We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to travel-related delays. We recommend that you fly into the Sogndal Airport (SOG) by way of either the Bergen Airport, Flesland (BGO) or Oslo Airport (OSL). Pro tip: It might be a better deal to buy the puddle jumper ticket into SOG separately. Once in Sogndal, you will need a taxi to our meeting hotel, which is about a 20-minute drive.
It is possible (and not terribly expensive) to rent a car in either Bergen or Oslo. The drive to Sogndal will take about four to five hours and rental cars can be dropped off at the Sogndal airport. Please note that Norway speed limits are typically lower than in many other countries and they are strictly enforced. Norwegian speeding tickets are very expensive!
If you choose to take the ExpressBoat from Bergen to Sogndal, a lovely 4.5 hour scenic option, you will need to be ready to board at the Bergen Ferry Terminal at a specific time. Currently only the winter schedule is available, but the summer schedule will be updated in early spring. We recommend purchasing tickets at least 4 weeks in advance since the price goes up as you get closer to the date. There are two weekday departures from Bergen on the Norway ExpressBoat, and ONLY ONE departure on Saturdays and Sundays. ExpressBoat tickets run approximately $98 USD each way. Tickets can be purchased online at http://booking.norled.no/default.aspx. If for some reason you miss the ferry boarding, a taxi from Bergen to Sogndal will cost between $600-700 USD.
Either way, we highly suggest you make travel arrangements more than a week in advance and that you arrive at minimum one day prior to the trip start to avoid delays.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Quality Hotel Sogndal (Gravensteinsgata 5, 6856 Sogndal, Norway) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Please have your first-day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your main luggage. You and your traveling companions will take a 20 minute private Trek Travel shuttle to Solvorn, where you'll enjoy lunch overlooking the fjord. You'll then take a short ferry ride to Urnes, where you’ll visit a Unesco World Heritage Site. After the visit, your guides will fit and familiarize you with your bike for the week. We will then set off on a scenic ride along the Lustrafjord, ending at the Skjolden hotel.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, the Skjolden Hotel (+47 57 68 23 80), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.
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You'll depart the Turtagrø Hotel at 11:00 AM on Friday, arriving at approximately 12:30 PM in Sogndal. Please do not schedule any flights out of Sogndal before 2:00 PM. We recommend flying back to Bergen or Oslo and spending the evening exploring before finishing your journey home the following day (Saturday).
If taking the ferry back, ExpressBoat departures from Sogndal to Bergen take place at 7:05 AM each day of the week. Take the time to explore Sogndal on your own this afternoon and ready for your departure the following morning. Since you'll be taking the ferry back on Saturday, please do not schedule a flight out of the Bergen Airport before 3:00 PM on Saturday to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.
If needed, Sogndal Taxi (+47 57 67 10 00) can help get you from the hotel to your terminal at a more convenient time. Please arrange this at your own discretion. View our post hotel recommendations