Bergen

Europe

Bergen is the second town in Norway and is the gateway to many of the fjords.  This city has been copiously endowed by Nature and it is well noted for all it has to offer the tourist.  It is famous too for its cultural contribution and its indie music.  It has a long history dating back more than 1,000 years and was a very important port. The centre of the city was destroyed by fire in 1917.  It is located 60 degrees north of the Equator and like ancient Rome it is surrounded by seven hills or small mountains. It is generally a rugged mountain area and so provides many amenities to the tourist.

Bergen old street, wooden houses
Bergen old street, wooden houses

There are so many things to do here that everyone can find a niche for his energy and interest from the very mundane to the highly cultural. There is an attractive beach for the active or the lazy. Hiking in the mountains is available to the more energetic and fishing for those who want to sit and wait.

If you have an ear for music there are several Festivals when you can hear the Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras. You are in the home of Grieg and Ibsen.There is the Bergen Art museum, the Maritime museum, and the Natural History museum among others.  There is the famous Fish Market, a stave church.  There are concerts during the Bergenfest Festival in May, the International Film Festival in October and the Reggae Festival in June.

Their Constitution Day is held on the 17th May and on the night of the 16th there are allnight parties for everyone.

There are several shopping centres, souvenir shops, clothing and fashion shops, electronic and music shops all around.  And you will never be hungry. There are places to eat which are expensive and cheap for the big spender and for the less rich. In the centre they are expensive but if you move out a little it is easier on your pocket. The local Norwegian dishes are excellent.  You can taste a great selection of wines, spirits and beers in the bars and clubs where you can spend every night and enjoy yourself. There is no end to what you can do in Bergen. And the best thing is that you can walk from the centre to almost everywhere in about twenty minutes. And if you don’t want to walk you can catch a local bus or taxi or have  your own car or even a bicycle. For the more nostalgic there are the trams crawling along.

Bergen, Norway
Bergen, Norway

You can get to Bergen by plane from Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Aberdeen and several other countries to Bergen airport which is just 20 kilometres from the centre. Take a bus , taxi or hire a car there to get to the centre.

Come by train from Oslo and enjoy a seven hour journey with beautiful scenery and pass through the longest tunnel in the world.  There are also Express buses from all over the country. And you can come by sea from Stavanger.

Accommodation is plentiful, but can be expensive during the festival times.

Bergen city
Bergen city