This is a very active round trip where you get to experience everything from a walk in the city mountains in Bergen, cycling in Rosendal, summer skiing and glacier walking, a challenging climb to Trolltunga, rafting, kayaking, a fjord cruise and the Navvies’ Road (Rallarvegen).
Bergen – Rosendal, 121 km, 1 ferry, 2 h 30 min
For a bird’s eye view of the ‘city between the seven mountains’, take the Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen or the cable car up to Mount Ulriken (643 m). The walk across the Vidden plateau between Fløyen and Ulriken is a nice warm-up for the rest of the trip. On Mount Ulriken, you can also try Norway’s fastest zipline! Make sure to see the Fish Market and the famous Bryggen wharf, an attraction inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, before you depart for Rosendal.
In Rosendal, you can rent a bicycle and try one of the many great cycle routes the region has to offer. Rosendal is also a great starting point for wonderful walks, including the challenging Mount Melderskin (1,426 m) towering behind the Baroniet, a small castle from the 1660s, or Mount Malmangernuten (890 m). At Baroniet, you can have lunch, take a stroll in the lovely park and admire the roses in the rose garden.
Rosendal – Trolltunga (Skjeggedal), 57 km, 1 h 30 min
FONNA Glacier Ski Resort is situated high above the Hardangerfjord on Folgefonna, Norway’s third biggest glacier. Here you can ski in the summer and go on a guided glacier hike with Folgefonni Breførerlag. In Jondal, you can also hire a kayak at the tourist information centre and go kayaking with or without a guide.
FONNA Glacier Ski Resort – Skjeggedal (starting point for Trolltunga), 70 km, 1 h 30 min
Trolltunga rock – one of Fjord Norway’s iconic hiking trips. This is a very challenging hike, so make sure you are well rested and start out early. Spend the night in Odda or, for example, Lofthus. Only very experienced hikers with suitable equipment should embark on this hike if the weather is poor. Read more about the hike to Trolltunga here.
Skjeggedal – Ulvik, 74 km, 1 h 30 min
Once down again after the walk to Trolltunga, you can continue on to Lofthus and spend the night there or in Ulvik. Here you can get a good rest in peaceful surroundings. Several of the farms in Ulvik make their own juice and cider, and three of them offer guided tours and tasting sessions for groups.
Ulvik – Voss, 43 km, 50 min
The next day, continue on to Voss. Voss is known for the annual extreme sports event Ekstremsportveko, and there are plenty of experiences to choose from for active travellers. Kayaking, rafting, canyoning, a wind tunnel, climbing park and guided walks are all on offer.
Voss is also known for its traditional food. Ask for the ‘Vossameny’ (Voss menu) in the local restaurants.
Voss – Flåm, 64 km, 1 h
Flåm is where you can go on the world famous Flåm Railway, as well as RIB and kayaking trips on the fjord and cruises on the Nærøyfjord, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In Flåm, you can rent a bicycle, take the Flåm Railway to Myrdal and then onwards to Haugastøl, and cycle the Navvies’ Road (Rallarvegen) down again to Flåm. You can also get off the train at Finse or Myrdal and only cycle parts of the Navvies’ Road. From Myrdal, there’s only the best part left: 20 km down the Flåmsdalen valley. There are several places to spend the night in Flåm, with great views of the fjord and good local food.
Flåm – Bergen, 167 km, 2 h 30 min
From Flåm, return to Bergen via Voss. Don’t miss the Tvindefossen waterfall just outside Voss. Feel free to spend another night in Bergen and get a good rest before you return home. Bergen is one of few cities in the world to have been awarded UNESCO City of Gastronomy status, and there are many good restaurants to choose from.
The local tourist offices can give you good and useful information.