Extensions - Bergen: The Gateway to the Fjords
The city of Bergen is an important cultural centre and was honoured with the title 'European City of Culture' in 2000.
Known as “the gateway to the fjords,” Bergen is a scenic medieval city of 260,000 inhabitants with houses built into the surrounding mountains. Once a trading port and shipping capital, Bergen’s history has long been tied to the sea, creating a unique and diverse local population and culture. Today the sea still provides the city with its most important resources.
Bergen and Grieg tour (3 hrs).
Onboard the coach you will explore the centre of Bergen where you drive by the Wharf that is on UNESCO's World Heritage list, St. Mary Church, the university area and many other historical and beautiful locations. Afterwards the tour continues to Gamlehaugen, which is the residence of the Norwegian Royal Family when visiting Bergen. Gamlehaugen was built by the politician and shipping magnate Christian Michelsen in 1900.
The sightseeing continues to Troldhaugen where Edward Grieg lived for 22 years. This wonderful villa is made of wood in an architectural style related to the gothic, renaissance and baroque. At Troldhaugen, a guided tour is included with a museum guide.
After visiting Troldhaugen, the sightseeing continues to the centre of Bergen where the tour concludes.
The tour is conducted in seven languages.