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Guidebook for Askøy, Bergen & surrounding areas

Nils-Birger

Guidebook for Askøy, Bergen & surrounding areas

Arts & Culture
Herdla museum
War memorial & park
Telavåg Krigsminnesmerke
War memorial & park
This church was originally built in 1150 in Fortun; in 1883, it was moved to Fantoft to prevent demolition. Unfortunately, it was burned down on June 6, 1992. The fire is believed to have been deliberately started by Varg Vikernes, a Norwegian black metal artist. The church was later rebuilt (in 1997) in the same location in exactly the same way it was before the fire. Tourist information: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/fantoft-stave-church-p824893
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Fantoft Stavkirke Fantoftveien 38 AS
46 Fantoftvegen
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This church was originally built in 1150 in Fortun; in 1883, it was moved to Fantoft to prevent demolition. Unfortunately, it was burned down on June 6, 1992. The fire is believed to have been deliberately started by Varg Vikernes, a Norwegian black metal artist. The church was later rebuilt (in 1997) in the same location in exactly the same way it was before the fire. Tourist information: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/fantoft-stave-church-p824893
Parks & Nature
The Kollevåg beach area is located approx. 20 min drive from our home. It is a nice place to visit if you want to chill out at a larger beach or walk around a bit as the area is quite big. Kollevåg is also easily accessible by boat as it has a large public pier where you can moor a boat. It will take approx 30 min with our boat to reach Kollevåg. There is public toilets at the area and a large designated building where you can have a barbecue.
Kollevåg badestrand
Shopping
Kleppestø Senter
2 Gamle Kleppestøvegen
Essentials
Bunnpris, Florvåg
135 Florvågvegen
Entertainment & Activities
Aqua park / swimming pool Curling Ice skating (indoors) Biljards
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Vannkanten Waterworld
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Aqua park / swimming pool Curling Ice skating (indoors) Biljards
Sightseeing
The sightseeing places I have highlighted are mainly our suggestions on sights to see & experience at Askøy and on the adjacent islands of Sotra & Øygarden plus a few daytrips from Bergen. For any activity and sights in Bergen city, I advise you to take a look at the official Bergen tourist information web page: https://en.visitbergen.com/
Nice flat area for walking . Very nice view. The area is famous for bird watching as it has the highest diversity of different birds in Europe
Herdla
Nice flat area for walking . Very nice view. The area is famous for bird watching as it has the highest diversity of different birds in Europe
Bergens highest mountain. Can walk up or take the cable car
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Ulriken
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Bergens highest mountain. Can walk up or take the cable car
The most famous and visited mountain in Bergen. Easy accessible by the funicular from the heart of Bergen city. Lots of activities and play areas for kids and very nice paths/gravel roads to walk . Perfect also for families with a buggy.
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Fløyen
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The most famous and visited mountain in Bergen. Easy accessible by the funicular from the heart of Bergen city. Lots of activities and play areas for kids and very nice paths/gravel roads to walk . Perfect also for families with a buggy.
The highest mountain on Askøy, 230meter above sealevel. Can be reached by walking direct from our home in approx 1-2 hours. Offers a very nice 360 degees view of Bergen and its surrounding area
Askøyfjellet
The highest mountain on Askøy, 230meter above sealevel. Can be reached by walking direct from our home in approx 1-2 hours. Offers a very nice 360 degees view of Bergen and its surrounding area
Nice quaint town that houses a Maritime museum and a nice walking track. Telavåg is also famous for the Telavåg tragedy from the 2nd Word War when the town was completely leveled by the Germans and all men between 16 & 60 years of age was sent to the concentration camps after skirmish where two Gestapo officers had been killed in the area by some Norwegian agents & locals.
Telavåg
Nice quaint town that houses a Maritime museum and a nice walking track. Telavåg is also famous for the Telavåg tragedy from the 2nd Word War when the town was completely leveled by the Germans and all men between 16 & 60 years of age was sent to the concentration camps after skirmish where two Gestapo officers had been killed in the area by some Norwegian agents & locals.
Very nice & popular place to walk around and enjoy a nice coastal scenery with small beaches and botanical garden.
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Arboretum and Botanical Garden at Milde
240 Mildeveien
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Very nice & popular place to walk around and enjoy a nice coastal scenery with small beaches and botanical garden.
Here you can take a small ferry from Hjellestad and over to Klokkarvik at Sotra. Hjellestad is close to the Aboreet, The botanical gardens. From the ferry terminal at Sotra it is a short drive to Telavåg. This ferry trip was recommended by one of our guest parties as part of a daytrip where they explored the Aboreet then went to Telavåg before driving back to our house at Askøy. You can find the timetable for the ferry on the following web page: https://www.gulenskyss.no/klokkarvik-leroy-bjelkaroy
Hjellestad kai
313 Hjellestadvegen
Here you can take a small ferry from Hjellestad and over to Klokkarvik at Sotra. Hjellestad is close to the Aboreet, The botanical gardens. From the ferry terminal at Sotra it is a short drive to Telavåg. This ferry trip was recommended by one of our guest parties as part of a daytrip where they explored the Aboreet then went to Telavåg before driving back to our house at Askøy. You can find the timetable for the ferry on the following web page: https://www.gulenskyss.no/klokkarvik-leroy-bjelkaroy
A quaint picturesque town at Sotra. Close to Telavåg and worth a visit if you are in the area. Recommended as part of the Aboreet (botanical garden), Hjellestad to Klokkarvik ferry and town of Telavåg daytrip.
Glesvær
A quaint picturesque town at Sotra. Close to Telavåg and worth a visit if you are in the area. Recommended as part of the Aboreet (botanical garden), Hjellestad to Klokkarvik ferry and town of Telavåg daytrip.
Øygarden is a collection of small and larger islands north of Sotra. It will take approx. 1 hour to drive from our home at Askøy to the northern most island, Hellesøy at Øygarden. Øygarden is a very picturesque place with lots of nice and quaint places to experience. At the following web pages you can find guide to Øygarden: https://issuu.com/snitt/docs/wild-and-authentic-2017 https://www.oygarden.kommune.no/informasjon-in-english/culture-and-tourism/
Øygarden Municipality
Øygarden is a collection of small and larger islands north of Sotra. It will take approx. 1 hour to drive from our home at Askøy to the northern most island, Hellesøy at Øygarden. Øygarden is a very picturesque place with lots of nice and quaint places to experience. At the following web pages you can find guide to Øygarden: https://issuu.com/snitt/docs/wild-and-authentic-2017 https://www.oygarden.kommune.no/informasjon-in-english/culture-and-tourism/
Sotra is South of Øygarden and only 30 min drive from our home. On this larger island you can find the town of Telavåg and old trading town of Glesvær. Like on Øygarden, Sotra has a very nice coastline for swimming and hiking. The web page below list up a few suggestions on places to see and hikes to venture on. The web page is in Norwegian, but you can just google the places it lists and look look at the suggested walking paths: https://westofbergen.com/se-og-gjoere/turstier/
Sotra
Sotra is South of Øygarden and only 30 min drive from our home. On this larger island you can find the town of Telavåg and old trading town of Glesvær. Like on Øygarden, Sotra has a very nice coastline for swimming and hiking. The web page below list up a few suggestions on places to see and hikes to venture on. The web page is in Norwegian, but you can just google the places it lists and look look at the suggested walking paths: https://westofbergen.com/se-og-gjoere/turstier/
Rosendal is a small town by the fjord surrounded by an alpine landscape. Rosendal is also the a gateway to the Folgefonn galcier where there is a summer ski resort. The Folgefonn glacial centre is also located in Rosendal. So Rosendal is a popular daytrip destination for many tourists. There are daily cruises from Bergen to Rosendal and there is also a rapid passenger boat going all year around. It takes 2-3 hours to reach Rosendal by boat or car. Things to do in Rosendal: https://www.fjordtours.com/places-to-visit-in-norway/rosendal/ https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/AttractionsNear-g1025188-d1021705-Rosendal_Fjordhotel-Rosendal_Kvinnherad_Municipality_Hordaland_Western_Norway.html Passenger Express boat Bergen - Rosendal: https://rodne.no/en/fjordcruise/fjord-cruise-to-hardanger/ Fjordcruise Bergen-Rosendal: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/fjordcruise-bergen-rosendal-and-folgefonn-center-p837363 Folgefonn Glacial centre: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/the-folgefonn-centre-in-rosendal-p3353713 The Rosendal Barony: https://www.baroniet.no/en/
Rosendal
Rosendal is a small town by the fjord surrounded by an alpine landscape. Rosendal is also the a gateway to the Folgefonn galcier where there is a summer ski resort. The Folgefonn glacial centre is also located in Rosendal. So Rosendal is a popular daytrip destination for many tourists. There are daily cruises from Bergen to Rosendal and there is also a rapid passenger boat going all year around. It takes 2-3 hours to reach Rosendal by boat or car. Things to do in Rosendal: https://www.fjordtours.com/places-to-visit-in-norway/rosendal/ https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/AttractionsNear-g1025188-d1021705-Rosendal_Fjordhotel-Rosendal_Kvinnherad_Municipality_Hordaland_Western_Norway.html Passenger Express boat Bergen - Rosendal: https://rodne.no/en/fjordcruise/fjord-cruise-to-hardanger/ Fjordcruise Bergen-Rosendal: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/fjordcruise-bergen-rosendal-and-folgefonn-center-p837363 Folgefonn Glacial centre: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/the-folgefonn-centre-in-rosendal-p3353713 The Rosendal Barony: https://www.baroniet.no/en/
The Lysøyen island is located 30km from our house (20km from downtown Bergen) in the suburbs of Fana. Here, you will find the idyllic 1873 home belonging to Ole Bull – the great Norwegian fiddler. The villa has remained accessible to the public since 1973. Visitors come here to picnic in the gazebo, explore the 13 kilometers of walking paths, and relax near any of the multiple ponds found in the area. On-site, there’s a museum that offers tours around the villa and its grounds. Another major attraction on the island is the Monastery of Lyse. This monastery is also referred to as the Lyse Abbey. It was founded by English monks in 1146 and is the first Cistercian house in Norway. Tourist information: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/lysoen-island-and-ole-bulls-villa-p825023
Lysøen
The Lysøyen island is located 30km from our house (20km from downtown Bergen) in the suburbs of Fana. Here, you will find the idyllic 1873 home belonging to Ole Bull – the great Norwegian fiddler. The villa has remained accessible to the public since 1973. Visitors come here to picnic in the gazebo, explore the 13 kilometers of walking paths, and relax near any of the multiple ponds found in the area. On-site, there’s a museum that offers tours around the villa and its grounds. Another major attraction on the island is the Monastery of Lyse. This monastery is also referred to as the Lyse Abbey. It was founded by English monks in 1146 and is the first Cistercian house in Norway. Tourist information: https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/lysoen-island-and-ole-bulls-villa-p825023
The Steinsdalsfossen waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway. It is located in Norheimsund approx 1 hour drive from Bergen. The Steinsdalsfossen has a fall of 50 m and is special because you can walk safe and dry behind it. The fall occured in 1699 when the river changed course. There is a footpath from the car park up to and under the waterfall. Along National Tourist Route Hardanger.Tourist information office. The Steinsdalfossen waterfall can be combined with a drive to Jondal and/or Rosendal. Tourist information: https://en.hardangerfjord.com/attractions/steinsdalsfossen-waterfall-p792843
Parking For Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall
212 Steinsdalsvegen
The Steinsdalsfossen waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway. It is located in Norheimsund approx 1 hour drive from Bergen. The Steinsdalsfossen has a fall of 50 m and is special because you can walk safe and dry behind it. The fall occured in 1699 when the river changed course. There is a footpath from the car park up to and under the waterfall. Along National Tourist Route Hardanger.Tourist information office. The Steinsdalfossen waterfall can be combined with a drive to Jondal and/or Rosendal. Tourist information: https://en.hardangerfjord.com/attractions/steinsdalsfossen-waterfall-p792843
This National tourist route over Aurlandsfjellet covers a distance of 47 kilometers and goes all the way from Aurlandsvangen to Laerdalsoyri. The highest point on this mountain road rises to an altitude of 1306m. This day trip gives powerful impressions and contrasts of the fjords and the high mountain regions that have snow throughout the year. The route is also referred to as “the snow road” and is often closed in winter. The Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Road was opened in 1967. Some attraction sites close to this stretch are the villages of Flamsbana and Aurlandsdalen. The views will allow you to enjoy a wonderful trip. Tourist information: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes/aurlandsfjellet
Aurlandsfjellet
This National tourist route over Aurlandsfjellet covers a distance of 47 kilometers and goes all the way from Aurlandsvangen to Laerdalsoyri. The highest point on this mountain road rises to an altitude of 1306m. This day trip gives powerful impressions and contrasts of the fjords and the high mountain regions that have snow throughout the year. The route is also referred to as “the snow road” and is often closed in winter. The Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Road was opened in 1967. Some attraction sites close to this stretch are the villages of Flamsbana and Aurlandsdalen. The views will allow you to enjoy a wonderful trip. Tourist information: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes/aurlandsfjellet
Jondal is located 95km away from Bergen, on the Folgefonna peninsula in Hordaland County. The municipality is found within Hardanger district on the eastern shore of the Hardangerfjorden. Some of the villages within Jondal include Torsnes, Herand, and Kysnesstranda. There are many visitors who come to this city due to its proximity to Bergen. There are quite a number of adventurous activities to indulge in around Jondal. The city has a wide array of historical sites and unique cultural attractions, such as the Agatunet, Norsk Vasskraft, and the Stiftinga Hardanger og Voss Museum. From Jondalen you can drive up to the Folgefonn glacier & summer ski resort in approx. 25 minutes. PS: If you go here by car, you can combine the trip to Jondalen with Rosendal which is just another 1 hours drive from Jondalen. You can return by a quicker route from Rosendal back to Bergen than the one via Jondal. Official tourist information: https://www.visitjondal.no/en
Jondal
Jondal is located 95km away from Bergen, on the Folgefonna peninsula in Hordaland County. The municipality is found within Hardanger district on the eastern shore of the Hardangerfjorden. Some of the villages within Jondal include Torsnes, Herand, and Kysnesstranda. There are many visitors who come to this city due to its proximity to Bergen. There are quite a number of adventurous activities to indulge in around Jondal. The city has a wide array of historical sites and unique cultural attractions, such as the Agatunet, Norsk Vasskraft, and the Stiftinga Hardanger og Voss Museum. From Jondalen you can drive up to the Folgefonn glacier & summer ski resort in approx. 25 minutes. PS: If you go here by car, you can combine the trip to Jondalen with Rosendal which is just another 1 hours drive from Jondalen. You can return by a quicker route from Rosendal back to Bergen than the one via Jondal. Official tourist information: https://www.visitjondal.no/en