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What country ranks first on the World Happiness Report? It's Norway! Home to Thor, Odin, the Midnight Sun and Edvard Grieg, it's a land of music, legend and lutefisk. Norway's fjords top National Geographic's list of most popular World Heritage Sites. Bike, hike, paddle and sail through the Sognefjord, Norway's longest, deepest fjord. Ride the Romantic Route beside the calm waters of the Lustrafjorden. Explore by train, kayak and rib boat. Challenge your legs on a climb to a year-round ski resort. Feast on fresh salmon, herring and artisan-made goat cheeses. You may never want to leave.
Meet in Bergen, a beautiful seaside city with 900 years of history. Ferry into the King of the Fjords - the Sognefjord. Bike along the placid shoreline to Balestrand.
Bergen is Norway's second largest city. Clambering up the hillsides overlooking the North Sea, its colorful houses are a sight from a storybook. Meet us here the morning of Day 1. Board the Express Boat to begin your 3-hour journey along the magnificent Sognefjord. Norway's deepest (over 4,000' at some points) and longest, it's often called the King of the Fjords. Lush green hillsides and waterfall-washed crags surround and protect its peaceful waters. Tiny villas cling to the slopes on either side. Stop at Nese for an afternoon snack and a bike fitting. Ride north along the idyllic shoreline to the ferry at Balestrand. Stay at the Dragsvik Fjordhotell, right on the shore of the Sognefjord. Ride: 40 mi / 65 km; Flat / rolling hills. Easy.
Bicycle the Gaularfjellet National Tourist Route beside clear blue waters and sparkling glaciers, then onward to the Walaker, the oldest family-run hotel in Norway.
Two rides today. This morning, pedal the Gaularfjellet National Tourist Route through protected lands studded with waterfalls, wild rapids and glaciers. Jaw-dropping mountain views await! This afternoon, ride to the Walaker Hotel, the oldest family-run hotel in Norway, set beside the fjord in the idyllic village of Solvorn. AM Ride: 34 mi / 55 km (RT) out and back with a 6 mi/2200 ft climb. Difficult. Day 2 PM - 33 mi / 53 km; flat/rolling hills with 1 climb 3.5 mi/750 ft. Moderate.
Ride up to Jostedalsbreen National Park to see the largest glacier on Europe's mainland.
Take a ride up through what English mountaineer W.C. Slingsby called, "The finest ice scenery in Europe." From the Walaker, follow the lone road beside the glacial-blue Storelvi River, where sculpted, polished rocks line a shoreline dotted with wildflowers and diminutive farms. Head up another valley to tiny, isolated Bergset, surrounded on three sides by Jostedalsbreen National Park, home of the largest glacier on the European mainland. Snap a photo (or a dozen) and enjoy the best picnic of your life before cruising back down-river. Ride: 68 mi / 110 km; flat/rolling hills, except for 1100 ft of climbing in first 4 mi. Moderate.
Warm up with the Romantic Ride beside the water. Then challenge your quads on a ride up to the Summer Ski Resort at Sognefjellet.
Starting with a ferry ride across the fjord to visit the Urnes Stave Church, we bicycle the Romantic Route, curving along peaceful roads beside the water. At the head of the fjord, it's time to climb. Tackle a road leading uphill – very uphill – into Norway's high country. Alpine scenery, glacier views, tiny farms and lots of wide-open spaces take you to the Sognefjellet Summer Ski Centre. Spend the next two nights here at the Sognefjellshytta. Ride: 46 mi / 75 km; the first 22m are flat, then 15m of steep climbing. Very difficult.
Hike the glacier, go kayaking or cross-country skiing here at the top of Europe's highest mountain pass. The choice is yours.
Sognefjellet is perched at the top of Europe's highest mountain pass, at 4,593'/1400m. Enjoy a great breakfast at the hotel, then (depending on the snowpack and the season) choose your adventure for the day. Go for a hike? A kayak expedition? Head underground on a caving / grotto excursion? It may even be possible to head out for a day of cross-country skiing!
Ride downhill to Over Ardal this morning, then bicycle the Aurland Valley, 'Norway's Grand Canyon.'
After another great breakfast at the hotel, ride downhill to Ovre Ardal, at the head of Lake Årdalsvatnet. Ride onward through the massive views of the Aurland Valley, hailed as Norway's Grand Canyon. Stay at Vangsgaarden tonight, a lovely hotel on the shores of the Sognefjord. AM Ride: 29 mi / 46 km; lots of descending, two 1000 ft climbs. Difficult. PM Ride: 30 mi / 48 km; 10 mi. of steep climbing and 10 mi. of steep descending. Very difficult.
Go for a rib boat fjord safari today. Other options include a hike to a local farm or up onto the glacier, or a bike ride.
It's another Choose Your Own Adventure day. Take a fjord safari in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (a 'Rib Boat'). Sample handmade artisanal goat cheeses at a local summer farm. Take a hike on the glacier or go for a bike ride. Sit and soak up the sunshine. Enjoy a final dinner celebration tonight.
The train back to Bergen is hailed by National Geographic Traveler as 'one of the Top 10 train journeys in Europe.'
After a leisurely breakfast we finish things off with an amazing railway journey back to Bergen. Both National Geographic Traveler and Lonely Planet hail as this one of the world's most beautiful train rides!
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.
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