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Bergen, Norway

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How to get here

Bergen is easy to get to, from the rest of Norway and from abroad. Thanks to direct flights from London, you only need to change planes once to reach Bergen from far-away destinations. You can also take direct sea routes from Denmark and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, as well as from the Faeroe Islands, Iceland and Shetland. Scandinavian Airlines (www.flysas.com) and Norwegian (www.norwegian.no) both fly from the UK to Bergen.

How to get to the harbour from the airport: Domestic air connections are very good, from the local airport Flesland. Airport Bus: The Airport Bus has frequent departures to and from Bergen Airport Flesland and is a comfortable way of travelling that takes you all the way to the city centre. Connections between ordinary passenger services and the Airport Bus are available at a reasonable price. For departure times please see www.flybussen.no. Taxi: Bergen Taxi Company: (+47) 55 99 70 00 www.bergentaxi.no Taxi 1: (+47) 55 50 00 37 www.taxi1.no

How to get to the harbour from the railway station: Norwegian State Railways (NSB) runs an extensive network of services and the train station is situated just a 10 minute walk from the harbour. There is also a free bus ride on bus no. 100 from Olav Kyrresgate (near the Post Office) to the Bus Station and the Railway Station, as well as from outside the Bus Station that brings you down to the harbour.

How to get to the harbour from the bus station: The bus station is situated just a 10 minute walk from the harbour. There is also a free bus ride on bus no. 100 from Olav Kyrresgate (near the Post Office) to the Bus Station and the Railway Station, as well as from outside the Bus Station that brings you down to the harbour.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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