START IN STYLE: BERGEN
Historic Bergen has long been a jumping-off point for those in search of adventure. Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, this buzzing city is bountiful in both nature and culture. Wooden houses in autumnal colours line the waterfront in UNESCO-listed Bryggen. Culture is captured in the KODE group museums, which hold one of Scandinavia’s largest art-and-design collections. When nature begins to draw you in, head up to Mount Floyen for pretty hikes and panoramic views of the city and its rugged setting.
The call of the wild
If that’s whetted your appetite for adventure, mix culture and comfort in Bergen with a day in the great outdoors. Hardangerfjord is one of Norway’s most famous – and just 1.5 hours away from the city. Start with a short hike to the top of Voringfossen waterfall to watch it cascade down the cliffs. Or spend an entire day exploring the four falls of the Husedalen Valley. For a slightly more bracing stroll, opt for a guided hike through the glaciers of Folgefonna National Park.
While you’re here, it’s well worth spending a day in Voss, the district known as Norway’s adventure capital. Drive an hour or so from the comfort of your boutique hotel to dive headfirst into one of many adrenaline-fuelled activities – from paragliding to white water rafting. If you’d like to take it easier, hire a bike and cycle through the hills. Whatever your preferred pace, you won’t be short of things to do in this exciting town.