Bergenhus Fortress

Bergenhus Fortress

Bergenhus Fortress: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

1. From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

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: A Walk Through Past and Present

2. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Join us for an unforgettable journey through the historic streets of Bergen, the most beautiful city in Norway. Our tours focus not just on the history and highlights of Bergen, but also the off-the-beaten path hidden alleys and stories of everyday life. All our guides are locals who call Bergen home, and this tour was designed by them to show you Bergen’s history, everyday life, and favourite local spots. The first half of our tour focuses on the history of Bergen. We wander the fortress complex, covering Bergen’s medieval history and short period as the capital of Norway. Meet King Håkon Håkonsson, whose coronation is the first historic description of Bergen being a rainy city and learn how he built up the fortress (and Norway) as a European powerhouse. Learn about Norway’s period under Denmark, Sweden, and Nazis during occupation, and see how we use the fortress today. After this crash course in Norwegian history, we make our way to Bryggen – Bergen’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you learn about 1,000 years of trade history and the reason for Bergen’s founding and growth. Get to know the Hanseatic League – the German trading organisation that operated here for 400 years – as we wander the 300-year-old alleys. Our historic overview finishes at St. Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Bergen. The second half of our tour is about life in Bergen. We leave the ‘touristy’ part behind and wander into the neighbourhood surrounding Bryggen. Your guide chooses the path based on their own interests and local experience, and as you explore Bergen’s best kept secret, you’ll learn about everyday life: house prices, work, what we do for fun, how we handle the rain, and more! This is also one of the most picturesque parts of the city. Be sure to ask your guide as many questions as possible and be sure to say hi to all the local cats that may follow us for part of the journey. The tour ends by passing by our favourite cafes, restaurants, with recommendations for ways to explore Bergen independently. Our walking tour focuses on giving you both the highlights but also our favourite places in Bergen. We pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated and use authorised guides who live in Bergen all year round. Don’t miss an opportunity to uncover the treasures of Bergen on this captivating walking tour. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or simply seeking an authentic experience, our tour will leave you wish a lasting memory of the best city in Norway. We limit the group size as this is a tour partly through a residential neighbourhood. We also want you to ask as many questions as possible!

Bergen: Sightseeing Cruise of Bergen's Historic Landmarks

3. Bergen: Sightseeing Cruise of Bergen's Historic Landmarks

See some of the oldest and most relevant historic sites in Bergen, including the medieval fortress that served as the seat of Norwegian power in the 13th century and the colorful emblematic Bryggen wharf that made the city thrive as a successful trading center. Get glimpses of how the city looked like in the old days when you sail past the old wooden warehouses in Skuteviken and Sandviken, and marvel at the luxury residences blossoming on top of skerries at Måseskjæret or springing out from the mountainside at Verftet. Hard to spot otherwise, you will sail past the WW2 concrete ruins of the U-Boot Bunker Bruno before waving at the locals bathing in the fjord at the historical Nordnes Sjøbad and returning back to the Fish Market and the very heart of Bergen. m/s Eric Bloodaxe is a modern sightseeing boat with a spacious outdoor deck, a cozy lounge inside and a stunning view from the panoramic deck. The vessel has a capacity of 75 passengers, is adapted for wheelchair users on the main deck, and there is also space for strollers. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic refreshments are sold in the boat's bars. The vessel is named after Norway's second king and Viking ruler, Eric I Haraldsson (885AD - 954AD) nicknamed Eric Bloodaxe.

Bergen: 2 Hour Segway Tour

4. Bergen: 2 Hour Segway Tour

Begin your 2-hour Segway tour by the cruise terminal and glide to the Bergenhus Fortress and its beautiful park. Continue to the historic UNESCO World Heritage area of Bryggen before heading to the Fish Market. Ride your Segway to the Bergen Aquarium and then into Nordnes Park. Admire one of Bergen’s most beautiful parks, stretching as far as the west end of downtown. The tour continues up to the Monastery before you ride along several of Bergen’s classic alleyways in Galgebakken and Knøsesmauet. See Den Nationale Scene, the Blue Stone, John’s Church and Lille Lungegårdsvannet. Head to Fjellveien, where you’ll have a wonderful view over the center of Bergen and the surrounding area.

Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

5. Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

Step back in time with a 1.5 hour sail aboard Bergen’s most traditional tour boat. The square sailed vessel represents Viking ship-building and design that has been passed down through the ages in Norway. Aboard you will admire the elegant construction of the overlapping wooden planks and smell the aromas of ancient wood preservation methods. Feel the exhilaration of the ship’s square sail filling with wind and pulling you along Bergen’s iconic and beautiful waterfront. Take part in the sailing or chill out on a bean bag and enjoy the ride! Tours are varied and educational in nature. We will begin our voyage from Bryggen in central Bergen and hoist sail as soon as possible. The route will be dictated by wind conditions, but regardless of the weather, guests are guaranteed an authentic and interactive sailing experience and the chance to absorb Bergen’s historic waterfront from a truly unique perspective. The tour includes fascinating insights into the Viking age, Norwegian history, and coast culture. Steer the ship, hoist the sail, and feel the serenity of gliding through the water in this centuries-old method of sailing. No rowing required! The tour is guided in English and touches on viking ships and history, coast culture, and stories from Bergen.

Bergen: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

6. Bergen: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Book your bus ticket in advance and climb aboard at any of the route stops by simply scanning it. Enjoy unlimited rides for 24 hours, hopping on and off as you wish, or stay on board for a full loop, and enjoy an insightful 50-minute journey. Experience the best sights of Bergen at your own pace, with 13 stops including Bryggen, the Fish Market, Bergen Aquarium, and Mount Fløyen Funicular Station. Learn about the city's exciting history with an entertaining audio guide in the language of your choice. Stay connected or do further research on your favorite attractions by using the onboard WiFi. DISCOUNTS included in your Hop On ticket: - Beffen Passenger Ferry: 10% off. - Norwegian Fisheries Museum: 20% off with your Beffen ticket. - Bergen Aquarium: 20% off with your Beffen ticket. - Magic Ice Bergen: Special Offer 220,- (ordinary price 300,-) - Søstrene Hagelin: Special Offer Fish Soup To Go 79,- (2dl. including coffee)

Oslo: eSIM Internet Data Plan for Norway high-speed 4G/5G

7. Oslo: eSIM Internet Data Plan for Norway high-speed 4G/5G

Discover the culture and landscapes of Norway without missing a beat. This eSIM service ensures that you stay connected with high-speed data, whether you're witnessing the awe-inspiring Northern Lights, exploring the dramatic scenery of the fjords, or discovering the vibrant city of Oslo. Select the package that best suits your travel plans and, following the purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can use with your eSIM-compatible device. Activate the eSIM and you're you're good to go during your Norwegian adventure. Throughout your trip, you'll be able to use all of your usual online services and apps and stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues.

Bergen: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

8. Bergen: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

Make the most of your time in Bergen with a guided tour of the city center, a Fjord cruise, and a trip on the Mount Fløyen Funicular. Take this tour all year round, accompanied by an expert local guide.  See the sights in Bergen, including the Fish Market, the Hanseatic quarter (Bryggen), St. Mary's Church, Bergenhus Fortress, and Mount Fløyen. Cruise along the Cityfjord, Salhusfjord and Kvernafjord. Be wowed by the views as you travel between mountains and the shallow and narrow Alversund strait. Then hop on the Fløibanen Funicular, the only railway of its kind in Norway and one of the country’s best-known attractions. Take in amazing panoramic views over the fjord and the city of Bergen once you reach the top—an unmissable photo opportunity.

Bergen: City Highlights Group Walking Tour

9. Bergen: City Highlights Group Walking Tour

Discover the city of Bergen on a guided walking tour. Explore the most emblematic parts of the city center with a professional guide. Learn about the history and culture of Bergen as you stroll through the streets. Start your tour at the National Theater, the place that changed the history of Norway. Pass through Torgallmeningen, the main square, and the main street. Continue to the fish market and the Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the importance of the Hanseatic League in the city as you walk through the narrow alleyways of the Bryggen. Finish your tour at Bergenhus, the former fortress of the Norwegian kings, and the Church of Santa Maria. End your tour at the fish market, where you can taste some of the local products if you wish.

Bergen: Sightseeing Walking Tour with Ferry Ride

10. Bergen: Sightseeing Walking Tour with Ferry Ride

Meet your guide at the entrance of the Tourist Information Centre. Then follow them around the medieval wharf known as Bryggen, or the Hanseatic Enclave. Admire the Bergenhus Fortress and St. Mary's Church which are privy to the secrets of Bergen. Stroll along the storied streets, cobblestone alleyways, and public squares hunting for the signs left by a millennium. Then, from the ferry boat, see the maritime city and the island life surrounding it. Gain a unique perspective of the city raised by the fjord. Listen to a Bergenser sharing interesting insights about life in the pretty timber town. Learn about the forces that have shaped the character of the city before ending the tour back at the meeting point.

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(291 reviews)

Magda was an exceptional guide. We were a group ranging from 9 years old to 45 years old and we all enjoyed it. The area covered didnt require a huge amount of walking, but alot of information was packed in. I really felt her passion for Bergen and it's history. Thank you for a great tour

the cruise was amazing, luckily i got to go on a very sunny day!! there’s a cafe on board that serves hot drinks / alcohol & food and you can sit on the top deck as well as below if you’re a bit chilly! 10/10 would recommend to anyone in Bergen

This was a fabulous way to see the city, to hear about the history and to learn about the present. Excellent way to see the city. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bergen.

Hector was a great and really nice guide with a lot of knowledge. We had two splendid hours walking through Bergen.

We loved discovering Bergen thanks to this activity..