Despite everyone telling us that you couldn't use any other currency besides Norwegian Kronors (NOK) in Norway, I found in most of the ports that prices were often quoted in Euro or GBP especially in the tourist shops. I didn't buy much in Norway, the prices were high on most everything and the few things I did buy in Bergen were with leftover NOK from my exchange in Olden.
Be sure to spend your leftover coins before leaving Norway, we ended up with almost $15USD in Norwegian coins that we could not exchange at Heathrow on our way back home from London.
Bergen is a port where the ships all dock, there can be several ships in port on any given day, you can check the cruise schedules at cruisetimetables or Cruisett.
Including ours, there were at least four ships docked on the day we came in with as estimated 6900 people descending on Bergen. I think I counted 5 or 6 ships so maybe some of the smaller boats don't come up on these websites.
Favorite thing: The food is incredibly expensive in Norway. Our typical breakfast of coffee and pastries or cheese sandwiches typically added up to about $35. I think the best way to see your bucks go far is to splurge on the main meals like dinner in sit-down restaurants and pick up your travel snacks at the supermarket. Getting a snack bar or sandwich here and there at shops will really tear in to your wallet, whereas, it doesn't seem as bad if you're sitting down and enjoying a meal in a full service restaurant. Beers cost about $10 a pop. Crazee!!!
If you are travelling without a laptop and need to send a quick e-mail, Bergen Library has computers that are free to use. There are not many of them so you may have to wait for a while but it's a very useful facility.
The Library is close to the Railway Station in the east of the city centre.
Two months in Bergen
So, I can talk a little bit about the city.. First time 2004 and then 2005 february.. ok it rains a lot but not that much snow. I like the houses for sure.. People in my group regardless of they come from different continents they did not like Bergen. Because of prices I think! Or maybe I enjoyed lonely people and culture I liked crazy friday saturday nights .
Never seen such a destruction potential in youth in my life-only at weekends-.. -maybe in the UK-
I loved this city, I will visit again
Fondest memory: Staying in Alrek first time, and then the other place where was far away....
we had lessons in this hospital up to the hill, haukelond??
so many little things..
Here are are some webcams so you can see how Bergen is like right now: Bryggen and Torgallmeningen
Check out this informative website: Bergen Guide
Here you can find some 360 degree camerashots of different places in Bergen: Torgallmeningen
Since Bergen is close to some of Norway most beautiful fjords you might want to check out this website: %L[ href=http://www.fjordnorway.no]Fjord-Norway
Regarding the weather Bergen has its reputation. However, much rain means also that there are always many very interesting clouds in the sky, so take a look up there, while you're here. If you are lucky you might also catch a glimpse of the Northern Light, although it is far more interesting further up north. This is opnly possible when its cold though...
And there is just nothing more exciting than a clear blue sky after two weeks of constant cloud and almost constant rain!
When I arrived in Bergen I arrived to one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life - it was stunning. (I would have loved to have seen it from up one of the mountains if I had had the time)
Fondest memory: So my tip is to get outside and enjoy the summer nights in Bergen, watch the sunset, go for a walk, it's very relaxing and a great way to unwind at the end of a day.
Favorite thing: This was the first time I used a currency so different from my own (The GBP and Euro are similiar enough to the Australian dollar for me to relate easily to them). I actually thought the currency was nice, and now have enough '1 Krone' coins left to make myself a bracelet (don't know if I'm actually going to do that).
I never forget walking down the fish marked.
Suddently on man came and gave me a rose and then he disappeared again.
If you whant to make somebody happy, why not just try this ?.... This is so many years ago, but Im smiling still.
Tips nr. 2 : i If you have to go..........
Have some change on you. You find toilet at the marked, but its not so nice there. Try to go to a restaurant instead.
Fondest memory: If you think the prices are high, and whant to save some for other things you can by your food at the supermakeds. Find a nice place in the park and eat your food outdoor. Bread, fruit,and cheese. But dont drink alcohol. Its not allowed. The price for something like this costs about § 11 at most places. Enjoy, and give the birds some to...
The food is so good
Fondest memory: Try the brown cheese.. You will never forget the taste, and you will fall in love...This is verry Norwegian. We use it on our bread for breakfast. Some also have some gelly on the top. Mmmmm mmm mmm mm
When you come to Norway and the town Bergen you find the bus on the outside of the airport.
To Bergen : every half houer........
Time : 30 min.
Price: about 7 EU
Taxi : 300kr.... ekspensive
But if you are 3 traveling together its about the same...
The town is not so big, so you just can not get lost......The mountains surround the citty helps you find the way....
Problems... just ask.....
Almost everybody knows English
Fondest memory: Some Turists asking for the direction
We ended up drinking coffie...
But this map can maybe help you a lot....
You can walk arownd the town just looking at houses , people, dogs and cats. You can sit down at a outdoor resturant with a ecspesso and just se people walk by.... Or look at the boats and the sea... Listen to the birds....Or have a walk in the park.... Its so litle and so muth to do !.... You decide your self.... But you have to take a trip out on the fjords ! That is a " must"
Fondest memory: The best thing about Bergen is coming home from a travel....... Its nice out there in the world....but nothing compers to Bergen.
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