Rallarvegen (the Navvies’ Road)
Hallingdal has a lot to offer the adventurous cyclist. There are several cycling routes along the historic Rallarvegen (the old railway construction road to Bergen, known as The Navvies' Road).
The standard route starts at Haugastøl station, continues west to Myrdal station and down the steep, narrow Flåm Valley to Flåmsfjord (81 kilometres). As Rallarvegen reaches an altitude of 1,343 metres, please make sure that you are prepared and dressed for mountain climate. The altitude drops more than a thousand metres on the way down, so the weather and temperatures can change dramatically.
From Flåm, most cyclists return on the Flåm railway. Riding back through Flåmsdalen is for the fit, as it is quite steep and includes some very steep hairpin bends on low-quality gravel road the last two kilometres to Myrdal station.
Having said that, both beginners and children can enjoy Rallarvegen by taking the train to Finse station (at 1,222 meters) and cycle gently eastwards to Haugastøl station (29 kilometres).
Cycling at Geilo
The traditional winter sports destination of Geilo offers interesting single track cycling. The trails typically start at altitudes of 1,100-1,200 metres and go down to Hallingdal three or four hundred metres below. The roads that lead up to the summer farms at Prestholtseter in Havsdalen, Myljostølen and Vedalen are fairly strenuous, with a difficulty level from medium to challenging.
Family rides includes cycling round Lake Ustedalsfjorden (10 kilometres) on traffic-free roads.
The Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau
From Skurdalen, south of Geilo, you can enter the big plains of the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau by cycling up to the mountain lodge at Tuva. The trip is 19 kilometres each way, with a difference in elevation of almost 500 metres.
Download a Geilo trailmap.
Cycling in Gol
Gol train station is a good starting point for trips to the mountains of Gol. The trip around Storefjell (32 kilometres) is one of the most popular in this region. The trip is easy to combine with short hikes to one of the local viewpoints for example Storefjell, Aunehaugen or Ørterhovda.
If you want something more challenging, prolong the Storefjell round trip by cycling round Lake Vannen or Tiseleifjorden.
You will find starting points for tours in the area at the hotels and cabins at Storefjell and Kamben.
Bike rental is offered in all destinations in the region. Quality and maintenance vary from place to place. Experienced cyclists are advised to bring their own bike or make arrangements in advance.
The Bergen railway passes through Hallingdal, and you can bring your bike on trains and buses, or take a local bike taxi.
Where to stay
You will find overnight accommodation in all categories and to suit all budgets in Hallingdal. Stay on a farm or mountain farm, in a cosy Hallingstue or stabbur, in small mountain inns or at luxury hotels of the highest standard.
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