Welcome to Bergen
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This blog entry is supposed to be my only Bergen Blog Entry with all the information you could need when visiting Bergen. Its still under constructions and I would love if anyone could message me about things to add.
Bergen is a city in Norway .' The name Bergen comes from the old Name Bjørgvin, which means "the meadow beneath the mountains". This is the reason why Bergen is also referred to as the "The city among the seven mountains".
Bergen is by many called the most beautiful city in Norway, and when you see the spectacular view from Mount Ulriken its not hard to see why. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway has a reputation for bad weather and not without reason.
Bergen was the largest city in Scandinavia until the 18th century. It was surpassed by Oslo in the 19th Century. The latest 2006 census reports that 242.158 people living within the Bergen city limits.
Bergen is serviced by both International and Domestic flights from its Airport Flesland Lufthavn. Bergen Airport Flesland is a small and efficient airport located 19km west of the city centre and its reachable by bus. You can take the Airport Express (Norwegian Flybussen) or local busses. Pay the fare (80kr) to the driver when you enter the bus. You can also use local busses which takes a bit longer, but they cost 23kr.
Flying is the fastest and sometimes cheapest way to get around in Norway. If you wants to get to Trondheim or Stavanger you have to travel to Oslo and then change trains again.
The Trainride between Bergen and Oslo is one of the most scenic commercial train rides in the world and should not be missed. On a clear day It would leave you breathless as you are passing through the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. A good solution can be to catch the very early morning train to Bergen and get off at Myrdal and take the “Flåm Scenic Railway” down to Flåm and the the ferry into Bergen or just take the ferry to Gudvangen.
Do not take the nighttrains as you miss the scenic views
Bergen is the Transport hub for local ferries and you can take fast-ferries to several domestic destinations along the Norwegian coast such as Stavanger in the south and Sogndal in the north. The Coastal Express has its endstop in Bergen and leaves everyday.
International ferries:Update: 31/1: There are no international ferries calling at Bergen at the moment.
Check out: www.dfds.co.uk , and www.smyril-line.com
There are no really cheap buses going from Oslo to Bergen anymore as the company went bankrupt.
Note that flying or by boat is almost always cheaper than taking the bus to Trondheim and Stavanger.
The Tourist information is located at “Vågsalmenningen which is reached by the fish market. Here you can find hotels , hostels and other excursions. You can also find great city maps which highlights many of the things.
The Fish market is located between the main square and the Harbour and is selling small pieces of Whale meat and other foodstuff.
The Aquarium (Norwegian : Akvariet) is located on the Nordnes-peninsula. When standing at the end of the town square looking towards the Fishmarket walk in the street where you can see the blue neon sign “Kløverhuset”. Walk straight ahead until youll find the aquarium. The Aquarium features the world biggest collections of fish in the north sea and in the summers there are seals performing outside.
Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken. This is a mountains which gives a good overview over Downtown Bergen and should not be missed to take one of the mandatory tourist photos of Bergen. It can be reached in several different ways, the funicular leaving from the lower station close to bryggen being the most convenient and the Stolzekleiven-hike being the most scenic.
Fantoft Stave Church. This church is located 6km outside the city centre is is reached by buses 20-24 from the Main bus station. Tell the driver that you wants to see Fantoft Stavkirke, the fare is 23kr each way. Fantoft Stave church is not the biggest and not the best stave church, but if you aren’t planning on going to any other it is defiantly a must see while you are visiting Norway. The church is a replica from 1997 after the original church was burned down in 1992 by Varg Vikernes , a vocal in a death metal band which killed the rest of his band in anger. He is now in a maximum security prison,
The other easily accessible stave church is in the Folk Museum in Oslo. If youre planning to see the church in oslo skip this one.
Troldhaugen (The hill of Trolls) was the home of Edvard Grieg, some say one of the best composers of his works of Standard Orchestral repertoire.
Check out: www.troldhaugen.no
There are way more attractions, but I haven’t had time to add them yet. If you are going to Bergen shortly send me a message and ill put in the extra effort.
Bergen is a paradise for nature lovers as the city is surround by 7 mountains, each easily accessible from the city centre. There is a funicular up Mount Fløyen and Gondola to Mount Ulriken, but if you feel adventurous there are alternative routes for walking up the mountains:
To approach Mount Ulriken Walk into Tarlebøveien and follow the sign to Hardbakka when you come to the Intersection.
To approach Mount Fløyen you can walk up from the Lower Station at the funicular and upto Fjellveien (eng: The mountain Road). From here continue left for around 1km until you see the sign Stolzekleiven on your right hand side. Stoltzekleiven is a popular workout for locals and you can met several people on your way up. Stoltzekleiven is 801 steps (more or less, experts disagree) which will take you up to 399meters.
Drinking in Bergen. These places are some of my personal favorites and may not be the general oppinion, but you wont go wrong with these places:
Fotballpuben: This is the official pub of the local fotballteam and is VERY crowded when they are playing. This is a pub for watching soccer games and to play free billiard. A “disco” at Friday and Saturday night. Highly recommended for starting the night with billiard and some pints. 39-49kr for a beer.
Sjøboden: A pub located at bryggen. Rumors say this pub has kept it going for many hundred years. The pub has a nautical theme and the queue can be very long at weekends. Most of the crowd are from outside of Bergen and bring a nice country feel. Highly recommended if you wants something different.
Hectors Hybel. They serve cheap coffe and has a more intellectual crowd than most bars. I love coming down here for discussion politics among other things. The pub itself is pretty dark, but I like it.
Zachariasbryggen: Zachariasbryggen , often called Zachen by locals are a legendary pub at summers when smokers are sitting out in the backyard talking about everything. A perfect place to relax and watch the boats coming in and out of the harbor. Expensive beers.
Legal. This is one of my favorite pubs next to biskopen. Its fitted with retro interior from the 50’s and has a nice crowd. If youre up at the 2.nd floor you can look down at the people on the streets below. The staff er nice and can easily make you something that’s not on the menu.
Kong Oscar is the pool pub nr1 in Bergen. Its pretty expensive , so if you wants to play pool fotballpuben might be better. You can however play free darts.
Dyvekes Vinkjeller (Wine cellar).This is not a pub, but rather a wine cellar. If you find a girl you wants to impress , take her here. Its a classy place with plenty of private space to talk.
Pingvinen. An excellent Gastro-pub. Always a favorite! Its crowded, but where else can you get traditional Norwegian food in the middle of the night? They have a real kitchen and makes the food the way its meant to be made. Good eating place at daytime and very crowded at night.
Garage: The once so legendary Garage has now gone mainstream and lost some of its soul. Back in the 90’s this was the place to be if you where a metalhead and plenty of nails and leather. Today it’s a normal rock-pub with good concerts in the basements. 80kr CC for the concerts.
Inside: This is the place where all the metal-heads have gone after garage went mainstream. Even if metal aint your thing make sure to make a pitstop here to order the best Hamburger in town.
Hulen: Cheap beers and good music. This is the best rock-disco in town and its run by students. Highly recommended.
2.Etasje. Located in Kaigaten which goes past the water in the middle of the city. Every 2.nd weekend they host free concerts by local bands that are "up'n coming". As a bonus they have an inside smoking lounge as the only pub in town. Good athmosphere. Check out their myspace page for upcoming concerts: http://www.myspace.com/lillelungegardssang
Khrons Pub: was an rundown pub for people above 50, but after they got new owners and changed names it has become a pretty cool place which is worth visiting before hitting the nightsclubs later on.
Located at Danmarksplass , a 30min walk from the city centre or 23kr by bus 20-24 and 90. Bus 90 lets you off 20meters from the pub.
Live music the three last weekends of the month.
Tiger Tiger : The best nightclub in town. 100kr CC. No baggy jeans/sweaters. Expensive drinks. No CC on Thursdays. 23yo admission in Saturdays , 20on Thursdays. 29kr for a 0.3l beer on Thursday
Metro : The most hip nightclub in Bergen.
Klaar Bar: In the same areas as Zachen, but on the 2.nd floor. This is a “nightclub” where you can find cheap beers on Thursdays with a mixed crowd. Saturdays is also a good day for going here.
Ovenpå: Cheap nightclub for 18year olds. 60kr CC and 25kr for a beer. Good meat market for picking up a young girl if youre into that. Cheesy music , but its almost always crowded due to being an place for 18year olds and having cheap beer.
Downstairs. This is a nightclub located under fotballpuben. Its not a real nightclub, but its not really a pub either. They show the football games and is frequented by football fans. They even have LCD screens in the bathrooms so you wont miss a second of the match.