No vacation for culture vultures is complete without a trip to Bergen, Norway. If you have always been fascinated by the music of the Peer Gynt Suite, wondered at the sadness in Solveig’s Song, been delighted by the lightness of Anitra’s Dance, or transfixed by the thunder of the Mountain Kings, then Bergen is a must-visit destination. Your holiday to Norway will provide you with some of the historical keys to your musical conundrum.
The Peer Gynt Suite is based upon a play by Ibsen and brings to life some of the historical factors pertinent to Slavic culture. Touring Norway will illuminate your understanding of that history. Taking a trip on what is considered the world’s best train journey gives you the opportunity to appreciate the intricacies of Norse culture. You can participate in train journeys from Bergen any time of year, though daylight is short during the winter months. Bear that in mind when planning the time of year for your Norway vacation. Cruising the beautiful fjords of this eerie landscape is not the only available activity.
Outdoor enthusiasts will adore the fresh air, spectacular views, and numerous sporting activities available in this part of Norway, while culture freaks will find that the history of the region provides insights into Norse culture. If you are taking a cruise holiday and plan to spend a few days looking around Bergen and its surroundings, you can book vacation rentals online and stay in accommodations ranging from cheap apartments to luxury rentals.
Fascinating places to visit in and around Bergen include:
- The seven mountains. These surround the city and offer outstanding views and hiking trails.
- Edvard Grieg Museum. This is housed in Troldhaugen, the former home of the Norwegian composer.
- Bergenhus Fortress. Situated near the harbor entrance the fortress is one of the oldest in Norway.
- The Aquarium.
You will be glad you took time out from your cruise to explore Bergen.