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Rallarvegen- the most famous bike trail in Norway.
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Cycle through navvy history

Rallarvegen lets you set your own pace through 82 kilometres of mountainous scenery. No wonder it’s Norway’s most popular cycle route.

Cycle Rallarvegen
In the middle of Southern Norway, between the major cities Oslo and Bergen, lies Geilo, a charming town at the foot of the national parks… Read more
Geilo
Rallarvegen starts by the Haugastøl Tourist Centre, close to the Haugastøl train station. Read more
Haugastøl
Finse is the highest point along the Bergen railway line. Read more
Finse
Hallingskeid
From Hallingskeid, the high mountain scenery changes gradually into a wilder and steeper landscape.
Hallingskeid
Vatnahalsen
From Vatnahalsen, a steep run through 21 hairpin bends will take you down to the Flåmsdalen valley.
Vatnahalsen
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking. Read more
Flåm
From Myrdal you can choose to if you want to cycle to Flåm or Voss. Read more
Myrdal
If you are craving outdoor adventures, extreme surroundings and Norwegian food specialities, Voss will not let you down. Read more
Voss
Where to stay
The family run hotel located in Haugastøl, 1000 meters above sea level, offers high quality accommodation, meals in our restaurant, coffee bar,… Read more
Haugastøl 1000 Moh
Haugastøl is a good place to start a activity weekend. Read more
Haugastøl Turistsenter
Finse1222 is the hotel which is located on the highest point of the Bergen Railway, 1222 meters above the sea level. Finse is only reachable by train… Read more
Finse 1222
A houndred years of alpine history - in the heart of the mountains, and yet with a little distance to the crowds. The cabin was built shortly after… Read more
Hardangervidda / Finse / Rallarvegen - Oksebotn Vokterbolig II
Are you looking for a mountain resort? Then you are heartily welcome to visit Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell 820 meters above sea level close to the… Read more
Vatnahalsen Mountain resort
Linda and Sigurd look forward to welcome you to their home, situated near the famous Flåm Railway overlooking the Brekke waterfall and the surrounding… Read more
Garnes -private accommodation
Flåmsbrygga Hotel – the Brewery Hotel is situated on the pier in Flåm with a splendid view of the Aurlandsfjord. Just a few steps from the… Read more
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
A fantastic view, quiet and charming lodgings 400 meters from Flam station. This charming motel has 22 rooms, a peaceful garden, TV-room and a… Read more
Heimly Pensjonat
At the end of the Sognefjord you will find Flåm Camping and Youth Hostel surrounded by the World Heritage Listed fjord landscape of Norway. Flåm is a… Read more
Flåm Camping and Youth Hostel
With us as a starting point you can easily reach famous attractions like the Flåm Railway, Rallarvegen and many other things. Flåm Marina & Apartments… Read more
Flåm Marina & Apartments
Voss is the perfect spot for everyone who is interested in sports and activities. There is something here for everyone's taste! The varied mountain… Read more
HI Voss Youth and Family Hostel
Voss camping is beautifully situated by the lake Vangsvatnet in Voss. A short walk takes you to the town centre and all the activities on offer there! Read more
Voss Camping
Voss Hostel is a social and comfortable place to stay, perfect for the traveler who wants to spend his money on experiences while on holiday. The… Read more
Voss Hostel
Food and drink
Finse1222 is the hotel which is located on the highest point of the Bergen Railway, 1222 meters above the sea level. Finse is only reachable by train… Read more
Finse 1222
A houndred years of alpine history - in the heart of the mountains, and yet with a little distance to the crowds. The cabin was built shortly after… Read more
Hardangervidda / Finse / Rallarvegen - Oksebotn Vokterbolig II
Are you looking for a mountain resort? Then you are heartily welcome to visit Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell 820 meters above sea level close to the… Read more
Vatnahalsen Mountain resort
Cafe Rallaren at Myrdal station. Railwaystation on the Flåm- and Bergen line. We offer a good selection of light meals - warm and cold dishes,… Read more
Cafe Rallaren
Ægir is our very own brewery, which opened in 2007 and is one of the best craft breweries in Norway. The building is inspired by Norse mythology and… Read more
Ægir BrewPub
Flåm Bakery offers visitors from all over the world and locals delicious freshly baked pastries all year round. Enjoy homemade breads, pastries,… Read more
Flåm Bakery
Flåmstova Restaurant is rustic, exquisite and contemporary, with a warm ambience. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything from traditional… Read more
Flåmstova Restaurant
Flåmsbrygga Hotel – the Brewery Hotel is situated on the pier in Flåm with a splendid view of the Aurlandsfjord. Just a few steps from the… Read more
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
Furukroa is a colourful and contemporary café with a large terrace by the harbour, close to the boats and the Flåm Railway. It's the ideal lunch stop,… Read more
Furukroa Kafè
A fantastic view, quiet and charming lodgings 400 meters from Flam station. This charming motel has 22 rooms, a peaceful garden, TV-room and a… Read more
Heimly Pensjonat
If you are searching for meals based on the local traditional tastes, you should consider visiting the farm "Smalahovetunet". In a farm house building… Read more
Smalahovetunet Voss
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    Cycle routes along Rallarvegen

    Haugastøl (1,000 masl) to Finse (1,222 masl)
    27 kilometres

    This stretch is recommended if you’re bringing children, as the road is in good condition. Rallarvegen starts by the Haugastøl Tourist Centre, close to the Haugastøl train station. Here, you can rent bikes or buy a bike rental package. The cycle route from Haugastøl to Finse rises 222 metres through scenic nature, with plenty of cultural artifacts from the time when the Bergen railway line was built. At Finse, you can take a guided tour on Hardangejøkulen glacier, and a visit to the Rallar Museum is mandatory.

    Finse (1,222 masl) to Hallingskeid (1,111 masl)
    21 kilometres

    At Finse, the highest point along the Bergen railway line, you can see the ice cap and icefalls of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. Don’t be suprised if snow covers parts of the road well into the autumn, and be aware that some of the road is in poor condition. The route takes you into the Hardangervidda National Park and up to Lake Fagervatnet (1,343 masl), Rallarvegen’s highest point. From here, there is more or less downhill all the way to Flåm. At Fagernut, you can stop and explore the exhibition on display and taste “Rallarvafler” (waffles) and “Sluskesuppe” (soup).

    Rallarvegen
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    Rallarvegen.
    Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/Visitnorway.com

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    Rallarvegen.
    Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/Visitnorway.com
    The Navvies Road
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    The Navvies Road.
    Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/visitnorway.com

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    The Navvies Road.
    Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/visitnorway.com

    Hallingskeid (1,110 masl) to Vatnahalsen (811 masl)
    17 kilometres

    Along this part of the route, the high mountain scenery changes gradually into the wilder and steeper landscape of the western part of the country. Between Hallingskeid and Myrdal, the railway creeps along a mountain shelf, a stretch troubled by avalanches during the winter months. The road follows a narrow shelf, so be careful – unmount your bike and walk. You also have to decide if you want to carry on to Myrdal and Flåm, or if you’d rather take the route to Voss.

    Vatnahalsen (811 masl) to Flåm (1 masl)
    17 kilometres

    From Vatnahalsen, a steep run through 21 hairpin bends will take you down to the Flåmsdalen valley. We strongly advise that you get off your bike at the steepest parts of the hairpin bends, as the road is rocky and in poor condition in places. From the upper part of the Flåmsdalen valley, there is a pleasant winding road down to Flåm. The Flåmsdalen valley opens up to show you steep mountains, vertical waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers and green valley terrain. Enjoy the ride, stop and look back, listen to the sounds of nature, and enjoy the streams of crystal clear water and the fresh air.

    Alternative route: Myrdal (867 masl) to Voss (57 masl)
    43 kilometres

    From Myrdal you can choose the route to Voss instead of cycling down to Flåm. Take the local train from Myrdal to Uppsete, where you continue along Rallarvegen to Mjølfjell. From there, follow the standard road to Voss.

    Not only cycling

    Stay a few days and walk the Aurlandsdalen valley or the Royal Post Road along the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. From Bakka at Gudvangen, you can hike up the Rimstigen path to Rimstigfjellet mountain (1,296 masl), where you have a great view of the Nærøyfjord. Join a fjord cruise, rent a kayak or take a swim in the fjord. Or you can go on a journey with the Flåm railway, one of the world’s most beautiful train rides.

    Train driver at Flåm railway
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    Train driver at Flåm railway.
    Photo: Kyrre Lien
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    Train driver at Flåm railway.
    Photo: Kyrre Lien

    Find out more about Rallarvegen


    Stay safe and respect the nature

    Return to cycle another day

    Rallarvegen is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Cycling the route varies from easy to difficult, and you need to be in average shape. Remember that some parts of Rallarvegen go through challenging terrain – step off the bike and walk if necessary.

    1. Show consideration for the nature, the wildlife, and the cultural heritage.
    2. You are cycling on a cultural monument. The standard of the road surface may therefore not be as good as you might wish.
    3. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even in the summer. Wind and waterproof clothing is a must, and waterproof shoes are a good idea.
    4. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others. Also bring spare break blocks, inner tubes, a pump, and a repair kit.
    5. Don’t forget your helmet.
    6. Show respect for the ban on tent camping in designated areas.

    Getting here

    Find in-depth travel information on visitrallarvegen.no

    • By train

      By train

      From Bergen and Geilo, you can take the scenic Bergen railway to Finse, Myrdal, or Haugastøl.

      From Oslo, there are several daily train departures for Finse and Myrdal.

      From Flåm, you can travel by train To Myrdal, Finse and Haugastøl.

      Check out NSB’s webpage for prices and timetables.

    • By bus

      By bus

      Express and local buses traffic the area. More information on NOR-WAY Bussekspress’ official website.

    • By plane

      By plane

      From Oslo and Bergen, there are daily flights to Sogndal Airport, from which there are bus departures to Sogndal. From Sogndal, you can travel by bus and express boat to Flåm.


    Leaving it as you found it

    Take only pictures, keep only memories

    Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.

    Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Enjoying nature and the outdoors is considered a national pastime, and this is reflected in our attitude towards the preservation and use of the wilderness.

    Whether it’s hiking in the mountains or biking on an idyllic forest road, Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of whether you are a guest in nature or in a small fishing village.

    Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well. It’s about recognizing that everybody else are just as important as ourselves, and taking steps to implement that thought in all aspects of life. It’s neither easy nor quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.