12 Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway (Updated 2020)

12 Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway (Updated 2020)

Wrapped by steep mountains and sitting close to the nation’s most profound and longest fjord, Bergen is a little city concealed on the west bank of Norway.

In spite of the fact that home to just 220,000 individuals, there’s an amazing measure of things to see and do in this minuscule city. You can without much of a stretch go through days here climbing its normal environmental factors, unwinding on a fjord journey, eating new fish, and finding out about its long history. I remained around three days during my visit and felt I could have remained somewhat more. It’s truly, memorable, and loaded up with a great deal of good food choices.

Bergen is a really large traveler goal in Norway so you unfortunately won’t have this city to yourself. To assist you with benefiting as much as possible from your excursion, here are my best 12 things to see and do in Bergen:

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

The main thing I do at whatever point I show up in another spot is to do a free strolling visit. They’re the most ideal approach to get the lay of the land, see the principle sights, and meet a neighborhood master of whom I can pose every one of my inquiries.

Nordic Freedom Tours sorts out standard visits in English and Spanish. (Simply make a point to tip your guide toward the end!)

2. See the Fish Market

The Bergen Fish Market goes back to the thirteenth century. For a considerable length of time, it’s been the center point for neighborhood anglers to sell their new fish and fish. The indoor area of the market started in 2012 and is open all year (the outside market opens on May 1 for the mid year).

In case you’re hoping to test some nearby luxuries, there are likewise heaps of eateries and food slows down. Simply ensure you spending yourself, as costs run from 130 NOK ($14 USD) for a canapé to around 290 NOK ($30 USD) for a fundamental dish.

Torget 5. Open Monday-Thursday from 10am-10pm, Friday-Saturday from 9am-10pm, and Sundays from 11am-10pm.

3. Visit the Maritime Museum

Bergen has relied intensely upon sea exchange since its initiation in the eleventh century. You can go through an evening at this gallery finding out about the city’s sea history. The shows incorporate boats, works of art, films, ancient rarities, unique guides, and a few guns from the eighteenth century.

The feature here is the Kvalsund vessel, an old Viking longship that dates to the eighth century. It was uncovered in 1920. There’s additionally a unique Halsnøy pontoon that goes back to somewhere close to 390 and 535 CE.

Haakon Sheteligs plass 15, +47 55 54 96 00, museumvest.no. Open every day 11am–3pm. Affirmation is 100 NOK ($10.50 USD). You can take a guided voyage through the gallery in English during the long stretches of June, July, and August.

4. Meander Bryggen

Bryggen is the old wharf and is home to more than 60 thin, splendidly hued wooden boat shelters. From the fourteenth through the sixteenth hundreds of years, Bryggen was the principle center point for the Hanseatic League, an incredible vendor society from focal and northern Europe. Fun certainty: its office is the main unique structure that is as yet standing – the rest have been remade in a similar style.

Today, these structures are utilized by different cafés, visitor workplaces, and lodgings. In spite of the fact that flames have demolished a ton of the first structures, the zone is as yet a wonderful spot to meander around. You can take an hour and a half guided strolling visit with Bryggen Walking Tour to find out about the historical backdrop of the wharf. The visit likewise incorporates passage to the Bryggen Museum and the Hanseatic Museum.

5. Investigate the Botanical Garden

Bergen’s Botanical Garden was set up in 1996 and covers 17 sections of land. It’s a pleasant spot to snatch some outside air and unwind with a book. With more than 5,000 types of plants, it’s home to Norway’s biggest assortment of roses, just as the biggest assortment of rhododendrons in Scandinavia. There are additionally various segments, similar to the Sunny Meadow (home to summer annuals), a conventional Japanese nursery, and the Alpine Garden, with a wide range of snow capped plants from around the globe.

Mildevegen 240, +47 55 58 72 50, uib.no/arboretet. The nursery is open 24 hours and affirmation is free.

6. Climb Mount Ulriken

Found only a couple of kilometers outside the city, Mount Ulriken stands 643 meters (2,100 feet) high and is the tallest of the seven mountains close to Bergen. In case you’re not groping for a climb to the top, you can take the link vehicle, which takes around eight minutes and costs 285 NOK ($30 USD) full circle. At the top, you’ll get fantastic clearing perspectives on Bergen and the ocean. There are some shorter climbs (2-3 hours in length) up there also.

In the event that you appreciate an adrenaline surge, you can speed down the mountain on Norway’s quickest zipline. It opened in 2016 and is 300 meters in length. You have to book tickets ahead of time however. Tickets cost 450 NOK ($47 USD).

7. Investigate Pepperkakebyen

The Gingerbread City, open in November and December, is the world’s greatest yearly gingerbread celebration. It began in 1991 and now incorporates more than 2,000 volunteers, dough punchers, organizations, and schools. It is comprised of several gingerbread houses and made to take after a cold snowy evening in Bergen. In case you’re here during the Christmas season, don’t miss it!

Teatergaten 30-2, +47 55 39, pepperkakebyen.org. Open from mid-November until December 31. Affirmation is 100 NOK ($10.50 USD) for grown-ups and free for kids under 12.

8. Visit KODE

The KODE Museum is one of the biggest in Scandinavia for music, contemporary workmanship, furniture, recordings, verifiable antiques, and artworks. It grandstands a wide assortment of more than 40,000 articles that go back to the 1800s. The gallery is situated in four structures; guests can likewise visit the homes of three well known Norwegian arrangers (Edvard Grieg, Harald Sæverud, and Ole Bull).

Head over to KODE 1 to see the Silver Treasure, a perpetual presentation of gold and silver articles, dating from 500 years before. For transitory presentations and Bergen’s biggest craftsmanship book shop, look at KODE 2. KODE 3, which opened in 1924, is home to works from Edvard Munch, who painted The Scream.

Rasmus Meyers allé 9, +47 53 00 97 04, kodebergen.no. Open Tuesday–Sunday (hours change per season). Affirmation is 140 NOK ($14.70 USD) in the winter and 160 NOK ($16.80 USD) in the late spring.

9. See Bergenhus Fortress

Close to the Bergen Harbor is an overwhelming stone post called the Bergenhus Fortress. It goes back to the 1260s and is perhaps the most established fortification in Norway. It incorporates Rosenkrantz Tower, a sustained pinnacle that dates to the sixteenth century, and Haakon’s Hall, a previous illustrious living arrangement from the thirteenth century.

Lamentably, a fire obliterated Haakon’s Hall and the entirety of the inside adornments in 1944, so it is currently improved with embroideries and is for the most part utilized for shows and dinners. The Rosenkrantz Tower was the living arrangement of Eirik Magnusson, the last ruler to hold court in Bergen. Ensure you climb the thin steps to the head of the pinnacle, where you’ll get a great perspective on the encompassing territory.

5003 Bergen, +47 55 54 63 87. Affirmation is free, however guided visits in English are accessible June–August and cost 100 NOK ($10.50 USD).

10. Visit the Leprosy Museum

Disease spun out of control in Europe somewhere in the range of 1850 and 1900. With three infection clinics, the city had the best fixation on outcasts in the entirety of Europe. This enlightening exhibition hall is situated within St. George’s. Its documents have a place with UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program. You can take an instructive visit to find out about the history, side effects, and treatment of infection, just as what the conditions resembled in the emergency clinics during the flare-up.

Kong Oscars entryway 59, +47 481 62 678. Open May–August. Affirmation is 100 NOK ($10.50 USD); guided visits in English are 30 NOK ($3 USD) and happen at 11am.

11. Go on a Food Tour

Bergen’s solid spotlight on nearby and reasonable food helped it acquire its title of UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015. Bergen Food Tours is a nearby visit organization that sorts out visits to the absolute most delicious eateries in the city. The three-hour Bergen Classic visit costs 870 NOK ($91 USD) and will give you a sample of neighborhood dishes like fish soup, wild salmon, reindeer wiener, smoked fish, and earthy colored cheddar, just as nearby specialty lager.

Nesttunkollen 9, +47 960 44 892, bergenfoodtours.com. Open Monday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. Check site for visit times. Tickets are 890 NOK ($80 USD) per individual.

12. Take a Fjord Cruise

This is a fantastic method to see the fjords very close and enjoy a loosening up reprieve from the city. There are a few distinct fjords around Bergen, so you can pick a visit that suits your spending plan and timing.

The one to Mostraumen run all year visit and takes you 27 kilometers in the Osterfjord along the Mostraumen waterway. You’ll see transcending mountains, shining cascades, and you may even spot seals and hawks!

You can likewise take a fjord voyage to Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord (Norway’s longest fjord) to get up near the lovely valleys and colossal pinnacles.

Hope to pay somewhere in the range of 700 to 2,000 NOK ($73–209 USD) per individual.


Despite the fact that Bergen can be a costly goal to visit yet there are a lot of free and spending plan cordial exercises here to keep you occupied. It’s a mainstream goal yet it satisfies its notoriety. I adored my visit to Bergan. I speculate you will as well.

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