Troldhaugen, Fantoft Stave Church & City Drive

3.5 hours | Bergen | B G O - 2 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Fish Market
  • Troldhaugen
  • Fantoft Stave Church
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your motorcoach for a narrated drive through Bergen, the second largest city in Norway and the unofficial capital of the western region. See the old medieval city, including the 13th-century King Hakon's Hall, the 16th-century Rosenkrantz Tower, and Bryggen, a major trading center for the medieval Hanseatic League, where a line of re-created period buildings are protected by UNESCO because of their historical significance.

You'll pass the colorful open-air fish market at Torget and Grieg Hall, the city's new concert hall and drive through Bergen's suburbs en route to Lake Nordås and Troldhaugen.

Surrounded by a superb park, the home of composer Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina is considered a national shrine. The charming home offers a glimpse into the life and times of this internationally acclaimed composer. Tour the house, see the hut where Grieg composed many of his works, take in a multimedia presentation on his life, and view the grave sites where the remains of Grieg and his wife lay side by side.

As a special treat, you'll attend a professional piano recital at the Concert Hall that may include some of his most popular works. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, In the Hall of the Mountain King and for a collection of piano miniatures known as Lyric Pieces.

Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen on June 15, 1843, studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, met and collaborated with other major composers of the day like Liszt and Tchaikovsky, and wrote music for the plays of Henrik Ibsen. He died in the autumn of 1907 at the age of 64 after a long illness. He is still revered as a nationalist composer who drew inspiration from Norwegian folk songs.

He once said, "I have also written something for the scene in the hall of the mountain King - something that I literally can't bear listening to because it absolutely reeks of cow-pies, exaggerated Norwegian nationalism, and trollish self-satisfaction! But I have a hunch that the irony will be discernible."

After the visit to Troldhaugen, continue to Fantoft  Stavechurch. The old church burned down in 1992, but it has since been painstakingly reconstructed to reflect a style of construction that is unique to Norway.

Special Notes:

Photography is not permitted in Troldhaugen House. Kindly note that it is a 800 mtrs walk from the parking to Troldhaugen

Child Price:

12 years and under

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a special piano recital featuring Grieg's music at a concert hall in Troldhaugen

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1600
Steps:
8
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Inside visit of Fantoft Stave Church

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
350
Steps:
1
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship on a short narrated city drive

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45
Air conditioned:
No