International connections from and to Norway
SK Brann is Bergen's premier football team; founded in , they have played in the men's Norwegian Premier League for all but seven years since and consecutively, except one season after relegation in , since The team were the football champions in , , and ,  and reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup in Brann play their home games at the 17,seat Brann Stadion.
Its predecessor, Fyllingen , played in the Norwegian Premier League in , and Bergensk is the native dialect of Bergen and a variation of Vestnorsk. It was strongly influenced by Low German -speaking merchants from the midth to midth centuries. During the Dano-Norwegian period from to , Bergen was more influenced by Danish than other areas of Norway.
The Danish influence removed the female grammatical gender in the 16th century, making Bergensk one of very few Norwegian dialects with only two instead of three grammatical genders.
The Rs are uvular trills , as in French, which probably spread to Bergen some time in the 18th century, overtaking the alveolar trill in the time span of two to three generations. This led to large parts of the German-inspired vocabulary disappearing and pronunciations shifting slightly towards East Norwegian. The edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Bergen.
Bergen is considered to be the street art capital of Norway. Soon after, the city brought up the most famous street artist in Norway: The Madam Felle monument in Sandviken, is in honour of a Norwegian woman of German origin, who in the midth century managed, against the will of the council, to maintain a counter of beer. A well-known restaurant of the same name is now situated at another location in Bergen. The monument was erected in by sculptor Kari Rolfsen, supported by an anonymous donor.
Madam Felle, civil name Oline Fell, was remembered after her death in a popular song, possibly originally a folksong,  "Kjenner Dokker Madam Felle? Each year Bergen donates the Christmas Tree seen in Newcastle's Haymarket as a sign of the ongoing friendship between the sister cities. Bergen received a totem pole as a gift of friendship from the city of Seattle on the city's th anniversary in It is now placed in the Nordnes Park and gazes out over the sea towards the friendship city far to the west.
The various addresses in Bergen, each belong to one of the various grunnkrets. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the city in Norway.
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Alternatively, call Deutsche Bahn's UK telesales line on 80 80 66 lines open Click here for a list of agencies and more info on how to buy European train tickets. They get positive reviews and look after their customers very well. UK call , www. US call free , see website. Canada call free , see website. Australia call toll-free , see website. New Zealand call toll-free or see website. What's the journey like? A Eurostar e about to leave St Pancras ICE3 2nd class seats Lunch in an ICE3 bistro car Virtual tour of InterCity train Some cars are open-plan.
See more photos, tips and information for the Hamburg to Copenhagen journey. A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station Comfortable 2nd class seats on an IC3 train NSB Komfort class on the train to Oslo. It's faster than the previous option using train all the way.
Day 1, travel from London to Hamburg using any of the services shown on the London to Germany page. For example, you can leave London St Pancras at Or you can leave London at This is one of the few places where trains still go onto ferries, an interesting experience in itself!
You have to leave the train and go upstairs into the ferry passenger decks whilst the ferry is at sea, although you can leave your luggage on the train. To travel in luxury, treat yourself to one of DFDS's famous Commodore Class cabins, some with private balconies with sea view.
In copenhagen the ferry terminal is about 3km 2 miles from Copenhagen main station in the city centre, taxis are available or there's a DFDS shuttle bus from Norreport station. In Oslo you can walk from the city centre to the ferry terminal in minutes, or you can take a taxi. Day 2, the next day travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by any suitable train.
For example, you can leave Copenhagen at Or can leave Copenhagen at Check train times for your date of travel using www. Copenhagen to Oslo by overnight cruise ferry with www. How to buy tickets Step 1, go to www. Departing London at Step 2, use www. Step 3, book the Copenhagen-Oslo ferry at www. Step 1, book the Oslo-Copenhagen ferry at www. Step 3, go to www. Departing Hamburg at If you don't see any cheap prices for London-Hamburg or Hamburg-London, read this: So if you don't get any good prices or have any problems booking this way, simply split the booking!
You can check London-Hamburg train times on the London to Germany page. Watch the video guide. Cologne to Hamburg by InterCity train. You'll also find a few compartment coaches on InterCity trains, and a bistro or restaurant car InterCity 1st class, often available in both open-plan saloons like this and in compartments.
Courtesy of Andrew Leo. The ferry is a floating hotel, with cabins, suites, restaurants, bars and entertainment. The Pearl Seaways even features an outdoor jacuzzi but reportedly her sister ship Crown Seaways lacks this.
Sunset at sea on the voyage to Norway The ferry has already been loaded with cars and lorries, and the train is loaded last. On our journey, the train stops at Puttgarden station and then moves on to the ferry terminal, it then slows but runs straight to the ferry, moving on board at fairly slow speed. The train then edged slowly forward. At the front of the ferry on the bulkhead doors is an auto-coupler and the train couples on to this to ensure it does not move during the journey.
The train engines then stop, the doors open and you can get off, as there is a sort of platform step on the ferry. Once the train is docked, the ferry doors closed and we departed immediately. The trip on the ferry is just 45 minutes, and you get off to use the ferry facilities, you can also inspect the train arrangements.
The EuroCity train is designed to fit and when I was on it, there was less than a half metre at the back of the train between it and the ferry doors. The track runs through the centre of the ferry, with cars and lorries on either side. You had better make sure that you are back on board the train in time at the end of the ferry trip, as it does not hang about!
The ferry takes a little longer than a normal car ferry to line up at the destination, but once it has, the doors open, the track is locked in place, and the train engines start, and we are off, pretty fast. OK, so this takes 2 nights from London rather than one, but with comfortable daytime trains, a night in a hotel in Kiel or Hamburg then a mini-cruise on a luxurious Colour line cruise ferry.
Day 1, travel from London to Kiel by train. London to Hamburg train options are set out on the Germany page. Regional trains run from Hamburg to Kiel Hbf every hour in just 1h Stay overnight in Kiel , or you could stay in Hamburg if you prefer and take the hourly regional train to Kiel Hbf next day.
Day 2, after a leisurely breakfast in your hotel, sail from Kiel to Oslo by luxurious Color Line cruise ferry. Make sure you're on deck next morning as the ship sails through spectacular scenery up Oslo Fjord. The ship docks at the modern Color Line terminal about 2 km from the city centre. Color Line provide transfer buses to Oslo Sentral station costing 55 krone, or there are plenty of taxis. If you have little luggage it's possible to walk. Day 2, stay the night in Kiel, or catch the hourly regional train to Hamburg Hbf and stay the night there, trains leave every hour, journey time 1h Day 3, travel from Kiel or Hamburg to London by comfortable daytime trains.
Typically, a departure from Kiel Hbf at For details of Hamburg to London options, see the Germany page. Book early maximum 92 days ahead as the price rises closer to departure. Kiel to Oslo varies by date, cabin choice and number of passengers sharing. You need to go online to check prices for your specific dates. Book the Kiel to Oslo cruise ferry at the seat61 Ferry Shop or at www. Book the outward London to Kiel train using these links I strongly recommend registering when prompted, so you can easily log in at any time and check or re-print tickets:.
Book the return Kiel to London trains using these links:. Departing Kiel at This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is. It's a minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo. Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel A 5 Star Suite on the ferry More cruise liner than ferry! Shopping street in Oslo? No, just the main mall on board the Color Line ship Wake up to lovely scenery sailing up Oslo Fjord Transfer bus to Oslo Sentral Click here for advice on booking onward trains within Norway.
Day 1, travel from London to Hamburg using any suitable option shown on the London to Germany page. You can leave central London late morning and arrive at Hamburg Hbf in the evening.
Stay overnight in Hamburg. In Hirtshals, it's a few minutes walk from the station to the Color Line ferry terminal, a longer 2km walk or taxi ride to the Fjord Line terminal. Remember to allow for the 1 hour ferry check-in! There's usually a sailing at There's a 1 hour check-in for the ferry. You can stay overnight in Kristiansand and take a train on to Stavanger next day, see here for advice on finding and booking a train.
The ship normally sails daily at A range of comfortable en suite cabins is available. The ship normally sails daily from Bergen at On arrival in Hirtshals, it's a 2km walk or taxi ride from the Fjord Line ferry terminal to the station.
There's a sailing from Kristiansand at There's a 1 hour check-in for the ferry, so be at the port by On arrival in Hirtshals, it's a fairly short walk from the Color Line ferry terminal to the station. Day 2 if starting from Bergen or Stavanger, or day 1 if coming from Kristiansand, travel from Hirtshals to Hamburg by train using any departure you like. I'd allow at least 2 hours between scheduled ferry arrival and train departure. Day 3 if starting from Bergen or Stavanger, day 2 if coming from Kristiansand, travel from Hamburg to London using any suitable option shown on the London to Germany page.
An early morning departure from Hamburg will get you to London by late afternoon. Fares vary depending how early you book and how popular that date or combination of trains is.
Book online at www. Fares vary by season, by how far ahead you book, and by what cabin accommodation you choose. Modern air-conditioned trains link Oslo with Bergen, one of Europe's most scenic train routes, a journey worth doing for its own sake! To check train times within in Norway, see www. Return fares are twice the one-way. Children under 4 free, children inclusive half price.
NSB Komfort class costs an extra Kr at the time of writing per person regardless of the length of the journey. The complimentary tea and coffee alone can justify the supplement! How to buy Norwegian train tickets at www. You can buy Norwegian tickets online at www. In fact, it pays to pre-book your tickets this way, because cheap advance-purchase Minipris fares are often available, saving a lot of money over the regular fare that you will be charged on the day of travel.