Advice for Bergen

Jul 18th, 2005, 08:04 PM
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Advice for Bergen

I am traveling with my family to Bergen, Norway in August 2005, and I seek some advice.

Some weather sites say that it does not get higher than 61 F and others say that it reaches 80 F, can anyone clue me in on the weather in August?

Also, my family consists of 2 small children (1 3 yr old, and 1 1yr old)
So even though we are going for 10 days, we chose to stay in Bergen the whole time, was this a bad idea? Should I change my itinerary to include other areas of Norway?
Thanks in advance.
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Jul 19th, 2005, 12:03 AM
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I lived in Bergen for 10 years and my first piece of advice is: Bring an Umbrella and rain clothes. Bergen is surrounded by mountains and if you had 10 days without any rain you are very lucky. August can be very nice and warm or it can be chilly and wet, or a mixture of both.

I would suggest to stay out of Bergen for a few days, perhaps somewhere along the beautiful Hardangerfjord.

How are you getting to Bergen, if you are flying into Oslo, perhaps you can combine Oslo and Bergen.

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Jul 20th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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I loved Bergen (see my Nutshell and Bergen trip report). BUT, for me, ten days there would have been too much. Five would easily have been enough for me to see all the sights at a leisurely pace.

Of course, it depends on what you like. But I can't imagine being so close and not taking a boat through the spectacular fjords.

Re: the weather . . . in early June it was around 40 degrees in the early morning and got close to seventy during the warmest part of the days. But Bergen is known to be very rainy. I just happened to get lucky.

I hope you have a wonderful trip, whatever you decide.
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Jul 20th, 2005, 07:38 PM
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I've been to bergen 3 times. 10 days is way too much time. Split the time b/w bergen, oslo and somewhere along the fjord. You can take the train one way and a boat the other. Can't remember the towns at the moment but there is a very neat small gauge railroad that goes from the main train down to the fjord. Nice little villiage on the fjord where you can saty or catch a boat
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Jul 20th, 2005, 08:17 PM
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Thank you for the information. I am going to look into the tips everyone gave me, and try to rearrange our travel arrangements.

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Finally found my notes. Its the myrdal-Flam line that goes off from the main Oslo Bergen rail line down to the town of Stravanger at the Fjord where you can catch a ferry to or from bergen
This link will tell you more
Welcome to a journey on the Flåm Railway - one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world

Discover the Flåm Railway - an incredible train journey from the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway, down to Flåm station nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord.

Each year, this exciting stretch of railway attracts people from all corners of the world, making the Flåm Railway one of Norway's major and most spectacular tourist attractions.

The train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20 km-long train ride you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms cling dizzily to sheer slopes.

The Flåm Railway is one of the worlds steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000 on almost 80% of the line, i.e. a gradient of one in eighteen. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history.

At the foot of the mountains you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Flåm Valley and admire the majestic Aurlandfjord, a branch of the world's longest fjord, the Sognefjord.
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Jul 25th, 2005, 06:06 PM
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Ellen-- we just returned from a great trip to Norway and while I loved Bergen, I think 10 days in Bergen are way too much. With the incredible, majestic beauty of the Western fjords area of Norway, it would be a shame if you don't get your family in a car and head out to explore. We were incredibly lucky because we were in Norway when most of the country was having a heat wave; sunny and pleasant every single day, including two full wonderful days in Bergen. Even so, it got in the 60's at around 7-8pm. Definitely take some windbreaker type jackets with you.

Could you elaborare how are you getting to Bergen? train? car?

Someone already suggested the Hardangerfjord area. That area is prime for families. Flam is a nice town, there we stayed at the Fretheim Hotel. Not worth the high value, but it is amazingly well located. My favorites towns were Vik, Undredal, Geilo, the Hardangerfjord area, Urnes, and the Handargervida National Park Region. Let me just say that Norway is the most beautiful country I've ever been to; can't even fathom the idea of going to Norway for 10 days and staying put in one place. May I suggest an apartment or some kind of camping arrangments? As beautiful as Norway is, it is also outrageously expensive and it can get tremendously expensive for a family.
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Jul 25th, 2005, 07:42 PM
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80 degrees in Bergen? About as likely as the midnight sun not rising on summer solstice - rarely happens - expect low 60s and rain and then you'll be lucky. Consider taking the boat to Stavenger - kids may love that. But there's no doubt for 10 days kids this age will be calling home to talk with friends and extremely nonplussed. Not much to do here - too cold to swim. Good luck. Get a hotel with an indoor pool at least for their sakes.
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Jan 7th, 2006, 06:24 AM
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Didn't the OP say that she has a 3 year old and a 1 year old? I don't think they'll be calling home or swimming much, but could be a challenge touring. We find the little ones just won't tolerate too many hours in an auto without a chance to get out and run about -- not that this matters for her now. How was the trip Emales?
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TC, at first glance I thought the OP said 13 yr old and 11 yr old, so perhaps PalQ made the same mistake.
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And that post was made last July.
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