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Lille Lungegaardsvannet, Bergen

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Lille Lungegårdsvannet or Smålungeren is a small 5acre lake in the centre of the city of Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway. The octagonal lake is a natural lake that was historically connected to the nearby Store Lungegårdsvannet bay via a short strait, but the strait was filled in in 1926. Today the lake is located in a park, in the city centre. There is a large decorative fountain located in the central part of the lake.HistoryHistorically, the lake was much larger than it is now. As the city grew, Lille Lungegårdsvannet slowly but steadily shrank to its present size by adding fill to the sides of the lake to reclaim land. The sides were straightened and it was artificially made into an octagon shape. It finally reached its present shape during the mid-20th century. Historically, there was a short strait that ran between this lake and the nearby Store Lungegårdsvannet bay. As this lake was reduced in size, the strait was also changed. In 1926, the strait between this lake and Store Lungegårdsvannet was removed and replaced by an underground culvert system. Because of this underground connection, it is possible to see fluctuations in the height of the lake due to the tide.Media gallery
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As a major Norwegian city, Bergen offers accommodations--and just about everything else--at a high price. Try to stay in the picturesque Bryggen wharf area near the fish market, or in the city center. If you’re looking for lively nightlife, check out rooms close to the city’s university. To find less-expensive lodging, search for hostels in the city center and campsites just out of town. Alternatively, live like a local by staying in a small guesthouse.
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  • Beautiful fountain in the middle of the lake surrounded by breathtaking flower beds, rhododendron gardens, sculptures, views, and art museums. A thriving park in the middle of the city.  more »
  • Had a lovely walk round the lake in the sunshine and then sat and took in the views of the mountains around Bergen. We also visited the KODE galleries which are around the edge of this park. It made a...  more »
  • Nice lake in the middle of Bergen. Cosy little lake that you can walk around. The people that take care of flowers and the surroundings, are doing a marvelous job!!  more »