Explore Håkonshallen, part of Bergen's ancient fortress. It was built in the 13th century as a royal ceremonial hall. The first record of its use was in 1261 for the marriage celebrations of King Magnus Håkinsson and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark. The party was said to have had more than 1,000 guests and lasted for three days and three nights.
Fun Things to Do
- Explore Bergen Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg. Experience Trodsal Concert Hall the way it was meant to be, as one of Norway's best-known pianists gives you a glimpse of Edvard Grieg's life with musical examples from various periods.
- Walk along the wharf to the Mount Floibanen Funicular Station. Upon reaching the top of Mount Floien, the highest point in the city, you can enjoy a walk through its many hiking trails with beautiful vistas overlooking the city.
- Pay a visit to the aquarium. It's one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe, with over 50 tanks of fish, including piranha. The main attractions are the seals and penguins, particularly at feeding time.
The Norwegians drink a lot of coffee. You can find shops everywhere. Although alcohol is very expensive in Norway, locals are also known to drink Aquavit, a potato-based liqueur.
The unit of currency in Norway is the Krone (NOK). Major credit cards are also widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate.