Bergen Journals

Bergen - introduction to the Fjords

An April 2002 trip to Bergen by davidx

Ole Bull plays Photo, Bergen, Norway More Photos
Quote: It is not true that it rains all the time. I have been three times and twice there was warm sun. The other time is better forgotten, particularly as it was a Monday afternoon but when it is fine, the outdoor attractios are terrific.

Bergen - introduction to the Fjords

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Overview

Ole Bull plays Photo, Bergen, Norway
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There are three musts and some very goods which I know about but I did have one disappointment. The musts are Bryggen,[the old buildings from when all coastal traffic was contollled by the Hanseatic League] the fish market [a wonderful colourful display near the waterside] and Mount Floyen,[reached by funicular and giving magnificent views of the town, islands and fjords,] all very convenient for each other and all covered in this journal as are Gamle Bergen, [a museum of old Norwegian houses and shops] and the stave church . The disappointment was the Fishery museum. I am not sure what I expected but I had recently been to the island museum at Molde and found it remarkably interesting. Thi...Read More

Steens

Hotel

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This is not far from the train and bus stations, as its adverts say - but do not be fooled. There is a short but very steep hill before you arrive and I think many people will find a taxi worthwhile when they go with their luggage. Once there, it is ideal and seems like a more expensive place. As the address suggests there is a park immediately outside with a stretch of water on which swans are frequently to be seen. Most rooms look out on this and all are en-suite.

The panelled breakfast room is delightful and the breakfast itself is very good, enabling you to eat enough for a very light lunch to suffice.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2002

Steens
22 Parkveien
Bergen, Norway
+47 55 314 050

Fantoft Stave Church

Attraction | "Stave Church [Fantoft]"

Fantoft Stave Church Photo, Bergen, Norway
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This is a short bus ride out from the city. There are two stops that are near the church that I know of because the driver forgot to tell me at the first. As you might guess the first one is easier, involving a moderate short uphill walk, whereas the second involves a flight of steps through a wood. It should have been a historical sight, since the church was built in the 12th century and later moved here in the 19th. Unfortunately it was completely destroyed by fire in 1992, but an exact replica was constructed and opened in 1997 making it, as it were, a new old church. It may be 'only' a replica, but it's a terrific piece of a building and, of course, it shows just what the original was like...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Fantoft Stave Church
Paradis
Bergen, Norway

Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Museum)

Attraction | "Gamle Bergen"

Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Museum) Photo, Bergen, Norway
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This is an outdoor museum that can be reached through about 20 minutes on the bus. It contains over 40 wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries placed together very convincingly as a 'town.' It costs NOK 30 to go in (half for concessionaries). It's not worth going to unless you can manage short but quite steep uphill 'streets.' The guided, English-spoken tour is almost a must as it's the only way of seeing most of the interiors. The buildings demonstrate the way of life of the people of the centuries when they were built and, in addition to the church, there are the baker's, the barber's, and the chemist's among others. The guide regarded it as unlikely that more buildings would be acquir...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Museum)

Bergen, Norway

Fløibanen

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Attraction | "Fløibanen - views and walks"

Fløibanen Photo, Bergen, Norway
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I have no hesitation in recommending that you go up in the Funicular. That way you go up 320 meters in 8 minutes. Even if, unlike me, you have the choice of walking up, the Funicular means that you can spend your time at the top walking some of the marked paths which look beautiful and fairly easy - or do your own thing for a longer distance. It is worth saying that there are very short lifts at the top and bottom, enabling people with prams to get in and out without trouble and making it possible for many less advantaged people to get up. The views from the top are quite magnificent and it is worth just strolling round and enjoying them before you think of anything else. If you want an icecrea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2002

Fløibanen

Bergen, Norway

The Main Waterfront

Attraction

The Main Waterfront Photo, Bergen, Norway
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Immediately beside the shortest side of the waterfront is the market, always thought of as the fish market as this is the most vibrant, colorful, noisy, and appealing part but there are also flowers, fruit, and clothing. It makes a good source for souvenirs to take out of the country. As one rather slick salesman pointed out, "Unless they don't like salmon, you can't go wrong. So many of the souvenirs on these stalls are rubbish and they are not even made in Norway." Fish for taking away and cooking yourself are not a lot of use unless you are on your way to a self-catering accommodation, but if you are this is a remarkable choice. Mainly, however, it's ideal as a source for picnics and there is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

The Main Waterfront
Bergen Centre
Bergen, Norway