Known as the ‘City of Seven Mountains’, Norway’s second largest city is bursting with unspoiled beauty and natural wonders. Hike up one of the many hills that ring the city or visit the handful of UNESCO-protected fjords nestled between towering, crystalline rock walls. Make sure to stop and sample some of the fish at Bergen’s historic market. Fly from May 2019!
There’s no better way to experience Bergen than by ascending the 319 meters to the top of Mount Fløyen. On a sunny day, you can drink in a panoramic view of the city’s colourful buildings, which give way to a stretch of calm blue water. See if you can spot the towering cruise ships docking at Bergen’s port. When you’ve had your fill of admiring the view, wander into the Norwegian woods to find Tubakuba, a square, cliffside cottage designed by a second-year class of architectural students. The fantastical structure is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, and children can clamber inside the sleek wooden rabbit hole for a unique photo op.
Feeling peckish? Wander down to Bergen’s historic harbour, where you can find the city’s 700-year-old fish market. Here, you can sample everything from smoked fish to whale meat to Fiskesuppe – a Norwegian chowder packed with muscles, prawns, and fish dumplings. When you’re finished eating, explore the rest of the harbour, pausing to admire the burnt orange and crimson shopfronts. Make sure to pop inside a few of them; many of Bergen’s shops offer Norwegian specialities such as hand-knitted jumpers and moose leather jackets.
If you’re a fan of classical music, then a visit to Troldhaugen is a must-do. This lakeside villa was once the home of celebrated composer Edvard Grieg, who created the celebrated orchestral song ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. Visitors can view Grieg’s Steinway piano from 1892, as well as his composer’s hut. Modern-art lovers will also want to visit KODE 4, which houses a large and impressive collection of art by Picasso, Kandinsky, and Edvard Munch.
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