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The Navvy Road (Rallarvegen)

Near the Hardangervidda, and with the train station right in the center of town, Geilo is a great starting point for cycling the Navvy Road.

The Navvy Road was built between 1894 and 1902 as a construction road for the Bergen Railway Line. Today, it is a monument over the unbelievable toil it was to make the train connection over the Hardangervidda, Europe's largest, high-mountain plateau. In 1974, the Navvy Road was opened as a bicycle road, and it is now one of Norway's most popular bicycle trips.  

The trip starts at Haugastøl, or at Finse, if you would like a little shorter trip, and follows the Bergen Railway Line up to its highest point, Taugevatn Lake, at 1,301 meters elevation. The the trip continues down to the fjord at Flåm. The stretch between Hallingskeid to Flåm is probably the most spectacular, with with steep descent, wild waterfalls and rapids where the road follows the Flåm Railway Line.

Geilo is a great starting point for the trip. Take the train to Haugastøl or Finse, where you will get your bicycle and start on your journey.  

The Navvy Road is 80 kilometers long, 107 kilometers long if you start from Haugastøl; so it is recommended to overnight along the way. Accommodations can be found at Finse, Hallingskeid, Vatnahalsen, Myrdal, Uppsete and Flåm. 

The Navvy Road was named Norway's finest bicycle road by the magazine, Travel and Vacation (Reise og Ferie) in cooperation with the Cyclist's Association. The Navvy Road is visited by approximately 25,000 cyclists, both domestic and foreign, every summer. 

 

Season

The best time to cycle along the Navvy Road is from the middle of July to the end of September. In July, there is often still snow on parts of the road. The Navvy Road is closed during the winter. 


Bicycle Rental

Bicycle rental is available at Haugastøl, Finse and Myrdal. You can return the bicycle in Flåm, when you have finished the trip. 



More Information

Cycling along the Navvy Road varies from easy to difficult, and you must be in average physical condition. Remember that certain parts of the Navvy Road go through challenging terrain. If you are cycling with children, the recommended route is from Haugastøl to Finse, where the roads are in good condition. It is not advisable to let children under 12 years cycle the whole route. 

It is safe to drink the water from streams many places along the route, but avoid drinking meltwater from glaciers or snowdrifts. 

Last, but not least, make sure that you bring with you repair kits and other necessary equipment in case you get a flat tire.

Bicycle Routes Along the Navvy Road
 

Haugastøl (1,000 meters elevation) to Finse (1,222 meters elevation)—27 kilometers
The Navvy Road starts at Haugastøl Turistsenter, where you can rent bikes or purchase a trip package that includes bike rental, accommodations, and meals. You can also have your baggage sent between the train stations in Haugastøl, Finse, Myrdal and Flåm; so that you don't have to bike with your baggage. The bike route from Haugastøl to Finse rises 222 meters through beautiful scenery, and you will find many cultural monuments along the way from when the Bergen Railway Line was built. 

 

Finse (1,222 meters elevation) to Hallingskeid (1,110 meters elevation)—21 kilometers

At Finse, the highest point along the Bergen Railway Line, you can see the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier. Here you might find snow along the road until July. From Finse, the bike route goes up to the Fagervatnet Lake (1,343 meters elevation), which is the highest point along the Navvy Road. From this point on, it is basically downhill all the way to Flåm. At the Fagernut Signalman Residence, you should use the opportunity to explore the exhibition that shows the life of the signalmen and their families on the Bergen Railway Line. Try the "navvy soup" (sluskesuppe). Please be aware that some stretches of the road are in poor repair.

 

 

Hallingskeid (1,110 meters elevation) to Vatnahalsen (811 meters elevation)—17 kilometers

Along this stretch of the route, the mountain landscape slowly changes to wilder and steeper west coast mountains. Near Myrdal, you pass Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell, and thereafter there will be a steep downhill stretch with 21 hairpin turns down to the Flåmsdalen Valley at the end of the Navvy Road. It is recommended to walk your bike down the steepest and most rocky parts of the turns. 

 

Vatnahalsen (811 meters elevation) to Flåm (1 meter elevation)—17 kilometers

A nice road runs down to Flåm from the upper part of the Flåmsdalen Valley. Here it is important to take your time, as the road is narrow and there can be oncoming traffic. The Flåmsdalen Valley is Norwegian nature at its best, with steep mountains, vertical waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers, and green valleys. Remember to enjoy the trip, stop and look back, listen to the sounds of the streams with their crystal-clear water, and breathe in the refreshing mountain air. 

 

Alternative route: Myrdal (867 meters elevation) to Voss (57 meters elevation)—43 kilometers
From Myrdal, you can choose the road to Voss instead of cycling down to Flåm. Take the local train from Myrdal to Uppsete, and continue along the Navvy Road to Mjølfjell Vandrehjem Hostel. From Mjølfjell, follow the road to Voss