By Chris Smith

Tuesday 21st August 2018

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Bergen and Norway Cycling Routes

Norway is a great place to ride a bike. It is wild, unspoilt and every turn is instagram worthy. It is also tough, the roads are hard, the weather unpredictable and and the distances between cafe stops often large! We highly recommend that you hire a car in Bergen to reach some of the most stunning places

Matre Loop -  Matre is an hour North of Bergen This 99km route climbs 2500m. There is one tunnel on the route of 1.5km long, so we recommend that you take lights. Leaving Matre you take the FV92. A small road that climbs, undulatingly with the odd steep ramp up into the hills. You pass stunning lakes interrupted by green forests. After 25 km you descend steeply to the beautiful Fjord of Sognefjorden. Keep the coast on your right as you pass little hamlets and revel in the easy going around the coastal road. After 75km you reach Instefjord (ideal to grab something to eat). Here you start to climb again and just before the tunnel, take the FV5 up into the mountains. You descend down with brilliant views of the Fjord and then you have a lump to get over to get back to the start at Matre.

The Snow Road - More accurately called the Aurland National Tourist Route is the most beautiful (and at times brutal) roads I have ever ridden. Even in August, there was snow at the top. You pass idyllic lakes, waterfalls and rock formations. However you are made to work for it. With ramps on both ascents up to 20% this is a very tough climb (with beautiful views). Grab something to eat in Laerdalsoyri and then return (up the slightly easier side) back to Aurlandsvangen. There a e a couple of great restaurants here. And it's well worth sampling the local fish before you head back to Bergen. 

Bergen Loop - This Bergen loop is 82km with 100m of ascent. It starts in the city centre and takes in many of the quiet back roads the area provides, passing lakes and idylic coastlines.

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