Colorful waterfront homes in Bergen, Norway
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Cruise to Bergen, Norway

Set against the backdrop of seven mountains, Bergen's natural beauty and historical charm will stop you in your tracks. Stroll through the Bryggen neighborhood, with its medieval cobblestone alleyways and red, yellow and white painted houses. Take the cable car or a one-hour hike to the top of Mt. Floyen, and soak in dramatic views of the city and the surrounding fjords with Norway cruises. Encounter trolls — don't worry, they're only statues — in the Troll Forest. Later, learn why Bergen is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy with a meal at one of the city's forward-thinking restaurants, where chefs prepare cold-water seafood and local produce with modernist techniques.
National Language Norwegian
Currency Accepted Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Things To Do in Bergen

Traditional homes in Bergen, Norway

Walk Through History

Traditional homes in Bergen, Norway

Traditional homes in Bergen, Norway

Walk Through History

Wander alongside the wharf and through the narrow alleyways of Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen. See the colorful UNESCO-listed wooden buildings, preserved or rebuilt in their original Medieval style. Curious to find out more about the city's history? Visit the Hanseatic Museum or the Bryggens Museum.

A cable car going up a mountain over Bergen, Norway

Sights From the Summit

A cable car going up a mountain over Bergen, Norway

A cable car going up a mountain over Bergen, Norway

Sights From the Summit

Head to the top of Mt. Floyen or Mt. Ulriken for dramatic views of the city, the fjords and the ocean. The cable car or funicular will take you there in just a few minutes. Want to stretch your legs? Mt. Floyen is an approachable one-hour hike up peaceful trails.

A park pavilion in Bergen, Norway
A park pavilion in Bergen, Norway

Get Cultured

Bergen International Festival, Bergenfest and Bergen Live are among the many yearly festivals held here. Get to know the locals while listening to a rock or jazz band in one of the city's trendy nightclubs. Or indulge in a concert by the world's oldest symphony orchestra in modernist Grieg Hall.

An assortment of seafood for sale at a fish market in Bergen, Norway
An assortment of seafood for sale at a fish market in Bergen, Norway

Local Cuisine

Treat yourself to a Skillingsbolle cinnamon bun for a breakfast. Don't miss the seafood-centric freshness of Bergen fish soup, traditional fish cakes and local king crab. At the dinner hour, head to the Bryggen district, where you'll find higher-end restaurants transforming local ingredients into refined, modern plates.

Traditional rosemaling plates in Bergen, Norway
Traditional rosemaling plates in Bergen, Norway

Shopping

Bergen is known as the Norwegian shopping capital, so the chances are high you'll find what you're looking for. Check out one of the department stores — Bergen Storsenter is the largest — or trendy design stores stocked with cool gifts, souvenirs, homewares and fashion by local fashion designers, like Dale of Norway and Oleana.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 For rainy days, bring an umbrella or raincoat, or head indoors to one of the city's world-class museums.
2 September is a great month for foodies to visit Bergen; the summer rush is over, and the season of food and beer festivals begins.

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