Mountain biking in Geiranger
Around the idyllic Herdal mountain summer farm (Herdasseter) in Norddal, accessible from the ferry landing point at Eidsdal, you can make a 13-kilometre biking tour with a rise of 500 metres. Herdalsseter has been in operation for 300 years. It is one of the country's largest mountain summer farms with 30 old buildings and several hundred goats, cows, sheep and fjord horses. More information is available at herdalssetra.no.
If you want adventure and challenging trips, it is advisable to book a local guide who knows the area well. A recommended package is the Mountaineering Weekend with mountain biking in the stunning fjord landscape around Valldal, Fjørå, Liabygda and Eidsdal.
Mountain biking in Åndalsnes
From Kleiva in Romsdalen, you can explore the gigantic Mardøla Waterfall, with a total drop of a whopping 655 meters. The 20 kilometre trip goes north from Kleiva and passes Kalhøtjønna and Store Sandgrovvatnet. Stop for a break at Mardalstjønna with magnificent views of the Lake Eikesdal from mount Geitsia.
Try the 260 kilometres long ride from Oppdal to Åndalsnes, which is spectacular even by Norwegian standards. This trip has two tough climbs and a mix of paved and unpaved road surface, to the inland town of Oppdal. Ride through a rugged mountain landscape with a few thrilling descents. Along the way you pass farmland, waterfalls, narrow valleys and lakes. One of the highlights of this trip is to ride along the emerald coloured Eikesdalsvatnet Lake, surrounded by several of the tallest mountains in this area.
Choose between eight spectacular cycle trails around Åndalsnes, from exciting off-road biking through the forest to single track mountain trails with spectacular views of the fjord. More suggestions are available at romsdal.com.
Take your bike on the train up to Bjorli (50 kilometres) or Dombås (105 kilometres) on the Rauma Rail Line – voted the most spectacular rail experience in Europe by Lonely Planet in November 2012. More information is available at visitandalsnes.com.
The cycling season starts in late May for trips at sea level and around mid-June for higher altitudes. The season ends in late September.
You can rent a mountain bike at the tourist information office in Åndalsnes.
In the city of Åndalsnes you will also find a bicycle repair shop.
Bike rental is available at the tourist information office in Geiranger. They are also happy to provide maps and make suggestions for cycle routes.
You can rent bicycles several places in Sunnhordland.
Where to stay
Hotels, guesthouses and private accommodation are available. The local youth hostel and the Villa Vengetind are particularly recommended.
Whether you seek the simple life, or luxury, there is accommodation to meet your needs – in Geiranger, Valldal or another picturesque village. Valldal Hytter & Fritid offers accommodation in cabins and guided cycle- or mountain biking tours as well. If you like wellness and a relaxing spa, the Hotel Union in Geiranger is the right choice.
You can choose between hotels, cabins and holiday houses at visitsunnhordland.no.
How to get here
You can reach Åndalsnes by train from Oslo (six hours) or Trondheim (four hours) on the Rauma rail line, voted the most scenic trail line in Europe. There are flights to Ålesund Airport Vigra or Molde Airport Årø. It takes six hours to drive from Oslo on the E6 and E136 through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. Information and maps are available at visitandalsnes.com.
There are direct flights from Oslo to Stord Airport in Sunnhordland. From Bergen, Stavanger and Haugesund there are regular coaches to Sunnhordland throughout the week. You can also reach Sunnhordland by car in seven hours from Oslo, two hours from Bergen and three hours from Stavanger. Further information about Sunnhordland is available at visitsunnhordland.no.
Read about how to get to the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen.