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Evening view of colorful wooden warehouses and buildings at Bryggen, Bergen's harbor district

Things to do in  Bergen

Norway’s North Sea coastal outpost

Known as the city of seven mountains, Bergen is a coastal outpost on the upper reaches of the Norwegian North Sea. Sitting on the Byfjorden fjord and surrounded by mountains, Norway’s second-largest city is minutes from nature. The city is relatively small, walkable, and famous for the leaning rows of historic, pastel-colored buildings and wooden alleyways in Bryggen, a harbor district and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Four KODE museums dedicated to Scandinavian art and design, contemporary art, and the painter Edward Munch cluster around Lake Lungegard in the town's center.

Top 2 attractions in Bergen

Mt. Floyen (Floyfjellet)

Mount Fløyen (Fløyfjellet**)**towers 1,310 feet (399 meters) over Bergen and offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape from its summit. A popular hiking destination, the mountain features a funicular railway and a network of scenic walking and biking trails that run throughout the area.More


Norway’s second-longest fjord, Hardangerfjord stretches nearly 124 miles (200 kilometers) inland from the Atlantic. Highlights include a massive glacier covering more than 77 square miles (200 square kilometers) and Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga) rock, hanging 2,300 feet (701 meters) above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Odda.More
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All about Bergen

When to visit

Visit in summer from May to Sep. for daylight, sunny days, and mild weather. Mid-June to Aug. is Norway’s short-lived high season with larger crowds and higher prices. While Bergen’s weather is fickle, it’s mild by Norwegian standards—winter skiing abounds inland. The Bergen International Festival celebrates music and culture from late May to early June.

Getting around

Bergen is relatively small and very walkable—from the historic wharf to the Revurtjernet viewpoint on Mt. Fløyen (reachable via the Fløibanen funicular railway from Bryggen). Take advantage of first-rate public transportation: You can travel via Bergen Light Rail, called "Bybanen" in Norwegian, and on buses within the city and region. The train ride from Oslo to Bergen is beautiful and drops you in the middle of town.

Traveler tips

While the northern lights make occasional appearances, Bergen itself is not the best place to spot them. However, travelers on the hunt for beautiful scenery should not fear. There are viewpoints all around the mountain and fjord-laden region—the easiest to reach being Mt. Fløyen, one of the seven mountains surrounding the city. Head for the Fløibanen funicular station in Bryggen. From there, it’s a short ride to the summit with easy access to hiking trails and viewpoints popular with locals.

People Also Ask

Is Bergen worth visiting?

Yes, Bergen is worth visiting. Norway’s second-largest city is minutes from fjords and mountains. Bryggen, the city’s historic harbor district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is lined with gabled, pastel-colored houses and wooden alleyways. A busy bar and nightlife scene awaits next to excellent museums in the city center.

Is two days enough in Bergen?

Two days are enough for the city. On day one, visit the fish market, Bryggen, and Bergenhus Fortress. On day two, ride the Fløibanen funicular or check out museums. While you might have time to kayak the harbor, you’ll need a third day to visit fjords and mountains outside town.

What makes Bergen famous?

One of Europe’s oldest seaports, Bergen is famous for the leaning rows of gabled, pastel-colored buildings and wooden alleyways in Bryggen, a historic harbor district and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scenic fjords and mountains surround the coastal outpost, famously called the city of seven mountains.

Can you see the northern lights in Bergen?

Yes, but rarely. The lights make sporadic appearances throughout the year. September through March is the peak northern lights season in Norway—if you want to have a good chance of seeing them, travel north toward the Arctic Circle to Trondheim, Tromsø, or the island of Svalbard.

Which is better, Oslo or Bergen?

It depends. Norway’s capital and sole true urban center, Oslo offers cutting-edge arts, cuisine, and architecture scenes. Both cities have fjords and mountains nearby, but Bergen is smaller and closer to nature along the coast and ocean. The train ride between Oslo and Bergen is one of the most scenic in Europe.

Is Bergen a walkable city?

Yes. Bergen is relatively small, with nearly all main attractions within walking distance of the city center. Cobblestone lanes cross downtown, wooden alleyways lead through the historic harbor, and walkable paths curve past scenic viewpoints toward Mt. Floyen. The city is pedestrian-friendly and rarely has traffic.


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