Staff Review

Oslo, Bergen and 'Norway in a Nutshell'

by The Kirker Team

With lush forests, dramatic Fjords and glistening lakes, Norway is a country which should be high on your travel wish list. My suggestion for the perfect way to sample the best that Norway has to offer in under a week, would be to visit Oslo and Bergen, with a day excursion to Sognefjord.'Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country's southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It is a relatively small city, centred around the harbour area, with plenty of green spaces, museums and a thriving café culture. Just a short flight from the UK, in Oslo you can take in the cutting edge of modern Norwegian life and culture, as well as some of its fascinating history. A trip to the Viking museum is worth venturing across the harbour for, and perhaps stop for dinner in one of the fantastic fish restaurants in Aker Brygge. One of my favourite ways to spend a morning is to stroll around Vigelands Park, a sculpture park dedicated to the works of Gustav Vigeland, as well as some temporary exhibitions. If you are looking for a slice of luxury in the city, look no further than a stay at the stunning Hotel Continental located in the centre of the city, with a classic contemporary feel and five star service. Alternatively, for those seeking a more traditional option, the hotel Bristol offers a cosy alternative in a great location.'From Oslo, the best way to travel across the country is by taking a self-guided tour such as 'Sognefjord in a Nutshell', which takes you from Oslo to Bergen by rail and water. Start with a train from Oslo, climbing up to Myrdal (2,844 ft above sea level) through the picturesque Norwegian countryside, followed by the Flåm railway, which winds down through steep gorges and valleys into the picturesque town of Flåm. From Flåm, you take the hydrofoil through Norway's longest Fjord - the Sognefjord - out towards the coast and down to Bergen. Each part of this exquisite journey is designed to link seamlessly with the next, creating a wonderful trip, which is easy to navigate oneself. If you have some extra time, do stop at either Flåm or Balestrand for a night to really feel the charm of these small fjord towns. They are both excellent spots from which to enjoy a hike or some excursions in the Norwegian countryside.'Arriving into Bergen on the hydrofoil, you are first greeted by the colourful sight of the rustic wooden buildings on the harbour - the postcard image of Bergen. This small city is the perfect place to round off a short break in Norway, with highlights such as the bustling fish market, aquarium and the funicular railway up Mount Fløyen. I would highly recommend a stay at the Clarion Havnekontoret, which is located right on the harbour - whether you opt for a city or harbour view room you will not be disappointed. Alternatively, for those seeking to be slightly further away from the hustle and bustle of the harbour, the Park hotel is a delightful privately run property offering a very personal service, in the university quarter of the town.'Norway really is a highlight not to be omitted from the repertoire of a discerning traveller Contact me for a tailor-made quotation.

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