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Bergen is located along the westcoast of Norway and is the second largest city in the country with about 250,000 inhabitants.
Main article: Events and Festivals in Bergen
Well, is there anything nice to say about the weather? Ok, there are dry days, but Bergen is known to have over 300 days with some rain (or snow) every year! Average highs are between 4 °C in winter and around 17 °C in summer, nights averaging around zero and 11 °C respectively. September to December is the wettest time, while April to June is relatively dry, but still about 17 days of rain, totalling over 100 mm a month (against almost 300 mm in September).
|Avg Max||3.6 °C||4 °C||5.9 °C||9.1 °C||14 °C||16.8 °C||17.6 °C||17.4 °C||14.2 °C||11.2 °C||6.9 °C||4.7 °C|
|Avg Min||-0.4 °C||-0.5 °C||0.9 °C||3 °C||7.2 °C||10.2 °C||11.5 °C||11.6 °C||9.1 °C||6.6 °C||2.8 °C||0.6 °C|
|Rainfall||190 mm||152 mm||170 mm||114 mm||106 mm||132 mm||148 mm||190 mm||283 mm||271 mm||259 mm||235 mm|
The Bergen Flesland Airport is located 12 kilometres from the city and receives mostly domestic and European flights. About 20 airlines serve the city, with most of them offered by Norwegian Air Shuttle and Scandinavian Airlines. Some of the main destinations include Oslo, Riga, Helsinki, Stockholm, Torshavn, Aberdeen, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, Edinburgh and Nice.
To/from the airport
Flybussen runs between Bergen city center and Bergen Airport Flesland. A minibus service connects the airport to the Flesland quay west of the airport. From here boats bring passengers southwards to Stord, Austevoll, Haugesund, and Stavanger. Car rental agencies and taxi services are both readily available at the airport and there are over 3,000 long-term and short-term parking places.
The Oslo-Bergen line is famous for its scenery and is often used to reach Voss or Myrdal for the Norway in a nutshell tour. More about this at the Norway#Sights and Activities section.
Bergen is served by a number of ferry operators to different countries.
The city centre is quite compact. It is easily traversed on foot. There is a good and well stocked Tourist Information Office not far from the sea front, where you can get maps and all sorts of brochures and leaflets on tours and trips, including fjord tours/trips.
|Bergen YMCA Hostel||Nedre Korskirkealmenning 4||HOSTEL||83|
|Intermission Hostel||Kalfarveien 8||Hostel||69|
|Jacobs Apartments AS||Kong Oscarsgt. 44 5017||Hostel||-|
|Marken Gjestehus||Kong Oscarsgt. 45 5017||Hostel||86|
|Montana Youth and Family Hostel||Johan Blyttsvei 30||Hostel||86|
|Dorm.no Bergen||Marken 26 5017||HOSTEL||-|
|Basic Hotel Bergen||Hakonsgaten 27||HOTEL||-|
|Basic Hotel Victoria||Kong Oscars Gate 29||HOTEL||-|
|Basic Hotel Marken||Kong Oscarsgt. 45||HOTEL||-|
Steens Hotel - although this is not far from the station, there is a steep hill so a taxi may be worth it.
Most Norwegian households are connected to the Internet in some way (often broadband), making cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet, but a limited number of computers and limited opening hours.
However, if you bring a laptop with a wireless connection you will find wireless internet zones just about everywhere (gas stations, city centres, cafés, shopping centres, hotels etc.), sometimes free, but be prepared to pay for it though. It is not unusual for hotels to have a terminal for guest use. Well over half of the camp grounds have wifi internet, but if it's crucial for you, best to ask before paying for your camping space.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international calling code for Norway is 47. Emergency numbers include Police at 112, Fire at 110 and Emergency Medical Services at 113.
If you are unsure which number to call, 112 is the central for all rescue services and will put you in contact with the correct department. For non-emergencies, the police is to be called on 02800.
Cell phone Coverage generally is very good, except maybe some of the valleys, fjords and mountains. The company with the best coverage is Telenor. The other main operator is Netcom. These two deliver coverage to a multitude of other companies (Tele2 and Network Norway are two smaller companies that deliver coverage in the main cities, but utilize the othe two's net when outside).Prepaid sim card are available in all shops that sell phones and also petrol stations and kiosks. Prepaid has been in a slump in Norway after forced registration was effected, so prices are a bit higher for these than for subscriptions.
If you plan to do quite a bit of websurfing on the phone then Telenor's Prepaid (or "Kontant" in Norwegian) might be the ticket. You can surf as much as you wish, but the card doesn't get charges for more than 10 NOK per day (worth it if you use more than 2MB per day on the days you surf - though after 500MB the speed get's axed to 100kb/s).
Red mailboxes are found easily and post offices are plentiful, with opening hours on most being 9:00am to 5:00pm, with usually shorter hours on Saturday. Stamps can usually only be found at post offices although some popular tourist venues might carry them. Norway's postal system, "Posten", has a good website with a lot of English information including up to date prices and also details about the opening hours of the nearest post office. The most commonly sent format for travellers are letters and cards up to 20 grams, check their website for current prices. If you want to send packages, you might also use international courier companies lik DHL, UPS or TNT.
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