The gateway to fjord country is bursting with nature and viewpoints. This city has plenty of culture on offer, from heritage sites to museums – explore new and old Bergen. Venture out to hike spectacular mountains and revel in this breathtaking destination.
Book flights to Bergen, Norway’s medieval capital, with deep fjords – ringed by towering mountains. Catch the funicular from the city centre to the top of Fløyen and admire the mountain views, before hiking the spectacular surroundings. Indulge your cultural side and explore the abundance of museums, from the curious Bryggens Museum to the Bergenhus Fortress, one of the oldest castles in Norway. Wander along the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf and enjoy the charm of the small town and seaside houses, or stop at a waterfront café for a drink and bite to eat. Bergen is a great place to explore, with so many spectacular sights nearby you’ll have a variety of excursions on offer.
This medieval city is brimming with stories to tell. Explore the maze of alleyways and cobbled streets around the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, to hear of tales of a time gone by. Stroll around the beautiful Lille Lungegårdsvannet, a natural five-acre lake where you can picnic during summer or make snowmen nearby in winter. Wander by the wharf of Bryggen during the day to admire the history which emanates through the blend of stone and wooden architecture. Or pop into the Bryggens Museum to discover more of Bergen’s heritage. Watch the wharf light up at night for a spectacular city view and mountain silhouettes.
Known for its several neighbouring mountains, Bergen hosts a spectacular hiking and climbing scene. Look out for trails along the Løvstakken, Sandviksfjellet and Blåmanen for panoramic views. Perhaps for the more leisurely, walk the smaller Damsgårdsfjellet for magnificent views at the top, standing 300 metres high. Or for the adventurers out there, set your pace for the Gullfjellet. At nearly 1000 metres tall, this glorious spectacle sits on the borders of Bergen and Samnanger. If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, jump on the Bergen funicular railway, to arrive at the sensational view-point of Mt Fløyen and experience the only railway of its kind in Norway.
Explore the stunning scenery of Norway’s second city. Surrounded by majestic mountains, jump on a boat and cruise along Zachariasbryggen, next to Bergen, through Modalen and Osterfjorden. Admire the gushing waterfalls and views of nature’s bounty. Just outside of Bergen, hit the waters of Aurlandsfjord by kayak. For those in search of an adrenaline rush, head for the rapids at Voss. Closer to Bergen, hire a bike and meander through the forest trails. Enjoy city and sea views on horseback, as you ride along beautiful mountainside. Go for a rock climb by the bay or soar through the tree tops on a high ropes and zip lining experience.
The array of eateries in Bergen will tantalise your taste buds. Stroll along to the lively fish market for the best fresh seafood. Try tasty prawn skewers, a plate of oysters and mussels or baked baguette stuffed with crayfish and salmon slices. For those not so keen on seafood, order a reindeer or lamb hotdog or selection of smoked meats. Grab yourself some fruity Nordic berries to freshen up after a fish feast out. Dine in at Pingvinen for traditional Norwegian dishes, after your day out. Indulge in hearty soups or scrumptious meatballs and a huge plate of vegetables. Don’t forget to try a local beer whilst you’re here.
Renowned for its culture, Bergen offers a variety of evening events and laid-back bars. For an early evening - which could become a late night - pop along to Café Sanaa for fun and live music. The resident DJ hits the decks later, playing a mix of tango, blues and jazz beats. For something more traditional, enjoy classical musical performances by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Greighallen. Try the No Stress bar for cake cocktails and cosy atmosphere. With bright décor and games consoles, you’ll have a fun evening out. Give Magic Ice a whirl and sip cool drinks from ice glasses and admire the ice carvings.