Though a major city, you don?t have to travel far before you are in prime birding habitat. One area that is well worth a visit is Kalandsvatnet. This large lake is surrounded by woodlands and farmland. At Kalandsvika you will find a observation tower that looks over reedbeds with such species as Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting. If you need a guide just give me a phone.
I am a 24 year old girl from who traveled around in Norway last summer. As i wanted to see the highlights of Norway such as Glacier, Fjords, Mountains, Stave churches, cities and much more I traveled with a backpacker adventure company called Nordic Experience. Everything was included as for food,transport,accommodation and a glacier TOUR! Maybe this is something for you? Here is their website: https://www.nordic-experience.no
I had a blast and cant wait to go back! :)
We took a train ride from Bergen to Geilo to see the mountain landscape. We didn't have much time, so we didn't take the whole trip to Oslo and back, and we chose Geilo as a destination because it has plenty of accommodation. I's a winter ski resort, so in summer it's quite empty, many hotels are closed, but there are open ones. We stayed at Ustedalen hotel, but there are others closer to the station.
We did it in two days, starting in the afternoon and returning next day at noon, but it can probably be done in one day, provided you don't fall asleep because of the long ride. The train took three to 3.5 hours, there are other times that have longer stops and take four hours each direction. I didn't see that there was anything to do in the town except take a walk.
We enjoyed the wintry landscape of July around Finse, with snowy mountains at the foot of the Hardangerjokulen, and water everywhere, not yet "organized" into rivers. I'm sure that with the fog and grey skies, it was more beautiful and interesting than doing it when everything is completely white.
I didn't notice any tourists in our carriage except those going to Myrdal for the Nutshell, the people were reading newspapers or napping, wasting all this beauty.
The port of Bergen is a gateway to the fjords cruises of Norway. I would not miss the opportunity to enjoy a cruise to discover where the Mountains meets the Sea. So I did a one-Day Cruise around the Osterfjorden on board of the MS Bruvik. An unforgettable experience;-))) I add more pictures of this specific fjords cruise in my travelogue.
The Osterfjord, near Bergen, is one of the most beautiful fjords in western Norway. The Osterfjord and the Sørfjord encircle the island of Osterøy, the largest inland island in northern Europe and therefore an attraction in its own right. In the old days the fjord was the main means of communication in the district, and the farmers from Voss used to transport their produce to Bergen via the Osterfjord.
The fjord steamer MV Bruvik, also known as the “Queen of the Fjords”, is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Osterfjord district. The ship was built in 1949 specifically to serve this area, where she operated for 30 years as a combined passenger and cargo vessel in regular traffic. The vessel was designed to break through fjord ice up to 50 cm thick, in the days when the sea was the sole means of access to the area. MV Bruvik is nowadays a modern cruise vessel certified to carry up to 286 passengers.
Enjoy your fjord's cruise!
In Bergen there are many city tour, the most famous is Bergen in a Nutshell. It departs in front of the Tuorism Office and it give you a quite good idea about what to see in Bergen and give you the information that you want!!! I think it is a nice start to discover the fantastic Bergen!!!!!
Norway in a Nutshell
This popular day-excursion takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery to be found on the west coast of Norway.
You leave Bergen by train in the morning, along the beautiful Sørfjorden to the town of Voss. From there, you start the climb to the great mountain plateau which separates the western fjords from East Norway.
In Myrdal, you change trains and then go down the many sharp curves on the famous Flåm Railway which has a reputation for one of the most spectacular train rides in the world. You will pass by lofty, snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls and peaceful green meadows on your way to the valley below.
After a lunch stop in Flåm, the trip continues by boat on the Aurlandfjord (see picture) and Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest fjords in Western Norway.
From the town of Gudvangen you will go on by bus to Voss where there is a train waiting for you to take you back to Bergen.
The absolutely most popular tour in Norway is the "Norway in a nutshell" tour. It can be done in one day, and many describe it as a Norway in miniature. The tour goes by rail, bus and boat, and takes you through most of the types of nature Norway has to offer.
Basically the tour is a side tour in a loop off the railway between Oslo and Bergen at a distance of about an hour from Bergen. The loop can be done either clockwise or counter clockwise. It includes a trip on the famous rail "Flåmsbanen", a trip by boat on the Sognefjord and a bus ride from the fjord up to Voss.
If the trip is done from Bergen, count on a minimum of 7 hours without stopovers. From Oslo about 15 hours.
Price from Bergen about 700,- kr. / 100,- Euro
I have never done the complete tour in one go, but I have tried all the areas and it truly is amazing.
More info at: www.fjord-tours.com
One of the biggest sailing boats of the world.
‘Statsraad Lehmkuhl’ is Norway’s largest and oldest square-rigged sailing ship. It is also one of the world’s oldest sailing ships and we dare say one of the best preserved. In 1978, ‘
The Bergen Expressen is a motorized train with automobile wheels that takes you from the city center to various parts of the city.The tour starts at Bryggen. The train drives along the small lake "Lille Lungegaardsvann" and through the old city gate. The tour goes on past Hansa Brewery and up to the hillside road "Fjellveien", where you will get a beautiful view of Bergen. A brief stop will be made at the "Fjellhytten" (the Mountain Hut). The best part is the tour into the residential areas high above the city....several of the photos of the city and bay were taken during the short breaks that the driver allows for photo shoots. After a ten minutes break, the train heads back to the city centre on small roads past "Mariakirken", "King Haakons Hall", and the "Rosenkrantz Tower", in order to reach the point of departure via the old wooden buildings of "Bryggen".
Price: NOK 70 or USD $10
Click on ticket pic to see route.
Late in the afternoon we attended a Norweigen Folklore Program at the Bryggen Museum near the City Center. The program was narrated in English and featured dance, music, and narrative of folk life. The dancers and musicians were in traditional costume and gave a marvelous performance. Click on picture to see entire ticket.
Adult Entrance Fee: NOK95 or USD $13.50
There's plenty to see, from Bergen's fine medieval buildings to museums and aquarium centres to the city centre which is always buzzing with activity.
The city divides into two distinct parts: the wharf area, Bryggen, which is also a popular tourist hangout, and and the modern centre, which streches from behind the main square inland.
Norway in a nutshell…..A MUST!!!!! The trip takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway on cruise and train. Throughout the journey, you will see many fjords, deep valleys and rugged mountains.
We went on this tour offered by the tourist office in Bergen; 'Norway in a Nutshell'. Great way to see the Fjords if you got a whole day to spare. The picture was taken by my friend when we were on the Flam railway.
The tour included 1st, a train ride from Bergen to Flam & the route of this rail line is really scenic. At Flam, you will get off the train & switch to a ferry which brings you through the Fjords to Gudvangen. The last leg of this tour is this bus ride which you take to Voss. The driver travels on this INCREDIBLY narrow & at times, steep slopes & you will get to see some great scenery too. Then you will take the train from Voss back to Bergen.
Choose wisely, there are many options to pick from, all including more or less the beautiful nature and scenery of Norway Fjords. Or you can visit Voss village, home to the famous bottled water. :)
You can take the White Lady to navigate Bergen's waters, cross under the bridge, get to the aquiarium and have a lot of fun while enjoying a snack.