Rallarvegen bicycling package – One overnight stay / two overnight stays


To make it as easy as possible for our guests wishing to bike Rallarvegen, we offer three different bicycling experiences starting 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 dinner before you go to bed, and for breakfast treat yourself to our homemade bread and dishes based on many local ingredients.

Rallarvegen bicycling packages 2019

Biycling package  – One overnight stay (5th of July – 20th of September)

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

Day 1
Arrival and check-in at Finse 1222.
Three-course dinner at Finse 1222 at 7 PM / 9 PM

Day 2
Breakfast, packed lunch, and free refill of a hot beverage in your thermos at Finse 1222.
Bicycle to Flåm, return of bicycle before 12 noon the next day (Komfort bicycle only)

Prices
NOK 2480,- per person in double-room weekends.
The price includes three-course dinner, breakfast, packed lunch, a hot beverage in your thermos, and bike rental. The price does not include a train ticket.

If you travel with 2 or more 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 (5th of July – 20th of September)

Day 1
Arrival and check-in at Finse 1222.
Three-course dinner at Finse 1222 at 7 PM / 9 PM

Day 2
Breakfast, packed lunch, and a hot beverage in your thermos at Finse 1222.
Bicycle to Flåm, return of bicycle before 12 noon the next day (Komfort bicycle only).
Three-course dinner at Finse 1222 at 7 PM / 9 PM

Day 3
Breakfast, packed lunch, and a hot beverage in your thermos at Finse 1222.
We recommend taking a hiking trip around Finse. See our recommendations for day hikes from Finse here.

Prices
NOK 4210,- per person in double room weekends.
The price includes three-course dinner, breakfast, packed lunch, a hot beverage on your thermos, and bike rental. The price does not include train ticket.

Traveling with 2 or more 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, 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

With our collaborators, De Historiske Hotel & Spisesteder, we offer a 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 Finse 1222, 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.

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. You can collect all of the bicycles you need there. You may also purchase necessary equipment for the biking trip, and get assistance with repairs for your private bicycle. Our friendly staff will extend themselves to help you on your way on the navvy road, regardless of the issue at hand. Many people choose to start their bicycling trip at Finse. Depending on your plans, you can return the bikes either in Finse, Myrdal or Flåm.

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

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

Rallarvegen bicycle rental

Our rental shop at Finse is at the train station, east of the station building.

If you choose our rental services, you can ride till Myrdal or Flåm and leave your bicycle there. We will take care of the rest!

Sykkel 1222 has over 29 years of experience. We have learned a lot since 1989, providing cycling enthusiast with better solution (bikes, stock and service) every year. We do our best, to be as up to date with the modern biking industry as possible. Each season ends with an improvement to our flagship, custom bicycle the Merida Komfort, made especially for Rallavegen road. The rest of our two-wheeler stock is also frequently replaced with newer models and types, like our most recent 2018 addition, in the form of the electrical Merida eBIG STEPS TOUR 7.500 EQ.

If any problem would occur during your trip (that you can’t solve yourself), we provide service on the road as well. There is an emergency number which you can always use, in case of emergency.

If you have any more questions, you can always call our bike manager directly at +47 919 10 140.

Our bicycle models

All of our bicycles are perfectly adapted to the mountain conditions of the Rallarvegen road. We are fully aware though, that our customers have specific needs which we try to fulfil with different models which you canfind listed below.

Merida KomfortMerida Komfort Finse 1222 Edition

Our flagship Finse 1222 Komfort Merida model has been developed in cooperation with Stians Sport since 2008. It is very robust, intended to withstand the strains of a mountain road. This model is the most common choice of our customers.

This model has everything you need, for a comfortable, sightseeing oriented ride. A sturdy baggage carrier, mudguards, wide 2.2 inch tires, an easy to use and very damage proof internal Alfine gear system and front suspension.
Both ladies and men models are available. Price: NOK 750 from Finse

 

Merida, One-Twenty 29 600Merida, One-Twenty 29 600

An enduro full suspension bike. Light, efficient and accurate solution aimed for our most demanding and thrill seeking customers.
It comes with great 130 mm Rockshox Sector front and 190×51 mm Monarch RL rear dampers, with a lockout located on the handle bar. Big 29“ wheels, which are 2.35“ wide, and a mix of Deore and SLX components. The attached bottle holder also comes in handy, during fast exhausting rides. Price: NOK 1050 from Finse

 

 

Merida Big Seven Xt Edition / Merida Big Nine Vasa Salen EditionMerida Big Seven Xt Edition / Merida Big Nine Vasa Salen Edition

An MTB bicycle. Perfect solution for more seasoned riders, accustomed to front and rear gear system.

This is a solid and comfortable bicycle, has a 100 mm front suspension from Rock Shox, with an easily accessible lockout on the handle bar. Other features include hydraulic brakes, 27,5“ or 29“ wheels (depending on the model) and a mix of Deore, SLX and XT components (depending on the model). A bottle holder are also mounted. Price: NOK 850 from Finse

 

Merida elsykkel Finse 1222Merida Electrical eBIG STEPS TOUR 7.500 EQ

An electrical bicycle, for those that value comfort and high end solutions above everything. This astonishing bike will `fly` through any obstacle that you may encounter on Rallarvegen.
A powerful Shimano Steps 600 motor and a 500 Wh battery are more than enough to guarantee an average of 100 km of almost effortless biking experience. This model has everything that you could possibly want, from a premium class two-wheeler. Hydraulic disc brakes, 10 rear gears, mudguards, baggage carrier, a bottle holder and last but not least a computer that will keep you updated on all the details of your trip (speed, km/h, battery strength, time etc.). Price: NOK 1 500

 

Merida Junior MATTS MACHETEMerida Junior MATTS MACHETE/ Merida DINO SX 20 6-SPD

Very popular junior models, for our youngest adventure seeking enthusiasts.
Suitable for children between 6 and 12 years. These bicycles are equipped with shock absorbers in the front, safe and weather proof disc brakes, and 21 or 6 gears (depending on the model). Price: NOK 450

 

 

 

Gel Seat Cover

This provides extra comfort and is easily attached to the bicycle’s original bicycle seat.
Gel seat covers can only be rented to one of our rental bicycles.
Price: NOK 40,- a day

 

 

SykkelveskePannnier

Ortlieb waterproof pannier
40 liters per bag
Rented only with our Finse 1222 rental bicycles. Not attachable to our Merida-bike, One-Twenty 29 600.
Price: NOK 100,- a day

Rallarvegen Report


Conditions 18 of July 2018

Now it’s almost no snow, only 20 meters of snow left on Rallarvegen! It has been a great cycling weather lately and a lot of people have visited Rallarvegen in glorious sunshine.
We still have questions about the conditions on Rallarvegen. If you plan to bicycle in the near future, it may be useful to know some practical details and other tips related to the trip.

We can inform about the following:

Haugastøl – Finse: No snow left.

Finse – Hallingskeid: There are only 20 meters of snow left on Rallarvegen on two snow stretches between Finse and Hallingskeid. Despite the lack of snow, it’s very rocky on some spots. We urge to walk here. 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. On the short distance from Finse to Hallingskeid you can buy regular passenger tickets (kr. 69) and tickets to the bike (also rental bikes) (kr. 204) via NSB app/ webpage from Finse to Hallingskeid.
The bike train arrives at Finse at. 10:55, leaves at 11:06 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11:18. When you get off at Finse at 10:55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue on with the same train. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10:00 same day.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: No snow on this stretch. On the stretch between Finse and Myrdal, maintenance will be done throughout the summer and autumn, so pay attention and follow signs. It is recommended to walk the bike on some stretches as the snow-melting has set its marks. When children biking here, they should be experienced bikers and walk next to the bike when needed. In general, we urge to adjust in the speed to the surface. The roadworks at Kleivagjelet have been completed, so only the railroad rails will soon remain in place. We recommend to walk with the bike here.

The Rallarvegen reports will also be posted on our Facebook-page here.

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.

Here are some pictures from today’s trip on Rallarvegen!

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Conditions 4 of July 2018

The bicycling season has started! There is little snow left on Rallarvegen, less than 1 km in total on the route Finse – Hallingskeid.
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.

Monday 2 of July we visited Rallarvegen to check the conditions, and we can inform about the following:

Haugastøl – Finse: No snow left.

Finse – Hallingskeid: It’s about less than 5 % snow left on this stretch, ie less than 1 km. The distance between Finse and Hallingskeid is 21 km in total. The distance of less than1 km of snow is spread over stretches of less than 100 meters each along the way between Finse and Hallingskeid. If you have a lot of luggage (on a trolley), it can be difficult to roll through the snow areas yet, but it is possible. Gore-tex sneakers through the snow can be okay.

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 until 15th of July. Regular passenger tickets must be purchased in addition to kr. 69 on the train or via NSB app / website from Finse to Hallingskeid.

The bike train arrives at Finse at. 10:55, leaves at 11:06 and arrives in Hallingskeid at 11:18. When you get off at Finse at 10:55, pick up a reserved bike and you can continue on with the same train. Luggage tickets from Finse to Myrdal, Flåm or Vatnahalsen can be bought at reception by latest 10:00 same day.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: No snow on this stretch. On the stretch between Finse and Myrdal, maintenance will be done throughout the summer and autumn, so pay attention and follow signs. It is recommended to walk the bike on some stretches as the snow-melting has set its marks. When children biking here, they should be experienced bikers and walk next to the bike when needed. Monday 2nd to Friday 6th of July from 08:00 to 16:30 there may be short closures at Kleivagjelet in 15-20 minutes before you can cycle by again due to construction work. In general, we urge to adjust in the speed to the surface.

The Rallarvegreports will also be posted on our Facebook-page here.

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.

Here are some pictures from the sunny trip on Monday!

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Conditions 26 of June 2018

The snow at Finse and at Rallarvegen melts fast during the day. Having said that, it’s amazing that we can announce all-time low snow on Rallarvegen so early in June.

The hotel is closed right now, but we open for the summer season July the 4th.

This weekend visited Rallarvegen to check the conditions, and we can inform about the following:

Haugastøl – Finse: No snow anymore.

Finse – Hallingskeid: There is still too much snow and for that reason, we do not recommend biking. On this route, about 30 % of the distance is covered by snow, the other 70 % is snow-free. Meaning about 6 – 7 km snow on the 21 km stretch. For being this early in June, the amount of snow is small. By the beginning of July, normal snow melting should make the distance suitable for biking.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: No snow on this stretch. It is recommended to walk the bike on some stretches as the snow-melting has set its marks.
A part of the road by Klevagjelet (between Hallingskeid and Myrdal) will be completely closed during the period Monday 11th to Friday 29th of June between 08.00 to 16.30. During this period it will not be possible to pass. There will be signs as well as barracks.

From Sunday 1st of June, the route at Kleivagjelet will be opened again so that it will be possible to pass, even though work will continue. Monday 2nd to Friday 6th of July from kl. 08.00 to 16.30 there may be short closures at Kleivagjelet in 15-20 minutes before you can cycle by again due to. construction work.

On the stretch between Finse and Myrdal, maintenance will be done throughout the summer and autumn, so pay attention and follow signs. When to pass the area at the time it is not closed ex. during the weekends, it is important to leave the bike and roll it through the construction site.

The Rallarvegreports will also be posted on our Facebook-page here.

Here are some Pictures from the weekend!

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Conditions 11 of June 2018

Spring this year has been warm and nice! The snow at Finse melts fast during the day and the ice on Finsevann is about to disappear. Having said that, it’s amazing that we can announce all-time low snow on Rallarvegen so early in June.

The hotel is closed right now. We will open for the summer season July the 4th.

June the 10th we visited Rallarvegen to check the conditions, and we can inform about the following:

Haugastøl – Finse: Here it is now approx. 400 meters of snow. The first 15 km from Haugastøl has no snow at all. When it comes to stretches closer to Finse, there are areas with snow.

Finse – Hallingskeid: There is still too much snow and for that reason, we do not recommend biking. Two areas of the road are a bit demanding. We will see how much it melts here and give an update about the conditions in the next report. On this route, about half of the distance is covered by snow, the other half is snow-free. For being this early in June, the amount of snow is small. By the beginning of July, normal snow melting should make the distance suitable for biking.

Hallingskeid – Flåm: No snow on this stretch. It is recommended to walk the bike on some stretches as the snow-melting has set its marks.

A part of the road by Klevagjelet (between Hallingskeid and Myrdal) will be completely closed during the period Monday 11th to Friday 29th of June between 08.00 to 16.30. During this period it will not be possible to pass. There will be signs as well as barracks.

From Sunday 1st of June, the route at Kleivagjelet will be opened again so that it will be possible to pass, even though work will continue. On the stretch between Finse and Myrdal, maintenance will be done throughout the summer and autumn, so pay attention and follow signs. When to pass the area at the time it is not closed ex. during the weekends, it is important to leave the bike and roll it through the construction site.

The Rallarvegreports will also be posted on our Facebook-page here.

We took some pictures to snow what Rallarvegen looks like now!

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The Rallarvegen bicycle route


The Rallarvegen road runs from Haugastøl to Myrdal and down to Flåm, and from Upsete to Voss. From Haugastøl to Flåm the road is about 80km (50mi) long, running through a beautiful mountain-scape, all the way down to the fjord. Below is a description of the bicycle route. The stretch from Finse to Flåm is scenically a little piece of Norway. At Finse, there is a nice view of Hardangerjøkulen, Norway’s sixth largest glacier on Norway's mainland. At Finse you start your ride at 1,222 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level, going to the highest point of Rallarvegen, Fagernut at 1,349 meters (4,400 feet) above sea level. Here you’ll find a warden house with a café and a museum. It remains furnished just like the tradition warden house style. Continuing towards Hallingskeid, you pass Grjotrust, one of the nicest warden houses of them all. The terrain is a characteristically beautiful and typical Norwegian mountain-scape.

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 handmade 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, you 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.

Finse – Hallingskeid 21km (13mi)

Leaving Finse, you bike through a wide-open mountain landscape, with Hardangerjøkulen glacier as its centrepiece 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 navvy road, but 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.

Hallingskeid – Vatnahalsen 17km (11mi)

From Hallingskeid to Myrdal, the railway runs on a mountain ledge. The view is fascinating, and the thought of the dangers the railway workers were exposed to whilst building the rail line is astonishing. You are greeted by a majestic vista over crossing the Kleivabrua bridge. It is considered one of the most beautiful bridges along 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 navvy 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 Berekvam and Dalsbotten. On the left side further down you see the Rjoandefossen waterfall. The next attraction is the Flåm Church, built in 1667. It lies on the left-hand side of the road along the river.

Flåm

Flåm is located innermost in the Aurlands fjord, an arm of the Sogne fjord. 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 deposit 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, amongst 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 tips


Packing tips for your bike trip on Rallarvegen (clothes)

Clothing for all kinds of weather: Windproof- and waterproof jacket and pants, wool undergarments, 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 it rains, 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/luggage that you wish to collect at Flåm, you may order a luggage ticket through us in the reception 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 litres of water, a thermos, a packed lunch, and some 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 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 hotel Finse 1222. 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. For that reason it’s important to have a solid and comfortable bicycle. 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 at Finse, and return it at Flåm. In cooperation with Merida, Finse 1222 has developed bicycles that are purpose-built for use on the navvy 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 Centre 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 (raisin buns) as well as brownies and rolls for the trip. Many people also stop by to taste our Rallar Soup. Between 1 PM and 5 PM daily, we also serve reindeer meatballs, pizza and burgers 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 late September. 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 investing in one of Europe’s most spectacular railway experiences. The trip is equally impressive regardless the 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. 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 through 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 Centre by telephone +47 815 00 888, or from the ticket office at a 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 in Finse and return it in Flåm – we’ll sort out the transport of the bicycle back.

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 bringing your own bicycle on the train, 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 won’t be a problem.

If you are taking the train from Bergen or Oslo, you may want to check the departure times from 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 Rallarvegen 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 towards Oslo.

Have a nice trip to Finse!

History about Rallarvegen


Rallarvegen is the ultimate cycling experience and has become one of the most popular biking routes. It runs from Haugastøl to Flåm and is roughly 80 kilometres long. An alternative route runs to Voss. Rallarvegen can be seen as "a small taste of Norway". The route starts at a high altitude and continues past Hardangerjøkulen, passing major rivers of meltwater from the mountains. It then follows a terrific scenery down to Flåm Valley, with its plentiful waterfalls. The route ends in a beautiful and famous fjord. Rallarvegen offers not only breath-taking scenery, but also a journey through the fascinating culture and history of Norway.

The history about Rallarvegen

In March 1894, the Norwegian parliament decided to build a railway line between Christiania (Oslo) and Bergen. The Bergen Line was to be built over the roadless mountains, but before construction work could commence, the builders needed to build temporary roads from Geilo, Flåm and Voss. The idea of building the rail-line seemed ludicrous, and an impossible feat. From the work that started in 1894, to the opening of the line in 1909, over 700,000kg of dynamite was used, 500 km of slivers, and 2.5 million work-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 the popular nickname Rallarvegen (or, navvy road).

 

Bicycle sale


Our annual bicycle sale started 15th of August 2018.

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 Rallarvegen. 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 a train to a station between Oslo and Bergen, or in person at Finse station. The bicycle sale is arranged through our bicycle manager, who you may contact on +47 919 10 140 or via email.

More information will be posted on the Norwegian page for Bike sale here.