this route is included in the rental fee. Regular passenger tickets must be purchased in addition to kr. 67 on the train or via app / website from Finse to Hallingskeid.

The bike train arrives at Finse at. 10.55, leaves at 11.04 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11.16. When you get off at Finse at 10.55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue on with the same train. If you bring your own bike to Finse and wish to take the train 11.04, you can buy a bike ticket at the reception of the hotel or in the bike shop. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10.30 same day.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: There is no snow left on this stretch. Some spots on this path are in poor condition due to snow melting. It is therefore important to get off the bike in some places and walk it through. This applies among others to Kleivagjelet. If children ride this stretch, they should be good at biking. We note that Bane NOR does some maintenance work at the moment between Hallingskeid and Myrdal. In addition, we urge to adjust the speed.

Conditions 12 of July 2017

The bike season started about a week ago and lately the conditions on Rallarvegen have been changing rapidly. The snow has melted a lot since the previous Rallarvegreport. We can inform you about the following conditions:

Haugastøl – Finse: There is no snow left on this stretch now and the conditions are good.

Finse – Hallingskeid: The distance between Finse and Hallingskeid is 21 km. In total we estimate it to be about 1,5 km of snow currently. This means that you walk some parts and bike the rest. The longest continuous stretches with snow are approx. 200 meters. In the area around Fagernut you will find the longest distances with snow, so you will have to walk with the bike. When you pass Høghellervatnet (left side when approaching Hallingskeid) when biking Rallarvegen, you have passed all of the snow.

We think it’s nice to ride this part of Rallarvegen (Finse – Hallingskeid), as long as you are prepared for a more demanding trip. There are no snow patches on this stretch that are too difficult to pass, although there are still a number of them. Good footwear (Gore-tex running shoes) and enough time are a prerequisite for cycling this part. If you bring kids, or have a lot of luggage, we do not recommend cycling the whole stretch yet! So we recommend using the train then from Finse to Hallingskeid. The price for the bike ticket on this route is included in the rental fee. Regular passenger tickets must be purchased in addition to kr. 67 on the train or via app / website from Finse to Hallingskeid.

The bike train arrives at Finse at. 10.55, leaves at 11.04 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11.16. When you get off at Finse at 10.55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue on with the same train. If you bring your own bike to Finse and wish to take the train 11.04, you can buy a bike ticket at the reception of the hotel or in the bike shop. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10.30 same day.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: There is no snow left on this stretch. Some spots on this path are in poor condition due to snow melting. It is therefore important to get off the bike in some places and walk it through. This applies among others to Kleivagjelet. If children ride this stretch, they should be good at biking. We note that Bane NOR does some maintenance work at the moment between Hallingskeid and Myrdal. In addition, we urge to adjust the speed.

Conditions 4 of July 2017

Today we opened the hotel and the sun turned up like we hoped. It will be a great opening day! We have had several cyclists in to pick up bikes and several have taken a break in the sun at Finse before continuing on.
As for the conditions at Rallarvegen, we cycled the entire route from Finse to Flåm yesterday. We can inform you about the following conditions:

Haugastøl-Finse: There is no snow left on this stretch now and good conditions.

Finse-Hallingskeid: It’s about 40% snow on this stretch. We think it’s nice to ride this part of Rallarvegen, as long as you are prepared for a more demanding trip. There are no snow patches on this stretch that are too difficult to pass, although the number is still many. In the area around Fagernut you will find the longest distances with snow, so you will have to walk with the bike. Good footwear (Gore-tex running shoes) and enough time are a prerequisite for cycling this part. If you bring kids, or have a lot of luggage, we do not recommend cycling the whole stretch yet! So we recommend using train then from Finse to Hallingskeid. The price for the bike ticket on this route is included in the rental fee. Regular passenger ticket must be purchased in addition to kr. 67 on the train or via app / website from Finse to Hallingskeid.
The cycling train arrives at Finse at. 10.55, leaves at 11.04 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11.16. When you get off at Finse at 10.55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue with the same train. If you bring your own bike to Finse and wish to take the train 11.04, you can buy a bike ticket at the reception of the hotel or in the bike shop. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10.30 same day.

Hallingskeid-Flåm: There is no snow left on this stretch. Some spots on this path are in poor condition due to snow melting and you will find warning signs on some. It is therefore important to get off the bike in some places and walk it through. This applies among others to Kleivagjelet. If children ride this stretch, they should be good at cycling. We note that Bane NOR does some maintenance work at the moment. In addition, we urge to adjust the speed.