Bergen

In 3 words: Historic and vibrant. For your first visit a single day may not be sufficient to be able to appreciate the city and all of its major sights while keeping pleasantly unhurried pace. Distances are walkable in the city center, public transport is needed only in a couple of cases. Don’t miss: catching the sunset from Mount Fløyen. Worthy attractions: Bryggen; Hanseatic Museum; Rosencrantz Tower; St Mary’s Church; Fantoft Stave Church; Floibanen. Left for another visit: Bryggen Museum; Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum; KODE Art Museums. Last visit: August 2015.      Destination appeal   Our verdict... Read More

Norway in a Nutshell itinerary

If you are traveling in Norway independently of any tour operators and cannot set aside a couple of days of self-driving to and staying around the most scenic fjords, Norway in a Nutshell itinerary may be your only option to include fjord-seeing in your overall plans. It gives you a few highlights of Norwegian landscapes and history, but it is no more than a fleeting impression, significantly diluted by waiting for and then traveling on crowded modes of transportation. Overall, this is NOT the way to see Norway. Once again, it could be your only option.... Read More

Bergen Railway

It takes shy of 7 hours to get from Oslo Central Station to Bergen Central Station via Bergen Railway. What you lose in time compared to air travel you compensate in terms of hassle-free embarkation and disembarkation experience, ease of access to the points of departure and arrival, and of course the scenery. This is one of the most scenic train rides in Europe.... Read More

Oslo

In 6 words: Underrated but with plenty to enjoy. For your first visit you need about two full days to be able to appreciate the city and all of its major sights while keeping pleasantly unhurried pace. Distances are walkable in the city center, public transport is needed for some attractions. Love its provincial feel mixed up with occasional grandeur. Don’t miss: walking the roof of the Opera House; sailing on a tall ship around the harbor. Worthy attractions: Cathedral; Frogner Park with Vigeland sculptures; Royal Palace; National Gallery; City Hall; Fram Museum; Viking Ship Museum; Akershus Castle; Opera House. Left for another visit: Kon-Tiki Museum; Norsk Folkemuseum; Munch Museum; Vigeland Museum; Akerbrygge. Last visit: August 2015.      Destination appeal   Our verdict... Read More

Overnight ferry Copenhagen – Oslo

Whether your itinerary allows for overnight sailing (as opposed to a few hours for a door-to-door journey centered on air travel) or you are doing it for pleasure, the trip from Copenhagen to Oslo (or reverse) on DFDS Seaways is likely to leave overall positive impressions. The ship leaves the port of origin at 4:15pm and reaches the destination at 9:45am the following morning. If you are into scenic travel, you have several hours of navigating Øresund and Oslofjord when the sun is up. If you are into shopping and entertainment, you are on a big cruise ship, with all attendant amenities.... Read More