Explore the southern Norwegian landscape with a railbike adventure on the old Flekkefjord line. The route climbs from Flekkefjord to Sira and snakes along the side of lake Lundevatnet on its way. During this 17 kilometer trip to Sira you pass through many tunnels and can appreciate spectacular scenery over mountains and lakes.
Railbike Flekkefjordbanen (Duration: 3-5 hours)
On this trip you experience the historic railway line while exercising and enjoying beautiful landscapes and hearing the authentic sound of the railbike moving along the tracks. The railway used to be an important link between the coast at Flekkefjord and Sira, 17 kilometers inland. Building the railway was not an easy task in the late 1800s, especially in the mountainous landscape. Construction of the railroad took seven years and the section between Flekkefjord and Sira was opened in 1904. The last train travelled along this route on New Year´s Eve in 1990. Since then the railway has been used for recreational purposes.
The route is covered using a “dresine” – a pedal-powered railbike that fits on the tracks. As you cycle along the railway line you will see streaky, sometimes banded, gneissic rocks all around you. Along the way you will pass through 17 tunnels, the longest being Ravnejuvet with a length of 1.174 meters. Surrounded by the dramatic scenery it is easy to forget that you are exercising at the same time!
The starting point for the historic railway experience, which is suitable for the whole family, is at Flekkefjord bus station. The railbike season is from April to October. Remember to bring suitable clothing because it can be cold inside the tunnels!