Find out the shipping, trading and cultural traditions of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, and visit an art gallery made of ice. Bergen has been known as the gateway to majestic fjords and the site for prosperous trade for hundreds of years. You’ll learn how significant events like the Black Plague and citywide fires led to the city’s transformation during your guided bus tour. You’ll pass Haakon’s Hall, a large 13th-century royal residence, and the Rosenkrantz Tower, a renaissance monument that housed King Eirik Magnusson. The world heritage site of Bryggen was ravaged by fires in 1702, but was rebuilt on its foundation from the 12th century. You’ll have the chance to enter the shops to purchase and collect traditional and unique crafts. Your tour continues to Magic Ice for an innovative art exhibition where LED lighting illuminates the permanent ice structures (exact works rotate from time to time). Even the glasses from the Ice Bar are chipped from a block of ice. Once you leave, you’ll drive past the picturesque houses in Nordnes peninsula and sites in the city’s center. Continue through Sandviken and Skuteviken to see the picturesque, tiny old wooden houses and colorful warehouses that line the waterfront and narrow alleyways.
• Bergen sightseeing tour: See infamous sites like the imposing Haakon’s Hall and fascinating Rosenkrantz Tower.
• Bryggen: Stroll the world heritage site of Bryggen and learn the history of the Hanseatic Wharf.
• Magic Ice: See how the permanent sculpture exhibition and the interior design are clear ice.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Weather appropriate clothing
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Individuals with respiratory problems should not select tour.
• Guests walk a lot on gravel pathways and hardwood
• Guests must be of legal age in order to drink alcohol