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Travel Guide of Bergen in Norway by Influencers and Travelers

Bergen, historically Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Vestland county on the west coast of Norway. At the end of 2019, the municipality's population was 283,929, and the Bergen metropolitan region had about 420,000 inhabitants.

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The Best Things to Do and Visit in Bergen


1 - Bryggen

Bryggen, also known as Tyskebryggen, is a series of Hanseatic heritage commercial buildings lining up the eastern side of the Vågen harbour in the city of Bergen, Norway. Bryggen has been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites since 1979. The city of Bergen was founded around 1070 within the boundaries of Tyskebryggen.

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2 - Fløyen

Fløyen or Fløyfjellet is one of the "city mountains" in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Its highest point is 400 m above sea level. The name could originate from fløystangen or a weather vane that was set up to indicate the direction of the wind for sailing ships.

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3 - Boat Tours in Bergen

Hop on this all-inclusive sightseeing tour of Bergen and its surrounding fjords! An English-speaking guide will accompany you as you visit historical monuments on foot, cruise by stunning nature by boat, and take in gorgeous panoramas at the top of t...

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4 - Troldhaugen

   8 km away

Troldhaugen is the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina Grieg. Troldhaugen is located in Bergen, Norway and consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg's villa, the hut where he composed music, and his and his wife's gravesite.

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5 - Bergenhus Fortress

Bergenhus fortress is a fortress located in Bergen, Norway. Located at the entrance of Bergen harbour, the castle is one of the oldest and best preserved stone fortifications in Norway.

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6 - Hiking / Trekking in Bergen

Attention all experienced hikers! This 15 km (9 miles) private trek from Mount Ulriken to Mount Fløyen offers an incredible adventure in the Norwegian fjords! If you're searching for an experience that combines sightseeing with physical activi...

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7 - Byfjellene 19

Fantoft is an neighborhood of the district of Årstad in Bergen, Norway. This includes Slettebakken church, Fantoft, Slettebakken and Øvre Nattland with a total of 4097 inhabitants and 0.8 km² of land, and 0.1 km² fresh water.

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8 - Løvstakken

Løvstakken is one of the Seven Mountains that surround the center of the city of Bergen in Vestland county, Norway. The 477-metre tall mountain is located between the Fyllingsdalen and Bergensdalen valleys on the Bergen Peninsula.

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9 - Helicopter tours in Bergen

This 90-minute tour is our most valued tour, as it includes everything from the shorter trips, and then some more! This trip will give you a spectacular view of Norwegian nature, with fjords, mountains, and the famous Trolltunga. The trip starts in B...

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10 - Storavatnet

   7 km away

Storavatnet is a lake just southwest of the village of Loddefjord in the city of Bergen in Vestland county, Norway. The 2.2-kilometre long lake is located in the borough of Laksevåg, west of the city center of Bergen.

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11 - West Norway Museum of Decorative Art

The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art was established in 1887 at the initiative of Johan Bøgh. In 1896 the museum moved into a permanent exhibition building, a Renaissance Revival structure designed by Henry Bucher.

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12 - Fishing in Bergen

Discover Norway's breathtaking scenery, spend time on the water, and enjoy a delicious seafood meal on this fun-filled 5-hour crab fishing tour to Oygarden from Bergen! A must for gourmands and outdoor enthusiasts!  On this unique excursion...

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13 - Blåmanen

Blåmanen is one of the seven mountains that surround the centre of the city of Bergen in Vestland county, Norway. The 554-metre tall mountain is located east of the mountain Fløyen, making it somewhat difficult to see from the city centre of Bergen.

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14 - Ulriken

Ulriken is the highest of the Seven Mountains that surround the city of Bergen, Norway. It has a height of 643 metres above sea level. Ulriken has an aerial tramway, Ulriksbanen, that can bring people to the top. At the top there is a TV tower, a restaurant, and free telescopes.

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15 - Kayaking in Bergen

Embark on a guided kayak trip around the famous Øygarden islets! If you're staying in Bergen, visiting the Øygarden islets is a must, and what better way to do it than by paddling through them on a leisurely kayak outing?  On ...

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16 - Nordstrøno

   26 km away
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17 - Ervikane

   27 km away
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18 - Søre Øyane

   28 km away

Søre Øyane is a village in the municipality of Bjørnafjorden in Vestland county, Norway. It is located on an archipelago in the Bjørnafjorden, off the western coast of the municipality, southeast of the larger island of Strøno.

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19 - Stamnes

   38 km away

Stamneshella or Stamnes is a village in Vaksdal municipality, Vestland county, Norway. It is located along the northern part of the Veafjorden, at the entrance to the Bolstadfjorden.

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20 - Mostraumen

   47 km away

Romarheimsfjorden is a fjord in Vestland county, Norway. The fjord flows through the municipalities of Modalen, Alver, and Osterøy.

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Why should you visit Bergen ?

Travel to Bergen if you like:

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How to visit Bergen ?

To get to Bergen, you can either fly into Bergen Airport Flesland or take a train from Oslo, which takes around seven hours but offers stunning views of the countryside. Alternatively, you can also take a ferry from Denmark or a bus from other nearby cities in Norway.

It is advisable to book some attractions in advance, such as the popular Norway in a Nutshell tour, which takes visitors on a journey through some of the most spectacular fjords and scenic landscapes in the area. This tour often sells out, so booking early is essential. Additionally, if you plan to visit any museums or cultural attractions, check if advance booking is required.

The costs in Bergen, like the rest of Norway, can be quite high. Expect to pay around $150-200 per night for mid-range hotels and $20-30 for a meal at a restaurant. However, there are more affordable options like hostels and budget accommodations for travelers on a tighter budget.

Some of the best things to do in Bergen include exploring the historic Bryggen district, visiting the Hanseatic Museum, taking the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for panoramic views, and going on a fjord cruise. Additionally, nature lovers will enjoy hiking the many trails around Bergen, such as the popular Ulriken or Stoltzekleiven trails.

For dining, consider visiting Enhjørningen, a charming waterfront restaurant offering delicious seafood dishes in a historic setting. Alternatively, try Pingvinen, a cozy gastropub known for its traditional Norwegian cuisine. For a more budget-friendly option, Trekroneren is a popular hot dog stand with a variety of unique toppings.

When it comes to accommodations, Hotel Oleana is a stylish option in the city center, providing a great base for exploring the town. For a more budget-friendly choice, consider staying at Marken Guesthouse, a cozy and clean hostel near the train station. If you're looking for luxury, the opulent Hotel No13 offers plush rooms and excellent service.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience, consider visiting the island of Herdla, located about an hour's drive northwest of Bergen. This small island is home to a fascinating World War II museum, which was once a German coastal fortification. The island also offers excellent bird-watching opportunities, as it is a vital stopover for migratory birds. Additionally, Herdla is a popular spot for scuba diving, as the waters around the island are home to several well-preserved shipwrecks.

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The city of Bergen emerges between the ocean and mountains.

On the west coast, Bergen has the same assets as Oslo, offering both the grandeur of nature and rich cultural heritage.
The heart of this charming city is located around the harbor with the famous fish market of Torget Square and the Bryggen quay. 
This area and its houses from the Hanseatic era have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bergen is the starting point for a visit to the fjords, but it is not without its festivals and museums.
The European City of Culture for the year 2000, hosts around the lake Lille Lungegardsvann many art museums such as the one of Rasmus Meyers Samlinger which gathers the private collections of a patron.
From Bergen to Kirkenes, on the Russian border, the Norwegian coastline reveals the richness of its coastline, from its majestic fjords to its cliffs and its wild archipelagos.

A coastline that attracts many tourists in summer, attracted by the midnight sun, nature in its raw state, and pleasant temperatures.
But in winter, the northern lights, the cold, and activities such as snowmobiling, ice fishing, and the observation of the few animal species that can withstand polar temperatures, attract adventurers, eager for an unusual vacation. A destination that is not for everyone but that promises an extraordinary trip with attractions as varied as they are surprising.

Bergen: what to do?

  • A cruise on one of the Hurtigruten fleet's Coastal Expresses.

  • Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or dog sledding on the vast snowy expanses of the North.

  • Go fishing for giant crabs.

  • A trip to see the Maelstrom, a famous swirling current once thought to lead to an underground abyss.

  • Hike on the islands and canoe in the fjords.

  • The Lofoten Islands form a 120-kilometer-long chain of islands with granite peaks covered in eternal snow.

  • The Geiranger fjord, a UNESCO world heritage site, stretches more than 100 km inland with its breathtaking cliffs and waterfalls that take on their full force when the snow melts.

  • Ålesund is a picturesque city with beautiful architecture, built on several islands, connected by bridges or tunnels under the sea.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Bergen

Bergen : what to eat?

Norway is synonymous with salmon and seafood.

Fish lovers will appreciate the quality and freshness of these products cooked in all their forms. 
Smoked, marinated, cooked over a wood fire, steamed or simply raw, seafood can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner.

Another specialty of Norway is the red berries that are found as an accompaniment to meat or in desserts. 
The meat in question will be mostly reindeer, very tasty, which blends perfectly with the sweet taste of red berries.

A great specialty of Northern Norway is the succulent giant crab!

  • Vacuum-smoked fish and all sorts of seafood are sold in supermarkets.

  • Berry jams, to accompany meat dishes or for breakfast.

#1 The fjords of the Bergen archipelago
#2 Bryggen, the old center of Bergen
#3 The culinary specialties
#4 The Hanseatic museum
#5 Mount Fløyen

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