Sondre Lerche's Guide to Norway

Sonde Lerche

Sonde Lerche

Once Norway is travelable (ug, Eyjafjallajökull!), we can’t wait to visit Norway, where Norwegian musician/dreamboat Sondre Lerche Heartbeat Radio, in his hometown of Bergen. recorded most of his latest album,

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter spoke to Kirsten Salyer about his home country faves.

Start in BERGEN, my hometown and the most beautiful city in Norway. Seaside and surrounded by seven mountains, it’s an old fishing village with an amazing, vibrant music scene.
MUSIC: At Verftetyou sit by the sea, have a drink and see concerts. There are rehearsal spaces, a gallery and a café where musicians hang out. For shows I would go to Café Opera, since I’ve played there since I was a kid. I also grew up playing at Garage Rock Club
RESTAURANTS: Take the cable car to the highest peak, Ulriken, and go for a hike before eating at a new restaurant which overlooks the sea. They serve a traditional Bergen fish soup, and there’s a more casual cafe in the basement which serves sandwiches.
And then take a train through the mountains to OSLO:
CULTURAL MUST-DO: The Edvard Munch museum. I think his paintings are just beautiful.
OUTDOOR SPOTS: Have a picnic at the beautiful Botanisk Hage, or go to Vigelandsparken, which is famously full of sculptures, some of which are a bit sexy!
BARS: For Indie rock shows you’d go to Café Mono, and it’s nice to walk around a cute neighborhood called Grünerløkka, where there’s good food and wine at Dr. Kneipp’s.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME … Take a short flight up north, where in the summer, the sun never sets. I spent a week there and came back with fond memories of boating and barbecuing by the sea. Tromsø and Harstad are beautiful cities.

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