Scandinavia’s largest regional airline Wideroe will launch a service of twice weekly direct flights between Liverpool and Bergen in Norway in August.
The new service to Bergen which departs on Mondays and Fridays, will start on 17th August and will offer connections to other Scandinavian cities including Oslo and Helsinki. The new flights will give customers from the North of England the opportunity to fly direct to Norway without the need to travel to a London airport. From Bergen it is possible to take a wonderful scenic train journey to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, so a twin centre city-break is very much an option.
The flight timings will also suit those people who would like to spend a weekend in Bergen, as there are plenty of things to do in this delightful city. The flight is less than 2 hours’ duration, and the arrival time in Bergen is 10.45 on the Friday morning, giving plenty of time for sightseeing on the day of arrival. On the Monday the return flight leaves Bergen at 1935, arriving back into Liverpool at 2020 local time – ideal for a few nights away.
On a Norwegian scale, Bergen is a large city and it has an important history. It was founded over 900 years ago and was one of the main cities of the Hanseatic League. For many centuries it was the centre of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. Bergen also possesses an old town charm, typified ty the area known a Bryggen, the old Hanseatic Wharf. This area known for its colourful buildings is home to many of the city’s restaurants, bars, craft shops and historical museums. German merchants of the Hanseatic League lived in Bryggen from the mid-14th century for around 400 years, trading in dried fish and grain. You can learn more by visiting the very informative Hanseatic Museum.
For art lovers, a wide-ranging and beautifully presented collection of art is displayed in the KODE galleries, in buildings along one side of the octagonal Lille Lungegårdsvann lake. In KODE 3, several rooms are dedicated to Norway’s most celebrated artist, Edvard Munch.
Lovers of classical music should try to take the Bergen Light Rail to Troldhaugen. The former home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s greatest composer, occupies pretty grounds by a lake just south of Bergen. The late 19th-century wooden villa is furnished much as it was in when Grieg lived there until his death in 1907.
Anyone visiting Bergen between 31st August and 2nd September will be able to enjoy the Bergen Food Festival where local producers exhibit and sell their products.
It’s a fascinating place to visit, and after 17th August it will be even easier for anyone living within easy reach of Liverpool airport.