Destination Bergen

Situated between a quiet fjord and seven surrounding mountains, the city of Bergen is a spectacular sight. The city centre retains a lot of its old and historic architecture, of which the UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen is the most renowned.

Top 5 reasons to visit

Bryggen World Heritage site

The Fløibanen Funicular

Museums, galleries, concerts

Home of Edvard Grieg

Norway in a Nutshell

The relatively compact structure of central Bergen makes it a great place to visit. Weather allowing, you can easily stroll from one sight to the other. Do not miss out on the numerous museums and traditional shops along the greater Bryggen area. Here you can also take in the smells and tastes of the sea at the world famous outdoor fish market.

A city of culture

As the country's second largest city, Bergen bustles with creative energy and culture. Interspersed with modern and chic cafés are numerous art exhibitions and galleries tending to every taste. You should also try to time your visit with one of the many festivals held throughout the year, be it the Bergen International Film Festival, the Bergen International Festival of Classical Music, the Jazz Festival or the Borealis Festival of contemporary music.

Home to Edvard Grieg

Music lovers should make the short bus ride to Troldhaugen, home of Norwegian composer par excellence, Edvard Grieg. Built in 1885 and drawing inspiration from Viking style Dragon architecture, the highly aesthetic building is situated on an idyllic hill overlooking a lake. Here the composer lived with his wife the last 22 years of his life until 1907. Some of his most acclaimed and important work was composed here, most likely in the tiny hut by the water where he kept to himself. While visiting, be sure to catch one of the intimate concerts in the hall on the compound. A presentation of pieces of Grieg’s music interspersed with historical facts about his life makes for a delightful and uplifting experience.

Nature - Head for the fjords and mountains

When you have had it with the comforts of the city and feel ready for nature, Bergen is also a starting point for experiencing the wild and breathtaking scenery of western Norway. You can make it to any of Bergen’s surrounding seven mountains on a day trip, but in order to really take on the fjords and mountains you need to venture further. Bergen is a hub for excellent communication with the rest of the west coast. Catch a bus south to picturesque Hardanger or head north to the Sognefjorden for even taller mountains and deeper fjords. Head east and you will reach mountainous Voss on the way to the Hardanger plateau and Myrdal, the first station on the breathtaking Flåm Railway.

Getting wet 

When visiting Bergen be sure to pack your raincoat, or buy an umbrella from the large assortment on offer. The city ranks as one of the wettest in Europe catching on average 2.250 mm of rain a year. If you catch a shower, don't fret, but head to one of the local cafés serving world class coffee. Talking about the weather is a great ice breaker and you are bound to end up in engaged conversation with one of the outgoing and optimistic locals.

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