Bergen, Norway

Bergen has played a crucial role in Norwegian history and culture since Olav the Good founded the city in 1070. Perched between the sea and seven hills, Bergen has witnessed Vikings setting sail on voyages of exploration, trade and war. In the Middle Ages, its old port was a major trading hub for the Hanseatic League, the band of Germanic merchants whose trading empire encircled the Baltic and North Seas. In the 19th century, Bergen was home to such cultural luminaries as the virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg.

The city retains much of its 18th- and 19th-century charm. Visitors to Bergen will encounter a city that offers a heady blend of natural beauty, history and culture.

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Points of Interest

  • Bryggen
  • Fish Market
  • Schøtstuene Museum
  • Hardangerfjord
  • Mt. Floien & Funicular
  • Old Bergen Museum
  • Troldhaugen
  • Fantoft Stave Church

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  • Bryggen

    Norway's second largest city boasts a magnificent setting surrounded by mountains and a sparkling fjord. Its old city and the World Heritage Site of Bryggen on the waterfront offer enticing adventures.

  • Fish Market

    The Waterfront Fish Market at Torget is a feast for the senses with its wide variety of seafood stalls selling tasty treats.

  • Schøtstuene Museum

    The hall is a recreation of a medieval assembly room from the days of the Hanseatic League. Here, League merchants from around the Baltic would meet, conduct business, and dine. Your visit includes a fascinating look at the hall's kitchens.

  • Hardangerfjord

    The third largest fjord in the world and the second largest in Norway, Hardangerfjord, can be experienced from Bergen on scenic day tours that spotlight magnificent scenery.

  • Mt. Floien & Funicular

    The most visited of Bergen's Seven Mountains Mt. Floien is easily experienced via a funicular that leads to mountaintop trails and offers panoramic views.

  • Old Bergen Museum

    Old Bergen is a reconstructed town with around 50 wooden houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Countless rooms and objects bring the city's history over the generations to life.

  • Troldhaugen

    The Swiss-style home and lush gardens of Troldhaugen are joined by a museum and Concert Hall, all of which keep the memory of Norway's favorite son alive, the famous composer, Edvard Grieg.

  • Fantoft Stave Church

    The Fantoft Stave Church burned down in 1992, but it has since been painstakingly reconstructed to reflect a style of construction that is unique to Norway.

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A Walk Through Bergen and Ice Bar

3 hours | Bergen | B G O - 3 8 0
  • Bryggen
  • Fish Market

Norway's fascinating city of Bergen and its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bryggen Wharf, are best explored on foot. Embark on a three-hour narrated walking tour that takes in the historic area, then step into a frosty wonderland at the Ice Bar of Bergen for a sub-zero cocktail and to peruse its art displays.

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Mt. Fløien Funicular & Hike

4 hours | Bergen | B G O - 4 1 0
  • Mt. Floien & Funicular

Lace up your hiking boots for this very actve half-day excursion. Begin by boarding a brightly colored funicular car for the scenic ride up to top of Mt. Floyen. Then spend about three hours on a guided hike through lush woodlands to panoramic views.

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Mt. Fløien Funicular & Hike Guided in German

4 hours | Bergen | B G O - 4 1 3
  • Mt. Floien & Funicular

Lace up your hiking boots for this very active half-day excursion. Begin by boarding a brightly colored funicular car for the scenic ride up to the top of Mt. Floyen. Then spend about three hours on a guided hike through lush woodlands to panoramic views.

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Highlights of Bergen

3.5 hours | Bergen | B G O - 2 0 0
  • Fish Market
  • Bryggen
  • Schøtstuene Museum
  • Old Bergen Museum

Visit some of Bergen's top attractions on this active half-day excursion. At King Haakon's Hall, view the tapestries and clog calendar. Visit the old Bryggen waterfront and Schøtstuene, the reconstruction of a medieval assembly room. At the open-air Bergen Museum, marvel at the fine collection of 18th- and 19th-century houses.

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Fjords and Waterfall

5.5 hours | Bergen | B G O - 1 2 5
  • Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord is a favorite among the Norwegian fjords, framed by towering mountains reflected in crystalline waters with breathtaking scenic vistas. Travel through the region by motorcoach, stop to explore the village of Norheimsund, and photograph Steinsdalsfossen, the most visited waterfall in Norway. Conclude with a brief sightseeing ride through Bergen.

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Troldhaugen, Fantoft Stave Church & City Drive

3.5 hours | Bergen | B G O - 2 0 5
  • Fish Market
  • Troldhaugen
  • Fantoft Stave Church

Experience Bergen on a narrated drive to Fantoft Stavechurch and Troldhaugen, of Edvard Grieg fame. Located near Lake Nordas, Troldhaugen is considered a national shrine. Tour the house, see the hut where Grieg composed many of his works and attend a special piano recital of Grieg's music on this intriguing half-day excursion.

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Easy Mt. Fløien Funicular & City Drive

3 hours | Bergen | B G O - 2 1 0
  • Bryggen
  • Fish Market
  • Mt. Floien & Funicular

Marvel at the breathtaking views of the city and dramatic Bergen Fjord on a funicular ride to the summit of Mt. Fløien. Then take a narrated city drive highlighting landmark sights like the 13th century King Hakon's Hall and Bryggen, the old waterfront district with its historic medieval buildings.

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Easy Bryggen & Scenic Cruise

3.5 hours | Bergen | B G O - 2 4 0
  • Bryggen

Discover the beauty of Bergen on a breath-taking panoramic tour with a scenic cruise to Lysefjord, before enjoying a guided walking tour of medieval Bryggen. Stroll around the old harbor which was a major business hub in the 14th century.

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The Best Of Hardangerfjord

7.5 hours | Bergen | B G O - 1 2 0
  • Bryggen
  • Hardangerfjord

Spend a day exploring the fairy tale-looking scenery of Bergen and the stunning countryside of Hardangerfjord. Visit the charming wooden Holdhus Church, which dates to the 14th century. Marvel at the breathtaking snow-capped mountains, majestic waterfalls and views of Norway's third largest glacier. Enjoy a buffet lunch in Oystese village.

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