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Gateway to Norway's fjords

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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 Floyen 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 Næroyfjord 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 £1,895 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £450 pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

This exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach northern Norway’s historic towns and fishing villages, and enjoy plenty of Arctic fun.

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Western Fjords, Norway

Highlights of Norway

5-day tailor-made holiday from £1,245 pp incl. flights

Showcase the best of Norway's western fjords with stays in Oslo and Bergen bookending the boat trips and rail journeys of the classic Norway in a Nutshell tour.

Sognefjord, Norway

Fjord Escape to Bergen & Balestrand

6-day tailor-made holiday from £1,095 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.

Northern Lights, Tromso, Norway

Havila Voyages: classic winter round-trip

14-day coastal cruise from £2,825 pp incl. flights

Experience the very best of coastal Norway in winter on this round-trip voyage from Bergen. You'll enjoy a carefully selected range of optional excursions and a host of onboard comforts, from authentic dining to spacious cabins.

Lofoten Islands in winter Norway

Havila Voyages: Norway winter cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes

9-day coastal cruise from £2,330 pp incl. flights

Tracing the Norwegian coast between Bergen and Kirkenes, this cruise explores spectacular winter landscapes, visits some of the world’s most beautiful fjords, crosses the Arctic Circle and sails around the remote North Cape.

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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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