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Bergen

This picturesque Norwegian city combines colorful wooden houses, fantastic fjords, and majestic mountains.

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Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

1. Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

Experience a round-trip cruise from Bergen in spectacular fjord scenery. This fantastic tour takes you up the 27-kilometer long Osterfjord. Sailing out from the city center gives us a great view of Bryggen in Bergen, which is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. From there, we sail through magnificent scenery in the Osterfjord towards Modalen, Norway’s second smallest municipality. Underway, the fjord narrows between steep mountains as we bring you safely through the powerful currents of the shallow and narrow Mostraumen strait. We sail our bow right up to a waterfall to catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water for you to sample before turning back and returning to Bergen through the magnificent landscape. Our modern, comfortable boats have sundecks and kiosks offering refreshments, including beer and wine.

From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

2. From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

Sail from Bergen to the Alversund Streams with this group boat tour. Set off from Bergen's famous Fish Market and marvel at views of the medieval fortress Bergenhus, St Mary's church and the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic wharf. Glide through beautiful Western Norwegian scenery at the City Fjord, Salhus Fjord and Kverna Fjord as you make your way towards the stunning Alversund Streams. Snap breathtaking photos of this amazing scenery. Relax, as the captain safely steers the boat through narrow sounds, deep fjords, a maze of islands and the powerful currents of the narrow Alversund channel.

Bergen to Flam: Full-Day Return Cruise - The King of Fjords

3. Bergen to Flam: Full-Day Return Cruise - The King of Fjords

Come and enjoy a return cruise from Bergen to Flam in a day. The Sognefjord area is known as one of the most stunning travel destinations in the world. It is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway and by many described as “The King of Fjords”. You depart from Strandkai Terminal in Bergen in the morning and cruise through Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, offering you stunning views of Sognefjord whilst the hills cascade on either side. The cruise passes 11 stops in total, from quick port stops at small stunning villages along the shoreline of Sognefjord through to Flam. You'll depart Bergen and into Flam port. Once in Flam, you have free time to explore this amazing area and visit the famous Flam Railway. There are few sights in the world that can match the beauty of this return trip from Bergen to Flam. As you head down the tranquil waters ether side of you will be amazing views from the rocky shores, gushing waterfalls, and jaw-dropping mountains. There are some great opportunities for photos to remember your day. If you are staying in Bergen and want to visit Flam for the day there is no better way to do it than on a Sognefjord cruise. Book early to avoid disappointment and enjoy the fairy tale scenery in style.

Bergen: City Tour on Foot

4. Bergen: City Tour on Foot

Appreciate why many people consider Bergen to be the most beautiful city in Norway on a relaxing walking tour through the city. As well as receiving fascinating details about the city’s 950-year history, your local guide will provide a true insider's perspective on its inhabitants, known as the 'Bergenser'. Starting from the city center, be enchanted by the maritime charm of the harbor bay, Vågen. Then navigate through the city's narrow wooden lanes as you get to know the most important sights of Bergen. Walk past the fish market, the theatre, and the old fire station and hear how historical residents, such as Edvard Grieg and Henrik Ibsen, helped shaped Bergen. Continue to the Bryggen district to see its iconic colorful wooden houses. This World Heritage Site is popular with both locals and tourists, housing many lively cafes, restaurants, and bars. Here, learn about how 400 years ago dried cod was stored in Bryggen and exported to throughout Europe, making Bergen the most important trading metropolis in Scandinavia during that time. Discover what the Hanseatic League was, the influence it once had on trading, and how life for the visiting German merchants played out here.

Mostraumen: Fjord Cruise

5. Mostraumen: Fjord Cruise

See the stunning sights the Fjord has to offer on one of the most popular tours down the narrow Mostraumen. This scenic tour from the center of Bergen allows you to witness some memorable scenes of western Norway's Hordaland province to tiny Modalen, along the famous fjord. The tour gives amazing panoramic views of Bergen as you depart the wharf on the way to the fjord. This trip includes many beautiful waterfalls and narrow fjords whilst enjoying the picturesque mountains. If your tour is at peak flow you can feel the thrill of a refreshing spray. Whilst on board your catamaran, feel free to sit back and relax whilst purchasing a drink or two at the bar on board as you take in this breathtaking scenery.

24-Hour Bergen Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

6. 24-Hour Bergen Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

For almost one thousand years Bergen has been the destination of travelers from all around the world and is Norway’s second largest city, with over 250,000 inhabitants and is estimated to have been founded in 1070. Located at the west coast of Norway some of the most popular attractions include the Funicular, Aquarium, the Hanseatic Museum and, as the birthplace of the hugely popular composer Edward Grieg, the Edward Grieg Museum which receives thousands of visitors from all over the World. Even the local Tourist Information Centre is an attraction in its own right- housed in The old Bergen Exchange, built in 1862 and containing the famous Fresco Hall with murals painted by Axel Revoid that have been long recognised as a national treasure. Bergen resounds with music and as well as one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras, has some of the country’s best choirs, jazz musicians who improvise through the night and operatic singers - it also has the country’s first national theatre and is host to many international festivals. Each ticket is valid for a 24-hour period and may be used at any hop-on hop-off bus stop going to all of the top visitor attractions. Buses run every 30 minutes. Tour stops: Stop 1 – Skolten Cruise Terminal Stop 2 – Bryggen and Hanseatic Museum Stop 3 – Tourist Information & The Fish Market Stop 4 – Tollbodkaia viewpoint Stop 5 – Bergen Aquarium Stop 6 – Fredriksberg Fortress Stop 7 – The National Stage Stop 8 – Jektevikten Stop 9 – Bergen Museum Stop 10 – The City Park Stop 11 – The Fish Market Stop 12 – Mount Floyen Funicular  Stop 13 – St Mary’s Church

Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

7. Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

Make your way to the Bergen Railway, where you'll board a comfortable train that will take you on scenic ride to Voss. Hop off in Voss and switch to the bus for a ride through the area's quaint villages to Gudvangen. Between the months of May and September, the bus will also travel the steep road to Stalheimskleiva, comprised of hairpin turns and epic views. Once you reach Gudvangen, step aboard a two-hour premium fjord cruise on a modern hybrid boat to journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. See both Aurlandsfjord, a picturesque fjord offering stunning views, and the mountain-lined Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest in Europe. Go ashore in Flåm, where you'll get on yet another train that travels the Flåm Railway. The panoramic views on the route are sure to impress. Take advantage of photo opportunities of the surrounding fjords along the way. Disembark in Myrdal and get back on the Bergen Railway, making your return to the trip's starting point.

Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

8. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Discover the historic sights and local hotspots of Bergen on a guided walking tour through the city. Learn about the city's history and modern life with your expert local guide. Meet at Håkons Hall, a banquet hall from 1260 that is the only building left from Bergen's time as the capital of Norway. Begin by learning about Bergen's royal and political past and explore the mighty fortress of the city. Take a short walk to Bryggen, Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the narrow alleys and explore over 500 years of history, and maybe you'll even get to sample what the Hanseatic merchant of the past traded here. After learning about the history of the city, it's time to go off the beaten path. Wander through the narrow alleys in the historic residential neighborhood, where you'll learn about Bergen's wooden architecture, life as an average person in the 18th and 19th centuries, and also what it's like to live here today. The last part of the tour will take you past some of Bergen's most popular eateries, where you can learn more about the vibrant city life and what Norwegians love to eat. Pass the Floibanen funicular station, so by the time you end at the tourist office, you'll be full of ideas for what to do in Bergen for the rest of your stay.

Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

9. Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-protected fjord and mountain scenery, including Europe’s top scenic rail journeys. You will also enjoy a fjord cruise on the magnificent Aurlandsfjord and on the narrow Nærøyfjord. This is a self-guided tour, from Oslo, to Myrdal, to Flåm, to Gudvangen, to Voss, and then to Bergen. High up in Norway's mountainous “rooftop” at 866 metres (2,841 ft) above sea level is Myrdal, a remote mountain station serving as the junction between the Oslo-Bergen train line and the famous Flåm Railway. The small village of Flåm is one of the most popular destinations in Norway and Scandinavia due to its stunning scenery and location. Most have probably seen spectacular images of the landscape in Western Norway - steep, forested mountainsides that plunge into the blue fjord, waterfalls, narrow fjords and valleys. Gudvangen is a village in Aurland Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is a popular tourist destination and is located at the end of the Nærøyfjord where the Nærøydalselvi river empties into the fjord.

Bergen: Private Tour with a Local

10. Bergen: Private Tour with a Local

Explore Bergen with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and hints that will help you make the most of your trip. Choose from 2-6 hour private tour options. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and shop, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). By the end of the tour you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to thoroughly enjoy your stay.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Bergen?

    You could spend three days exploring Bergen's attractions, tacking on another full day for a trip to the Hardangerfjord.

  • Getting around

    You won't need a car to go sightseeing in Bergen. It's small, compact center makes it easy and fun to get around on foot. There are two daily departures on the Hardangerfjord Express to the town of Rosendal, and, of course, there's the option of taking a cruise through the fjord, which usually includes transportation by bus to the town of Norheimsund.

  • Where to stay in Bergen

    Bergen is a small city and geographically compact. Whether you stay in the very heart of it or just beyond it, you'll still be able to reach the main attractions.

Good to know

  • Language
    Norwegian
  • Currency
    Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +47
  • Best time to visit
    May is the best time to visit the city. The temperature is mild, while rainfall is low, and the city has so many events on offer. The summer months are also quite enjoyable, though.

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What people are saying about Bergen

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 251 reviews

Visite guidée très agréable : un parcours ni trop court ni trop long qui donne un très bon aperçu des points principaux de la ville et surtout un excellent guide, Martin, qui a su mêler informations historiques ou culturelles et anecdotes amusantes. On en a appris beaucoup sur Bergen mais aussi la Norvège et les norvégiens en général.

Must try if you are in Bergen. The fjord is beautiful. The captain made a point to drive close to certain landscape to give passengers a magical experience. For example, he steered the boat very close to a waterfall and we could literally look up and see water falling downwards.

The nature was amazing!! The trip was a bit long but it was well worth it! And Bergen is such a great city to end in. Definitely recommend it! Itinerary was well organized and easy to follow.

This is an excellent tour, very informative, friendly guide, and plenty of helpful tips for your stay in Bergen.

Very interesting and informative tour. Short tour of a great city. Thank you Martin!