Bergen – the gateway to the fjords
Find out what Norway's second biggest city Bergen has to offer. Nicknamed "the gateway to the fjords" and surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of natural attractions to explore. Bergen also has a lively cultural scene with lots of art, music and festivals.
Bergen is one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations, and no wonder. The Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, with its characteristic colourful buildings, is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and there is a rich cultural life to explore. Experience one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras, a professional ballet company, a vibrant jazz and blues scene, several theatres and concert halls, outdoor summer opera and some great outdoor concerts.
There are a couple of definite must-sees. The first is a visit to the KODE Art Museums of Bergen, where you can marvel at the largest Edvard Munch collection outside Oslo. The other unmissable activity is to visit Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg and listen to one of the daily concerts in perhaps Norway’s most beautiful chamber music hall, located in the midst of the museum’s grounds.
Buses to central Bergen
Getting to the city centre from Bergen airport couldn’t be easier with Flybussen. These comfortable buses take you all the way to the city centre, calling at most of the large hotels and some of the surrounding areas. For just NOK 90 (or NOK 80 if pay by phone), you can be checking in at your hotel just 45 minutes after leaving the airport. Welcome to Bergen!
* Fares are based on lowest one way fare, incl. taxes and charges. Subject to availability.
Fjord cruise with M/S White Lady
Enjoy a fjord cruise with a nostalgic atmosphere. The vintage boat M/S White Lady has offered excursions for more than 50 years. Let her take you on a tour of the Osterfjord just north of Bergen and see Norwegian nature at its best, with narrow fjords and majestic mountains.
Price from £41/NOK 500 (adults) or £25/NOK 300 (children). The trip is available daily in June, July and August at 1:00 pm and takes around four hours.
Cornelius Seafood Restaurant
Cornelius has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best seafood restaurants in Norway. Idyllically located by the fjord on Holmen island, they offer seafood of the finest quality prepared using innovative culinary techniques. The menu is changed daily.
£17/NOK 200 for a shellfish lecture with tastings
£66/NOK 795 for a three course lunch, including return boat trip from Bergen
£70/NOK 845 for a three course dinner, including return boat trip from Bergen
The offers must be booked in advance.
Train, rafting and wind tunnel roundtrip with Norway Active
Enjoy a day of action on a roundtrip from Bergen. The excursion includes a trip on the Bergen Railway to Voss, white-water rafting in scenic surroundings and a freefall in Norway's only wind tunnel, which simulates the experience of skydiving.
All transportation and necessary equipment are included in the price.
Price: £178/NOK 2,150 per person. Norway Active roundtrips are designed for active people who want a journey of discovery and action.
Mount Fløyen and the Fløibanen Funicular
Go for a ride on the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. The seven minute ride is a thrilling experience in itself, and from the top you get a panoramic view of Bergen. The area is perfect for short and long walks, jogging and mountain biking. There is also a restaurant, cafeteria, souvenir shop and play area.
In the summer, you can listen to Norwegian folk music in this beautiful setting. The funicular runs day in day out all year round and is open to midnight during the summer and 23.00 in the autumn, winter and spring.
Fløibanen return ticket: £7/NOK 85 (adults) or £4/NOK 43 (children)
Train ride and rafting roundtrip with Norway Active
Let the adrenaline flow on this active roundtrip that starts with a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway and continues with white-water rafting in the magnificent scenery of Fjord Norway.
The trip includes a return rail journey between Bergen and Voss, transfer to and from Voss Rafting Senter, whitewater rafting on the Strandelva or Raundalselva rivers in Voss and all necessary equipment. Expert guides make sure you are in safe hands.
Price: £110/NOK 1,328 per person. Norway Active roundtrips are designed for active people who want a journey of discovery and action.
City sightseeing by boat with Rødne Fjord Cruise
Explore Bergen from the sea on a roundtrip with the vintage boat M/S White Lady. Admire the distinctive seaward view of Bergen’s harbour, with views of Bergenhus Fortress and the UNESCO-protected medieval wharf Bryggen. Further sights on this trip include the Old Bergen Museum, the Bergen Aquarium and wonderful views of the Fløibanen Funicular and Mount Fløyen.
Price from £13/NOK 150 (adults) or £7/NOK 80 (children). There are daily departures in June, July and August at 11.00, return at 12.30.
Fjord cruise to Mostraumen
Try a three-hour cruise to the strong currents of the beautiful Mostraumen, so narrow that boats are just able to pass through – it is quite an experience. The excursion goes along the picturesque Osterfjord with superb views of mountains and waterfalls.
Price from £41/NOK 500 (adults) or £25/NOK 300 (children). The trip is available all year and takes three or three and a half hours.
Lunch concerts at Troldhaugen
Take the opportunity to visit the composer Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Villa, his charming little composer’s cabin and his unique gravesite – all located in the authentic and lovely natural surroundings at Hop in Bergen. Daily lunchtime concerts June 1 to September 30.
Norwegian folk music on the Fløyen mountaintop
Listen to some of the best Norwegian folk musicians in the wonderful setting of Mount Fløyen, where you have a grand view of the city of Bergen.
The concerts last around 30 minutes. There are afternoon concerts every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm, and an evening concert every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
Price: £17/NOK 210 (afternoon concert) or £24/NOK 285 (evening concert), including a return ticket with the Fløibanen Funicular. Available 23 June to 20 August 2015.
Explore Bergen in the most practical and inexpensive way. With a Bergen Card in your pocket, you travel free on the Bergen Light Rail and buses in the city and region. You get free or discounted admission to most museums and attractions, as well as many cultural events, various sightseeing tours, restaurants and parking.
Card can be purchased online. It can be picked up in Bergen or sent by post to destinations outside Norway.
The Hardangerfjord Express
Cruise to the Hardangerfjord on the Hardangerfjord Express – the quickest way to reach the famous fjord from Bergen (about two hours). Spend a few hours in romantic Rosendal with its fabulous fjord, glacier, mountains and waterfalls.
There are daily departures from Bergen city centre all year.
Price from £62/NOK 750 (adults), £54/NOK 650 (seniors) and £29/NOK 350 (children).
Train and climbing roundtrip with Norway Active
Take the scenic Bergen Railway to Voss and go climbing in the beautiful surroundings of Voss Klatrepark for a fun and challenging day suitable for both adults and children. The climbing park has a total of 55 different climbing and balancing elements as well as six zip-lines, the highest of which is more than 12 metres above the ground.
The trip includes the return rail journey between Bergen and Voss, transfer to and from Voss Klatrepark and climbing in Åsbrekkegjellet gorge beside the Strandaelva river. Previous experience is not necessary.
Price: £65/NOK 790 per person. Norway Active roundtrips are designed for active people who want a journey of discovery and action.
Direct to Fjord Norway
Fly direct to Bergen, Ålesund or Stavanger from Gatwick with Norwegian from £44.90* and discover their vibrant city life and spectacular fjord scenery.Read more