Useful information

ALL TOURS ARE FOR INDIVIDUALS / SELFGUIDED

1. PRICE
See separate information/prices for each tour.

2. WHEN TO TAKE THE TRIP
The best time for biking in Norway is from mid-June to mid-September. The autumn is a particularly nice time for biking. The colors are at their peak and traffic is minimal.
Rallarvegen (The Navvies’ Road) has, on some short distances, snow even in July. The best time for this tour is mid-July to mid-September.
Temperatures in Norway are usually around +10 - + 25ºC in the summer and usually nice weather for biking.
HOWEVER: the weather can be very unstable, and change rapidly from warm, wonderful summer weather to cold wind and rain.

About the midnight sun
The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon which means that the sun does not set during the summer months. In other words, given fair weather, you can see the sun for a continuous 24 hours.
The duration of the midnight sun depends on how far north you go. At the Arctic Circle, in the county of Nordland, you can experience the midnight sun from 12 June to 1 July, at the North Cape in Finnmark it lasts from 14 May to 29 July, and at the North Pole the sun does not set for six months.

3. ACCOMMODATION / MEALS
Most of the bicycle-tours go through areas with a limited number of accommodation facilities. This means there will be a variation in the standard of the rooms/cabins.
In Northern Norway some of the accommodations are seahouses or fishermans’ cabins (rorbuer), and you may have to share the house, and also the bathroom with other cyclists from Norske Bygdeopplevelser (you always has your own room).
The prices include mostly full board, (dinner, breakfast, lunch pack and thermos refill – bring your own thermos).

4. TRANSPORT
The price information, and tour description specifies whether transport is included or not.
For those of you driving your own car (and wanting to combine this with going by train on parts of the trip) there are several possibilities for free parking.

5. CHILDREN
Children under 15 years usually get 50% discount on all prices (staying in parents room), except Rallarvegen (The Navvies’ Road), which have special prices for children.

6. LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
The bicycle-tours vary in level of difficulty. Some tours involve very long day-trips, while others have schedules suitable for families with children (Family trip in Valdres).
See information about each trip: the bikes will describe the level of difficulty, and are based on the physical condition of an average cyclist:
1 bike: Easy trip for everybody, also for children from about 6 years. 15 - 30 km each day.
2 bikes: Medium level for normal trained persons, 30 - 40 km each day.
3 bikes: The terrain is not very heavy, but it might be hard to sit on the bike for so many days.
You must be in relatively good shape and be prepared for some hills along the way.

7. ROAD CONDITIONS
The trails follow to a large extent existing roads (mountain roads, forest roads, local roads etc.) with little traffic. You must be prepared to walk your bike for short distances on some parts of the trails (tours in the mountain).

National Tourist Routes in Norway
There are still roads that are not merely designed to get you to your destination as quickly as possible. National Tourist Routes are beautiful drives, with that little bit extra.
The routes are carefully selected by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, and each of the 18 routes has its own history and character. The routes are carefully adapted to travelers’ needs. They often offer spectacular viewpoints with service buildings, car parks, furniture, paths and art.
Some of our tours follow parts of the National Tourist Routes in Norway:
Lofoten from Svolvær to Å, Island jumping Helgeland, Island jumping Vesterålen
The arctic route from Tromsø to Svolvær), Biking at the Island Senja

8. BIKE RENTAL
We arrange bike rental for all tours.
Bike rental is not included – see separate information/prices for each tour.

9. BOOKING
You can book the tours with your own travel agent, or online on our web sites.

10. PAYMENT
The deposit has to be paid within 14 days after booking.  The rest amount is to be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the first travel day. Tickets, vouchers, maps and tour descriptions will be sent you by post as soon as we have received payment for the tour. A fee of NOK 50 will be added each invoice.

11. CANCELLATION
1. When canceling more than 40 days before start of the trip, we charge NOK 500 per person (deposit).
2. Cancellation between 39 and 15 days before start of the trip, 50% of the total price is charged.
3. By canceling less than 14 days before the start of the tour, or if the customer does not show up, he/she has to pay the full amount (100%).
We recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance (for illness) with your accident insurance.

12. EQUIPMENT
Bring as little as possible and most light things. Wind- and waterproof biking gear. Cap and woolen gloves, long underwear and undershirts. Thick sweater, cycling shorts, extra pair of shoes, socks, bathing suit, toiletries, first aid equipment for you, sunglasses, sun cream and camera.
When you order, we send you a complete list of what to bring and some good advice for the trip.

13. LUGGAGE TRANSPORT
This includes the transportation of one bag per person for clothing and equipment that is not needed during the day.  No additional bags please!
Valuables with low weight and great value, such as money, jewelry, cameras, passports, credit cards etc. should be kept with you at all times.
Your luggage is transported at your own risk, and you need to be insured against damage or loss.  Remember to bring all necessary equipment for each day on the bike.  You must carry your own baggage on some of the ferry crossings - see tour description. You have to carry the luggage in to your room yourself.

14. GROUP TOURS
We tailor-make trips for groups, 6 - 8 persons. Also tours connected with other activities; canoeing, horse-back-riding, hiking, climbing etc.

15. TRAVEL TERMS
These travel terms are based on an agreement between The Norwegian Travel Trade Association and The Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman, revised 1 October 1990. EU's Directive on package trips also applies to Norway from 1 January 1996
We reserve the right to make changes in terms which may be effected by new EU-directives on package trips

Norske Bygdeopplevelser as is not responsible for typographical errors in the program, or any changes in the terms or prices due to changes in exchange rates, taxes or fees that may come about after having written this information.

Do not hesitate to ask for more information!

 

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