We arrived at the tiny airport on a Monday evening from London – only a short walk through duty free (very popular with the Norwegians on the plane) to the baggage reclaim then out to the waiting airport bus which took less than 10 of us into the town centre. Then a short walk to the Youth Hostel – we’d booked into a dorm for reasons of economy since we were arriving late but as it turned out we had a 4 bedded room with bathroom close by pretty much to ourselves. 500 NOK for the 2 of us including breakfast – tremendous value. The staff were great and the hostel itself had a lovely common room with a PC for anyone to use. The manger told us the local Egon restaurant did a buffet on Sundays and Mondays for 105 NOK which would be useful if you were looking for an inexpensive place to eat. We still had some Waitrose sandwiches left so popped up Mount Aksla to enjoy the lovely views before the forecast rain arrived during the night. The following morning we enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast. You could make a lunch pack for 55 NOK if you wanted. We knew we’d be full all day from breakfast so didn’t bother. As the weather wasn’t good and the clouds were low we abandoned our plan to hike up Storhornet and see Alnes lighthouse and instead took a bus (618) to Sukkertoppen (35 NOK each way). The rain held off during our walk and the clouds even cleared just below the “summit” to give us some great views. It was incredibly windy at the top – my sailor husband reckoned Force 6-7 gusting 8 – so we crawled the last bit for safety’s sake and clung to the cairn at the top (briefly). Exhilarating and great fun! Luckily we soon got back to the sheltered path down. A nice hike, described here westcoastpeaks.com/Peaks/sukkertoppen.html .
On the way back to town we took the wrong road so ended up walking the whole way. The rain had set in so we got wet but luckily had booked into the Bryggen hotel for that night so we checked in around 3 o’clock. Our room was lovely, overlooking the water, and had a fantastic shower room which was very welcome. When we’d dried off we had a yummy waffle downstairs then walked around the very attractive town as the rain had eased off. Then back to the hotel for a delicious evening buffet (included). Really liked this hotel, friendly staff, very comfortable and an interesting building. Terrific value at 1150 NOK for a double including waffles, dinner and the usual wonderful Norwegian breakfast.