It's a bit off the usual itinerary.
I just arrived in the Alesund area today and will be here for 2 weeks...I'll let you know what I find! Based on the first few hours I can say that the mountains around here are stunning! In the valley where we are staying I can see 7 waterfalls, a glacier, and dramatic peaks all from my window. It looks amazing!
Spent our first day on Runde Island hiking high above the ocean along dramatic cliffs that have hundreds of thousands of nesting sea birds. Views of the ocean, neighboring islands and the high peaks of the Sunmore Alps. If you don't like to hike you can take a boat around the island to see the birds and the scenery.
Day 2....went into Alesund. Beautiful little town with its Art Nouveau buildings, canal side cafes and clear skies! Toured the Art Nouveau museum about the fire in 1904 and the subsequent building boom that gave the town it's current look. Lunch at Anno canal side.
Day 3 - Hiked out of Straumgjerten alongside waterfalls to a spectacular, abandoned mountain farm overlooking snowfields, the valley and the Sunmore Alps. Gorgeous forests - I now see how tales of trolls came to be!
I'll post more as out trip progresses!
Yesterday - ferried up the Geiranger fjord...amazing!
Today - drove over the Trollsteigen Pass...dramatic views, waterfalls, and scenery.
Sunmore Museum! Nice little place well worth visiting.
Hi Anita, we will be in Bergen next week (July 9-12 - flying in and out) and plan to do similar things Geiranger, Sognefjord, etc.) - and I am curious as to how you handle the logistics - did you plan ahead and make reservations ahead of time for the day trips, does tourist information center (or something alike) available, did you rent a car to go around, transport to the airport (if applicable), etc. I will also post a separate post in case someone knows that specifically about Bergen. Thanks and enjoy your time.
Hi Jayant -
We did have a car the whole time so that we could easily and independently get to everything on our own time schedule. We had no reservations for the things we wanted to do. To address the fjords specifically, they are best seen via car ferry. The Geirangerfjord has a ferry that runs from Hellesylt to Geiranger...945 Kr for a car + 2 passengers (including the driver)...you just park in line at the terminal and pay the attendant who walks up and down the rows. They don't take reservations for the ferries. We didn't go to the Fjord near Bergen. That's the one you'll want to go to as Geiranger is about 350 km from Bergen and takes about 8-9 hours to drive there!
The tourist offices in Norway are great and will be very helpful once you get there.
Airport transport in Bergen is easy...take the Flybussen, which is a bus that stops many places in town and picks up from the airport. Pay the driver. Comes around every 20-30 mins. In Bergen it stops at the Radisson Blu, by the fish market, and lots of other places. Easy!
That's about all I can share regarding this! I'm sure there are formal bus tours you can take out to the fjords and they probably do take reservations.
Hope this helps!