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Bergen

Gateway to Norway's fjords

Norway tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Bergen is one of Norway's true gems, a laid-back coastal city that serves as the gateway to the western fjords. Here, between its historic wharf and vibrant markets, you'll discover a city as charming as it picturesque.

Historic Bergen

Surrounded by seven mountains, which frame a harbour that's been one of northern Europe's key trading posts since the days of the Hanseatic League, Bergen is both pretty and intriguing. Indeed, the city's old Bryggen wharf, characterised by colourful wooden and stone warehouses, dates back to that very era. Be sure to take a stroll among its timber buildings – some now converted into galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants – before settling down to an alfresco seafood lunch on the sun-kissed quayside. You can also choose to take it all in from above with a trip on the Fløyen funicular.


Bergen old town

Fabulous food

Dotted among its centuries-old buildings, and indeed along the quayside, are a seemingly endless array of restaurants. With its famous fish market and location on the coast, seafood is often the star of the show, but there are plenty of other options, too, some which trace the city's heritage, right back to its Hanseatic roots. Our favourites include 1877, whose five-course evening menus showcase the finest local flavour and cooking techniques. Or, for something really rustic, head to the excellent Bryggen Tracteursted where traditional dishes are delightfully paired with some of the city's finest beers. There's even a courtyard for al fresco dining right in among the wharf's warehouses. 


Bergen fish market

Gateway to the fjords

While Bergen is a superb destination in its own right, you'll also want to head out to explore. And, with some of Norway's most spectacular fjords right on the doorstep, there's much to enjoy beyond the city. If you're short on time, a Norway in a Nutshell tour pairs scenic boat rides along Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord with trips on the Bergen and Flåm railways. And, between May and September, you'll also take a bus trip through the mountains, driving the the steep hairpin curves of Stalheimskleiva. 


Flåm, Norway

 

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Special offers in Bergen

Lofoten Islands, Hurtigruten Cruise

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,449 pp incl. flights

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Special fly-cruise fares
Book by: 20 March 2020

This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.

Sunset over harbour houses in Svolvaer

North Cape & Midnight Sun on Azamara Pursuit

18-day no-fly cruise from £4,475 pp

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Book by: 30 November 2019

Norway has a reputation as one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Now, see more of it than ever before with Azamara—from its soul-stirring fjords to vibrant towns teeming with culture and sophistication.

Top itineraries in Bergen

Western Fjords, Norway

Highlights of Norway

5-day tailor-made holiday from £790 pp incl. flights

Showcase the best of western Norway with stays in Oslo and Bergen bookending the classic Norway in a Nutshell tour. Explore some of the country's most striking summer landscapes as journeys on the Flåm and Bergen railways introduce you to the spectacular western fjords.

Hardangerfjord, Norway

The Southern Fjords Self-Drive

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,215 pp incl. flights

Take in the best of Norway's southern fjords as you hop between wide, sandy beaches and waterfalls framed by towering cliffs, all the while staying in hotels hand-picked for their superb locations.

Sognefjord, Norway

Fjord Escape to Bergen & Balestrand

6-day tailor-made journey from £935 pp incl. flights

Experience the sheer beauty of western Norway on this weeklong holiday, connecting historic, second-city Bergen and the fjord-side village charm of Balestrand with cruises and a trip on the Flåm Railway.

Hotel Ullensvang, Hardanger

The Western Fjords of Norway with De Historiske

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,760 pp incl. flights

Travelling through Norway's fjords, experience stays in historic buildings that have been transformed into beautiful, romantic retreats in some of Norway's most spectacular locations.

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Top places to stay in Bergen

Clarion Collection Hotel No 13

Clarion Collection Hotel No 13

Contemporary hotel

A charming hotel located in central Bergen, within easy striking distance of the city’s top attractions, shopping centre and transport links.

Augustin Hotel

Augustin Hotel, Bergen

Traditional hotel

A popular retreat, the Augustin is Bergen’s oldest family-run hotel set in a 1909 art noveau building, located within close proximity of Bergen’s main attractions and waterfront.

Thon Hotel Bristol, Bergen

Thon Hotel Bristol, Bergen

Contemporary hotel

Thon Hotel Bristol is located in the heart of Norway’s second most populous city, Bergen. Nearby streets, full of old wooden houses and cobblestone step-ways, make for atmospheric city walks.

Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Bergen

Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Bergen

Contemporary hotel

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret – a unique hotel gem in central Bergen. Here you'll be by the quay in one of the city's most historic buildings.

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