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Things to do in Bergen

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

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Bergen: Round-Trip Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

1. Bergen: Round-Trip Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a scenic cruise from Bergen. Board a sustainably-designed boat and catch views of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Venture through the majestic Osterfjord with striking mountain landscapes and magical waterfalls. Begin your tour and set sail from the city center of Bergen. The iconic, Hanseatic heritage buildings decorate the Zachariasbryggen wharf with quaint and colorful charm as you cruise. Then, enter the Osterfjord. With its length of 27 kilometers, feel enveloped by the natural world. Next, as you near the narrow Mostraumen Strait, marvel at the steep mountain views and approaching waterfall. On the sundeck, feel a refreshing spray on your face from the falls. Keep an eye out for soaring eagles above and other animal life while you relax in an idyllic setting.

From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

2. 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.

From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

3. From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

Enjoy a full-day cruise from Bergen to Flam and explore the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the country. Pass through coastal villages, sail through the Sognefjord, and make stops along the way for free time. 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 the 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.

From Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway Tour

4. From Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway Tour

Travel through Norway's beautiful natural scenery on this guided tour from Bergen. Leave the city behind to navigate around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjorden on a boat and ride aboard one of the world's steepest railways from Flåm to Myrdal. Begin your journey at Bergen Railway Station, taking in panoramic views of nature as you depart toward Voss. Once in Voss, board your bus to Gudvangen, stopping in Stalheim along the way in the summer months. Climb onto a modern electric boat in Gudvangen for your scenic cruise. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the lake and gaze at the awe-striking Nærøyfjord, surrounded by tall mountains. Disembark in Flåm to continue your adventure aboard its iconic railway. On your 20-kilometer ride to Myrdal, take in views of imposing mountains and the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall. Finish your experience at Myrdal station, then switch to the Bergen Line to head back to the starting point.

Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

5. 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 the Rosenkrantz Tower, a building inside the Bergenhus Fortress. 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.

From Bergen: Private 2-Day Cruise to Sognefjorden Fjord

6. From Bergen: Private 2-Day Cruise to Sognefjorden Fjord

Explore Sognefjord — the "King of the Fjords" — on a private yacht cruise from Bergen. Admire the largest and deepest fjord in Norway, and enjoy the chance to spend the night aboard the boat. On the second day, have the opportunity to travel on the beautiful Flåm Railway. Begin the tour by making your own way to the yacht in Bergen. Then, start your 2-day, 1-night cruise to Sognefjord which also takes in Balestrand, Nærøyfjorden, and Flåm. Cruise out the fjords of Bergen and through the archipelago, passing small islands and fjords on the way. Enjoy a slow pace that gives you plenty of opportunities to take in the lovely surroundings. Stop for the night near the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand. Either stay on the yacht overnight, enjoying the boat completely to yourselves, or arrange to stay at Kviknes Hotel separately with the hotel. Whether you stay at the hotel or not, you can grab some dinner there (not included), a mere 20-meter walk from the boat. On the second day, continue your cruise to Flåm and have lunch (not included) before you enter the Flåm Railway (not included), said to be the most beautiful train journey in the world. The Flåm Railway is connected with the train to Bergen, so you can make your way back to the city that way if you like. Alternatively, you can take the train back to Flåm and return to Bergen in a VIP car.

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.

From Bergen: Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, & Flåm

8. From Bergen: Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, & Flåm

Explore Norway's fjord country on this private tour. Your itinerary is flexible and personalized to your interests. After meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, set out in a private vehicle passing by the famous Dale of Norway sweater factory in the village of Dale and through the town of Voss.  Make a brief stop at the Tvindefossen waterfall for photos and fresh mountain air. Continue your trip to the Stalheim Hotel's terrace, which overlooks fantastic views over the Nærøydalen Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Back in your vehicle, descend the dramatic Stalheimskleiva Road to the valley's floor, where you will visit the ancient village of Gudvangen. From Gudvangen enjoy a scenic cruise to Flåm. On arrival at Flåm, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (your own expense) and free time to browse the souvenir shops, visit the Flåmsbana railway museum, or check out the local microbrewery. Then head towards the scenic Stegastein viewing point, a 30-meter platform hanging over Aurlandsfjord. The narrow road and the viewing point will provide breathtaking photos and vivid memories. Board the Flåmsbana railway from Flåm to the mountain railway station Myrdal, located 2,844 feet (867 m). You'll make a brief stop at Kjøsfossen waterfall.  Change trains at Myrdal to head back to Voss where you'll have time to tour a medieval church dating from 1277 and an 11th-century stone cross. At the end of the tour, your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Bergen.

Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

9. Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

With UNESCO-listed fjords and snow-capped mountain ranges that stretch around the country, Norway offers a land of alluring landscapes to tempt any traveler. The best way to see it is by train, bus, and boat, throughout a hassle-free day tour. Hop aboard to discover the countryside that frames the Bergen and Flåm railways, and admire Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, the village of Flåm, and more. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometers, and sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, "the city fjord", and the city is surrounded by mountains. Bergen is also known as the "city of seven mountains". The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railways. It is 20 kilometers long, with a descent of 865 meters and a gradient of one in 18. It also consists of 20 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers - evidence of the most daring and skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railways.

Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

10. Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

Step back in time with a 2-hour sail aboard Bergen’s most traditional tour boat. The square sailed vessel, Storskarven, 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.

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Great fjords cruise! Nice and warm interior with plenty of seating and a great top outdoor deck to go outside on. It was absolutely beautiful and the Captain was fantastic.

for someone who needs his peace and does not want to be full of texts with too much information, just right. a perfect getaway for sightseeing

Good location friendly helmsmen. Nice and warm inside and a drink on board. The music in the background in beautiful places made it complete

Great experience to get to know the Norwegian fjords and the landscapes of the mountains in a tour in all means of locomotion.

It was a magnificent cruise!! An eye opener. Simply stunning.