Bergen & Hordaland
Bergen, Hordaland and the western fjords cover a large area on and near the western coast of Norway, combining the harbour city of Bergen, the fantastic scenery of the iconic Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, along with the verdant Flåm Valley and its famous Flåm Railway.
From seascapes to vast valleys, hairpin bend roads sweeping down to mirror still waters, dense woods to open plains - the region offers a diverse wealth of natural and cultural attractions to suit the interests of everyone.
Anyone planning a visit to Bergen needs to come prepared for rain, for the city averages 260 days a year of the wet stuff. But when the sun shines, this pretty harbour city offers history, superb shopping, some excellent hiking and panoramic views from its choice at the top of the Fløibanen funicular and the Mount Ulriken cable car. Even if the sun gods don't smile, the city has plenty of charm in its coffee shops, Scandi designer stores, organic bakeries and the area around the landscaped lake at Lille Lungegårdsvannet with its five art galleries.
A visit to this region wouldn't be complete without venturing East towards the Flåmsdal valley. Here you will find abundant walks and more challenging hikes as well as the famously beautiful Flåm Railway train which is lauded as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Expect incredible scenery, roaring waterfalls, 20 tunnels and sweeping views to the fjords and mountain tops; once at Myrdal Station you can enjoy delicious homemade pancakes before the journey back!
29/2 Aurland is a real find, located perfectly near Flam, the fjord and close to the stunning Snow Road. This beautifully decorated, family-run home away from home offers a warm and authentic Norwegian welcome.
Opus XVI is a luxury hotel in the centre of Bergen, just steps from historic Bryggen. Whilst retaining original features from its former life as Bergen's largest bank, the furnishings have a stylish Scandinavian twist, perfect for couples and families.
Clarion Hotel Admiral
Hotel Admiral, located right on the waterfront in Bergen, boasts views to the harbour and historic Bryggen. Styled with strong Scandinavian influences Admiral is cosy, charming and authentic and a hotel that will appeal to couples and families alike.