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Take a Scandication in Norway

Ready for an adrenaline rush? In west Norway you can test your strength and fitness in demanding mountains to help build an appetite for meals that persuade Michelin inspectors to award stars. Why not explore Bergen and Stavanger this year?


New boutique hotel on skostredet

Bergen, the capital of west Norway, is used to welcoming visitors in the best way with its magnificent cultural festivals. A new boutique hotel, The Shoemaker is about to join all the wonderful cafés and exciting stores already established on a small street called Skorstredet. The hotel will have 43 rooms and is designed to meet every need of its guests. Developed by Haut Nordic, it will also be sustainable on every level.

The Shoemaker

Østre Skostredet 9, Bergen

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Taste the sea

When the sun shines in Bergen everyone rushes outdoors to make the most of it. Nordnes sjøbad therefore is a very popular location, especially as this seawater pool is heated. Winter bathing has become a hot trend in Norway and here you can combine a swim with a sauna.

Nordnes sjøbad

Nordnesparken 30, Bergen

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Fjord kayaking in Norway

Bergen is situated between Sogne Fjord and Hardanger Fjord. This geographic location is worth taking advantage of by taking a kayak trip in Nærøy Fjord, an arm of Sogne Fjord. As you silently glide through the water and look up at the 1,800m steep rock faces on either side, you get a real feel for what it’s like to live in Norway. If you don’t have your own kayak, you can book a trip with Fjordtours, for example.



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Stars in sight

Welcome to the chef show, as it says on the Renaa website. And this is exactly what you’ll get. The Stavanger restaurant has an open plan kitchen with chefs, waiters and diners in the same room with no counters. Everything they prepare is locally sourced from Rogaland and the restaurant has two stars in the Guide Michelin.


Nordbøgata 8, Stavanger

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Wilderness walks

West Norway is blessed with sheer mountains, tough climbs and spectacular rock formations. Pulpit Rock, a demanding plateau 604m above sea level on the north side of Lyse Fjord will give you an adrenaline rush you won’t forget in a long time. Maybe it was no surprise that several scenes in Mission: Impossible - Fallout were shot here (although according to the movie, the location was in India).

Pulpit Rock

Preikestolvegen 521, Jørpeland

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Viking age

Many people think the Vikings were wild and cruel. There’s certainly a grain of truth in that, but they were also an organized society where women held key positions. At Viking House in Stavanger, you can travel back 1,000 years in time wearing a VR headset to see how they lived. Almost. You can also take a guided tour in the footsteps of the Vikings with Guidecompaniet.

Viking House

Strandkaien 44, Stavanger

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