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Bergen

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

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From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

4. 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.

Bergen: City Tour on Foot

5. 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

6. 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.

Bergen: Private Fjord Cruise and Flåm Railway

7. Bergen: Private Fjord Cruise and Flåm Railway

After being picked up from your hotel, you can begin your journey to Gudvangen. Throughout this trip you will pass the Tvinde Waterfall, and in the summer months you'll drive through Stalheimskleiva, the 1.5-kilometer-long road section that winds down Nærøydalen from Stalheim. You'll then head to Gudvangen, and at the bottom of the Nærøyfjord you will board the "Future of the fjords" electric ship to Flåm. The Nærøyfjord is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe, and your journey to Flåm takes about 2 hours. The boat is battery operated and high-comfort, with large windows and a good patio. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord was incorporated on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Geirangerfjord. The fjord is surrounded by high mountains, and is a beautiful sight both in summer and winter. Flåm is a charming village surrounded by precipitous mountainsides, rumbling waterfalls, and narrow valleys. It is a  beautiful area to simply wander around, and whilst there you can also visit the Flåm Railway Museum. From Flåm the trip continues with the Flåm Railway, which is one of the world's steepest regular-track railway tracks. The 20-kilometer-long train journey gives you a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent of Norwegian mountain nature, including the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall. At Myrdal Station, your train will swap to the Bergen Railway which will take you to Voss. From there, a car will return you back to Bergen.

Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

8. 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: 2 Hour Segway Tour

9. 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: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

10. 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.

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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

The tour with Martin is highly recommended! Martin told a lot of interesting things about Bergen, gave us tips for restaurants and bars and also told us a few insider tips about Norwegians and life in Bergen. It was really exciting to hear the perspective of a German who emigrated to Norway. We could ask Martin any questions at any time, he always tried to answer everything. It was very pleasant to listen to Martin. Walking was more than doable. We would definitely book the tour again! Many thanks Martin for the great two hours.

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!!

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