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PRIVATE TOUR: The Island of Light - tour from Bergen to Lysoen, 4 hours
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PRIVATE TOUR: The Island of Light - tour from Bergen to Lysoen, 4 hours

One of the 19th century super stars was a Norwegian musician from Bergen. He was a virtuoso violinist named Ole Bull and he lived on the Island of Light - the Lysøen - where this tour will take you and where you can visit Ole Bull's amazing villa. <br><br>During this 4-hours long tour in your own private car with your own private driver-guide, you can take a journey from Bergen centre to&#xa0;Buena quay. From there a small passenger ferry leaves to the island of&#xa0;Lysøen regularly.<br><br>On the island you will visit the gorgeous&#xa0;villa, which is now a museum, on a guided tour. Afterwards, you are free to explore the island on your own or in the company of your guide - taking a walk on one of many walking paths.<br><br>If there is enough time on the return journey to Bergen, we will make a stop at the Lysekloster - the ruins of a Cistercian monastery from the 12th century. The tour ends in Bergen centre.
USD 738.87 per adult
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DuncanTCH wrote a review Jul. 2018
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We stopped by Lyse Abbey while we were traveling back into Bergen from Lysoen (see that review...great place). Literally, this is a ruin on the side of the road fenced off with a small gate and chicken wire. There's no booth, admittance, or (thankfully) gift shop...just some beautiful old ruins that inspire the imagination as to how people lived hundreds of years ago. There is a plaque that details where each room was located (although it's in Norwegian and takes some getting used to for its orientation). But it was fun to walk around, see where all of the walls used to be and think about how they lived. Definitely a good stopping spot if your in the area.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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HowlnBubba wrote a review Jul. 2018
Key Largo, Florida1,455 contributions886 helpful votes
There are a lot of standing, preserved buildings in Norway that are as much as 1,000 years old, and they give a wonderful glimpse of history. When they have ruins, it's usually for a reason. Here it was that Lutheranism caused the demise of many Catholic orders and their facilities. Modern Norway has taken a ruin and preserved it in such a way that it is easily understood by visitors. Archeology is ongoing, and they have a model that clearly interprets what you are seeing. Lyse is in a quiet, reflective setting that is shared by historians, tourists, and dog walkers - each finding a reason to enjoy it. We were so happy to have found this gem on our country drive out of Bergen. BTW, it's not even a 30 minute drive from Bergen, and it's free.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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KarolaRS wrote a review Aug. 2016
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Beautiful ruins of the Cistercian monastery, with a lovely courtyard and loads of green space around! Apparently, the name "Lyse" derived from the Lysefjorden, "the fjord of light", near which the building stood. Quite pleasant place to be picnicking on on a Sunday afternoon!
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Date of experience: November 2015
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Kevin B wrote a review May 2016
Bergen, Norway162 contributions49 helpful votes
There are not many sites of historical significance which can still be seen today around Os. However the abbey is one which does. It is well maintained and easily accessible. You can drive right up to the front of the ruins and take your time to wander around (usually in the rain). The remains are all in good condition and you can appreciate the stone-work which stands the test of time and the harsh weather. For a cultural and historical site in this area it is well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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