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  • Bergen bay, Norway
  • Bryggen historic buildings in Bergen, Norway
  • Bergen Harbor, Norway
  • Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, Norway. UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Beautiful house in Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city has been described as a large city with a small-town charm. It is not only a centre in itself but is also the most popular gateway to the Norwegian fjords as it is halfway between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord. The city is surrounded by seven mountains and this backdrop adds to the beauty of being on the North Sea coast. Many of the suburbs are located on islands. Bergen, as a port, is Norway's busiest with over 300 cruise ship calls every year. On a Norway vacation, a stroll through the older parts of Bergen will take you back in time to the Middle Ages as much of the architecture has been preserved or rebuilt.  One important accolade given to Bergen was that of being awarded the UNESCO title, City of Gastronomy as it offers some excellent International cuisine.

Bergen is known for its street art.  The famous and notorious British graffiti artist Banksy visited the city in 2000 and inspired many to start creating street art. The Bergen city council launched a plan of action for street art in Bergen afterwards to ensure that "Bergen will lead the fashion for street art as an expression both in Norway and Scandinavia”. 

Bryggen is a neighbourhood of distinct wooden houses of which some were once burned down but enough survived causing Bryggen to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site to enjoy on trips to Norway. If you walk down some of the alleyways, you really get a feel of what Bergen must have been like in centuries gone by. There is even a restaurant serving food and drinks in a building first opened in 1708. The wooden alleyways of Bryggen have become home to artists and craftspeople and there are shops and boutiques everywhere selling their wares. The nearby Fish Market (Fisketorget) has a long history. It is worth a visit if only to see the types of fish being sold and perhaps to try a free sample.  

On trips to Norway, another highlight in Bergen is the Floibanen funicular which travels from the centre of the city to the top of Mount Floyen where you can have a magnificent view of the city. At the top, there is the opportunity to walk or hike. 

When it comes to museums, Bergen has a wide range in and around the city on a Norway vacation. The Bergen Art Museum is one of the largest in Scandinavia exhibiting art from the Renaissance to the contemporary. It contains several works by Edvard Munch. However, the Rasmus Meyer Collection of Edvard Munch is among the world's best.  The Hanseatic Museum gives you a good introduction to Hanseatic Bergen in an authentic Hanseatic merchant's house from the early 1700s. It shows the contrast between the austere living and working conditions of the merchant sailors and the comfortable lifestyle of the merchants themselves. The Bryggens Museum gives a unique insight in Bryggen's architectural history. It contains the world's largest collection of medieval runic inscriptions. The Edvard Grieg house and museum are contained in a charming Swiss-style wooden villa in the suburbs of Bergen. Apart from being Grieg's original home, there is a modern exhibition centre, a 200-seat concert hall and a tiny, lakeside Composer's Hut where Grieg spent time composing.  From June to mid- September, tours include a short piano concert.

 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Norway vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Norway.

  • Bergen in Depth

    Explore what many consider to be Norway’s most essential stop, Bergen. Set amid spectacular fjords, this short addition to your Northern Europe vacation immerses you in Nordic history and natural beauty.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,565
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Bergen: Private City Tour

    Take a private guided tour through the city of Bergen, seeing the highlights of this medieval capital. Visit the famous Fish and Flower Market, tour the gabled pack houses of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, and stroll along Nordaas Lake to see the home of romantic composer, Edvard Grieg.
    Duration:
    2 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
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  • Bergen: Stopover, City Break

    Enjoy a stopover in Bergen, the “Gateway to the Norwegian Fjords”. Norway’s second largest city offers much history and culture combined with magnificent mountain and coastal backdrops.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 957
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Fabulous Fjords and Stockholm Coach Tour: Bergen to Stockholm

    This 6 day journey through some of Norway’s stunningly beautiful and majestic fjords includes a stay in Norway’s most attractive and popular city, Bergen followed by 2 scenic overnights in Stalheim and Fagernes. Your tour ends up in the country’s capital, Oslo.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,871
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
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  • Norway Classic Fjord Cruise North: Bergen to Kirkenes

    Head north into the land of the Midnight Sun on this Norwegian cruise aboard MS Spitsbergen. Starting in the medieval centre of Bergen, cruise northeast along the Norwegian coast, exploring fjords, spotting whales, learning about the Vikings and the Sami, and enjoying majestic views of the Northern Lights.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 979
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Norway in a Nutshell Private Touring: Oslo to Bergen

    Experience the dramatic and breathtaking scenery of the Norwegian fjords using the Hanseatic city of Bergen as a base. You will enjoy the fairy-tale like atmosphere of Norway’s wonderland. Also included is a remarkable train journey from Oslo to Bergen through amazing countryside.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,076
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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