Marken Gjestehus is an award winning hostel in the heart of Bergen (only 250 meters from the train and bus station). I have stayed there twice myself, and can definitely recommend this place. I stayed in the dorms, but they also have private rooms. In dorms you also get a locker with a key, so you can safely store luggage. Everything is very clean and nice. Great kitchen, fully equipped with everything you need. The staff are very helpful and nice. I will definitely stay here again next time I go to Bergen.
Normally, the thought of a seven-hour train journey would be enough to make me pop a sleeping pill, but the spectacular Oslo to Bergen railway had me glued to the window, camera in hand. Bridging the gap between two of Norway’s must-see cities, this unique train journey climbs an astonishing 1222m above sea level, taking in picturesque pine forests, plunging waterfalls, narrow gorges and small villages dotted with gingerbread-style houses. The most stunning stretch comes over the Hardangervidda, Europe's highest mountainous plateau and national park. Jaws dropped as the train rolled through beautiful, barren snowscapes, resembling what you may only expect to see on another planet (I later found out it was used to film parts of Star Wars). It is not surprising that it is recognised by many as the most exciting and beautiful train ride in the world.
Departs from Oslo S railway station
A 14 hour round trip from Oslo to Bergen, taking in all Norway has to offer. During the initial five hour train journey from Oslo to Myrdal the scene from the window gets whiter and whiter as the journey takes you high through the Langfjellene and Hardangervidda mountains. By the time you reach Myrdal station, it’s so snowy icicles have formed the length of the ticket offices. The Flam railway then descends down the Norwegian landscape, stopping briefly by the (often frozen) Kjosfossen waterfall allowing passengers to get out and take photographs. From Flam you take a boat through the breathtaking Aurlandsfjord before a bus takes you the final length of your journey from Gudvangen to Bergen, just in time for dinner. Bergen has one of the world’s most famous fish markets, so trying the local produce is highly recommended. If you still haven’t quite got enough of a snowy mountain fix, Bergen’s funicular railway takes you to the top of Mount Floyan for some outstanding views and vast walking opportunities. Completing the round trip is a direct train journey from Bergen back to Oslo, including a stop at Finse with an altitude of 1,222 meters, it’s the highest station on the journey.
The “Norway in a Nutshell Tour” takes you through the most beautiful scenery in Fjord Norway. Scale the mountains by rail, the fjords by boat, and take in the incredible view on the bus journey up the steepest road in Northern Europe, the Stalheimskleiva! You can experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breath-taking Flam Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Naeroyfjord (now included on UNESCOs World Heritage List) and the steep Stalheimskleiva.
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A cosy small guesthouse in the city centre of Bergen, near a small park. They offer nice rooms equipped with coffee and tea making facilities with shared bathroom/toilet for a reasonable price. I can recommend this guesthouse for a weekend break in Bergen.
Klosterhaugen 15, 5005 Bergen
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If you are able to travel to see the Northern Lights at short notice, you have a much better chance of seeing a dramatic display when the sun is active.
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Excellent, good value Vietnamese food in a small cafe out of the centre just up the hill from the station on the way to the University.
Stromgaten 26, 5008 Bergen
Tel : 0047 55 32 14 38
I am a Brit living, working and studying in the city and love it to bits. If I had my way I'd fly all my family and friends here tomorrow. The scenery, the people and the food are fantastic. If you are coming to Norway write me an email and I can give you some suggestions of what to do and where to do it. No probs.
Brilliant remote eco-hostel near Voss, surrounded by mountains, woods and lakes. Its own mini-hydroelectric plant powers a ski lift in winter and a heated swimming pool in summer. It even has its own riding school. Double/family rooms with ensuite bathroom as well as dorms. And you don’t need a car to get there — take the train to Newcastle, ferry to Bergen then train to Ørneberget, only 300m from the hostel.
tel: 0047 5652 3150;
Bergen’s funicular (the Fløibanen) is modern and well used and connects the heart of the harbour side shops and houses with the top of the hill that rises sharply behind them. When you reach the top you realise just how high the hill is; there’s an observation point next to the funicular entrance that gives a superb panorama of the scope of Bergen.
This is a harbour side area (Bryggen means wharf) with a collection of brightly painted wooden buildings that now serve as shops and cafes. In a former life, they were a warren of warehouses that developed during Bergen’s membership of the Hanseatic League, a trading partnership between various Baltic ports. People both lived and worked here, many of them foreigners, and while the scene is now quite tranquil and picturesque, historically it would have been full of hard graft and hubbub.
By the harbour - you can't miss it
Not far from the harbour is this shop which is fascinating if you want to see, or even buy, traditional Norwegian clothing and learn all about the bunad. It also sells wooden toys and handicrafts.
PastaSentalen. A cheap (by Norwegian standards) Italian resturaunt. Lots of pasta and pizza at reasonable prices.
Across the road from the bus station, you will need to through a underpass. It is near the council building, which is very big and has a digital clock on its top
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