In Edvard Grieg's footsteps
1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023
Follow in the footsteps of the famous Norwegian composer - from Opus XVI and Troldhaugen in Bergen to Ullensvang and the composer's cabin in beautiful Hardanger
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) is Norway's most famous musical composer. He is widely considered one of the main Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Grieg composed a large number of works that are still among the most frequently performed in Norwegian music culture: the stage music of Peer Gynt, a collection of short pieces for solo piano, a large number of songs – and the Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 16.
Included in the Edvard Grieg package are:
- 2 nights at Opus XVI - one of Bergen's finest hotels
- 3 course dinner at the hotel's restaurant Opus 16
- A presentation at the hotel's own Grieg exhibition
- Dinner in historic surroundings at Bryggen Tracteursted
- 1 night at Hotel Ullensvang inc. dinner and breakfast
- Audio guided tour in Grieg's footsteps in Lofthus
See driving route here.
Let Opus XVI
– located in the very heart of Bergen city center - be the start of your journey in Edvard Grieg's footsteps. As relatives of Edvard Grieg, the hosts desire is to create a one-of-a-kind experience – a classic, yet modern take on the hotel experience that offers our guests a taste of the composer’s remarkable life, his relationships and his unique life story.
Upon arrival, book a time for a short tour/presentation in the hotel's own Edvard Grieg-exhibition, which is based on Grieg's Opus 16. The tour will be given by Alexander Grieg or another employee at the hotel. A musical aperitif is then served in the "Opus 16 chair" in the hotel lobby – along with a glass of sparkling wine. Sit back with a pair of good quality earphones and listen to Edvard Grieg's A minor concerto, Opus 16.
Later on, a tasty 4-course dinner awaits in the hotel's restaurant, with a menu inspired by Edvard Grieg's own 60th birthday. Feel free to book a time for dinner earlier in the day.
After a good night’s sleep and a lovely a la carte breakfast, you have plenty of time to explore the city. Centrally located in the heart of Bergen, the Opus 16 is perfect for visitors who want to experience the culture and nature of the city. The historical Bryggen - UNESCO’s world heritage list, the Fish Market, and the famous Fløybanen, which takes you to the top of Fløyfjellet in just 10 minutes. See our recommended sightseeing activities in Bergen here.
Dinner this evening is enjoyed at Bryggen Tracteursted which is located in the heart of Bryggen in Bergen. The site from 1708 has been reopened with respect for the historic surroundings and is located only a 5 minute walk from Zachariasbryggen. In its historic premises it introduces guests to local specialities. Here, a 5-course seasonal Bergen menu is served. Table reservation is at 7 pm. If you want to change the reservation you can contact Bryggen Tracteursted directly.
Enjoy a delicious à la carte breakfast the next morning before embarking on a pleasant city walk in the center of Bergen.
A must-see when traveling in the footsteps of Edvard Grieg is Troldhaugen
. The Villa was built in 1885, and the couple lived there the last 22 summers of Edvard Grieg’s life. Troldhaugen became a museum in 1928 and includes Grieg’s Villa, the composer’s hut and the Grieg couple’s gravesite as well as a modern museum building and the concert hall Troldsalen, a chamber music hall seating 200 people. The place is today filled with interesting memories of Grieg and has since its opening been a place of pilgrimage for Grieg lovers from all over the world.
Please note: The entrance ticket in Troldhaugen is NOT
included in the package, and you can buy an entrance ticket here
. We also recommend a lunch concert in Norway's most beautiful chamber music hall, Troldsalen. Tickets for the lunch concert are not included in the package. See concert calendar and book tickets for lunch concert in advance here
After a pleasant visit to Troldhaugen, the journey continues to Lofthus in Hardanger and to Hotel Ullensvang
- where Edvard Grieg spent a lot of time and got a lot of inspiration. See route from Bergen to Hardanger here
. Travel time is approx. 2 hours.
In 1877, the world-famous composer came to Lofthus for the first time. Edvard Grieg had just lost both of his parents and his baby daughter. He was broken down and had to leave town. The famous composer received invitations from several places across Europe - but he chose Ullensvang in Hardanger. Several of his greatest works are inspired by the Hardanger nature, including Grieg's String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 27, The Mountain Thrall, Album for Male Voices, Opus 30 and sections of “Peer Gynt”. Edvard Grieg’s original composer's cabin still remains and can be found in Hotel Ullensvang's gardens.
Hotel Ullensvang’s history dates back to 1846. Today, the hotel has an impressive range of facilities, including the wonderful Ullensvang Bath with swimming pools indoors and outdoors, tennis court and restaurant serving dishes based on wonderful local produce. Enjoy the facilities and historic surroundings and end the day with a dinner (served between 19:00 – 21:00). After a good night’s sleep, start your day with a refreshing morning swim in the swimming pool (or maybe in the fjord?) before breakfast.
Before departure, we will take you on an audio-guided tour of the Lofthus village in Edvard Grieg's footsteps. Via the Voice of Norway app (which you download on your mobile), you get the pleasure of hearing 4th generation former hotel owner Edmund Harris Utne tell stories about Edvard Grieg's time in Hardanger. The tour takes 60 - 90 minutes.
Feel free to add more nights in Bergen and in Lofthus to experence more. We recommend a visit to the Bergen Public Library - the proud host of Edvard Grieg's archive and collection.