This route has several times been awarded the most beautiful cycling route in Norway. It offers great variation in landscape from high mountain areas at 1000 masl and up to 1340 masl, before the route dives down to the fjord in Flåm. The Rallarvegen cycling route opened in 1974, and used to be an old construction road from when they built the Bergen line, the railway from Oslo over the mountain to Bergen, back in the early 1900’s. At this time this was one of the most demanding railway constructions in Europe.
For the first few years after 1974 it was only a couple of hundred cyclists who rode the track from Haugastøl to Myrdal. But the number has rapidly increased since. Through the last few years we estimate that about 25 000 bikers from both Norway and abroad has found their way along the Rallarvegen each year.
In these high mountains there are usually large quantities of snow, and along the Finse to Hallingskeid stretch, precisely where snowfalls are heaviest; there is no snow clearance service.July/August and the weekends in September is the peak season, so it is recommended to pre-book your trip including rental bikes, train and accommodation. Weekdays in end of August and September are calmer since Norwegians are back in school and work. So, if you are travelling from abroad we strongly recommend biking on weekdays. An added bonus with biking in September is the fantastic autumn colours in the mountains.