It’s nature that put Norway on the map: snow-capped mountains, glaciers and elongated fjords. The spectacular journey from Oslo to Bergen encapsulates all of them, however don’t rule out spending a few days within the cities at both finish.
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Oslo is a metropolis that masquerades as something however. The hectic buzz, sprawling skyscrapers and hordes of scurrying individuals that outline most metropolises are largely absent from the streets of Norway’s capital.
Located on the finish of a fjord, and surrounded by islands, forests and hills, Oslo emits a small city vibe (it’s dwelling to roughly 600,000 individuals), while internet hosting world-class museums, pristine sculpture parks and pioneering eating places.
Go to a museum
Seize a 10-minute ferry from the harbour to Bygdøy and take your decide from the museums on provide. Norsk Folkemuseum boasts an open-air show of 155 buildings, which supplies you an perception into how individuals in Norway have lived from 1500 to the current day.
Housing the world’s most well-known polar ship, The Fram Museum particulars the historical past of polar exploration, and the Viking Ship Museum means that you can stand up shut to 2 splendidly preserved picket Viking ships that date again to the ninth century.
Much less Vikings extra artwork? Edvard Munch, Gustav Vigeland and Henrik Ibsen all as soon as referred to as Oslo ‘dwelling’ and the town pays tribute to every of them: the Munch Museum homes the world’s largest assortment of Munch’s work (together with The Scream); Ibsen’s dwelling has been restored to its authentic furnishings and is now open to the general public; and Vigeland’s work is on show on the Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.
High tip: Get the Go to Oslo Cross to see the town’s primary sights and minimize your bills in half.
Go to the opera or ballet
The Norwegian Nationwide Opera and Ballet Home might have solely opened in 2008, but it surely’s quick making a reputation for itself – and never only for its quirky design. In lower than a decade it has attracted internationally famend opera and ballet performers, in addition to given house to home-grown expertise – a mix that ensures selection. If ballet and opera aren’t your factor, then it’s nonetheless value testing the constructing and taking a stroll on its angled roof.
Take a practice experience
Clear some house in your digital camera; the Bergen Railway, from Oslo to Bergen, is regarded as one of many world’s most scenic practice rides. The journey is split into 5 levels (three trains, a ferry and a bus) and takes roughly 12 hours to finish in a single go, or you’ll be able to take your time and break up it up over a number of days to actually see nature at its rawest. The Norwegian Vacationer Board provides the whole journey Norway in a Nutshell® for 1320 NOK.
Meandering from the capital’s southern tip, the primary practice units off at 8am and takes you previous lakes, forests, mountains and rustic ski resorts earlier than leaving you at Myrdal to board the historic Flam railway, the place the rugged panoramic views in some way develop into extra spectacular than earlier than. Subsequent, a tranquil 90-minute fjord cruise will present you simply how the ocean has carved its means in and round Norway’s shoreline, earlier than you might be shuttled alongside steep hairpin bends on a bus to Voss to see out the ultimate leg of your journey on a practice to Bergen.
As Norway’s gateway to the fjords, Bergen has a singular appeal that not even its climate can dampen – though it repeatedly tries. Norway’s first capital metropolis was as soon as the hub of commerce as Hanseatic retailers noticed its buying and selling potential; they’re lengthy gone, however the metropolis has retained its cultural heritage and recognition as one in every of Europe’s most visited ship harbours.
Take a stroll
Wander alongside the historic harbour of Bryggen and expertise structure from the Center Ages. Rightfully awarded a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage Record, this strip of picket homes survived quite a few fires earlier than being just lately transformed into museums, artwork galleries and outlets. Delve into the slender alleyways and overhanging galleries to get a way of what the crowded house would have felt like centuries in the past, after which discover the Bryggen Museum to be taught extra concerning the iconic space’s historical past.
High tip: Cease for a Skillingsbolle (cinnamon bun) and a espresso at Baker Brun, both to absorb the surroundings or escape the climate.
Should see view
Surrounded by seven mountains and lapped by the North Sea, Bergen has nature shut at hand. See the town’s panoramic views by taking a funicular to the highest of Mount Fløyen and looking out down on the picket homes climbing up the mountain facet.
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