Bergen is one of Norway's most popular tourist spots, a charming and laidback coastal city in Western Norway that serves as the gateway to the western fjords. It has a pretty setting, surrounded by seven mountains, and has been an important city since medieval times.
Bergen was subsequently dominated by Hanseatic merchants and the well-preserved and walkable heart of the city, Old Bryggen, is characterised by colourful wooden and stone warehouses from the Hanseatic era, next to the bustling harbour of Vågen.
A stroll among the timber buildings - some now converted into galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants - on the Bergen quayside followed by a seafood lunch at the fish market is a good way to get a feel for the city.
Afterwards, head to the top of Mount Fløyen to take in the panoramic views, or make for the surrounding western fjords - just a short skip and jump over the mountains from Bergen lies the beautiful Hardangerfjord.
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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.
Top itineraries in Bergen
A journey through the Hardangerfjord region is a chance to witness some of Norway's most awe-inspiring fjord scenery. It can be explored independently on a self-drive tour, but there's also an excellent network of buses, trains and fjord boats that connect the key destinations in the fjords.
The Norwegian coast, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, from the dramatic landscapes of Norway's fjords to the snow-clad peaks of the remote Lofoten Islands. Further north still, the Arctic capital Tromsø offers up a wealth of activities, while the town of Kirkenes, is home to the Snowhotel.
Norway is rightly renowned for its majestic scenery and there's no better example of this than the sublime landscapes of its dramatic fjords.
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The southern fjord regions of Stavanger and Hardangerfjord boast some of Norway's most spectacular natural attractions, including Solastranden beach - recognised as one of the top ten beaches in the world, Preikestolen – also known as Pulpit Rock – and Troll's Tongue Rock.
Top places to stay in Bergen
A charming hotel located in central Bergen, within easy striking distance of the city’s top attractions, shopping centre and transport links.
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 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.
When to go to Bergen
Bergen is one of Norway's most atmospheric cities. Second only to Oslo, the vibrant, atmospheric port boasts a spectacular setting, surrounded by seven hills and protected on three sides by a smattering of carelessly strewn islands.With a flight time from London of less than two hours and some seri…
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