Bergen, Norway

At one time, Scandinavia brought to mind ABBA, furniture that requires assembly and mackerel-based culinary traditions. But now it’s a hotbed of design, décor, fashion, literary mysteries and Nordic noir. It also has one of the hottest culinary scenes in Europe, with Michelin-starred chefs turning traditional dishes into New Nordic fare. And Norway is no exception. Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s rugged fjords, but it should be considered more than a stopping-off point—it’s a destination unto itself.

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