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Making the Most of Bergen, Norway
Making the Most of Bergen, Norway
It’s a good bet the Magic will dock in Skoltegrunnskaien, also (fortunately) known simply as Skolten by non-Norwegian speakers. From Skolten, it’s a short walk to Bergen’s main sights, with the famous Bryggen less than a third of a mile away and the fish market just half a mile away. If you want the tourist information center, that’s a little further, as is the funicular station. Both are around 1,000 meters or two-thirds of a mile walk. Norway has retained its Krone and is not part of the Eurozone. Even though Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, don’t expect many places to accept the Euro. There are plenty of ATMs around Bergen, particularly along the main street, Olav Kyrres Gate, if you need Norwegian Krone. In 2017, the Magic will visit Bergen on Friday June 9. All Ashore time is 8:00 am, All Aboard is at 5:30 pm.
Walking is the best way to get around in Bergen. If you do need a bus or taxi, both can be conveniently found next to the cruise terminal, although car rental is a different story. There is nothing located near the terminal, and the nearest is a taxi ride away. As such, we don’t recommend car rental for Bergen. You can catch the train if you want to head outside Bergen, but the railway station is a mile away from the cruise terminal. If you do opt for this, the train journey to Myrdal is stunning, but by the time you get there (it takes two hours each way), you’ll pretty much be heading on another train straight back to Bergen to be back in time for All Aboard. Another way to get around is by Bergen Light Rail. The nearest station is at Byparken, about a mile from the cruise terminal. It’s easy to get to, and it will take you to the Fantoft Stave Church in just 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 50 NOK/$6, but you’re best buying a return ticket, as not all stations along the line sell tickets, and they cannot be purchased on board the train. The Hop On-Hop Off Bus stops right at the cruise terminal (see page 443).
Bergen is an extremely safe city to get around. Perhaps the biggest dangers come in the form of the prices and the rain, and we are being serious! Be prepared for sticker shock in Bergen, as it is an expensive city. It’s not unusual to spend $20/person for a light lunch (sandwich/burger and a soft drink), particularly in tourist hot spots. If you’re on a budget, try heading away from the major sights. The other concern is the weather. With the amount of rain Bergen gets every year, stick with sensible and waterproof footwear to avoid any problems as you walk around.
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