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Attractions in Bergen

Experience the top tourist attractions of Bergen, the city called “The Gateway to the Fjords”. Visit Bergen’s must-see attractions -- like the colourful old houses of Bryggen -- and travel to the surrounding mountains and fjords of western Norway with a custom itinerary designed by the Norwegian travel experts at Nordic Visitor.

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Top things to see and do in Bergen

As Norway’s second largest city, with a history stretching back to 1070 AD, Bergen has tourist attractions to suit all tastes.

One of Bergen’s must-see attractions is without a doubt Bryggen, the old wharf that’s famous for its picture-perfect row of colourful wooden houses. Once an important Hanseatic trading centre in medieval times, Bryggen is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts the small Bryggen Museum along with numerous restaurants and shops.

Another of Bergen’s top attractions is the bustling Fish Market (Fisketorget), a place to gather among the locals and sample fresh seafood or buy Norwegian handicrafts. Other popular cultural attractions in Bergen’s city centre include the Bergen Museum with its fascinating historical and maritime exhibits, the medieval Bergenhus fortress and the KODE art museums, the largest collection of art, design and music in Scandinavia. Classical musical lovers may also wish to visit Troldhaugen, the late-19th century home of composer Edvard Grieg.

Surrounded by mountains and located nearby Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, Bergen is also a dream for active travellers and nature lovers. For the best panoramic views, travel up the Fløibanen Funicular from the city centre to Mount Fløyen and enjoy a walk in the nearby woods. Or take the Ulriksbanen cable cars to the top of Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s seven hills, for a refreshing hike with great views.

Getting to Bergen & The Norwegian Fjords

As Bergen is nicknamed “The Gateway to the Fjords”, it’s no surprise that this city is a popular overnight destination in trips to western Norway. If you’re arriving to Oslo International Airport, there are a few different options for travelling to Bergen and top-rated attractions nearby:

  • By air: Bergen Airport is served by a small number of European airlines, including Norwegian and SAS. Flights from Oslo take 55 minutes.
  • By car: May through September is the best time for a road trip around the Bergen area, especially if you want to do some hiking at places like Pulpit Rock or Trolltunga. From Oslo you could do a self-drive tour in about a week, though we highly recommend 10 days or longer for exploring the fjords and west coast at a more relaxed pace.
  • By train: The popular Norway in a Nutshell train journey from Oslo to Bergen is available year-round from Nordic Visitor. This route includes a short fjord cruise on Nærøyfjord and travel by train on the Bergen Railway and the mountainous Flåm Railway. Extra overnights in Bergen or in the small fjord village of Flåm are available.

Don’t want to travel to Bergen and the fjords on your own? Nordic Visitor’s summertime Guided Small Group Tours in Norway are another great option.

Sail from Bergen along Norway's West Coast

Bergen is the southern end of the Hurtigruten coastal cruise, which follows the beautiful coastline to the city of Kirkenes in northern Norway. This famously scenic voyage is a wonderful way to experience Bergen’s top sights and other major tourist attractions of the west coast. Cruises are available year-round and include stops at 34 ports of call, including Trondheim, Ålesund and the Lofoten Islands. Since it’s possible to start and end the cruise at different ports, going either southbound or northbound, many of Nordic Visitor’s Fjord Tours combine journeys by train and cruise in itineraries ranging from 7 to 14 days.

Though many of Nordic Visitor’s tours start from Oslo, we can modify your itinerary to start from Bergen. Get in touch with our friendly travel experts to start planning your dream trip to Bergen and the nearby fjords.

 

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Explore Bergen & the fjords on a road trip

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Travel to Bergen & the fjords by train

Experience Norway in a nutshell on a scenic railway journey between Oslo and Bergen, with route modifications available.

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Norway Travel Experts

As a travel agency founded in the Nordic region, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Norway. We offer a variety of tours — both independent and guided — that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Norway travel experts. To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you — accommodations, activities, rental car, train tickets, Hurtigruten cruise reservations and other specialist services.

Oh, and we can customise your itinerary! If you decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Different ways you can experience Norway

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Norway below.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Christian, Canada

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We had a great experience

Everything was fine, accomodations were perfect, comfortable and very good breakfast. Our experience with Nordic Visitor was very helpful and the followups were very efficient.

Tracy, United States

Highlights of Norway, May 2019

Fantastic tour! My second guided tour with Nordic Visitor, and I will look to do other tours

I enjoyed the small group size and getting to know my tour mates. I most enjoyed the Fjord part of the tour.  Flam was amazing and the accomodations were fantastic! This was my second guided tour with Nordic Visitor, and I will look to do other tours with Nordic Visitor. I have recommended to friends and 2 have used for self-drive tours in Iceland. I also wrote a positive trip advisor review on my Iceland tour and it was read by 1,500 people! I will give another positive write-up on this trip. I love to look at your website (which is one of the best travel websites I've seen) and dream about where I may want to go next.

Brenda, South Africa

Norway in a Nutshell® Classic - Winter, January 2020

Wonderful experience!

It's intimidating visiting a foreign country where you don't speak the language. Our fears were put to rest the moment we started our tour, the whole experience was just wonderful. Everything was wonderful, our tour was carefully planned and made the maximum use of our time.

Larry, Canada

Highlights of Norway, July 2019

I enjoyed the whole tour!

The scenery was beautiful and the accommodations and food were excellent. Our tour leader and driver were great to travel with and I enjoyed the whole tour.

Debbie, United States

Norway in a Nutshell® & Northern Lights, March 2020

Excellent tour!

An excellent tour. Excellent locations, nice quality. Self guided, directions were very clear and concise. We especially enjoyed the day spent at Camp Tamok, where we partook in reindeer and dog sledding.

Lesley, Australia

Norway in a Nutshell® Classic - Winter, October 2019

Good travel experience!

Flam railway trip fantastic and the ferry cruise in the magnificent fjord. Overall, very good travel experience for this usually very independent traveller.

Michelle, Australia

Norway in a Nutshell® Classic - Winter, October 2019

Seamless organisation, wonderful time!

All hotels where great a very well located. All transferred where seamless and directions very easy to follow. As a solo traveller I was astounded by how well everything had been organised. I had a wonderful time and thank you for organising my days in Norway. I would definitely use you again. I will be travelling again in 2020. I will be contacting you about other destinations. Thank you again for your seamless organisation. A wonderful journey.  

Richard, United States

Best of the Norwegian Fjords – Express, August 2019

Positive experience

Overall everything went off perfectly!

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Whether you travel by train, cruise ship or car in your Nordic Visitor package, all customers receive personalised service with a designated travel consultant, tailor-made quality travel documents, and our self-drive clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines their route, overnight stays and highlights along the way. Furthermore, Nordic Visitor has long-standing professional relationships with local tour operators, which are carefully selected by our staff and are recognized for consistent, quality service.

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