The apartment is 45 m2, situated in Nordnes area; the center of town, but it doesn´t feel like it! The surroundings are old, charming, easy to fall in love with. Walking distance to all the sights. We are close to the sea, restaurants & shops nearby. The apartment is situated on the first floor in the front, but has a balcony and a view over our garden in the back. We are a family of four who own and live this old house (from 1750) and since we live upstairs we will meet our guest daily.
If you arrive to Bergen by train it takes you 15-20 minutes to walk to Nordnes and Klosteret. Do you have heavy bags I suggest you take a taxi. Or, if we are available and our car is still going strong, we might be able to pick you up. Klosteret is easy to find, be prepared with a map, or we can explain the walk in details for you. Anyhow, send us a message!
If you arrive with the airportbus it is a shorter distance to walk, approximately 10 min, and pretty straight forward. The bus stop is called Festplassen/Hotell Norge.
The best thing to do (if walking from the train station, the bus station and from the stop of the airport bus) , is first to locate and find Torgallmeningen. Every local in Bergen know where this is.
On Torgallmenningen there is a McDonalds. On the corner of McDonalds there is a street called Markeveien. Take this one, walk straight, and slightly upwards. Keep on walking and Markeveien will change name (after a couple of hundred mtrs) into Klostergaten. Continue a bit further and then you will see an open area called Klosteret (cars parked here and there). Look for the flowerpots and the orange door, Klosteret number 6.
If you come with one of the boats and arrive at Strandkaiterminalen. Walk towards Strandgaten (the small one, there are two, one with cars and one without, also called Gågaten among the locals). The direction is now towards Nordnes. This small street Strandgaten with shops on both sides. leads you to the Cort Piil smauet. That is a turn to the left. Yes, this one is a steep road, with cobblestones (not perfect for very heavy suitcases on wheels). If you choose to avoid this one, walk a bit further, in the end of the street you will see Da Stephanos restaurant. Take left and walk straight up. The street is steep, but there are no cobblestones and you will end up at Klosteret. Walk over the street (where the cars drive) and you will see the our house, the flower pots and the orange door.
At our place you can cook your own meals, or visit the local cafés or resturants. Our most popular local café is only 30 mtrs away. With a short walk from here you´ll find more cafés, restaurants as well as shops, groceries, pharmasists etc.
We are pretty open minded people in the family and of course we will try to help our guests in the best way we can, if needed.
We will have to mention that our house is old (from 1750). It´s newly renovated (finished 2014) and in spite of that you will hear us since we live upstairs, and you will see and hear nabours/peolpe/children walking outside. The backarea (bedroom) is pretty quiet. Daytime (sometimes evening) there are kids playing outside. The apartment does not have a door between the bedroom and the rest. The balcony (and the balcony door) is in the bedroom. A few of hour guests have said it would have been nice with a door to the bedroom, but since the apartment is small we have kept it open to keep the light in both ends. In Bergen we need the light since it is very often cloudy and rainy between our 7 mountains.
We don´t allow pets. Smoking is best if you do outside the house. Otherwise we hope that our guest are responsable and take care of the house and apartment we are so happy to be the owner of. All guests are supplied with one set of sheets and towels (if any problem/wishes, we can always arrange something).
My name is Maria, I was born in Stockholm, Sweden, have lived in Bergen since 1990. My husband is Jostein and he is a real ¨Bergenser¨, (with ancestors from the north of Norway where we have a beautiful summerhouse by a long and deep fjord called Tysfjord). I work as an artist/ designer, and producer of showcases for other artist in Bergen. My studio is situated in a big and old buliding called United Sardine Factory (USF), an old factory where they used to produce sardines long time ago. Today USF is a place for artists, for people working in film and music business, with design etc etc. We have two teenagers in the house, Ingrid and Gustav. We all love travelling and meeting people from all over the world. The four of us will try to make you stay in Bergen as good and pleasant as possible. Please don´t hesitate to ask us about anything. We have a big house so and if there is anything you need, or something you have forgotten to bring we will probably have it. Be prepared for the weather, when it´s raining in Bergen it is WET! The best advice we can give you as you prepare for the trip to the west coast of Norway; bring a light weight raining jacket/coat and life will be so much nicer.