Best things to do in Bergen, Norway

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1. Posted by the_traveloctor (Budding Member 10 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hello there,

I am planning for a weekend SOLO trip to Norway's Bergen area on November 16th- November 19th, so 4 days in total.

I am a moderate traveler, do not like to spend too much time in one place or do not just touch & go to another. I am a nature lover , have interests in culture & locals. I have researched myself a bit & found out most popular tour is Norway in a Nutshell. However, it's kinda expensive. This is my first time to Norway , so I am not sure if it is worth.

Can you guys please advise me some ideas about Norway ?

Bests,

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 17w 1 Star this if you like it!

Just about everything in Norway is "kinda expensive", or very expensive.

The Norway in a Nutshell tour works well if you are visiting Bergen after flying into Oslo. People would usually take the train (the "nutshell" tour) one way, then fly back from Bergen to Oslo. The side trip from Myrdal to Flåm is a very scenic railway journey; one of the highlights are the waterfalls, so travelling at a wetter time of year like November works.

In Bergen, the most popular way to get outdoors is ride the fløibanen funicular up Mount Fløyen - the bottom station is right by the Bryggen waterfront so easy to find. Once up on the mountain there are lots of hiking choices, easy paths through woodland with viewpoints and lakes to visit. The top station is also a great viewpoint over the city - it can be crowded here but few people go far from the station, walk for a minute and you can be alone.

Other than the city architecture (the Bryggen is a world heritage site, and further along from there the old fortifications are worth a look), the other famous place to visit is the composer Edvard Grieg's house, Troldhaugen, where they hold lunchtime concerts.

Bergen is clean, safe, and at that time of year, often rainy. Expect to pay around US$15 for a beer, US$30 for a main course. Most things are double the cost of here in the UK. I once bought a round of drinks in Bergen...

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Oct-2018, at 06:04 by AndyF ]

3. Posted by the_traveloctor (Budding Member 10 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much Andy ! The 30 dollars main course; my heart is aching ! Good that I am not much of a drinker , so would save out some money !

What do you think I should be doing if I wish to see the fjords ?

Regards,

4. Posted by Skandinavisk (Budding Member 30 posts) 17w 1 Star this if you like it!

My country is expensive. There is really no way around that fact.

If you're landing in Oslo, than taking the Nutshell tour is a good way toi start your time in Norway. However: Buy the tickets from the public transport services themselves. There are companies that "arrange" it for you, but they are really taking money of the top, and buying normal tickets.

Another point: Have a look at when you come. Winter gets dark quickly, and you will not be able to see much from the trainwindow.

I agree with all that Andy says.

As a note: If you would like an even better view than that from Fløyen, go to Ulrikken. Take the bus from the city center to the gondola, and take the gondola up.

You can also combine this with a few hours hike between Ulriken and Fløyen, but I would not recommend this in November, since you only have 4 days.

I would highly recommend visiting Hanseatisk museum (Hanseatic Museum). You'll find it on your right on your way from Fløien (the old spelling) towards Fisketorget.

Jon

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 17w 1 Star this if you like it!

The easiest way to see something of the fjords is if you can time your "nutshell" trip to give you a little time at Flåm - the train station is at the head of the fjord so you can get the view of the water and the surrounding hills. As Jon says book direct at nsb.no the national railway for Norway.

With a longer stop there you could take a boat excursion on the fjord, sailing down the naerroyfjord to Gudvangen, with a bus back along the road. I think this round trip takes about 3 hours. Some of the departures are on the new electric boat, which I found fun. Do some googling for fjord norway flam trips and you should find it.

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 666 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Norway/

7. Posted by ToddP (Full Member 123 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

I did:

  • Norway in a Nutshell
  • +overnight in Bergen.

Do your homework for dinner - there are reasonably priced dinner/lunch places that will not break the bank

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 666 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToddP

I did:
Do your homework for dinner - there are reasonably priced dinner/lunch places that will not break the bank

So how much can you eat for there?