Lysøen Island and Troldhaugen
On this tour you will see both the residence of the composer Edvard Grieg and the virtuoso Ole Bull, and you will learn how the lives of these two artists at certain points were interconnected.
You will head south of Bergen, where you cross a small mountain, called Fanafjellet. After a while you arrive by the charming small fjord, Lysefjorden and you will stop at a quai, where a small boat will bring you across to get to the island of Lysøen. The unique villa on the island, was built as a summer residence by Ole Bull in 1872/73. It was a meeting-place for many of his friends, who were important people in art and culture at that time. The villa, with its fascinating interior, has remained unchanged since his death in 1880 and is a national monument today. You also have paths on the island, where it is nice to stroll around in the beautiful nature surrounding the villa.
On the way back to Bergen you stop by Troldhaugen. This villa was built in 1885 and was the residence of the composer Edvard Grieg, and his wife Nina, for 22 years. Troldhaugen is located in picturesque surroundings by the Nordåsvannet lake and is now a museum. The interior is kept the way it was from when Grieg lived there in 1907. On the way back to the city, you also pass by Gamlehaugen, where the royal family resides when they are in Bergen.
Duration: Six hours
Please be advised that Lysøen is only open between May 18th and August 31st (Sundays in September)