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Our Team Says,

"Bergen is perfect for nature lovers and passionate sightseers. We recommend taking the funicular from the Floibanen Station right up to Mount Floyen for some seriously stunning views of the city. If you want to take the best photos, then go when the sun sets, it is truly breathtaking. The UNESCO listed Bryggen harbour is the core of this city, it’s a must-see and a wonderful place for food and drinks."

Bergen at a glance

Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, is known for its Hanseatic history, beautiful  setting and thriving cultural scene. Embracing its natural surroundings of rolling mountains and sea, it is hard to separate Bergen from the natural beauty that is popularly known as the gateway to West Norway’s fjords. But this World Heritage city proves it is much more than a nature lover’s paradise, with the popular Bergen International Festival, a thriving dynamic music scene and a host of art galleries, exhibits and museums to explore.

Emerging early on as one of the most important cities in the Hanseatic League, Bergen’s location made it a busy centre for commercial maritime activity from the 14th to the mid 16th century. Today, visitors can enjoy the picturesque old harbour of Bryggen, with its pastel wooden buildings that stand testament to the areas wharf-side history. Many of the historic buildings house museums, shops, restaurants and pubs, while the entire area is celebrated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Picturesque setting
  • Natural landscape
  • Arts and culture

Getting around

Bergen’s city centre is compact and a great destination to explore by foot – an easy 20 minute walk will cover the downtown area. For those wanting to venture further abroad, there are a variety of transport options to choose from including light rail, local buses, taxis and ferries. Understanding local bus lines can be challenging, but bus drivers are happy to help with any questions. A Bergen Card can be purchased for 24, 48, or 72 hours of unlimited travel on light rail and city buses.

Dining in Bergen

The sometimes limited traditional Norwegian fair has received a facelift in more recent years, with an expanding variety of dishes making their way into the gastronomy as well as organic and locally grown produce growing in popularity to bring fresh new flavours to the table. 

Bergen has a thriving student culture which brings to life a wide range of cafes, bars and pubs. Enjoy your drink of choice in a variety of settings from cosy corner cafes and quiet whisky bars to glamorous espresso cafes and vaulted underground wine bars.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Raspeballer – potato dumplings, usually served with meats such as bacon and sausage as well as mashed rutabaga.
  • Bergen fish soup – typically made with root vegetables, fish and cream.
  • Krumkake – a waffle cookie rolled into a cone - enjoy plain or filled with whipped cream. 

Shopping in Bergen

With a tempting variety of high street, boutique, artisan and market shops to explore, Bergen has brought its history of trade into the 21st century to offer a multifaceted shopping experience for the window shopper right up to the serious spender. The pedestrianised streets of Gamle Strandgaten, Marken and Torgallmennigen offer native handcrafted items, antiques, jewellery and much more, while the popular harbour fish market provides a pleasant afternoon stroll complete with a selection of places to sit and enjoy lunch.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Bergen designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of  hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.


Important information
Population 265,857
Languages Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Krone
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Bergen Airport 17km
Railway stations
Bergen Station

Tours and Excursions

Nærøyfjord Cruise & Flåm Railway 

Experience some of the most awesome landscapes Norway has to offer, travelling by bus, boat and rail. Take a scenic bus journey to Gudvangen before embarking on a 2 hour cruise along the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord where you’ll witness breathtaking views of the mountainous fjord landscape. After some free time to enjoy the picturesque village of Flåm you’ll board the Flåm Railway, famous for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls, before heading back to Bergen by rail and bus.

Bergen Walking Tour

With its idyllic setting, surrounded by mountains and fjords, and charming streets with colourful wooden houses, Bergen is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Norway. On this guided walking tour you will discover the historic Bergenhus fortress, St Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Bergen and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen where you’ll discover its history as a trading port. You’ll also learn about everyday life in Bergen, from local foods to what locals do for fun.

Fjordcruise on the Hardangerfjord

Take a fantastic day trip to ‘the Queen of fjords’, departing from Bergen by coach before boarding the boat to cruise the Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the area is truly stunning.  Sail past majestic waterfalls and picturesque villages on the way to Eidfjord where you will have free time to explore or perhaps enjoy a coffee and some local food,before returning by boat to Norheimsund and then on to Bergen by coach. Please note that this tour is not guided.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.