Café Opera combines a 1985 coffeehouse with an art gallery, a weekend dance club, and a restaurant where reindeer roast is the specialty. The students, artists, and actors who frequent this neighborhood hangout welcome conversation with visitors. Stop by and linger for a coffee to gain an insider’s perspective on the music and arts scene in Norway.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
This stone fortress and massive reception hall has guarded the port since the 13th century, when Norway’s King Håkon Håkonsson and his son Magnus ruled. Today, travelers can scale the tower stairs to the roof, an excellent point from which to take in the city views.
This downtown museum—one of the largest in the Nordic countries—located on Lille (or lake) Lungegårdsvann showcases everything from Renaissance paintings to contemporary sculptures. The Rasmus Meyer Collection counts among its archives pieces by the most important Norwegian artists, including 105 prints and 32 paintings by Edvard Munch.
You can hike the switchbacks of Mount Fløyen, Bergen’s dramatic downtown mountain, or you can opt for the funicular. Made up of red and blue carriages with panoramic windows, the railway makes the thousand-foot climb in a matter of minutes. Toast your quick ascent with an alfresco beer on the large terrace of Fløien Folkerestaurant, a café at the top of the peak.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.