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12 Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway

Though home to only 220,000 people, there’s an unexpected amount of points to see and also do in this tiny city. You can conveniently invest days here hiking its natural environments, relaxing on a fjord cruise ship, consuming fresh seafood, and also learning more about its long history. I stayed about three days during my see and felt I might have stayed a bit much longer. It’s rather, historic, and loaded with a great deal of good food alternatives.

Bergen is a quite huge traveler location in Norway so you regretfully won’t have this city to on your own. To aid you maximize your trip, right here are my leading 12 points to see and also do in Bergen:

  • Take a Complimentary Walking Excursion
    The first point I do whenever I arrive in a brand-new place is to do a totally free walking scenic tour. They’re the best method to get the lay of the land, see the major sights, and fulfill a neighborhood specialist of whom I can ask all my concerns.

Nordic Freedom Tours organizes routine scenic tours in English and also Spanish. (Simply see to it to tip your overview at the end!).

  1. See the Fish Market.

The Bergen Fish Market go back to the 13th century. For centuries, it’s been the center for regional anglers to sell their fresh fish and seafood. The indoor area of the marketplace started in 2012 and is open year-round (the exterior market opens up on May 1 for the summer season).

If you’re seeking to sample some neighborhood specials, there are additionally great deals of dining establishments and food stalls. Just make sure you spending plan on your own, as prices range from 130 NOK ($ 14 USD) for an appetizer to around 290 NOK ($ 30 USD) for a main course.

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

  1. Visit the Maritime Museum.

Bergen has depended heavily on maritime trade given that its inception in the 11th century. You can spend a mid-day at this museum discovering the city’s marine background. The exhibitions include ships, paintings, films, artefacts, original maps, as well as some cannons from the 18th century.

The emphasize below is the Kvalsund boat, an old Viking longship that dates to the eighth century. It was excavated in 1920. There’s likewise an original Halsnøy boat that goes back to someplace in between 390 as well as 535 CE.

Haakon Sheteligs plass 15, +47 55 54 96 00, museumvest.no. Open up day-to-day 11am– 3pm. Admission is 100 NOK ($ 10.50 USD). You can take a led trip of the museum in English throughout the months of June, July, and also August.

  1. Wander Bryggen.

The Bryggen district of Bergen, Norway.
Bryggen is the old jetty and is residence to over 60 slim, brightly colored wood boathouses. From the 14th through the 16th centuries, Bryggen was the main center for the Hanseatic League, an effective vendor guild from central as well as northern Europe. Fun reality: its office is the only original structure that’s still standing -the rest have been reconstructed in the very same design.

Today, these structures are made use of by different restaurants, vacationer workplaces, and also hotels. Though fires have actually messed up a lot of the initial structures, the area is still a gorgeous place to stray around. You can take a 90-minute led strolling tour with Bryggen Walking Trip to learn about the background of the wharf. The excursion additionally consists of entry to the Bryggen Gallery and the Hanseatic Gallery.

  1. Explore the Botanical Garden.

Bergen’s Arboretum was developed in 1996 as well as covers 17 acres. It’s a good place to order some fresh air as well as kick back with a book. With over 5,000 species of plants, it’s home to Norway’s largest collection of roses, in addition to the biggest collection of rhododendrons in Scandinavia. There are likewise different areas, like the Sunny Field (house to summertime annuals), a standard Japanese garden, as well as the Alpine Garden, with all kinds of alpine plants from worldwide.

Mildevegen 240, +47 55 58 72 50, uib.no/ arboretet. The yard is open 24 hr and also admission is cost-free.

  1. Walking Mount Ulriken.

A guide pen on Mount Ulriken in Bergen, Norway.
Situated just a few kilometers outside the city, Mount Ulriken stands 643 meters (2,100 feet) high and also is the tallest of the seven mountains near Bergen. If you’re not really feeling up for a hike to the top, you can take the cable car, which takes around 8 minutes and prices 285 NOK ($ 30 USD) round trip. On top, you’ll obtain incredible sweeping views of Bergen and also the sea. There are some much shorter walks (2-3 hrs long) up there as well.

If you enjoy an adrenaline thrill, you can speed up down the mountain on Norway’s fastest zipline. It opened up in 2016 as well as is 300 meters long. You need to book tickets beforehand though. Tickets cost 450 NOK ($ 47 USD).

  1. Explore Pepperkakebyen.

The gingerbread homes and towns of Pepperkakebyen in Bergen, Norway.
The Gingerbread City, open in November and December, is the world’s largest annual gingerbread event. It started in 1991 as well as currently consists of over 2,000 volunteers, bakers, services, and also schools. It is comprised of hundreds of gingerbread houses and also made to look like a snowy icy evening in Bergen. If you’re right here throughout the holiday, do not miss it!

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

  1. Browse through KODE.

The KODE Gallery is just one of the biggest in Scandinavia for music, modern art, furniture, videos, historical artifacts, and also crafts. It showcases a wide array of over 40,000 items that date back to the 1800s. The gallery lies in 4 structures; site visitors can also see the homes of three renowned Norwegian authors (Edvard Grieg, Harald Sæverud, and Ole Bull).

Head over to KODE 1 to see the Silver Prize, an irreversible exhibition of silver and gold objects, dating from 500 years in the past. For short-term events and also Bergen’s biggest art book shop, check out KODE 2. KODE 3, which opened in 1924, is house to works from Edvard Munch, that repainted The Scream.

Rasmus Meyers allé 9, +47 53 00 97 04, kodebergen.no. Open Tuesday– Sunday (hrs differ per period). Admission is 140 NOK ($ 14.70 USD) in the winter season and 160 NOK ($ 16.80 USD) in the summer season.

  1. See Bergenhus Citadel.

A vacationer discovers the historical Bergenhus Citadel in Bergen, Norway.
Beside the Bergen Harbor is an imposing stone fort called the Bergenhus Citadel. It goes back to the 1260s and is one of the earliest fortresses in Norway. It encompasses Rosenkrantz Tower, a prepared tower that dates to the 16th century, as well as Haakon’s Hall, a previous royal home from the 13th century.

Unfortunately, a fire damaged Haakon’s Hall and also all of the interior decorations in 1944, so it is now decorated with tapestries as well as is mostly made use of for shows and also receptions. The Rosenkrantz Tower was the home of Eirik Magnusson, the last king to hold court in Bergen. Make certain you climb the slim stairways to the top of the tower, where you’ll obtain a remarkable view of the surrounding area.

5003 Bergen, +47 55 54 63 87. Admission is free, though assisted scenic tours in English are readily available June– August as well as expense 100 NOK ($ 10.50 USD).

  1. Check Out the Leprosy Gallery.

Leprosy ran rampant in Europe in between 1850 and also 1900. With 3 leprosy medical facilities, the city had the greatest concentration on lepers in all of Europe. This eye-opening gallery lies within St. George’s. Its archives come from UNESCO’s Memory of the Globe Programme. You can take an academic excursion to discover the background, signs and symptoms, as well as therapy of leprosy, in addition to what the conditions resembled in the hospitals throughout the break out.

Kong Oscars entrance 59, +47 481 62 678. Open Up May– August. Admission is 100 NOK ($ 10.50 USD); led scenic tours in English are 30 NOK ($ 3 USD) as well as take place at 11am.

  1. Go on a Food Trip.

Bergen’s solid focus on regional and also sustainable food aided it gain its title of UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015. Bergen Food Tours is a neighborhood trip firm that arranges scenic tours to some of the tastiest dining establishments in the city. The three-hour Bergen Classic trip expenses 870 NOK ($ 91 USD) and will certainly give you a taste of neighborhood dishes like fish soup, wild salmon, reindeer sausage, smoked fish and shellfish, and also brown cheese, in addition to neighborhood craft beer.

Nesttunkollen 9, +47 960 44 892, bergenfoodtours.com. Open Monday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. Inspect website for tour times. Tickets are 890 NOK ($ 80 USD) each.

  1. Take a Fjord Cruise.

The gorgeous calm waters of Nærøyfjord near Bergen, Norway.
This is a stunning method to see the arms up close as well as take a relaxing break from the city. There are several different arms around Bergen, so you can select an excursion that suits your spending plan and also timing.

The one to Mostraumen run year-round excursion and also takes you 27 kilometers in the Osterfjord along the Mostraumen strait. You’ll see looming mountains, shimmering waterfalls, and you may also detect seals and eagles!