Practicalities

WIFI:  Available as Eduroam at all Norwegian airports.   There should also be WIFI on the ferry and the Flybussen into Bergen.

For Sunday arrivals in Bergen:  There are storage lockers at the Strandkaiterminalen where the ferry leaves from to store your bags for the day.

Weather:  See the MET Norway site yr.no.   It will rain.   Unless it doesn’t. Expect temperatures between 3 to 10 C.

Packing:  Raincoat and rain pants, practical walking/hiking shoes for Wednesday outing and long lunches.  Bathing suit for sauna (or morning fjord plunges if you prefer).

Dress:  Casual, with smart casual  at the conference dinner Wednesday night.

Cash/Bank cards:  Almost everywhere accepts cards, especially debit cards.  The exception is buying bus tickets on the bus (except for Flybussen and bus between the airport and the ferry kai at Flesland).   Cash machines are at airport and most banks, airport machines can exchange bank notes.

Prices:   Norway is not cheap. Expect to spend 10 NOK like you might spend a EUR, or a USD, and then you will still be surprised.  There are some restaurants suggested below.  Alcohol is especially expensive – expect 80 -90 NOK for a pint of beer, same for a glass of wine.  There is duty free at the airport when you arrive.  There will be some selection of low alcohol content beer in stores in Rosendal, but there will be no place to buy bottles of wine.  The hotel, of course, has a bar as well.

Sundays in Norway:  Most large supermarkets are closed, as are most non-touristic shops, and some of the museums.   Open food shops include Bunnpris, kiosks, and some of the small middle eastern and Asian food shops.

Electric:  220-230V, standard European 2 prong round plugs.

Food/Coffee/Beer suggestions for Bergen:

Restaurants:  Naboen (go downstairs, the upstairs is quite expensive).  Pingvinen. (get popcorn).  PygmalionKafe Spesial. DeStefanos.  Don PipposCafe Opera. USF-Verftet (fantastic waterside hangout if its nice out.)

Beer:  Henrik.    Pingvinen. NaboenDon Pippos (good wines).  Legal. Una. Bryggen Tracteursted  – buried in a cool part of Bryggen. USF-Verftet

Coffee:  BKB, Godt Brød (4 locations – good baked goods and lunches – see top 4 in store list).   Det Lille KafekompanietKaffemisjonen.  USF-Verftet

Activities in Bergen:

Floibanen, Ulriken, some of the museums are open, Bryggen of course, for a wander.

Bergen tourist information.  The tourist information center is closed on Sundays.   You can get a Bergen map at any hotel if you don’t find it at the airport.

Saturday after the conference:

Bondens Marked. 10-16h at Fisketorget.  Try the pannekake (pancakes) with as much jam and fresh cream as you want.  Also really good sausages and deer/lamb burgers.  Hard cheeses.  Reindeer cured sausage, brunost, and sheepskins.  All you could want in edible souvenirs from Norway.