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Half an hour’s drive from Nigardsbreen glacier stands Tørvis Hotel, an excellent fjord-side country house with a superb restaurant and free-tohire sports equipment – should you fancy kayaking on the fjord or a bike ride around the nearby mountains. It’s worth breaking the budget for (00 47 57 68 35 00;; from £199).

Getting around
Bergen is easily walkable and the funicular takes you to the top of the mountain of Fløyen (; £7). You can travel by ferry from Bergen to Balestrand (fjord1. no; £113 return). Car hire options can be found at the airport.

When to go
May to September is the best time to make the most of its scenery. Days are long, the weather’s generally mild – although it can be changeable – and some of the more remote hiking roads don’t open until June.

How to go
Norwegian has frequent direct flights to Bergen from Gatwick (from £93; Bmi flies from Heathrow to Bergen direct (from £159; Internal flights within the fjord region can be booked through Widerøe ( From Bergen, take the train to Oslo through the fjords (from £23;

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The article ‘Mini guide to Bergen and the Fjords, Norway’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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