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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 Havila and 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 on 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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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 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 – accommodation, activities, rental car, train tickets, 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.

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

Christin, United States

Best of Northern Norway Classic - 71° North Cape, December 2023

Perfect

The tour was perfect and went smoothly the entire time. Communication from Nordic Visitor was timely and detailed. Would book with this tour company again.

Ian, United Kingdom

Norway Road Trip - Complete, July 2023

Memories we'll cherish forever

We found Norway to be a fabulous country and enjoyed every minute of our trip. The scenery was fantastic, the places visited were brilliant and the people were incredibly friendly and helpful. The information pack provided by Nordic Visitor was invaluable, the route chosen for us was superb and the places we stayed in were great. Likewise, the excursions offered, especially the Rib Safari were fantastic and gave us memories we'll cherish forever. Lastly, but by no means least, Irja, our travel consultant, couldn't have been more helpful and I would like to extend a huge thank you to her for all that she did.

James, Australia

Northern Lights by Train and Cruise, October 2023

A great experience

Very well-organised tour and a great experience. Nordic Visitor were very professional and their experience was evident in choosing the well-located and comfortable accommodation they selected for us. Best of all we got to see the northern lights!

Jonathan, United States

Norway Fjord Route by Car - Classic, June 2023

Incredibly happy!

Our travel agent, Małgorzata, was amazing to work with! She was able to add a few extra days in Oslo and arranged transportation via train to Bergen. Overall, I thought booking this vacation online and making payments was seamless. All the hotels we stayed in were nice, clean and safe! We loved the breakfast buffets, they were top notch! Also, collecting our rental car and navigating in a foreign country was seamless. We are incredibly happy that our tour package that we received at our first hotel included a physical map that had our tour highlighted.

Violetta, United States

Best of the Norwegian Fjords – Express, August 2023

Very satisfied customer

This was my second experience using Nordic Visitor. I am a very satisfied customer. A few years ago we did a self-drive tour of Iceland that was just amazing. This time we did a train/cruise combo tour of Norway. Once again, I can only say you will have a fantastic experience and you will appreciate the labuor of organising and planning being handled by experts who know what they are doing. The cruises through the fjords were beautiful as were the train trips. We loved the combination of train and boat travel as each offered distinct beauty from a different perspective. The country is truly lovely and we look forward to booking future travel with Nordic Visitor!

Dian, United States

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Extraordinary!

Extraordinary! Everything went off as planned without a hitch. Our travel guide, Juliana, was exceptional, very responsive in answering our questions and providing updates.

Julie, United States

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Best vacation we ever had!

Our family of 5 (3 adult children) loved our Norway fjord tour. We saw the most beautiful scenery and loved each hotel. The food was delicious. Something for everyone. Our guide Al and driver Chris kept things running smoothly. We will have memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Nordic Visitor. Best vacation we ever had!

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Following research, we decided to book with Nordic Visitor. This was an excellent decision. The booking process was easy and informative and Hanna was always available for guidance. The accommodation provided was top class and, importantly, convenient to the train stations from which we travelled. Our tour was amazing throughout with stunning scenery and sights.

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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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