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Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and often described as the gateway to the Norwegian fjords, is a hub for cultural and gastronomic experiences as well as activities in magnificent nature.
From August 2018, you can fly nonstop to Bergen from Liverpool with Widerøe, the largest regional airline in the Nordic countries. Bergen is located in the heart of Norway’s fjord region on the west coast, with the famous Hardangerfjord to the south and the majestic Sognefjord to the north. But Bergen has a lot more to offer than just easy access to the fjords.
Fly nonstop between Liverpool's John Lennon Airport and Bergen every Monday and Friday from 17 August 2018.
The new generation of Embraer E190-E2 jet aircraft will make it easier for passengers from the northwestern parts of the UK to explore Norway's second largest city and its surrounding fjord landscapes.
As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Bergen is known for its many high quality restaurants and eateries. The clear waters and beautiful mountains that surround the city provide local chefs with healthy, organic ingredients. "We have the best seafood in the world and a closeness to nature that you can't find anywhere else," says Christopher Haatuft, chef at Lysverket restaurant in Bergen.
As the leading agricultural region in the country, the area surrounding Bergen is known as "Norway's Orchard". When the temperatures start dropping in early autumn, Norwegian nature shows off in marvellous golden colours. The high season for picking mushrooms, berries, herbs and other delicacies stretches until the end of September.
In Old Norse, the word Bergen meant "the meadow between the mountains".
Bergen is considered the music capital of Norway. The renowned composers Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Harald Sæverud all grew up here. Visit Troldhaugen where Edvard Grieg lived and composed his music – it is a fantastic look into his private residence and the surroundings that inspired him. During the summer months there are lunchtime and evening concerts in the concert hall there. In addition to the vibrant music scene, Bergen also has a wide variety of museums, art galleries and exhibitions.
Edvard Grieg was a great composer, but he was only 152 centimetres tall.
Bergen is surrounded by magnificent nature to all sides. Take the Fløibanen funicular from the city centre to the top of the Fløien mountain, where there are lots of hiking trails and amazing views of the city and the North Sea. After a few hours up there, you can walk back down to the city. Ulriken is another mountain close to Bergen well worth exploring on foot or on bike.
And obviously, Bergen is the perfect base for exploring the longest fjords in Norway. Take part in one of the daily 'Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell' and 'Sognefjord in a Nutshell' round trips and realize your dreams of experiencing the fabulous fjords.
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