Cheap Seats: Bargain fares to Norway, Sweden and Slovakia
October 11, 2006
Here is a sampling of airfare offerings gleaned from the Web site Skyscanner.net. Be sure to check with the airline for the latest update on security and delays.
Next weekend — Oct. 20-22Bergen, Norway: 69.15 pounds round trip
Fly Norwegian Air from London Stansted to Bergen.
Bergen may see 200 days of rain a year, but it is still a vibrant city offering tourists plenty to see and do.
Start with a visit to one of the many museums chronicling the city’s art and history. Visit the Leprosy Museum at St. George’s Hospital, showing how leprosy patients lived and were treated for more than 500 years, or explore the Rasmus Meyer Collection, which includes works by world-famous artists.
See the secret room of the World War II-era Theta Group of the Resistance Movement, now a museum.
Browse stalls of fish, fruit, vegetables and flowers at the fish market. Handicrafts and souvenirs are featured, too.
Don’t fret if you forgot your umbrella: The market is home to the world’s first umbrella vending machine.
Next month — Nov. 17-20Malmö, Sweden: 36.85 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Malmö.
A few minutes’ walk from the main train station is Stortorget, Malmö’s 12,000-meter main square and the beginning of the shopping district. Follow the lanes of cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues to Lilla Torg, or Little Square.
For a trip back in time, head to Malmöhus Castle, the city museum and oldest remaining Renaissance castle in Scandinavia.
Across the street you can visit the Science and Technology/Maritime Museum. For a more picturesque view, board the sightseeing boats that ply the canals surrounding the city. Be prepared to duck your head for the many low bridges.
Visitors tired of walking can rent a car and take in magnificent views afforded by a 30-minute drive across the Oresund Bridge to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Six months from now — April 20-23Bratislava, Slovakia: 57.22 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Bratislava.
Visitors short on time should start with Bratislava’s old town, bursting with museums such as the Museum of Wine Production.
For a quick glimpse of Napoleonic history, visit the Primatial Palace. It is here in 1805 that Napoleon signed the Pressburg Peace Treaty.
Throughout the palace hangs a fine collection of English tapestries depicting the legend of the lovers Hero and Leander.
The palace also houses part of the Municipal Museum, which features an exhibit on medieval justice and instruments of torture.
Children will enjoy a visit to Bibiana house, which has an art museum just for them.
Airfare prices are courtesy of the Web site www.skyscanner.net and are subject to change depending on availability. Prices include estimated taxes.