Bergen, Norway

Bergen tourist attractions.

Bergen, NorwayBergen is a popular cruise destination and the leading cruise port in Norway, with around 330 cruise ship calls bringing more than 450,000 cruise passengers per year. Cruise ships dock at Skolten, Vagen Harbor, Bergen. Most ships dock at the Skolten cruise port from where it’s a short half-mile walk along the waterfront to the popular Bryggen wharf area. Larger ships may dock at the Dokken port, which is situated about half-a-mile west of the Fish Market. Free shuttle buses from the Dokken Port.

The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway.

When most people think of Norway, the first things that spring to mind tend to be the majestic fjords for which the country is so famous, and of course Vikings. While you won’t find any of the latter wandering around Scandinavia these days, the former remains one of the nation’s top attractions, and there’s no city in Norway that provides better access to the fjords than Bergen.

Bergen is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national centre for higher education, tourism and finance. What’s more, this stunning destination is also home to some of the country’s top museums and galleries, so it’s a fantastic place to learn more about the colourful characters that helped shape Norway’s history and culture. As of 2014 the municipal population was 278,900 making it, after Oslo, the second-most populous city in Norway.

In terms of culture, there’s loads to see and do in Bergen, beginning with a stroll through the historic Bryggen quarter. Known for its brightly-coloured houses, this part of town runs parallel to the harbour and was a major centre of trade back in the 17th century, with plenty of quaint museums and cafes to be found there now.

Elsewhere, the Bergen Art Museum houses some of the finest art in all of Norway, while the Buergen Kunst Museum contains works from the likes of Picasso, Munch and Miro, as well as a host of local artists.

Bergen is situated between the longest fjord Sognefjord north of Bergen and the beautiful Hardangerfjord in the south. These fjords are deep and narrow, surrounded by high, steep mountains with snow-covered tops and both small and huge waterfalls. Here and there you see small farms, some by the fjords and some even high up in the mountains, evidence of people having lived and survived here for centuries. The genuine fjords do indeed fascinate the cruise passangers.

Getting here and around

There is 24 or 48-hour versions of The Bergen Card that gives you free bus and Bybanen (Bergen light railway) travel within the city, and free or discounted entry to most museums and attractions.

Hiking on Bergen’s 7 mountains

Bergen’s Seven Mountains. Nature is a pretty big deal in these parts, with the city of Bergen being surrounded by the legendary Seven Mountains. The mountains surrounding Bergen offers great hiking possibilities for walks in the varied mountainous and forested terrain. The[…]

The Ulriken643 Panoramic Tour

Cable car to the highest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains. The Ulriken643 Panoramic Tour takes you by cable car to the highest of Bergen’s famous “Seven Mountains”. Tours start 30 metres from the Fish Market. Ulriken643 Panoramic Tour is a[…]

Other activities that are well worth having a go at include fishing and swimming, while there are also regular boat rides out into the fjords, which are perhaps the best way to get a sense of the sheer magnificence of the local scenery.

Getting by train:
The Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen is considered one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. There are four daily departures from Oslo and Bergen. The 7 hour journey brings you across one of Europe’s highest mountain plateaus, and takes you to through spectacular and varied nature. At Myrdal you can take a detour with the famous Flam Railway.

Getting by boat:
Ferries to Bergen from Hirtshals in Denmark, operated by Fjord Line.
Modern express boats go along the coast and into the fjords.
Bergen is the terminus for Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, and a ship departs every night for its 11-day journey north.

Getting by plane:
The airport is Bergen Airport Flesland, which is around 17 kilometres from the city centre.
The airport bus has many daily departures from the city centre, and covers the distance in 30 to 40 minutes.

Getting by road:
Bergen is the regional nexus for the road network.
Many express buses serve Bergen from elsewhere in Norway.

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