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Bike rental: Flam or Myrdal?

Rick’s book describes taking the train from Flam to Myrdal, then riding a rental bicycle down, which sounds very appealing. He only mentions renting in Flam, then taking the bike up on the train (with an extra charge for bringing the bike), and returning it back in Flam. It appears, though, that bikes can also be rented up in Myrdal and left back in Flam for the rental company to deal with, for perhaps the same (or lower) cost. I’m surprised that Rick doesn’t mention both options, if only to say do one but don’t do the other.

Anybody who’s done the bike ride, and how did you manage the rental, and what decided where you picked up your bike? Thanks for any advice!

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We took the train from Flam to Myrdal. Got off the train, rented the bikes and then biked down through the most gorgeous mountain scenery. Easy, peasy. There is a drop off for the bikes at the end of the ride. The road/path is almost car free!

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Sounds fantastic! Were you staying in Flam, or elsewhere in the “Nutshell” area? How many nights?

Thanks!!

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Well, we made it to Norway, staying at a very unwelcoming place in Solvorn. Not the expensive hotel, but a much cheaper hostel. Turns out you get what you pay for. The 5-night stay is getting cut to two nights, and leaving tomorrow morning. Getting a better, albeit pricier AirB&B place for the remaining 3 nights.

Then there’s the train/bike thing. It’s basically $92 apiece (920 kroner) for the train, before you pay $40-$50 per bike. That’s way above $250 US for two to ride the train 12 miles up to Myrdal, rent bikes, and ride down? Oh, no thanks. Never mind.

The Nutshell is scenic (when you’re outside of one tunnel after another), but it’s becoming an expensive turn-off.

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Even though the road is open now, we are both happy we cancelled our train tickets for today. We have already seen so much beautiful scenery while driving through the country, and the weather prediction is for rain, rain, and more rain. Our lodging is a cabin at Aurland, and our deck is at the edge of the water on the fjord.

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Cyn, I’m sorry the prices are a big turn off and you choose not to do the bike ( or train) ride? I don’t remember how much we paid, but we were a family of 4. I do know we spent approximately $11,000 for our family of 4 for 10 days!🤣