This page will help you out with some practical info on how to get around the city, where to stay, how to get to our venues, weather and some local tips. We want you to get the best of Borealis and Bergen.
First of all: bring warm and waterproof clothing. March is almost springtime and the temperatures will be sneaking in to the plus zone, but it’s worth to remember that Bergen has the same amount of rainy days as a rainforest – and they even promised snow in March! So bring a raincoat with you, if you have one. Be prepared! As they say in Norway: «Det finnes ikke dårlig vær. Det finnes bare dårlige klær» – There’s no bad weather, just bad clothes.
So, Bergen. A small city. We are really not joking. Almost all of our venues can be reached easily on foot. It’s, of course, up to you how much you want to get to know this part of our city culture. We give you some tips on the public transport as well.
The concert at Fjell festning is the only one where you need to travel a bit – but we’ve arranged busses for you, so just find Bergen Bus station, Perrong P, and we’ll take care of you!
We have also made this map for you in Google Maps. Here you can see all of the venues. Also we have included Hotel Augustin and Festplassen for easy references.
BERGEN KUNSTHALL, No. 5 and LANDMARK (Rasmus Meyers Allé 5)
These venues are located in the very same building, the one with the green colour, right next to Festplassen. Getting here we suggest you take a nice little stroll, from wherever you should find yourself in the city. It is after all the easiest and quickest way.
In addition to all concerts and events here, we also have the Festival Office here every day from Wednesday to Sunday, open 11.00-16.00. Here you find our nice staff to answer all questions, find all the info you need and you can pick up your festival tickets.
BERGEN STORSENTER (Strømgaten 8)
This is one of Bergen’s shopping malls where Kammerkoret GNEIS will start their concert and then move to the public library across the street, and it’s the spot where you can dig into the tunnel to Bergen Busstasjon and the hear the work of Jonáš Gruska. The mall is located on the opposite side of Lungegårdsvatnet when standing in Festplassen. The mall has a big sign which is possible to see from Festplassen.
BERGEN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Strømgaten 6)
Our great public library is located right over the street from Bergen Storsenter. It is a big grey brickhouse.
KODE 4 – TÅRNSALEN & STAIRCASE (Rasmus Meyers Allé 9)
Tårnsalen is located in the top of the museum building called KODE 4. Tårnsalen is the round tower on the top and there’ll also be a concert in the staircase in here. It’s just a few steps way from Bergen Kunsthall. In here you also find the restaurant Lysverket where we end the Thursday night.
FJELL FESTNING (Festningsvegen, 5357 Fjell, Sotra)
It will be buses taking the audience to the concert location which is an old German military base just outside Bergen. This will be a very special event which you will not want to miss. The buss departs from the Bergen Bus station, Perrong P. First bus will leave from central Bergen at 1pm and will be back in the same place at 4.15pm. Bus number 2 will leave 2.30pm and return to central Bergen at 5.45pm.
You can of course also take your own car and drive there. Make sure to drive all the way up to the fortress, and Borealis staff will guide you to the the venue.
GRAND BERGEN (Nedre Ole Bullsplass 1)
This arena is a banquet facility which is located in the same street as the Ole Bull statue. Starting at Festplassen with Lungegårdsvatnet behind you, keep walking over the road passing a round building named Paviljongen. Cross another road and you will be at Ole Bulls plass and can then see the venue on your right side next to Peppes Pizza.
GRIEGHALLEN, PEER GYNT-SALEN (Edvard Griegs plass 1)
Walk the street between the KODE 4 building and Bergen Kunsthall. There you will see a big black building with tall windows which is Grieghallen. Peer Gynt-salen is located inside Grieghallen on the 2nd floor. This is where the concert will be held.
NYKIRKEN (Strandgaten 197b)
The opening concert starts in this beautiful church from the 16th century. Start on the right part of Torgallmenningen when facing away from Festplassen. Furthermore, walk down the street called Strandgaten. You will pass a shoppingcentre called Kløverhuset, walking towards a junction with traffic lights you keep walking for four blocks on the same street (Strandgaten) and you will arrive at Nykirken at your right hand side.
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET SKUR 17 (Nykirkekaien 1)
Second part of the opening concert will be held in the shed of Havforskningsinstuttet. The festival crew will show the way towards this arena from Nykirken. It is only a short walk, across the street.
Returning to Festplassen, facing so that you have the lake on your left hand, walk along the street. After one block turn right and you’ll find yourself in the street Vaskerelven. Walk straight ahead and you’ll soon have Rom8 on your right hand side.
LYDGALLERIET and ØSTRE
(Østre skostredet 3)
Back at Festplassen, keep the lake at your right hand side and walk straight ahead along the street. You’ll walk past our Town Hall on your right, and cross a street called Småstrandgaten. Next street on your right will be Vestre Skostredet. Walk one more block to Østre Skostredet, turn right and you should be able to spot the venue on your right hand side.
BIKS – Bergen Internasjonale Kultursenter (Kong Oscars gate 15)
If you follow the directions for Østre, but instead of turning right at Østre Skostredet you just keep on walking straight ahead until the end of the road. BIKS will be on your right hand, in the crossing of Skostrædet/Kong Oscars Gate.
If you’re flying in, take the Airport Express Coach (Flybussen) to the city center – it takes only 30 minutes. The bus stop is located just outside Bergen Flesland Airport terminal building and departures are every 15 min. The 3 main stops in the city are Festplassen, Torget and Bryggen. You can check any specific stops and timetables here. If you’re arriving by train, the Railway station is right in the city center at a walking distance from basically any hotel.
Bergen is a very cozy and a compact city and while in the city center it’s very easy to get around by foot. The venues of Borealis 2016 are quite close to each other and you can easily walk from one to another. However, if you should wish to take public transport, please go to Skyss.no.
You can of course take a cab, but they are relatively expensive, and unless you have an urgent need to get somewhere far from the city center really fast, then we recommend the cheaper alternative. In any case, if you need to call a cab – Bergen taxi +47 55 99 70 00.
Bergen is a beautiful city for a bicycle ride, here is some places where it is possible to rent bikes.
Steinkjellargaten 8, 5003 Bergen
+47 55 31 23 63
Holmedalsgården 3, 5003 Bergen
Augustin Hotel, in central Bergen, has a special discount for Borealis visitors. When booking rooms, type “bore123” in the Corporate/Promotional code and then enter date and number of people. Festival prices will then appear.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK (close to concert venues)
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
Christies gate 11
Sigurds gate 4
Øvre Korskirkeallmenning 5
Christies gate 13
Gulating Plass 1
Kong Oscars gate 10
John Lunds plass 1
Rasmus Meyers allé 9
Rasmus Meyers allé 3
Det lille kaffekompaniet
Nedre Fjellsmauet 2
First of all, you should try finding Festplassen. This is the main square in the city with a lake right next to it. Using it as your starting/reference point. Here’s easy guide to “how to get all the tourist pictures you need from Bergen”.
Start off by keeping the lake at your right hand, and look straight ahead. The building in front of you is our Town Hall. If you raise your eyes you should see a small mountain, with a building on top of it. This is Mt Fløyen, and we recommend you to try to get to the top during your stay. If you turn your head slightly to the right you should see another mountain, slightly taller, with a large «antenna» on top. This mountain is Ulriken, another one of our city mountains.
On the other side of the lake you can see Bystasjonen, where most bus-lines connect. The building on the left of this is the Public Library, and left of the library you will see the train station. If you turn your head a little bit to the right you’ll see some buildings marked KODE. KODE is the collective name of all the art museums in the city of Bergen. In between these you’ll find Bergen Kunsthall.
Above these you should be able to see the roof of a large concrete building. This is Grieghallen, the big concert hall in Bergen. Named after the world famous Bergen composer Edvard Grieg. If you have time you should at least pay the statue of him in front of Grieghallen a visit. It is life sized. Grieg was only 152 cm tall! Grieghallen is where the excellent Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra plays, one of the oldest orchestras in the world. They just celebrated their 250-year anniversary.
Venues such as Landmark, Østre, Grand Bergen and Lysverket have age restrictions because they sell alcohol in the bar. If you are under the age of 18, you can still attend the concerts in company of an adult. Just bring this form filled out and signed by an adult on the day of the event.