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January 2017

 

STAY A WHILE IN BERGEN, THEN HEAD OFF ON A FJORD ADVENTURE

Norway’s second-largest city packs a punch when it comes to experiences. Surrounded by majestic fjords and lakes of clear water, Bergen is a visual goldmine whichever way you look. The lively city is also home to a picturesque port and, consequently, is a superb access point for all kinds of water adventures, be it short ferry rides or longer cruises that take in days worth of fjord-goggling. Hurtigruten, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Cunard and P&O UK are just some of the cruise companies that call here.

Overland, the Bergen to Oslo (and vice versa) train is often touted as one of the most scenic journeys in the world – and for good reason. The track knits its way through striking snow topped fjords for just over six glorious hours and offers the kind of scenery that impresses even well-seasoned travellers.

Be sure to spend a few days exploring Bergen itself, as the idyllic waterfront city is as fairytale-like as they come. Meander through the UNESCO World Heritage- listed Bryggen and admire wooden wharf houses; stroll along cobblestoned laneways popping your head into cafes, boutiques and wine bars en route; feast on the catch of the day at the seaside fish market;
ride the funicular up to Mt Floyen for spectacular views of the city and hike down so you can appreciate the vistas over and over again.

The city also has a dynamic arts and culture scene, and there are plenty of art museums for daytime quests. One of the most notable is the Edvard Grieg Museum, located in Troldhaugen, the former home of the famous Norwegian composer. In the evenings, the music scene attracts the hip crowd. Why not join the fun? Find a kooky bar, sink into a sofa and let Bergen shine.

Bergen and beyond; visit your local Flight Centre for more advice from our experts about Bergen and Norway. Go to flightcentre.com.au or call 131 600 24 hours.

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