SHORE BETS BERGEN
From the beautiful, brightly coloured wooden merchant houses that line the fishing harbour to touring the fjord-bound hilltop home of composer Edvard Grieg, Norway’s second-largest city is beguiling. Be warned, it rains a lot here. Take an umbrella.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO
The top. To get your bearings, ride the Floibanen funicular – a 10minute walk from the harbour – to the viewing platform offering sweeping vistas of the city below. From there you’ll spy your ship and the colourful, gabled wooden buildings on the harbour.
DON’T BOTHER WITH
Eating at the restaurant at Floibanen’s upper station. The giant cafe lacks atmosphere and the food is canteen-grade. Go back down the hill and choose another.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE RESTAURANT
Go to Lysverket. Chef Christopher Haatuft’s new Nordic cuisine is getting rave reviews. Think fried fish with remoulade and Instagramworthy charcuterie boards. It’s popular, book ahead just in case. It’s part of the Kode 4 museum building.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Art lovers who appreciate works from the Renaissance to the contemporary era should head to the Kode fine-art museums, there are four all in one row. Here you’ll see works by artists such as Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Pablo Picasso and J.C. Dahl. And right nearby is the contemporary art museum, Bergen Kunsthall.
THE TOUR TO TAKE
Visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg and take in a private recital on the grounds. This tour is a Signature Experience on APT’s 15-day Majestic Norwegian Fjords tour. The composer took inspiration from the landscape around him.
As well as touring his house, you can view the small cabin on the water where he’d compose his works.