With my bike all boxed up and bags all packed, Dave was nice enough to drive me the 1 1/2 hours to London Heathrow. I was sad to leave my family here in the UK as I was blessed with so much time getting to know them. Hopping on the plane, I had a layover in Stavanger before arriving to Bergen. With the airport located outside of town, I caught two different buses and hauled my belongings to the hostel. That night I spent unpacking my bike and getting everything ready for another bikepacking adventure!
With surprisingly good weather I had a two day bike journey ahead of me, equating to roughly 100mi. My plan was to head from Bergen to Lote on the Hardangerfjord where my good friend Lasse had set me up with a cabin. It was a beautiful ride and I couldn’t have asked for anything better especially since the forecast had predicted rain when I last checked before leaving London.
After a late start the first day, battling a flat tire that I continually tried to patch to no avail, it was time for a new tube. Air in the tires I was finally on my way and making good time! Well as good as I can running a single speed with really easy gearing…so about 8-10mph. Riding from noon til around 8pm, I found a good camping spot and slept through the night.
Being woken up by rain pattering down on my tent in the morning, I used this opportunity to sleep in some more hoping the rain would subside, and it did. This made for another noon start and I continued along the Hardangerfjord admiring the stunning views along the way. It was amazing and so peaceful with good weather, definitely a ride to enjoy. I caught the ferry to Utne and before long, made it to Lote. Locating the cabin and getting the key, I got all settled in just before dark.
This would be home for the next three nights. A VERY basic cabin located right on the Hardangerfjord. It was a tiny cabin, no electricity or bathroom. Just a foam mattress, room for me spread out all my crap, and a roof over my head. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
In the morning, I woke up and headed to Utne to buy some groceries because quite frankly I like food. Here, I found a pamphlet that showed a hike in the area up to Setehaug that gave a good panoramic view of the fjord. A nice uphill bike ride brought me to the beginning of the trail and 30 minutes later I was looking out over the Hardangerfjord.
The next day I caught the ferry to Kinsarvick and did The Four Waterfalls of Husedalen Valley hike. This was a gorgeous and stunning hike. Should’ve brought my tent and camped out by the third waterfall! Oh well maybe next time.
Seeing everything I had wanted to see, I was ready to continue the journey onwards. I truly enjoyed staying at the cabin, it was very peaceful and relaxing giving me time to hang out and enjoy the beauty of Norway. Thank you Lasse for setting up the cabin and Eldrid for letting me use her cabin! The generosity I have received from people is inexplainable especially from complete strangers that don’t even know me.