Norway: Bergen in winter makes for a spectacular quick break.

It’s true, Bergen within the winter months is a tad chilly. Temperatures can plummet to zero levels, so, I knew to don my thermals, gloves and hat after I visited in early December.  I solely had two days and I had no intention of staying indoors. And definitely not on this most picturesque port metropolis on the west coast of Norway.

I awoke early to search out snowflakes falling gently down onto the quaint, cobbled Bergen streets, adorning Mount Fløyen simply past with snowy icing and topping the zeniths of vibrant wood buildings with blankets of white.

When the snow ebbed fully away, the air was recent and so I wrapped my gloved fingers round a warming scorching chocolate I had purchased on the Bergen Julemarked or Christmas market in Festplassen within the coronary heart of the town. 

White marquees had been promoting baubles, trinkets, clogs and all types of festive fare, whereas music, the sounds of the Ferris wheel and guffawing youngsters stuffed the ether. I adopted my nostril to the hotdog stand and although the chilled air blew to redden my cheeks, all appeared not simply effectively on the earth, however unquestionably festive. 

The perfect of Bergen although is the town itself, a delight any time of yr and absolutely greatest found on foot. I spent the day simply strolling round and absorbing its allure and structure.

Vibrant buildings and UNESCO warehouses

UNESCO Bryggen in Bergen c. Robin Strand

The previous warehouses within the historic city of Bryggen, a harbour district, is one in all North Europe’s oldest port cities. The realm developed as a buying and selling centre within the 12th century when Bergen was the principle port of export for dried fish and fish oil.  The Hanseatic League took it over in 1350 and it successfully turned separate from the principle metropolis. 

Although burned to the bottom a number of occasions the wood homes had been rebuilt with instruments of yore, in the identical manner, to remain genuine – a UNESCO diktat. It appeared just a little rickety, with nooks and crannies, and one residence tilting barely to the appropriate but enterprise continues to be performed by the plethora of outlets and eating places which have taken root in these wood rooms.

Dutch girl sculpture

Round 10 minutes stroll led me to the lake passing the bronze statue of the Dutch girl reverse the Arts Museum. I used to be heading to Gingerbread City which this yr is positioned within the KODE4 artwork museum.

Gingerbread City

Gingerbread museum c. Casper_Steinsland

The Gingerbread City recognized domestically as Pepperkakebyen is a little bit of an establishment that seems in time for Christmas. It’s the world’s largest city made totally out of gingerbread by volunteers and consists of tiny homes to giant cities. It might be unsuitable to not go to.

Gingerbread City is open from mid-November to 31st December.

Lumagica

Lumagica

Lumagica tunnel lights c. Casper Steinsland

Yearly a lightweight present turns up with round 40 inventive mild installations and lasts from November to the tip of December, and they’re certainly magical. It takes place at Bergenhus festning (Bergenhus Fortress) the place you comply with a path passing the assorted mild artworks, typically the lights change to music.

The trail ends at a relaxed and cosy tented restaurant. Entry is from 200 Nok or cheaper on-line. 

The Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen

For the views, and in addition the joys of travelling by way of a mountain to achieve its high, hitch a journey on the funicular. It’s only a few minutes to the highest of Mount Fløyen (320 m above sea degree) and the vista is splendid. 

View over Bergen from the funicular

View over Bergen from the funicular c. Casper Steinsland

Alight on the primary cabin and seize the primary seats as these will give the most effective views as they unfold.

There’s a restaurant, Fløistuen store & café, on the high, a restaurant and a store. These feeling energetic can hike, cycle and even go canoeing on lake Skomakerdiket positioned 10-155 minutes from the highest station. You may stroll down, it’s only a 40-minute stroll, however I selected to descend on one other thrilling journey by way of the funicular.

A spherical journey prices Kr. 105
Extra information: https://floyen.no/en

Norway in a Nutshell tour

It is a very particular tour that takes you on a ship journey by way of the superb surroundings of the fjords after which onto a practice journey dubbed probably the most stunning on the earth.

The boat, Way forward for the Fjords, leaves from Gudvanged and is comfortable and quiet. In the present day it was sunny with blue skies but so chilly that the boat was truly breaking the ice because it moved ahead on the water at 15mph.

The surroundings is gorgeous, particularly at Bietelen fjord mountain the place three fjords meet – Sognefjord, Aurlandsfjord and Naerøfjord and the colorful village of Undredal the place I managed to snap an image passing the Aurlandsfjorden. The boat makes one cease at Aulandsvangen the place way more intrepid travellers than I get off to discover Norway’s Grand Canyon.
 

Flam arriving in Myrdal c. Casper Steinsland

The boat journey ended at Flåm on the finish of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, to choose up the Flåm railway for a fantastic 50-minute journey as much as the excessive mountains at Myrdal station.

It’s one other 30-minute wait and one other scorching chocolate however as soon as onboard, we started the 20-kilometre journey rising from an altitude of two metres as we headed to our last cease at Myrdel to 867 metres above sea degree. Because the practice wound its manner upwards by way of the mountscape, we handed extremely picturesque landscapes, dotted with waterfalls together with probably the most spectacular, the Rjoandefossen waterfall, whose water is actually stopped in its stream by the chilly.

A brief journey to Bergen any time of yr is joyful, in case you make it in time for Christmas, you’ll get that further little bit of festive pleasure thrown in.

FACT FILE

FLY: Widerøe Airways fly direct from the UK.

STAY: Thon Resort Rosenkantz is a contemporary, well-designed resort within the coronary heart of Bergen. Don’t miss breakfast. It’s a spotlight.

EAT:

Fish Me, is a fantastic eating restaurant by the fish market and so the fish is the freshest it may be.  The starters included ceviche halibut was tremendous recent and tangy, and the smoked fish choice included, mackerel, salmon and whale, and crab balls served with wasabi sauce. The mains had been baked salmon and a few reindeer dishes.

Bryggeloftet, Bergen’s oldest family-run restaurant, now approaching for 100 years, provides conventional meals in historic Bryggen. Lutefisk, a conventional Christmas dish and Pinnekjott conventional Christmas lamb ribs is a should. It could sound odd that the fish is cooked in solvent to nice impact. 

ENJOY A COCKTAIL:

Frescohallen is the trendiest place to be seen. This former inventory alternate constructing overlooking the beau monde, opened in Might 2022, is nearly as spectacular because the frescos by Axel Revold that beautify the high-domed ceilings. 

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