Posted June 21st, 2017, 02:15 PM
ShipsInBergen - this is a super thread. Thank you for putting in the time.
We have visited Bergen on a previous cruise visit and I loved the city. We did an organised walking tour from the ship through to the Mariakirken and on down into Bryggen then ended at the Hanseatic Museum - that is a fascinating place! Loved all that very old history of Norway.
That was half our day and we were then on our own so had plenty of time to go up the funicular and later walk around to the fish market and back to the ship.
I have noted details of the light rail route to get to the Fantoft Stave Church. This would suit us beautifully. However, I would also like to walk up to Skivebakken as I have seen this featured on another Bergen page I have subscribed to.
Is Festplassen still the best light rail stop to head for? How often do the trams run?
I would also like to mention that I tried to get to the English page for ship arrivals but every time I click the link for "Port arrival notification" it skips back to the home page in Norwegian. Am I trying to get to the wrong page?
We are not in Bergen until next year. Are ship arrivals up to August 2018 posted there yet? We are arriving on Serenade on 28 August. I like to plan ahead
One other thing I should mention is that Google Maps (certainly here in Australia) does not show the light rail stations (which I know are shown in other cities). I was able to 'find' the line and follow it to see where the line is in relation to Fantoft Stave Church and Edvard Grieg's house further along, but I do not know exactly where the stop is to plan the walk to each of these.
Also will I be able to do both the church and Grieg Museum on the one trip hopping on and off the light rain? We are in Bergen from 10:00-18:00, so obviously need to be back at the ship no later than 17:30, but would prefer 17:00.
Many thanks in advance.
I'll run through your questions in order...
- A stroll around Skivebakken should only take a few relaxed minutes, so when you head for the lightrail you can either get on at Byparken (right by Festplassen) or Nonneseter, which is only 1 minute down the line. These stops are both within a few hundred metres of Skivebakken.
- Bybanen (light rail) runs every 5-10 minutes throughout the day, so you won't be waiting long
- As far as I know Bergen Port only maintain the timetable page in Norwegian (link: http://bergenhavn.no/cruise/anlopsoversikt/
). Hopefully the schedule information in the table still makes sense. The schedule is released one year ahead, so if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you'll see new ships added each day, all one year out. So you'll get your answer in a couple of months
- English language information for the Bybanen (stops, timetables, etc.) can be found here: https://www.skyss.no/en/timetable-an...en-light-rail/
- You should have no trouble fitting all of your plans in one visit, but will most likely be well outside the 90-minute window for riding on a single ticket, so you will be best buying a day pass from the ticket machines (all explained in English on the machine's touch screens).
Hope this helps. Let me know if anything else comes to mind
Take a look at my hobby blog to see loads of cruise ship photos in and around the beautiful city of Bergen:
- November 2017 - 7 Night Cuba & Caribbean
Navigator of the Seas
- November 2016 - 13 Night Westbound Transatlantic
- January 2016 - 2 Night to Belgium
Queen Mary 2
- January 2015 - 7 Night Eastbound Transatlantic (full review here
- December 2013 - 10 Night Northern Europe
- Sep 2013 - 4 Night Northern Europe
- June 2013 - 7 Night Baltic
Liberty of the Seas
- May 2012 - 5 Night Western Med
- December 2011 - 3 Night to Belgium
Vision of the Seas
- April 2011 - 14 Night Eastbound Transatlantic
Brilliance of the Seas
- March 2009 - 11 Night Eastern Med
Independence of the Seas
- May 2008 - 4 Night Northern Europe
- December 2006 - 2 Night to Belgium