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Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

1. Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

Experience a 3-hour 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.

Odda: Overnight Hike to Trolltunga

2. Odda: Overnight Hike to Trolltunga

Begin your hike at 11:30 AM at the Skjeggedal car park. Follow the trail up to Gryteskar, which is accompanied by great views of Folgefonna Glacier. On the way, be served a classic Norwegian mountain lunch. Arrive at the cliff around 5:00 PM, depending on the pace. The campsite is not far from Trolltunga, which has stunning views. Here, you will also find the original Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), which is a stunning cliff that was almost forgotten and is as magical as the more famous Trolltunga.  At night, enjoy the famous Reindeer-stew with rice and lingonberry. After dinner, you can either relax in your tent or enjoy a hot tea, coffee, or toddy by the campfire. If you want to ensure a good nights sleep, take a swim in the secret pond, which no one has ever regretted. Wake up early the next morning for breakfast and coffee or tea. After breakfast, walk back to Trolltunga before you head back to civilization. Depending on the pace, you should be back at the car park between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

3. 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.

Mostraumen: Fjord Cruise

4. 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

5. 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

Odda: Trolltunga Via Ferrata, Sunset and Sunrise

6. Odda: Trolltunga Via Ferrata, Sunset and Sunrise

This adventure includes the best of all our tours to Trolltunga, the Troll’s Tongue. The tour includes biking along the beautiful Ringedalen Lake, hiking up the amazing valley and climbing a via ferrata to the Trolltunga Plateau. A steep but short uphill hike will bring you to the start of the via ferrata. Enjoy the view as you climb 250 meters up the rockface, helped by metal rungs and a strong cable. Finally, experience Trolltunga as the sun disappeares behind the white Folgefonna glacier. At Endenut you’ll settle in at Trolltunga Sunset Dome, a campsite not far from Trolltunga. The guide will prepare a delicious outdoor dinner, tasting even better combined with the stunning views towards the Ringedalen lake, Tyssebotn, and Trolltunga. Watch the sun disappearing behind the Folgefonna glacier and end the evening at the Trolltunga Sunset Dome, while listening to Norwegian fairy tales. The next morning enjoy breakfast with freshly baked bread and the beautiful, intense, magical nature.

Odda: Trolltunga Sunset Overnight Hiking Trip

7. Odda: Trolltunga Sunset Overnight Hiking Trip

Take an overnight hiking tour to Trolltunga, the Troll’s Tongue. See the sunset behind the stunning mountain scenery and enjoy the peace of having this famous natural attraction almost to yourself. Camp at the top and walk back down the following day.   The tour starts with a hike from Skjeggedal to Mågelitopp. Continue up the mountainside to Gryteskar for a spectacular view towards the Folgefonna Glacier. At Endenut you’ll settle in to your dome at a campsite not far from Trolltunga as the guide prepares a delicious dinner.   Afterwards, you’ll hike to Trolltunga. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountain as the sun disappears behind the Folgefonna Glacier. Head back to the dome to listen to Norwegian fairy tales. The next morning, enjoy breakfast with freshly baked bread. Then return to the starting point the same way you came.

Bergen: City Tour on Foot

8. 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.

Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

9. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Take a step away from the beaten path as you explore the picture-perfect streets of Bergen on this original walking tour, and discover the history and contemporary stories of a UNESCO World-Heritage Site. Wind your way through the narrow alleyways of Bergen in the company of a professional guide, and learn all about its people, culture, and inspiring architecture, while admiring the stunning landscape. Go on a journey along its 970-year old history, and enjoy an insider guide to the secret scenic spots of this coastal beauty.

Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

10. Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

Take an exhilarating 1-hour fjord tour from Eidfjord Harbor as your captain explains the sights along the way. Stop at a place where goats will come down to the boat, and pause to look at seals in the sea or on land. Look out for the rich birdlife that populates Eidfjord, and learn about about what has shaped the nature, people and society in this region.   Pass one of Norway's largest power plants at Simadal Fjord, and admire the steep mountainsides and waterfalls of this fjord. Alternatively, cruise out to Hardangerbrua to study the power station from the sea. Along this route, you'll pass a waterfall that almost falls on the boat on rainy days, and other sights of cultural-historical significance.

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4.7 / 5

based on 317 reviews

Small cruise along the seafront overlooking the city of Bergen, under the name of Alversund. Good organization, informative information along the way, free transit on the boat in order to observe and take the most interesting photos. Circular route which allows an always renewed observation. The activity time (3 hours) is quite balanced, as it allows tourists to get a sense of the landscape and human configuration of the area.

Not only was this a great experience to travel all the way up a fjiord, but this fjiord had a unique twist. Near the end of the trip up the fjiord there was a 400 meter stretch that was extremely narrow and shallow that was very different from the rest of the fjiord. We learned the very interesting history of that portion which was transformed over the past couple of hundred years.

Emma was really nice and gave us a very good tour and impression how it was to live in the past and now in the present in Bergen. A very great tour, we can definitely recommend it!!

Amazing experience! The hike itself and the guided tour by Trolltunga Active were above the expectation. I totally recommend it.

Really enjoyed the tour by Emma and learning about Bergens history, and the way of life now. Would highly recommend.