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    The gateway to the fjords

    Bergen is a place where the past is never very far away, whether in the colourful timbered houses of the UNESCO-listed wharf area or in the magnificent Viking ship that forms the centrepiece of the Maritime Museum’s display. But there’s more to the former home of the Hanseatic League than history. Modern Bergen is a vibrant place, with excellent food and a

    pulsating night scene. It’s also, as the marketing brochures have it, ‘the gateway to the fjords’ and sits, flanked by snow-capped peaks, in an area that’s almost ridiculously beautiful, with steep-sided sea lochs, dramatic asperous gullies and plashing waterfalls just minutes by boat from the city centre.

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    Bryggen

    Bryggen
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Bergen’s UNESCO-listed wharf area is flanked by colourful rows of gabled buildings and is packed with lively bars, cafés and galleries.

    Hanseatiske Museum

    Finnegårdsgate 1A
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 5554 4690
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (summer)
    Tue-Sat 1100-1400
    Sun 1100-1600 (winter)

    Bergen’s fortunes were built on the activities of the mercantile Hanseatic League and this charming little museum, which is housed in one of the city’s oldest wooden buildings, explains how it all got underway.

    Bergen Kunstmuseum

    Rasmus Meyers Allé 9
    5015 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 5556 8000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1700

    Housed in a cluster of buildings perched on the shores of the Lille Lungegårdsvann Lake, Bergen’s municipal art gallery is home to the impressive Rasmus Meyer collection, which includes several works by Edvard Munch.

    Akvariet I Bergen

    Nordnesbakken 4
    5005 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 4010 2420
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    While the clean seas off Bergen have no shortage of marine life, for a closer look at the natives (and more tropical varieties), the city’s 70-tank aquarium is not to be missed.

    Rosenkrantz Tower

    Bergenhus Festning
    5835 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 4797 9578
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1600

    Part of the Bergenhus [Bergen Castle] complex, Rosenkratz Tower was built by city governor Eric Rosenkratz in the 1500s. Originally conceived as a lookout post, today’s viewers climb its winding stairs purely for the city panorama that can be seen from the top.

    Fløibanen Funicular Railway

    Vetrlidsallmenningen 21
    5014 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 5533 6800
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0730-2300
    Sat-Sun 0800-2300

    One of Norway’s oldest stretches of railroad, the Fløibanen Funicular Railway has been ferrying travellers up the picturesque Fløyfjell Mountain for 80 years.

    Mariakirken

    Dreggsallmenningen 15
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 5559 3270
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    Opening times:
    Closed for maintenance until 2015

    Bergen’s oldest building, Mariakirken (St Mary’s Church) began life in 1200 and boasts two spectacular Romanesque towers that bely its relatively plain interior – the perfectly preserved baroque pulpit notwithstanding.

    Gamle Bergen Museum

    Nyhavnsveien 4
    5042 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 4797 9576
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1600

    With more than 50 impressively detailed houses, the Gamle Bergen Museum reimagines what the city would have looked like in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and includes a series of interactive displays.

    Håkon's Hall

    Bergenhus Festning
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1600

    Built during the 13th-century reign of King Håkon Håkonsson, the Gothic hall began life as a royal palace but by the 19th century was used mainly to house soldiers. Today it’s a museum, although the city does put on the occasional concert there.

    Bergen Maritime Museum

    Haakon Sheteligs plass 15
    5007 Bergen
    Norway
    Tel: 5554 9600
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1500 (Sep-May)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1100-1600 (Jul-Aug)

    Bergen has a long and impressive seafaring history and this interesting museum covers it all, from Dark Ages to present day. There’s also a wonderfully well-preserved Viking ship on site.

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    Country overview

    From precipitous glaciers to steep-sided gorges and crystalline fjords, Norway’s natural beauty is impossible to overstate. The unspoilt wilderness of the Arctic north is one of the few places where the sun shines at midnight during the summer and where the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the skies during the long, dark winter. Further to the south, the picturesque cities of

    Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen are brimful of buildings showing off Scandinavia’s age-old flair for design in cosmopolitan surroundings. Beautiful though the cities are, the real wonders of Norway are to be found outdoors, with ample skiing, fishing and rock-climbing opportunities for the adventurous and nature lovers alike.

    Geography

    Norway is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by Finland, the Russian Federation and Sweden, to the south by the Skagerrak (which separates it from Denmark) and to the west by the North Sea. The coastline is over 25,000km (15,534 miles) long, its most outstanding feature being the numerous fjords.

    Most of them are from 80km to 160km (50 to 100 miles) long, and are usually flanked by towering mountains. Much of northern Norway lies beyond the Arctic Circle and consequently, mostly takes the form of rugged tundras. The south is covered with pine and larch forests, and dotted with lakes, rivers and mountains.

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    Key facts

    Population: 5109056

    Population Density (per sq km): 13

    Capital: Oslo

    Language

    Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)is the official language but Northern Sami, Lule Sami, Kven and Southern Sami are also recognised. English is widely spoken throughout Norway as are Swedish and Danish.

    Currency

    Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of Kr20, 10, 5 and 1. The 50 øre coin is now out of circulation.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European round two-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Holy Thursday: 17. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    May Day: 01. May 2014
    Constitution Day: 17. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Andre Juledag: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Holy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    May Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Constitution Day: 17. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Andre Juledag: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Bergen

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    While Bryggen is home to Bergen’s best views, there’s no shortage of quaint drinking spots further into town with everything from 17th-century taverns to cosy wine bars

    on offer. Prices, especially for good wine and cocktails, are high.

    Skipperstuen

    Torggaten 9
    5014 Bergen
    Norway
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    The quaintly cosy Skipperstuen is an old-fashioned pub with good beer and a friendly atmosphere.

    Femte I Andre Bar

    Strandkaien 2
    5013 Bergen
    Norway
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    Consistently rated one of the top five bars in Norway, this place has a huge choice of whisky and cognac.

    Altona Vinbar

    Strandgaten 81
    5004 Bergen
    Norway
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    Bergen’s oldest tavern is a cosy spot with good beer and plenty of choice on the wine list.

    Baklommen Bar

    Enhjørningsgården, Bryggen
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Perched on the Bryggen wharfside, Baklommen has great views and even better cocktails.

    Café Opera

    Engen 18
    5011 Bergen
    Norway
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    Despite the name, Café Opera’s two floors house a bar, restaurant and, at weekends, a club.

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    Restaurants in Bergen

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    Unsurprisingly, given its seaside location, Bergen’s restaurants do seafood like they mean it. Langoustines, crab or plain old herring: all are served fresh from the sea.

    For those less keen on fruits de mer, there’s everything from Indian to British on the menu.

    Cornelius Seafood Restaurant

    Holmen Island
    Bergen
    Norway
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    Price: Expensive

    Occupying a small island just off the coast, Cornelius Seafood Restaurant does some of the best fruits de mer in Norway.

    Potetkjelleren

    Kong Oscarsgate 1A
    5017 Bergen
    Norway
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    Price: Expensive

    A seriously stylish eating spot with a vast wine cellar close to the Fish Market.

    Bryggeloftet & Stuene

    Bryggen 11
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Price: Moderate

    A Bergen institution, the quaint Bryggeloftet & Stuene has been serving local classics since 1910.

    To Kokker

    Enhjørningsgården 29
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Price: Moderate

    Local and organic are the buzzwords at this stylish centrally located restaurant.

    Big Horn Steakhouse

    Lodin Leppsgate 2B
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Price: Cheap

    American classics with excellent burgers made from locally sourced beef.

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    Calendar of events

    Bergen Food Festival

    5 – 7 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Bergen Harbour.

    Dedicated to the wonderful world of food, this annual event draws large crowds of food enthusiasts who are all keen to sample some of the many delectable treats on display. During this weekend festival, chefs, restaurants and food producers try to tempt visitors with their sumptuous specialities. Street entertainers mill among the crowds providing a distraction from the food displays.

    Raptus Bergen Comic Festival

    19 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Torgallmenningen.

    First held in 1995, the annual Raptus Bergen Comic Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the country. Visitors to the event can expect rows and rows of stalls selling comic book classics as well as newer creations. It also provides a chance to learn from the masters at a series of lectures and seminars hosted by some of the world’s most celebrated comic writers and cartoonists. There is a great social atmosphere and the night before the festival officially opens there is the now infamous ‘will draw for drink’ night hosted at one of the local pubs.

    Bergen International Film Festival

    24 September – 1 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Bergen.

    With a bursting programme of over 100 titles including fiction features and documentary films, this annual festival draws passionate crowds of moviegoers and film aficionados. There is a good mix of Norwegian films screened alongside international entries and there are also a number of awards for winning filmmakers and directors.

    Borealis Festival

    1 – 31 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in central Bergen.

    Held each March, the popular Borealis Festival features an exciting programme of live musical performances, theatre and light and sound installations. Everything from soft lyrical performances to the thumping sound of techno are featured at the festival.

    Bergen City Marathon

    25 April 2015
    Website

    Annual road race through the streets of Bergen.

    Bergen International Festival

    27 May – 10 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Performance venues in central Bergen.

    Founded in 1953, Bergen International Festival presents an impressive cast of prominent international and Norwegian artists in the fields of music, ballet, opera, theatre, dance and other performing arts. More than 120 events take place in late May to early June, a time that often enjoys beautiful spring weather in this part of Norway. The main festival venue is the Grieg Hall (Grieghallen) while the smallest (and most unusual) is Trollofonen – a vintage Skoda trolley bus with seating for just 33 people.

    Bergen Night Jazz Festival

    28 May – 6 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in central Bergen.

    Known as ‘Nattjazz’ for short, the Bergen Night Jazz Festival presents more than 60 concerts throughout the May-June season each year. Founded in 1972, the festival retains a strong following, employing a number of venues in the city with many of the performances taking place at the USF Verftet, a former sardine factory converted to concert and exhibition halls with theatre and cinema screen. Each year there are a number of free concerts performed on an outdoor stage in the city centre. The main focus is on modern jazz with a nod to rock, fusion and funk. During Nattjazz the borderlines between jazz, rock, ethno and electronica are explored and often blurred. Most of the talent is home grown but previous artists have included Nucleus Roots from Britain, the John Scofield Quartet, The Bad Plus and Cesaria Evoria. DJ music figures strongly and there is always something for kids.

    Viking and Medieval Festival (Bjorgvin Marknad)

    31 May – 2 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Mount Floyen.

    The Viking age is brought back to life at this popular cultural festival that sees mock battles, markets, authentic food and drink stalls and cultural re-enactments from the Viking and medieval period. Visitors also have the chance to test their skills with a bow and arrow at the archery range. In addition to the many activities and stalls, there are also a number of live demonstrations and lectures that help visitors to understand more about this period in history.

    Bergenfest

    11 – 14 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Open air and club festival in the city centre of Bergen. Open air shows take place in the city’s mediaval fortress and castle located in the city’s historic centre. Indoor shows take place at venues (clubs and theaters) across town.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Bergen

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    Whether you plump for five stars or a modest bed and breakfast, none of Bergen’s hotels come particularly cheap although there are plenty to choose from.

    The city centre offering includes several big-name chains while further out along the fjord, farm stays, cosy bed and breakfasts and country house hotels reign supreme.

    Augustin Hotel

    C Sundtsgate 22
    5004 Bergen
    Norway
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    Category: Expensive

    Tucked away just behind Bryggen, the Augustin Hotel is one of Bergen’s oldest – and loveliest.

    Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

    Slottsgaten 1
    5003 Bergen
    Norway
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    Category: Expensive

    Unusually opulent for Scandinavia, the service in this hotel is second to none.

    Scandic Strand

    Strandkaien 2-4
    5013 Bergen
    Norway
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    Category: Moderate

    Close to Bryggen, the Scandic Strand boasts gorgeous city views and cosy – if huge – rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit Norway

    The best time to visit is between mid May and mid August, unless you’re coming to ski, in which case the best time is December to Easter. Hikers and those in search of outdoor pursuits including wildlife watching should aim to visit in the summer months when the warmer weather makes getting out and about in the Norwegian countryside a real pleasure. Better still, the summer is low season, which means accommodation and transport deals aplenty.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +47

    Telephone

    Numbers starting with 800 are usually toll-free while those beginning with 9 are mobile numbers. The international access code is 00. International calls are often prohibitively expensive, so ask for Telekort (Telenor phonecards) when visiting post offices and Narvesen kiosks. Unfortunately, Telekort cards can be hard to find, so it’s often easier to use a prepaid card bought from a private company who issue you with a PIN and a local access number. If you have a laptop with you, Skype is by far the cheapest way to make international calls, and it can also be found at the occasional internet cafe.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones cannot be hired. Coverage is mostly good, but may be patchy in mountainous areas.

    Internet

    There are many internet cafés throughout Norway and you can also access the Internet via public libraries, often free of charge. Wi-Fi is widespread.

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    Shopping in Bergen

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    Key Areas

    As befits a city that was once home to the famous Hanseatic League, there’s not much you can’t get in Bergen. Gamle Strandgaten, Marken and Torgallmenningen are all lined with boutiques selling everything from clothes to crafts, while Torgallmenningen is also home to a branch of Galleriet – Norway’s most famous department store. Elsewhere, try Bryggen for art galleries and tiny souvenir shops and Vågsallmenningen for unusual gifts.

    Markets

    Torget, the main fish market, is worth visiting even if you’re not a seafood fan, while Bergen’s 19th-century meat market Kjøttbasaren is the place to go for cured reindeer.

    Shopping Centres

    Bergen isn’t known for its shopping malls, although it does have several good department stores, among them Bergen Storsenter and the huge Galleriet.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Normal courtesies should be observed and follow similar lines to those of other European countries, with a few regional exceptions, for example, guests refraining from drinking until the host has toasted their health. Hosts and hostesses often expect an invited guest to offer small gifts on arrival for a meal.

    Lunch, generally a light open sandwich snack known as a matpakke, takes place between 11.30am and 12pm, while dinner is very early – around 5pm. Punctuality is expected if invited out for dinner.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Norway is safe to eat although care should be taken when purchasing food from unlicensed/roadside stalls. Norwegian tap water is safe to drink, although drinking from fjords, streams and rivers – however clean they look – isn’t recommended as even the most inviting-looking water can harbour parasites. Water that has been boiled or treated with iodine or chlorine tablets is usually safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis is sometimes recommended.

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