Welcome to Bergen and Borealis 2018
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. 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.
First of all, you should try finding Festplassen. This is the main square in the city with a lake called «Lille Lungegårdsvann», right next to it. Use it as your starting/reference point. Here’s an 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 tall 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.
With Lille Lungegårdsvann behind you, cross two roads, pass the Ole Bull statue and you will come to Torgallmenningen.
Bergen is a small city. We’re really not joking. All of our venues can be reached easily on foot but, it’s, of course, up to you how much you want to get to know this part of our city culture.
We’ve made this map for you (Google Maps). Here you can see all of the venues, the Hotel Augustin and Festplassen for easy references.
BERGEN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Strømgaten 6)
Our great public library is located right across the street from Bergen Storsenter. It is a big, grey brick house.
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 Tuesday 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.
KODE 2 & KODE 4 (Rasmus Meyers Allé 3 and 9)
Two of the four museums building next to Bergen Kunsthall, on each side. KODE 2 have a cafe on the ground floor, and the Borealis events take place at the first floor. KODE 4 has Tårnsalen located in the top of the museum building. Tårnsalen is the round tower on the top. Both of them just a few steps way from Bergen Kunsthall.
GRIEGHALLEN, SPISSEN (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. Everything will take place in Spissen and the ground floor. This is the long pointy part of the building with hundreds of light bulbs hanging.
CORNERTEATERET (Kong Christian Frederiks Plass 4)
Walking Southeast of Grieghallen, towards a neighborhood called Møhlenpris, you will find a really nice park called Nygårdpark. If you at the start of the park turn south towards the fjord, look for a big red building with a sign written BKB (Bergen Coffee Brewery). And right next this nice coffee shop you will find Cornerteateret, the green building. It is about a 20 minutes walk from Festplassen. If you wish to shorten the walk in itself you could take the tram to Florida or a bus to Møhlenpris, but in total this would probably take longer time. Why not take the opportunity to see the beautiful Nygårdspark?
LYDGALLERIET (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.
UiB, FAKULTET FOR KUNST, MUSIKK og DESIGN (Møllendalsveien 61)
The easiest way to get to the University is by bus. Most frequent one is bus number 3, towards Sletten. It leaves every ten minutes. The bus leaves from Småstrandgaten, right outside Exhibition shopping mall. If you follow the directions to Lydgalleriet, but upon coming to the first crosswalk after the Town Hall, walk to your left, and you should quickly see a bus stop with a ticket machine.
Hop off at the stop «Haukeland sjukehus N», and walk back towards the city centrum. Follow the first road on your left hand side, just before the roundabout, and keep walking on this road until you see the large, shiny building of glass and aluminum on your right. You’ve reached your destination!
For more info on travel time and buses, see https://www.skyss.no/en/
Bergen Internasjonal Kultursenter (Kong Oscars gate 15)
Again, if you follow the directions for Lydgalleriet, 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 Skostredet/Kong Oscars Gate.
HORDALAND KUNSTSENTER (Klosteret 17)
On Torgalmenningen, walk up the road between McDonalds and Espresso House, and follow this road until you, on your right, see a brown building with a big yellow sail-looking roof, on a bigger parking lot. This is also the home for Borealis outside of festival time. So do drop by to say Hi:)
CINEMATEKET (Georgernes verft 12)
From Hordaland Kunstsenter, cross the road, and walk down the brick road leading towards the water. Turn to the right on the first road you meet, and follow this to the end. You should now see a big brick building, with a tower. This is Verftet, where Cinemateket has its residency. Keep following the road around the building, and the entrance will be on the other side, just before the docks.
ALDEA (C. Sundts gate 55)
Back at Torgalmenningen, walk to the end of it (towards the sea, and the big statue with sailors), follow the first road to the left, called Strandgaten to the first traffic light. Keep walking straight ahead into the street called C. Sundts gate. After some minutes, you’ll be walking past a church on your left hand side. Aldea will be the third building (well, its part of one building consisting of three). The white part. The address should be written on a sign on the building.
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 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.
For a cheaper, albeit slower alternative, the Bergen Light Rail will transport you all the way to city centre. Tickets are available from ticket machines on the light rail platform.The trip clocks in at 44 minutes.
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 2018 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 it’s 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. For the customers of our festival hotel Augustin, you are able to rent bikes for free. Contact the reception for more info.
We have hotel deals with Augustin Hotel, Grand Hotel Terminus and Hotel Zander K. All in central Bergen and with a special discount for Borealis visitors. When booking rooms, use the link www.debergenske.no and type the code “festival” in the Promo 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
As in many Scandinavian countries, alcohol prices, sale and consumption comply with strict laws that differ from other countries in the world. Please note that it is forbidden to consume alcohol in public places such as the streets or parks. Breaking this rule may result in a fine from the police. There are two shops in the city centre that sell wine and spirits:
Vinmonopolet Bergen Storsenter, Vinces Lunges Gate 5, 5015 Bergen
Vinmonopolet, Valkendorfs Gaten 6, 5012 Bergen
Sat: 10.00 -15.00
In case of emergency:
Fire 110 | Police 112 | Ambulance 113
Norwegian dialing code: +47
Tourist Information Centre
Småstrandgaten, 5014 Bergen
Tel.: +47 55 55 20 00
Exhibition Shopping centre, Torget 2
Most of our venues 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. No age restrictions at family events and talks.