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Outdoor activities Osterøy
The best part of Osterøy is the space, the views, the endless network of trails leading you to breathtaking peaks and the fjord, which completely surrounds the island. We will help you find the activities that fit your needs the best. This area is still undiscovered by the crowds of tourists visiting Bergen, so you don’t have to walk in a line, or wait for your turn to get the best photos.
Bruviknipa is by many considered the finest mountain in the entire area around Bergen. Free parking at the starting point: "Båtaleitet" Follow the well-worn trail starting from the parking lot. Fairly quickly the trail starts to ascend up the hill through the forest. When you reach the top of the first hill you will arrive at a trail junction and a small pond. Turn left in this junction and head up towards the peak. Follow the yellow markers all the way up. As you leave the forest behind the trails gets steeper before you reach the peak of Bruviknipa.
Bruviknipa
Bruviknipa is by many considered the finest mountain in the entire area around Bergen. Free parking at the starting point: "Båtaleitet" Follow the well-worn trail starting from the parking lot. Fairly quickly the trail starts to ascend up the hill through the forest. When you reach the top of the first hill you will arrive at a trail junction and a small pond. Turn left in this junction and head up towards the peak. Follow the yellow markers all the way up. As you leave the forest behind the trails gets steeper before you reach the peak of Bruviknipa.
Gullfjellstoppen is the highest mountain in Bergen kommune, and the high point of a large mountain massif that is excellent for hiking and skiing. Even if Gullfjellstoppen is almost 1000m, the peak is easy (everything is relative..) to reach from two central trailheads (Gullbotn and Osavatnet). Hike from Gullbotn takes 2-3 h to the summit: Follow the gravel road that runs from the parking. After the first hill, you enter a loop trail. Turn right. After a few minutes, when the trail makes a sharp turn to the right, a shortcut runs straight ahead. Follow the shortcut, which will take you to an odd-looking bridge. Leave the trail you are on, and locate a narrow path that runs along the stream, on the right hand side. This path will take you back to the loop trail, higher up. You arrive yet another bridge, which you need to cross. The route upwards runs on the left hand side of this stream. Follow the trail along the stream into the forest. After the first hill, the terrain levels out. Cross the meadow and ascend up to the foothills of the Gullfjellet massif. Locate a large, solid cairn that marks the beginning of the cairn trail to Gullfjellstoppen. Follow this cairn trail all the way to the top, along a distinct ridge. Descend your ascent route.
Gullfjelltoppen
Gullfjellstoppen is the highest mountain in Bergen kommune, and the high point of a large mountain massif that is excellent for hiking and skiing. Even if Gullfjellstoppen is almost 1000m, the peak is easy (everything is relative..) to reach from two central trailheads (Gullbotn and Osavatnet). Hike from Gullbotn takes 2-3 h to the summit: Follow the gravel road that runs from the parking. After the first hill, you enter a loop trail. Turn right. After a few minutes, when the trail makes a sharp turn to the right, a shortcut runs straight ahead. Follow the shortcut, which will take you to an odd-looking bridge. Leave the trail you are on, and locate a narrow path that runs along the stream, on the right hand side. This path will take you back to the loop trail, higher up. You arrive yet another bridge, which you need to cross. The route upwards runs on the left hand side of this stream. Follow the trail along the stream into the forest. After the first hill, the terrain levels out. Cross the meadow and ascend up to the foothills of the Gullfjellet massif. Locate a large, solid cairn that marks the beginning of the cairn trail to Gullfjellstoppen. Follow this cairn trail all the way to the top, along a distinct ridge. Descend your ascent route.
21 km drive from our house to Svenheim. Park at the small parkinglot and continue the gravel path that seem to disappear into the woods. Quite soon you will have a beautiful view of Kossdalen with about ten narrow S-curves leading down to Holevatnet. Nice spots for photos and some benches along the way. Bring your packed lunch, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods.
Kossdalssvingene
21 km drive from our house to Svenheim. Park at the small parkinglot and continue the gravel path that seem to disappear into the woods. Quite soon you will have a beautiful view of Kossdalen with about ten narrow S-curves leading down to Holevatnet. Nice spots for photos and some benches along the way. Bring your packed lunch, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods.
Local culture Osterøy
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Osterøy museum is a folk museum beautifully located at Gjerstad. The museum buildings and collections inform visitors about building traditions and way of life in the villages north of Bergen. In the main building you can see exhibitions on themes related to fjord culture; local crafts, small industry, textiles or art exhibitions featuring local artists. During the summer season you can also try the local specialty stompekake on Sundays . Open on request.
Osterøy Museum
Osterøy museum is a folk museum beautifully located at Gjerstad. The museum buildings and collections inform visitors about building traditions and way of life in the villages north of Bergen. In the main building you can see exhibitions on themes related to fjord culture; local crafts, small industry, textiles or art exhibitions featuring local artists. During the summer season you can also try the local specialty stompekake on Sundays . Open on request.
Havråtunet is a farm located in a sheltered, southward-facing area at Solstrand, just 4 km from Sofias house. It is listed as a heritage site by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. They have a particular focus on research and documentation of old tool cultures, work methods, livestock breeds and plant species. The main objective is to preserve cultural biodiversity, and some of the farmhouses are run using old working methods. The farm houses the old Norwegian sheep and cattle breeds "gamalnorsk sau" and "vestnorsk fjordfe", and cultivates grains, potatoes and old types of fruit trees. Guided tours Sundays from June – August: 12–15.
Havråtunet
Havråtunet is a farm located in a sheltered, southward-facing area at Solstrand, just 4 km from Sofias house. It is listed as a heritage site by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. They have a particular focus on research and documentation of old tool cultures, work methods, livestock breeds and plant species. The main objective is to preserve cultural biodiversity, and some of the farmhouses are run using old working methods. The farm houses the old Norwegian sheep and cattle breeds "gamalnorsk sau" and "vestnorsk fjordfe", and cultivates grains, potatoes and old types of fruit trees. Guided tours Sundays from June – August: 12–15.
Oldfashioned grocery store and cafe fjordside in the village Hosanger. This shop is an unusual shopping-experience. It is decorated with authentic interior from old Norwegian grocery stores and offers a wide selection of local specialities. There is also a cafe with home baked goods and coffee. Worth a visit. 23 km drive from Sofias house.
Mjøsvågen Landhandleri
Oldfashioned grocery store and cafe fjordside in the village Hosanger. This shop is an unusual shopping-experience. It is decorated with authentic interior from old Norwegian grocery stores and offers a wide selection of local specialities. There is also a cafe with home baked goods and coffee. Worth a visit. 23 km drive from Sofias house.
Cosy, local cafe serving homemade bread, pastry, waffles and maybe a bowl of warm soup or a salad. Open Thursday - Friday 12.00 - 17.00 and Saturdays 12.00 - 16.00 15 km from Sofias house.
Eides Kafé og Handleri
Cosy, local cafe serving homemade bread, pastry, waffles and maybe a bowl of warm soup or a salad. Open Thursday - Friday 12.00 - 17.00 and Saturdays 12.00 - 16.00 15 km from Sofias house.
Daytrip to Voss and Sognefjord
Experience your own "Norway in a nutshell" on a budget, and enjoy the sights at your own pace. - Drive Sofias house - Voss (74km on E16) - Voss - Tvindefossen waterfall (14km on E16) - Tvinde - Stalheim hotel (23km on E16) - Stalheimskleiva (one of the steepest roads in Northern Europe) - Stalheimsfossen waterfall (Park at the bottom of Stalheimskleiva) - Gudvangen - Return to Voss and park near the lake. - Walk along the lake, cross the bridge and head for.. - Bordalsgjelet - Dinner at Voss before return home.
My hometown, and the home of skiing and extreme sports. A nice place to just stop for some snacks on your way to Sognefjord, or maybe you would rather spend an entire day here. Check out the new cable car going up from Voss railwaystation. Opens summer 2019.
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My hometown, and the home of skiing and extreme sports. A nice place to just stop for some snacks on your way to Sognefjord, or maybe you would rather spend an entire day here. Check out the new cable car going up from Voss railwaystation. Opens summer 2019.
Tvindefossen waterfall is one of the regions most beautiful waterfalls. It is easy to find, as it is located very close to the main road E16. The many-stranded waterfall, usually said to be 152 m high, but likely only 110 m, is formed by a small stream, the Kroelvi, tumbling over a receding cliff. It is famous for its beauty. Buses sometimes stop for people to admire it. In addition, in the late 1990s the water at Tvindefossen acquired a reputation for rejuvenation and revival of sexual potency that made it one of the most important natural tourist attractions in western Norway, with as many as 200,000 people a year from the U.S., Japan and Russia visiting and filling containers with the water. At one point it was Norway's ninth most visited natural attraction, with 272,000 visitors.
Tvindefossen
Tvindefossen waterfall is one of the regions most beautiful waterfalls. It is easy to find, as it is located very close to the main road E16. The many-stranded waterfall, usually said to be 152 m high, but likely only 110 m, is formed by a small stream, the Kroelvi, tumbling over a receding cliff. It is famous for its beauty. Buses sometimes stop for people to admire it. In addition, in the late 1990s the water at Tvindefossen acquired a reputation for rejuvenation and revival of sexual potency that made it one of the most important natural tourist attractions in western Norway, with as many as 200,000 people a year from the U.S., Japan and Russia visiting and filling containers with the water. At one point it was Norway's ninth most visited natural attraction, with 272,000 visitors.
Stalheim hotel is woth visiting even without spending the night. If you walk around to the front of the hotel, you can enjoy a truly spectacular view over the Nærøydalen valley, and the characteristic peak of Jordalsnuten. Stalheim hotel is also the starting point of many popular hikes in the area. Continue the road that goes down on the left side of the hotel to Stalheimskleiva.
Stalheim Hotel
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Stalheim hotel is woth visiting even without spending the night. If you walk around to the front of the hotel, you can enjoy a truly spectacular view over the Nærøydalen valley, and the characteristic peak of Jordalsnuten. Stalheim hotel is also the starting point of many popular hikes in the area. Continue the road that goes down on the left side of the hotel to Stalheimskleiva.
One of the steepest roads in Northern Europe, built during 1842-1846. The road has 13 hairpin bends, with Stalheim Hotel located at the top overlooking the road and the Nærøydalen Valley. On either side of the road you can see the Stalheim Waterfall (126 m) and the Sivle Waterfall (142 m). Stalheimskleiva is a one-way road going down and is open except from winter-season, when there is snow and ice.
Stalheimskleiva
One of the steepest roads in Northern Europe, built during 1842-1846. The road has 13 hairpin bends, with Stalheim Hotel located at the top overlooking the road and the Nærøydalen Valley. On either side of the road you can see the Stalheim Waterfall (126 m) and the Sivle Waterfall (142 m). Stalheimskleiva is a one-way road going down and is open except from winter-season, when there is snow and ice.
At the end of the Stalheimskleiva there is a parking lot, just after the river crossing and before entering road 16. Park the car and walk along the river (5 minutes-900 meters) until you see the impressive Stalheimsfossen. Here you walk through a surrounding that makes you think you are in a fairytale. Mountainsides are covered with many colors of moss and the big rocks looks like gigantic stone creatures. Before you will now you will hear the thundering sound of the waterfall Stalheimsfossen. There is a platform from which you can take pictures, photographing towards the south-southwest. You will also have a good view from the big rocks in the river or from the path when walking to the platform. Stalheimfossen is an extremely powerful waterfall in the river Nærøydalselvi. The water thunders down with great force over 124 meters (measures with a laser height meter). It isn’t always the height that makes the fall, but this time it is the power of an unspoiled waterfall.
Stalheimsfossen
At the end of the Stalheimskleiva there is a parking lot, just after the river crossing and before entering road 16. Park the car and walk along the river (5 minutes-900 meters) until you see the impressive Stalheimsfossen. Here you walk through a surrounding that makes you think you are in a fairytale. Mountainsides are covered with many colors of moss and the big rocks looks like gigantic stone creatures. Before you will now you will hear the thundering sound of the waterfall Stalheimsfossen. There is a platform from which you can take pictures, photographing towards the south-southwest. You will also have a good view from the big rocks in the river or from the path when walking to the platform. Stalheimfossen is an extremely powerful waterfall in the river Nærøydalselvi. The water thunders down with great force over 124 meters (measures with a laser height meter). It isn’t always the height that makes the fall, but this time it is the power of an unspoiled waterfall.
The village Gudvangen is located at the end of the beautiful Nærøyfjord. Nærøyfjord is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Gudvangen is a popular tourist destination and has a lot to offer. You can book a cruise on the fjord with the modern electric ferry, hire a kayak, visit the viking village or just relax, take in the stunning scenery and enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream.
Gudvangen
The village Gudvangen is located at the end of the beautiful Nærøyfjord. Nærøyfjord is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Gudvangen is a popular tourist destination and has a lot to offer. You can book a cruise on the fjord with the modern electric ferry, hire a kayak, visit the viking village or just relax, take in the stunning scenery and enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream.
Join in on an exciting and incredible journey which will take you back over a thousand years in time! The brand new Viking Village in Gudvangen is a perfect place to spend a day with the whole family! At the Viking Village in Gudvangen you can listen to the echoes of history as you hear stories of the Vikings. Here you can understand who the Vikings were and where they came from. You can learn about what it was really like to be a Viking and experience for yourself a Viking community. You will learn more about the Vikings travels, their boats and how the Viking age and its teachings have left a deep mark in history which still affects our lives today. Activities in the park differs during the week and according to weather conditions, but all activities will be announced at the entrance every morning.
Vikingvalley
Join in on an exciting and incredible journey which will take you back over a thousand years in time! The brand new Viking Village in Gudvangen is a perfect place to spend a day with the whole family! At the Viking Village in Gudvangen you can listen to the echoes of history as you hear stories of the Vikings. Here you can understand who the Vikings were and where they came from. You can learn about what it was really like to be a Viking and experience for yourself a Viking community. You will learn more about the Vikings travels, their boats and how the Viking age and its teachings have left a deep mark in history which still affects our lives today. Activities in the park differs during the week and according to weather conditions, but all activities will be announced at the entrance every morning.
The Prestegardsmoen Recreational and Nature Reserve extends south from Voss Camping in a series of hiking tracks through elm, birch and pine forests with hundreds of species of plants and birds. By the time you get here, it might be time for dinner. Find a local cafe (check out "tre brør" or "cafe stationen" in the centre of Voss). After dinner, enjoy the nice walk through Prestegardsmoen. Find the bridge at the other end of the park, and cross it. Continue signs towards "Bordalsgjelet".
Prestegardsmoen
The Prestegardsmoen Recreational and Nature Reserve extends south from Voss Camping in a series of hiking tracks through elm, birch and pine forests with hundreds of species of plants and birds. By the time you get here, it might be time for dinner. Find a local cafe (check out "tre brør" or "cafe stationen" in the centre of Voss). After dinner, enjoy the nice walk through Prestegardsmoen. Find the bridge at the other end of the park, and cross it. Continue signs towards "Bordalsgjelet".
From the town centre you follow the gravel path alongside Vangsvatnet lake towards Prestegardsmoen. Cross the bridge over the river Vosso at the end of Prestegardsmoen. Turn right after the bridge and follow Russarvegen road along the river. The road is marked all the way to Bordalsgjelet. Bordalsgjelet is a spectacular natural attraction within walking distance from the town centre. The deep and imposing Bordalsgjelet has been adapted for the visiting public with an information board, a viewpoint and benches for resting tired legs. When the ground isn’t hidden by snow it is possible to follow a purposely-built path that guides you to the gorge. Here you can experience an impressive view of the potholes that have been formed by the ice and river over a period of many thousands of years. Always remember to keep to the marked trails for your own safety! After visiting the gorge, return to your car. It is probably time to head home to Sofias house.
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Bordalsgjelet Gorge
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From the town centre you follow the gravel path alongside Vangsvatnet lake towards Prestegardsmoen. Cross the bridge over the river Vosso at the end of Prestegardsmoen. Turn right after the bridge and follow Russarvegen road along the river. The road is marked all the way to Bordalsgjelet. Bordalsgjelet is a spectacular natural attraction within walking distance from the town centre. The deep and imposing Bordalsgjelet has been adapted for the visiting public with an information board, a viewpoint and benches for resting tired legs. When the ground isn’t hidden by snow it is possible to follow a purposely-built path that guides you to the gorge. Here you can experience an impressive view of the potholes that have been formed by the ice and river over a period of many thousands of years. Always remember to keep to the marked trails for your own safety! After visiting the gorge, return to your car. It is probably time to head home to Sofias house.
Taste the best of Norway
Take the opportunity while in Bergen, to taste some Norwegian delicacies. From sweet treats like wild berries, waffles and brown cheese, to savory reindeer-, moose- and lamb dishes, prepared by some of the world´s best cooks. And not to forget: Fresh king crab, salmon and the famous Atlantic "skrei" cod. Enjoy both the new and the traditional flavors of Norway. You will find many of these fresh ingredients in the everyday Norwegian kitchen, and with so many goodies at our disposal, it’s not surprising that the new big trend is to prepare our meals from scratch. In restaurants, Norwegian dishes of good quality , is expensive, even for us Norwegians. But believe me, you get what you pay for. Most of the restaurants I recommend, require a reservation. Make sure to book a table early if you'd like to visit during summer season. More about Norwegian food: https://www.visitnorway.com/things-to-do/food-and-drink/cuisine/
Just outside the City of Bergen, you will find one of the most exotic attractions in the whole of Western Norway’s archipelago. Cornelius is one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. It is situated right by the sea on a small island with spectacular views of the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships. BOAT TRIP Experience a beautiful trip among the skerries, from Bryggen wharf in the City of Bergen to Holmen at Bjorøy. Regular departures at 18.00 from Dreggekaien on Bryggen (shed no. 8) opposite Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret. Return from Holmen at 22.30. The boat trip takes 25 minutes. During the summer months there are regular departures for lunch Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Note: The restaurant is closed on Sundays. LUNCH Departure at 11:30 Return at 14:30 DINNER Departure at 18:00 Return at 22:30
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Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant
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Just outside the City of Bergen, you will find one of the most exotic attractions in the whole of Western Norway’s archipelago. Cornelius is one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. It is situated right by the sea on a small island with spectacular views of the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships. BOAT TRIP Experience a beautiful trip among the skerries, from Bryggen wharf in the City of Bergen to Holmen at Bjorøy. Regular departures at 18.00 from Dreggekaien on Bryggen (shed no. 8) opposite Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret. Return from Holmen at 22.30. The boat trip takes 25 minutes. During the summer months there are regular departures for lunch Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Note: The restaurant is closed on Sundays. LUNCH Departure at 11:30 Return at 14:30 DINNER Departure at 18:00 Return at 22:30
The chefs at Spisekroken bids you and your guests welcome to a pleasant evening with good food and wine in a warm and cosy restaurant. They change the menu often, and get their food from good Norwegian farmers. Focus on local products and rustic food with a twist and of course good wine!
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Spisekroken
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The chefs at Spisekroken bids you and your guests welcome to a pleasant evening with good food and wine in a warm and cosy restaurant. They change the menu often, and get their food from good Norwegian farmers. Focus on local products and rustic food with a twist and of course good wine!
Bryggeloftet & Stuene is a traditional local Bergen restaurant, with a distinctive atmosphere that attracts many regular guests. The restaurant has a large and varied menu with several fish and game dishes, based on the traditional Norwegian cousine.
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Bryggeloftet & Stuene Restaurant
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Bryggeloftet & Stuene is a traditional local Bergen restaurant, with a distinctive atmosphere that attracts many regular guests. The restaurant has a large and varied menu with several fish and game dishes, based on the traditional Norwegian cousine.
sky:skraper, the highest viewing point in Bergen: enjoy some of the most delicious food and refreshments available on a mountain top. Sky:skraperen serves local and traditional food with a modern touch, accompanied by a panorama view over the city and Vidden. Choose from a selection of snacks and lunch dishes to eat inside or bring on your hike. Enjoy a magnificent outdoor terrace for outdoor dining. Price: NOK 760 (3 courses. Choose between fish and meat. Can be chosen on arrival.) NOK 860 (4 courses) (The upgrade is available as an add on when booking) The price is including cable car ticket and Ulriken Express bus one-way from the city. Note that Ulriken Express bus runs from 1 April to 1 September. After dinner the cable car runs until all guests are brought down. Please note that the transport back to the city center is not included. You can take a local bus (7 minutes walk downhill to the bus-stop that takes you to the city center) or a taxi. Departures times and booking of tables 1 April - 1 September: If you have booked a table at 18:00, take the bus at 17:30 from the city center. If you have booked a table at 18.30, take the bus at 18:00 from the city center.
Sky:skraperen Restaurant
sky:skraper, the highest viewing point in Bergen: enjoy some of the most delicious food and refreshments available on a mountain top. Sky:skraperen serves local and traditional food with a modern touch, accompanied by a panorama view over the city and Vidden. Choose from a selection of snacks and lunch dishes to eat inside or bring on your hike. Enjoy a magnificent outdoor terrace for outdoor dining. Price: NOK 760 (3 courses. Choose between fish and meat. Can be chosen on arrival.) NOK 860 (4 courses) (The upgrade is available as an add on when booking) The price is including cable car ticket and Ulriken Express bus one-way from the city. Note that Ulriken Express bus runs from 1 April to 1 September. After dinner the cable car runs until all guests are brought down. Please note that the transport back to the city center is not included. You can take a local bus (7 minutes walk downhill to the bus-stop that takes you to the city center) or a taxi. Departures times and booking of tables 1 April - 1 September: If you have booked a table at 18:00, take the bus at 17:30 from the city center. If you have booked a table at 18.30, take the bus at 18:00 from the city center.