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 house 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 choose from the museums on supply. 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 lets you stand up shut to 2 splendidly preserved wood 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 ‘house’ and 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 house has been restored to its unique 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.
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Go to the opera or ballet
The Norwegian Nationwide Opera and Ballet Home might have solely opened in 2008, however it’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 area to home-grown expertise – a mixture 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 journey
Clear some area 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 cut up it up over a number of days to actually see nature at its rawest. The Norwegian Vacationer Board provides the entire 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 one way or the other 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 attraction that not even its climate can dampen – though it usually 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 certainly one 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 wood homes survived quite a few fires earlier than being not too long ago transformed into museums, artwork galleries and retailers. Delve into the slender alleyways and overhanging galleries to get a way of what the crowded area would have felt like centuries in the past, after which discover the Bryggen Museum to study extra in regards to the iconic space’s historical past.
Prime 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 town’s panoramic views by taking a funicular to the highest of Mount Fløyen and looking out down on the wood homes climbing up the mountain facet.
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