City Guide: Bergen, Norway


Bergen is Norway's second largest city and lies on the southwest coast of the country. This city is a great place to experience a slice of Norwegian culture as it's surrounded by 7 mountains and is a gateway to the beautiful fjords. The colourful wooden buildings in the Old Town, Bryggen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is potentially one of the most photographed regions in Norway. Bryggen was definitely one of the main reasons for me wanting to visit Norway!

How to get there:
Many people visit Bergen for the day as part of a cruise along the coast of Norway. If that's the case, then the harbour is at the heart of the city and you can step of your ship and immediately begin exploring. If you're arriving from Stavanger, there's a ferry that takes 5 hours and 30 minutes, which also docks at the harbour close to all of the attractions. 

If you're arriving by plane, Bergen airport is around 20-30 minutes away from the city centre. To get from the airport you can take the Flybussen airport shuttle for 125 NOK for an adult ticket one-way (90 NOK for students).

Things to do:
Although Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, visitors can see most of the main attractions in one day. Extra days should then be added if you want to go hiking through the surrounding mountains, or take a trip to the nearby fjords. Here are a few of the popular attractions in the city:

1. Bryggen, the Old Town
The oldest part of the city, Bryggen, is made up of beautiful wooden buildings. The tiny alleyways are full of boutique shops, artists showcasing their work, and craftspeople selling their goods. You can find leather bags for sale, jumpers and scarves, and cafes to stop and have a drink at. It almost feels like stepping back in time.

2. The Fløibanen funicular
For unbeatable views of the city take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. At the top of the mountain there's a huge viewing platform for taking in the panoramic views of Bergen. There's also a restaurant, souvenir shop, and other activities to get involved with. 

At the top there are several hiking trails available ranging in length and difficulty, including hiking between Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken. Although apparently this can take between 6-8 hours! At the opposite end of the scale you can skip taking the funicular and walk to the top of Mount Fløyen. This takes approximately 45 minutes. 

3. The Harbour
If you need something to eat or drink then definitely head to the harbour! Besides being right beside the Old Town, Bryggen, it's also a great place to people watch, or play some cards whilst having a drink.

4. The Fish Market
On the topic of finding something to eat, the fish market on the harbour is a great place to go. Granted it is a slightly expensive, but if you just try a few things rather than eating a full meal here then it's good fun. We shared a few fish cakes at 15 NOK each, but a main meal cost around 160 NOK.

5. The Aquarium  
If you arrive in Bergen and it's pouring down with rain - don't worry! Head to the aquarium to get out of the wet weather. It's a fun place to spend a couple of hours, especially as there are super cute penguins there!

6. Rozenkrantz Tower
For a slightly different view of Bergen then head to the top of the Rozenkrantz Tower. As you climb up the steps you can go into various rooms with exhibitions detailing different parts of Bergen's history.

Popular Day Trips:
If you have more than a day in Bergen then a popular day trip is the 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour. This ticket allows you to ride on beautiful train journeys (including the famous Flam railway), a scenic bus journey, and sail through the incredible Norwegian fjords. It allows you to see a lot of Norway within one day, so although it can feel a little rushed, it's a great way to head out of the city if you're short for time.

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  1. It's so beautiful! I just love the architecture and the pretty buildings xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x