Has anyone else done this and can advise how much money is reasonable amount to take please? Meal and drinks at Bergen for one night, then presumably just drinks at holiday base, and whatever we might want to buy to bring back.
I think the trip notes recommend about £50 spending money (under 'Extra Expenses and Spending Money') - however, I'm going to be doing the trip myself soon. I'm on the 1st July departure, so when I come back I'll be sure to let you know a more exact amount!
Last time I was in Bergen (April this year) I found a pretty good spread of different restaurants, of varying prices. Bryggen harbour is the most picturesque but also the most expensive, although there are cheaper options available. I will see what the leader recommends and make a note of general prices. I can also make a note of prices for beer and wine at the Lodge for you.
If there is anything else you would like me to make a note of, just let me know!
Best wishes, Gina
Exodus Marketing Executive
Thanks Gina, will look forward to hearing how you have gone on.
Prices in Bergen range from around NOK150 to NOK400 for a nice dinner; I spent NOK300 but I did order steak - never the cheap option! We ate at a restaurant called Egon, which was by the harbour, and everyone enjoyed. Beer varies; it was NOK66 for a Carlsberg, and NOK94 for a local beer, but that was 600ml.
Alcohol is always expensive in Scandinavia, as there's a huge import tax. Nes Gard, where you stay at the Lusterfjord, has a comprehensive price list. A glass of the house wine (red or white) is NOK55, and there's a range of bottles between NOK250 and NOK330. Beer and cider are NOK40 to NOK60. As for soft drinks, fizzy drinks like coke or fanta are NOK30 or there's apple juice for NOK25.
For everything else, there's really nothing to buy once you get to Nes Gard! The nearest supermarket is a short drive away - we made a small stop there for postcards and suncream. Some people bought some chocolate there, but there's no touristy shops once you leave Bergen (which I loved, actually). If you would like to buy souvenirs, Bergen's the place to do it, but you don't spend long in the city. We chose to go up the funicular railway (http://www.floibanen.com/) for a view over the city, and a half hour walk down through the forest, rather than go shopping. It's NOK40 for a single or NOK80 for a return on the railway.
The only other thing is an optional glacier walk, which I did; it was NOK430, but you can pay by Visa card once you're there so it's not a decision you have to make before you go. It was the only time all week I had to wear my fleece, though - if you are thinking of doing it, I'd recommend taking along a jumper on that day. If you decide not to go out, you can always leave it in the minibus.
If there's anything else, feel free to drop me a line!
Best wishes, Gina
Thanks Gina for a most helpful reply. Looking forward to the trip.
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