RIDE WITH SFIDA CYCLING IN NORWAY, THE TROLLS ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

We have finally been able to organise, what is going to be, one of the most challenging and exciting trips we can offer to our clients.

Norway, as a cycling destination, has been on the cards for a few years, and now, with our support, you can enjoy an incredible itinerary. Norway is a big country, so we have prioritised riding the most iconic roads like Trollstigen, Dalsnibba and the world-famous Lysebotn climb.

In addition, we will be visiting the Winter Olympics city of Lillehammer, Andalsness, the Geiranger and Sognefjellet fjords… not forgetting Bergen, Preiskatolen…the list is long.

Besides pedalling, we will have some great ferry crossings between fjords and enjoy the stunning train ride between Flam and Myrdal.

We will have some great accommodation in pure Nordic style. The food will also be one of the strong points of the trip as Norway is ahead in the organic and sustainable production of quality food.

Taking a group of cyclists to such remote regions requires a lot of planning and logistics, which is why we are starting to promote this trip with such a long lead time. We have planned the trip to start in early-July 2023, July is in the middle of Summer, which is considered the best time for cycling in this Scandinavian country.

We are offering a 9 day and a 12-day version for this trip. The main reason is that the extension to 12 days will allow us to take our clients to the iconic Lysebotn climb – in a remote location we will need extra time to get there making our logistics a little complex…but worth it!

12-day trip dates: 9 to 21 July 2023

Distance: 1,000km               daily average: 90km
Climbing: 19,725m          daily average: 1,795m 

9-day trip dates: 9 to 18 July 2023

Distance: 875km               daily average: 97km
Climbing: 16,925m          daily average: 1,880m 

 

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  • Duration:12 days
  • DATES : Jul 09 - Jul 21
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Oslo Airport (OSL)
    • DEPARTURE:Oslo Airport (OSL)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
  • PRICE :

    6,750.00

DAY 1: Welcome to Norway.
In the morning, meet the SFIDA Cycling team at the Radisson Blue Airport hotel in Oslo. We will then drive for a couple of hours to Lillehammer.

After check-in at our hotel, we will have our usual day one routine, introduction meeting, build up bikes and lunch.

In the afternoon we will have a short ride around Lillehammer, this town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. A reminder – the modern ski was invented in the region of Telemark, also in Norway.

We will have time to walk around this charming town before dinner

Day 1
52km / 1,035m
HOTEL: Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer

DAY 2: A beautiful ride between Lillehammer and Otta.

Today we will ride from Lillehammer to Otta.

We will follow the E6 road, leaving a few times to ride on secondary roads that will allow us our first contact with rural Norway.

Along the Gudbrandsdalen valley, we will see small towns, and one of the most iconic churches in the country, the Stave Church in Ringebu. This is a wooden church built around 1220 and it’s the biggest of the remaining 28 wooden churches in Norway.

Most of our ride today will be near the Gudbrandsdal river, with great views of Otta, our final destination for today.

Day 2
119km / 1,975m.

HOTEL: Thon Hotel Otta

DAY 3: Otta to Andalsness, our longest ride…

Leaving Otta, today is our longest ride. Following the Rauma valley, we will have steep mountains on both sides of the road for a while. This is a reminder that Norway is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe!

After 50km of riding, we will arrive at Dombas, time for a coffee stop. This town is also the start of the Rauma railway that goes all the way to Andalsness, this has been named Europe’s most beautiful rail line by Lonely Planet.

We will follow the same direction, but on the road, combining the main road with secondary roads. The first towns we will encounter after Dombas are small settlements serving as a centre for the farms in the area.

Andalsness, our final destination today is a lovely city in the heart of Romdalsfjord, one of the biggest fjords in Norway.

Day 3
155km / 2,000m
HOTEL:  Grand Hotel Classic

DAY 4: Trollstigen to Geiranger, one of Norway’s scenic roads!

If we could rate our rides like the hotel’s rating, today’s ride will be a 5-star ride…

Leaving Andalsness behind we will soon start climbing up to Trollstigen, this is an iconic 11 hairpin climb with amazing views.

Lush valleys, sheltered strawberry farms, precipitous mountains and viewpoints are guaranteed to make you dizzy with some of Norway’s most scenic views. Make sure your phone is charged and don’t hesitate to stop often to take photos!

After summiting Trollstigen, we will descend to reach Gudbransjuvet, a great place that has fantastic views of the gorge with the same name. It is a perfect place to stop for coffee and views!

Soon after, at km 58 we will arrive at Linge, this will be our first contact with a Fjord.

A fjord is a Norwegian word that means a long, narrow and deep body of seawater that reaches far inland. There are more than 1,000 fjords in Norway, some are very famous, and we will be visiting a few of them during our trip.

After crossing the Geiranger Fjord, we will reach Ornevegen, this is the top of the climb before we descend via another 11 hairy hairpins to Geiranger, our destination for the next couple of nights.

Day 4
87km / 2,235m
CLIMBS: Trollstigen 875m  Omevegen 622m
HOTEL: Hotel Union Geiranger 

DAY 5: In Geiranger!

We could not help but spend a couple of nights in Geiranger. This is one of the most visited destinations in Norway and it is easy to understand why.

With stunning views all around, there’s a lot to see and ride…

Yesterday we arrived at Geiranger after descending the spectacular Ornevegen road, therefore, we felt obliged to let our clients climb up this road today, pretty sure everyone will agree…

After reaching the summit we will continue riding in the opposite direction as we did yesterday, taking the ferry back to Linge. Then we will ride west along the fjord, cross by ferry to Stranda and ride to Hellesylt.

This will be the end of our riding. From Hellesylt, we will take the ferry to Geiranger, this is a nice way to end our ride.

Day 5
74km / 1,820m
CLIMB: Omevegen 622m 
HOTEL:Hotel Union Geiranger

DAY 6: Dalsnibba climb!

We are leaving idyllic Geiranger and climbing up to Dalsnibba, which is 21km long with 1,500m of climbing from sea level! Expect magnificent views up…

After early coffee in Dalsnibba, we will keep riding towards Lom, following road number 15, we will ride next to lakes and rivers most of the way until we reach Lom.

From Lom, we take the Sognefjellet scenic route, but today we will only do a short section as our hotel is Roisheim, just 15km from the start.

Day 6
110km / 2,510m
CLIMB: Dalsnibba 1,437m
HOTEL:  Rosheim Hotel

DAY 7: Tindevegen Panorama road…it keeps getting better!

We keep riding on the Sognefjellet scenic route. For most of our ride today, we are in some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes Norway has to offer.

At km 53, we will leave the main road and ride on the Tindevegen Panorama road, this is a single lane road, very scenic and at some points steep, but paved towards Ovre Ardal.

This is a 32km road with spectacular views, with hairpins included! Definitely one of the top rides in Norway. It is also referred to as the “roof of Norway” as we are quite high for some time.

From Ovre Ardal to the end of our ride, it is 35km of scenic flat road along the Ardal lake and Sogne fjord.

Day 7
120km / 2,525m
CLIMBS: Sognefjellet 1,433m Tindevegen 1322m
HOTEL: Lindstrom Hotel Laerdal

DAY 8: Bike, ferry, train…and Vikings!.

Today is another incredible day in Norway! We start riding from Laerdal up to Snovegen, this road is very scenic, with continuous climbing for 28km and a 1,500m elevation gain. From the top, it is a steep descent towards Aurland.

From Aurland it is a short and flat ride to Flam, this is the end of our riding today, a short day on the bike but with plenty to see in the afternoon.

Flam is the start of the short but spectacular train ride to Myrdal, this is a 20km train ride with a lot of photo opportunities in both directions. We will do a return trip back to Flam.

Back in Flam, we will take the ferry to Gundvagen. This ferry ride is across the Aurland and Noroy fjords, this is part of the UNESCO landscape sites in Norway…truly epic!

In Gundvagen, our final destination is on the shore of the Noroy fjord, a very idyllic location in Viking land.

Day 8
58km / 1,785m
CLIMBS: Snovegen 1,312m
HOTEL:  Gundvagen Fjordtell

DAY 9: Stalheimskleiva…steepest road of Norway!

Of course, we could not miss out on the steepest road this country has to offer, whilst the Stalheimskleiva won’t be the hardest climb you will do with SFIDA Cycling it is certainly one of the most scenic. This is a short 2 km climb averaging 12% and a maximum gradient of 20%.

After we summit Stalheimskleiva, the rest of our ride is on a mix of small roads around different lakes and crossing through small towns until we reach Dale, the end of our ride today.

Dale is famous for its high-quality knitted woollen jerseys, sold under the Dale of Norway brand, established in 1879 the patterns of their jerseys are very original. We will visit the Dale Museum and outlet.

After our time in Dale, we will transfer to Bergen, where we will spend the next couple of nights.

Day 9
108km / 1,995m
CLIMB: Stalheimskleiva 373m

HOTEL: Bergen Bors Hotel

DAY 10: In Bergen, one of the nicest towns in Norway.

The 9-day trip ends today. For the riders short of time, it’s time to say goodbye to the SFIDA Norway trip and head back to Oslo. We are including a flight back to Oslo from Bergen on this option.

For the riders keen to stay for an extra 3 nights, great moments are still ahead.

We are proposing a short morning ride around Bergen after breakfast, then the rest of the day free in this beautiful city by the Atlantic Ocean. The ride is optional!

Bergen, although being Norway’s second-biggest city has a small-town character and vibe. We will give you time to explore Bergen at your own pace. After such an intense day’s riding through some of the best Norway can offer, it’s time to relax and enjoy a place like Bergen.

The only suggestion is not to miss Bryggen, a UNESCO Heritage site. This is the famous “Hanseatic Wharf”- it hosts a museum, galleries and restaurants and it’s the main focus for visitors to Bergen.

Nearby the Fishmarket, which has been operating since 1276 is another spot to visit. Besides fish, you can find vegetables, handicrafts and souvenirs.

We will meet for dinner and plan for our last couple of days, both with a highlight!

Day 10 – After breakfast, we will go for a couple of hours’ ride around Bergen, option to rest!
40-50km / 500m

HOTEL: Bergen Bors Hotel

DAY 11: Travel to Preikestolen.

Today is transfer day, no riding but a short walk in Preikestolen in the afternoon.

We will leave Bergen after breakfast. Travelling by road is still very scenic, so on our drive to Preikestolen, we will do a few stops for coffee, photos, lunch and more photos.

We aim to arrive early afternoon at our accommodation at Preikestolen Base Camp and hike the 8km return to Pulpit Rock. This is one of the most memorable photo opportunities in Norway!

Day 11 No riding today.

HOTEL: Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

DAY 12: Lysebotn…29 hairpins to glory!.

Another memorable day to end an incredible SFIDA Cycling trip.

We take pride in taking our clients to the most amazing places to ride and Lysebotn is certainly one of the tops on our list.

After an early breakfast, we ride to the ferry terminal that will take us to Lysebotn, this ferry ride is one of the most spectacular in this part of Norway. All along the Lysefjord, on both sides, we have steep mountains.

Once in Lysebotn, time for a coffee before we start today’s ride. The Lysebotn climb is nearly 11km long with 29 hairpins (one of them completely in a tunnel), and with an elevation gain of 900mts, there is bound to be a steep section at some point.

This is one of the most iconic climbs on sites like Instagram, you can see why when you start gaining some altitude, the views over the fjord are incredible.

Once at the top we will continue our ride to Rysstad, most of the ride will be on a plateau between 700-1,000m high.

Rysstad is the end of our trip before our transfer to Oslo tomorrow morning.

Day 12
79km / 2,300m
CLIMB: Lysebotn 938m

HOTEL:  Silver Garden Hotel

DAY 13: Transfer to Oslo and Farvel!

After breakfast transfer by van to Oslo airport. We plan to get there early afternoon, so plan your flights accordingly. Check with us if needed.

 

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

12 Day option

TWIN room:  6,750 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  1,550 Euros
Rental bike: 800 Euros

9 Day option

TWIN room:  5,550 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  1,250 Euros
Rental bike: 700 Euros

PAYMENT TERMS:
1,000 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
12 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars.

or 9 nights accommodation between 3-4 Stars.

ALL MEALS INCLUDED. In both the 12 and 9 days options.
 breakfasts.
lunches, picnic-style on longer days.
dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are doing a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less 600 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

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