Rallarvegen - Navvy Road practical information

The 82 kilometer long Navvy Road is Norway's most popular bicycle route, and a journey in both majestic scenery and fascinating cultural history. The navvy Road was built as a construction road for the Bergen Railway and was finished in 1902.
The Navvy Road is located between Oslo and Bergen. It is possible to bike the entire distance in one day, but calculate two or three days and time for some experiences underway. The most common is to start the journey from Haugastøl, Finse or Myrdal, and the most popular part of the route is between Finse and Flåm. Are you cycling with children we strongly suggest to take the train to Finse and cycle back down to Haugastøl. You can rent bicycles in Geilo, Haugastøl and Finse.

Underlay substrate: gravel, dirt road
Season: July to September

Distance and time use
Haugastøl - Finse 27km (4 hours uphill) and Finse - Haugastøl 27km (3 hours downhill) partly open for cars.
Finse - Hallingskeid 21km (3 hours)
Finse - Myrdal 38km (5 hours)
Myrdal - Flåm 20km (3 hours)
Myrdal - Mjølfjell station / Upsete 13km only by train! www.vy.no
Mjølfjell - Voss 30km open for cars


Serving and accommodation
Haugastøl is the perfect starting point for cycling Rallarvegen, walking on the Hardangervidda and ordering a guided glacier hike. Haugastøl offers accommodation and serving. You can rent bikes with start from Haugstøl or start from Finse. In the cafe they have a lot of homemade, honest food like buns, snacks and dinner in a cozy atmosphere. A small shop for things you may have forgotten. Good parking options, easy access from Riksvei 7, short distance from train station Haugstøl.
On the website you will find a lot of interesting information about Rallarvegen, such as history, nature along Rallarvegen, sights and package list. www.haugastol.no/rallarvegen

Finse1222 hotel is a hotel with a lot of history and majestic location. The doors opened in 1909 and the last renovation in collaboration with Snøhetta architects in 2021. Here you can spend the night or take a good break with a view of Hardangerjøkulen. www.finse1222.no Finse is also Norway's highest elevated train station.
Please set aside time to visit the Rallar Museum in Eastern train hangar, here you will find two exhibitions and Cafe Rotaren. www.rallarmuseet.no

Fagernut Vakterbolig/ guard house at 1310 m above sealevel with Rallarkafe and an exhibition with working and family life on the Bergensbanen high mountain stretch. Fagernut has a long history as a residence for both workers and tourists. The cafe of Fagernut is runned on a voluntary basis, and is building is protected by the National Heritage Board, like Sandå stikningsbu, Slirå guard house and Slirå rallarbrakke.
Opening hours are from mid-July until the start of school, henceforth open on the weekends until mid-September. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hallingskeid is an old engineer home which is now a self-service tourist cabin from DNT. You need membership in DNT to get access to the key at the tourist information at Geilo and DNT stores. There is also a train station at Hallingskeid.
During the construction of the Bergen line, Hallingskeid was built as a hospital. In recent times, it was used as a mountain lodge and was the starting point for a nice long mountain hikes. In 1963, parts of Hallingskeid mountain lodge burned down and were not rebuilt. In 1972, DNT resumed operations at Hallingskeid as a self-service cabin.

Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotel traditional hotel from 1896, nice place to catch your breath in the mountains before you cycle down to Flåm.

Cafe Rallaren is located by Myrdal station and is a junction between Flåmsbana and Bergensbanen. In cafe Rallaren they serve both hot and cold dishes. Short way to impressive waterfalls from Myrdøla river and the 21 turns down to Flåm.

In Flåm, there are several options for accommodation and dining. Please visit the Visit Flåm website for more detailed information.


Practical information
The Navvy Road is the construction and transport road that was used during the construction of the Bergen line from 1895 to 1902, and it has several times been named Norway's most beautiful cycle path, which has also made it one of the country's most popular cycle routes.
When you travel here, you take part in a tradition that is over a hundred years old. Read more about history on the website of, among others, Haugastøl and banenor.no/jernbanen/rallarvegen.

Rallarvegen is unique because it has not been expanded or modernized since it was built. The road is maintained as a cultural monument and thus the standard is different than on modern cycle paths, this is also the reason why the road is not snow plowed after the winter. Take time to cycle carefully and to get with you all the culture and nature along the way.
Be prepared to ride on rough surfaces, bumps and deep ruts, rough surfaces and melt damage. The first part has short steep sections, but from Myrdal to Flåm at the 21 turns which are steep and with sharp turns.

Be aware of other users of Rallarvegen, grazing animals and wild animals. Hikers and other cyclists at a different pace than yourself (electric bike and children). The first part from Haugastøl is partly open for local car transport and again from Myrdal to Flåm and Myrdal to Voss you can meet cars.
It is obvious that you should be an experienced cyclist and that the bike is in good condition, therefore it is an advantage to rent a bike. Choose a bike that is suitable for rough surfaces and make sure that the brakes and tires are in good standart. Bicycles with narrow wheels are not recommended. If you want to cycle with children, we recommend the stretch from Finse to Haugastøl.

The road is located on the high mountains, up to 1343 meters above sea level, and it is common that the road is not snow-free before July and after mid-September. Especially the stretch from Finse to Hallingskeid can have parts with snow until well into the summer. Here you can take the train. Stay up to date with rallarvegrapport on the websites from Haugastøl and Finse.

Be prepared for a mountain tour in cold and wet weather, even in the middle of summer. The climate is harsh and can change quickly. Bring warm clothes for breaks or accidents and remember to keep your hands and feet warm. You should wear a bicycle helmet. Also bring some extra food and water (you can drink the water from the springs). And check the weather forecast for the entire stretch before you start.
In addition to accommodation along the entire road, there are good opportunities for camping. The only zones where you are not allowed to put up a tent are between Haugastøl and Tunga (lake) and in the center of Finse.

Transport to and on Rallarvegen is either by train or bicycle. Check train departures before starting the trip, there are not many departures and the train does not stop at all stations. If you have a bicycle on the train, it must also be pre-booked. When taking the train with bike please be ready when the train arrives the station, act fast and take off your luggage.
For a ticket on the route Haugastøl - Finse - Myrdal - Voss see www.vy.no
For a section on the Flåm line, see www.visitflåm.no


Book recommendation
Jan Guillous - The Bridge Builders.
The story of the construction of Klevabrua and a novel about three engineer brothers who each face their own challenges in life.
Address: Rallarvegen 2660, 5719 Finse