Got 48 hours? Bergen offers plenty of experiences!
Are you curious about Bergen? Norway’s second city is small geographically, but big on nature and culture. With some clever planning you have time to experience the most iconic highlights Bergen has to offer - and still get some surprises along the way.
Bergen is a quite compact city, safely nestled between the fjord and seven mountains. This means navigating in Bergen is easy, you can easily find your way around town and the distances are relatively small, even on foot. This is also a great city for a stroll without a set plan, there is a new view and distinct neighbourhood around every corner.
Where should you begin? At Bryggen, of course! These famous wooden houses in the harbour is what most people associate with Bergen. For 400 years, the Hanseatic traders worked and lived in these buildings. In the narrow walkways between the tilted walls of the buildings the sounds of people and traffic fade away, while you smell the tar from the old wooden walls.
When the weather allows it, you can find a spot in the sunshine at one of the many cafés - perfect for some mid-morning coffee, people watching and boat watching! You can also enter many of the buildings at Bryggen, where you finds shops, restaurants and outlets for products from local craftsmen.
Bryggen i Bergen. Foto: Sverre Hjørnevik / www.fjordnorway.com
The Fish Market
Just next to Bryggen you find "Fisketorget" - the Fish Market, where Bergeners have bought their fresh fish and other goods through the years. These days, you mostly find sea food and other local delicacies here. Luckily, you can taste it all in one of the many outlets and food stalls in the summer season. Nothing beats fresh seafood served right next to the fjord. Afterwards, the rest of the city is at your feet, ready to be explored and experienced.
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com
Culture in Bergen
During the summer season you can visit Edvard Grieg’s home "Troldhaugen", which is a beautiful building situated in green, idyllic surroundings, just outside the city centre. You can get there easily by guided bus, departing from the Tourist information. An afternoon filled with gorgeous music awaits!
The concert hall at Edvard Grieg's home at Troldhaugen. Photo: Dag Fosse
Starting at the Fish Market, you are a short walk from KODE, the Art Museums of Bergen. The museums are spread over four grand buildings, situated on a row next to the Lille Lungegårdsvannet Pond. On offer is everything from contemporary art, Picasso, Edvard Munch, J.C. Dahl and Nikolai Astrup, in addition to well-stocked museum shops and great cafés.
Amazing Mount Fløyen
After crossing the city centre from Bryggen to Lille Lungegårdsvannet, it is time to get a bird’s eye view. Cross back towards Bryggen to the Fløibanen Funicular. It will take you from the city centre to the mountain top in just a few minutes.
The funicular ride up to the top of Mount Fløyen is thrilling in itself, as the carriage slides up the steep mountainside through the neighbourhoods of Fjellsiden. At the panorama viewpoint at the top you will feel like you are floating above the rooftops of the city.
The busy city streets, Vågen with boats coming and going, and the archipelago and outer neighbourhoods - you get the full perspective here! Fløyen is a big favourite for both tourists and Bergeners alike, there is always something new to see.
View from Mount Fløyen. Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik - www.fjordnorway.com
End your eventful day with a delicious seafood meal. The modern, Scandinavian kitchen of Lysverket offers a fresh take on the local foods, and takes you seamlessly from evening into night with DJs and cocktails. Or how about an unforgettable meal at the water’s edge at the Cornelius restaurant?
You probably won’t find seafood fresher than this, as it is plucked daily from the fjord just outside the restaurant’s door. A short trip by boat takes you here.
Cornelius Seafood Restaurant. Photo: Truls J Løtvedt
Your second day in Bergen takes you out of the the city centre for a taste of the diverse, Norwegian wilderness. Norway in a nutshell is a classic round-trip that takes you high up the mountainsides and down to the fjords.
The trip is organised so that each stretch, by bus, train and boat, offers fantastic nature views. A fjord with a surface as still as glass, plunging mountainsides, sharp hairpin bends that wind up the valleys - your camera will work overtime!
This trip is available all year - book Norway in a nutshell here!
If you prefer to use your body and get some wind under your wings you will see plenty of action on a combined bicycle and rafting trip in breathtaking fjord country.
An active fjord experience with Norway Active. Photo: Luis Santiago
Or how about a visit to the Mostraumen stream, in the innermost part of the Osterfjord. There are cruises here all year round, and even in half a day you get to experience spectacular Western Norwegian nature, steep mountains surrounding the narrow fjord, waterfalls and strong currents.
A refreshing adventure is guaranteed - book a Fjordcruise Bergen - Mostraumen here!
Fjordcruise Bergen - Mostraumen.
If you choose the half day trip to Mostraumen, you also have time for a meeting with the creatures of the sea. Akvariet is Bergen’s famous aquarium, the biggest in Norway, and situated at Nordnes.
When you walk from the central square Torgalmenningen via Klosteret you will pass through cosy, cobbled streets where Bergeners still live and thrive. Enjoy some detours and criss-cross your way to the Aquarium!
When you arrive, you can spend the rest of the day with the seals, penguins and the countless other inhabitants. There are 60 different pools and exhibits to inspire exploration and play.
PS: With a Bergen Card you get discounts on most attractions in Bergen, and in winter, the Fløibanen Funicular is free for Bergen Card holders! Buy it now!
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