Two days in Bergen give you time to fully explore this beguiling city and its culture. You’ll also get a taste of the wild landscapes nearby. From historic landmarks to natural wonders, here’s how to make the most of your time.
Day 1: The City
Morning: Spend your first hours in Bergen getting your bearings and doing some sightseeing. A small-group walking or Segway tour is a good way to familiarize yourself with the city and stop by the top attractions. To customize the itinerary and explore at your own pace, opt for a private tour or a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
Afternoon: After lunch, it’s time to see Bergen like a local: on a bicycle. Ask the bike rental staff to suggest a route tailored to your ability and interests.
Night: Round out your first day with a meal at Bergen’s famed fish market, which has been in business since the 13th century and stays open until late evening. As well as vendors selling seafood, fruit, and vegetables outside, you’ll find some excellent restaurants in the newer indoor section.
Day 2: Culture and Kayaks
Morning: Explore the waters around Bergen on a kayak tour of the island of Herdla. Paddle among reefs and islands as your guide shares historical background on the area, pointing out ruins from World War II and spotting rare birds. Tours typically include a picnic lunch and round-trip transfers.
Afternoon: Get a taste of Bergen’s robust art scene by visiting some of the city’s art spaces. The lakeside KODE: Bergen Art Museum is the biggest, but you’ll also find plenty of smaller galleries, such as the artist-run Entrée. Some museums are included on the Bergen Card, which you can purchase online.
Night: After dark, zip through the streets of Bergen on a Segway. Small-group tours take visitors around the wharf and along cobblestone alleys, then up to the peak of Mount Floyen for a sweeping view of the city and harbor.