Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living history in this modern city, before continuing on to explore the wildest and loveliest fjords of Norway.
Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, its passionately patriotic inhabitants are proud of their many-sided city and its history and cultural traditions.
Around 10 percent of the population in Bergen are students, which adds a fresh and youthful mood to the city’s vibe. Alongside its offerings of museums, art galleries, cultural events and dining opportunities, as well as the possibilities offered by its accessible sea and mountains, this contributes to making it a lively and vibrant city.
Bergen is famous for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and one of Norway’s biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, which is held there each year.
You can find a whole range of museums and institutions in and around the center of Bergen with exhibitions and performances throughout the year. Bergen is today known for its wide range of music, boasting innovative and trendy music and design scenes with a large variety of festivals. It has one of Norway’s best choirs, jazz musicians and operatic singers.
No matter what season you choose for your visit to Bergen, you will always find things to do that create lifelong memories. Bergen is surrounded by one of the most popular attractions in the world, the Norwegian fjords, which have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and voted the world’s most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic.
The Norwegian fjords
Bergen is a great starting point for fjord tours and day trips. Norway in a Nutshell® is Norway’s most famous fjord tour – a one-day trip from Bergen, taking you through the most spectacular fjord landscapes. The Fjord Cruise Bergen – Mostraumen has daily departures from Zachariasbryggen next to the Fish Market, giving you a spectacular view of the narrow Mostraumen – surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls.
The very first buildings in Bergen were built alongside the wharf called Bryggen, which has been a lively and important area of the city for many centuries. Bryggen is included on Unesco’s list of World Heritage and is one of Bergen’s most popular attractions.
Stroll through the narrow alleyways and experience life back in the 1300’s, a sense of drudgery, feast and celebration. An important part of Bergen’s history can be experienced in this area, where a lot of the architecture is preserved or rebuilt as it was in the Middle Ages.
Bergen has many museums, some with unique art treasures and others that show the breadth of the city’s historical heritage. The Hanseatic Museum or Bryggens Museum presents a unique historical insight to the history of Bergen.
The city by the seven mountains
Take a trip up to Mt. Fløyen or Mt. Ulrikenand enjoy the view of the city, the fjord and the ocean. With the Ulriken cable car or Fløibanen funicular you can get to the top of the mountains within a few minutes.
There are plenty of things to do on top of the mountains, like guided hiking tours, bike rental, zipline and other activities. Bergen also offers several different guided tours on foot, by bus, with sightseeing train, seaplane or segway. A perfect way to get an overview of things to do in Bergen.
Bergen – the preferred destination for kids
See seals, penguins, crocodiles and snakes close up at the Bergen Aquarium and explore the world of science and technology with your family at VilVite science center. Bergen is perfect for kids.
The city of Gastronomy
Bergen is a proud UNESCO city of gastronomy, and Bergen bursts with restaurants and café’s with traditional Norwegian delicacies.
The Northern Lights – A trip to Tromsø
The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that amazes even the most critical viewer.
When the solar winds meets the atmosphere around the magnetic north pole, the phenomenon known as Aurora Borealis is created. When this meeting occurs waves, arches and curls of light move across the sky, and sudden rays of light shoot down from space.
The Northern Lights can only be seen in certain areas and the display of light varies in intensity, color and movement.
When visiting Bergen, make sure you have the Bergen Card. The Bergen card is a practical and reasonable way to experience the cultural city of Bergen and can be bought when purchasing one of our tours.
Closest City – Oslo, Norway; although you can fly in directly to BERGEN
Best Season to visit Bergen — MAY – JUNE – JULY – Summer months
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