Though a 1000-year old city, it flaunts a modernist architecture. The city fairly simple to navigate and one can just pick a few maps and guides and set out on a self-guided tour. Some of the major attractions include the Akershus Fortress, the national theatre, Royal palace, Oslo Cathedral, Nobel Peace Centre, Frogner Park, amongst others.
Have a breakfast of shrimp sandwich and coffee at one of many outdoor cafes, walk down to the Nobel Museum at the seaside. During evenings at the seaside, and nights at the city center, look out for a young guy playing electronic music in the open - he plays very well (and his music is definitely better than the music they play in Hard Rock Oslo unfortunately)
I am about to share one of Oslo’s biggest secrets, an affordable place to stay that will please the most discerning traveler. In a city that has been named one of the most expensive in the world, finding cheap accommodation is as rare as finding a pint of beer for less than ten pounds. (Fifteen bucks for you Americans.)
Hostel Oslo Central, part of Hostelling International Norway, only recently opened up it’s doors. The location is incredible, a short walk from Oslo Central Station, smack in the middle of everything you’d want to see. At this point you are probably thinking, ‘But Jess, it is still a hostel. of course it is cheap.’, but the quality of accommodation, great service, and amazing breakfast are unlike any typical hostel.
Listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, this is a city booming with dynamic cultural life, both by night and day. Surrounded by seven mountains and fjords, it serves as the halting point for most fjords-explorers. Do experience this city both by night and day, when the bustling streets of the day phenomenally transform into beautifully lit, party-places.
We took the cable car to Mt. Ulriken the highest point of Bergen's 'Seven Mountains' and enjoyed magnificent views of Bergen and the surrounding area. As it was a rainy day, clouds allowed us only teaser view of the city, the sea, the islands, fjords and mountains. But Bergen covered with dense cottony cloud was even more awe-inspiring.
Next, we went to Bryggen, the Hanseatic commercial building in the center of the city. Bryggen houses museums, shops, restaurants and pubs. Followed by a quick visit to fish market, Fisketorget and then roaming in narrow alleys of this historic city, before we realized that we were to late to catch the last ferry from Kvanndal to Utne.
Bergen is possibly the most beautiful city in Norway. Walk by the seaside and have some fresh fish at the fish market, or take the funicular railway up Mt. Floyen for an aerial view of the city. The old buildings of Bryggen give a great feel of what Norway must have been like a century back. For Norwegian food, try the restaurant Pingvinen.
Bergen is also a good place to explore the famous Norwegian fjords - Hardangerfjord is the closest fjord to Bergen, and a gateway to the smaller Eidfjord.