A Travellerspoint blog

July 2018

Cool Bergen

sunny 30 °C
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Kleppestø

Kleppestø

Bergen was still hot and sticky on my second day in the city - my only full day. It was 29⁰c at 11am when I started to feel it, and checked. It went over 30⁰c again at lunchtime.

This was all predicted by the weather forecast, so I had a plan. I was out of the hotel about 08:30 and got the tram into the city centre to catch the 09:15 ferry to Kleppestø on Askøy. Askøy is a large island just across the fjord from Bergen. The 20 minute trip was included on my 24 hour transport ticket. It’s a commuter ferry.

Fjord & Mainland View

Fjord & Mainland View

As I thought, it was a good way to see the city from another aspect and interesting to see how similar Kleppestø is the the place I stayed “in” Oslo, across the harbour by ferry from the city centre.

I had hoped the island might be a bit cooler, but…

Express

Express

The heat meant I didn’t explore the town much, or the island, so it was just a short visit but worth it and “free”.

Once back in the city I wandered through the southern part of the city centre, past Den Nationale Scene (National Theatre) and Johanneskirken.

Den Nationale Scene

Den Nationale Scene

In the evening I spent some time just sitting on the quay opposite Bryggen, people watching and enjoying the evening warmth.

Vestre Torggaten

Vestre Torggaten

It is a great city for relaxation.

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I'm Back!

sunny 30 °C
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Bryggen

Bryggen

I enjoyed Oslo so much in July 2017 I decided to come back to Norway this year, but this time to Bergen. Being on the country’s west coast, it’s a short (75 minutes) flight from Scotland.

On Approach

On Approach

I’m very impressed. It’s a beautiful city.

Harbour

Harbour

The airport is brand new, and a delight to use. A few minutes after getting into the terminal I was on a tram (they call it “light rail”) to the city centre. They run every 10 minutes during the day and a single trip cost NOK 39 (£3.50 or €3.90). You can buy a 24 hour pass for NOK 95 (£8.55 or €9.50). It took about 30 minutes to get to my hotel.

July is a strange month here. Most locals take their summer holiday in July, but it is a peak tourism month for visitors too.

Friday Afternoon

Friday Afternoon

With the city being to far north, I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the weather is concerned. I suspect it is like Scotland - anything can happen, and all in the same day. As it turned out, the temperature hit 32⁰ on the day I arrived (27th July).

Nordnes

Nordnes

I was able to walk around the city centre for a couple of hours in the afternoon, and again in the evening. It is a good city for walking and people watching.

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