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Things to do in Bergen

This picturesque Norwegian city combines colorful wooden houses, fantastic fjords, and majestic mountains.

Our most recommended things to do in Bergen

Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

1. Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a scenic fjord cruise from Bergen. Board a modern and comfortable boat and catch views of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you set sail from the city center. Then venture through the majestic Osterfjord with striking mountain landscapes and waterfalls. The further into the fjord you get, the steeper and more powerful the mountain landscape becomes. Enter the sun deck as the captain steers the boat’s bow so close to a waterfall that you can feel its refreshing spray on your face! Sit back and relax on the sun deck or inside the warm and comfortable cabin, and remember to keep a lookout for eagles along the shores of the fjord. Enjoy a snack from the kiosk onboard as you take in the wonderful scenery.

From Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord and Waterfall Cruise

2. From Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord and Waterfall Cruise

Experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of traveling through the majestic Norwegian fjords on a scenic boat tour departing from Bergen. Admire the verdant or ice-covered cliffs depending on the time of year and take in the mirror-like reflections from the water. Sail out from the city center of Bergen for a great view of the iconic Bryggen from the water. Float along the 27-kilometer-long Osterfjord surrounded by steep mountains and watch it narrow down into the shallow Mostraumen strait, with powerful currents. Get up close and personal with a waterfall to catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water to sample before turning back and returning to Bergen through the magnificent landscape. Sit back and relax on the sundeck or purchase refreshments from the kiosk.

From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

3. From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

Enjoy a full-day cruise from Bergen to Flam and explore the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the country. Pass through coastal villages, sail through the Sognefjord, and make stops along the way for free time. Depart from Strandkai Terminal in Bergen in the morning and cruise through Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, offering you stunning views of Sognefjord whilst the hills cascade on either side. The cruise passes 11 stops in total, from the quick port, stops at small stunning villages along the shoreline of Sognefjord through to Flam. You'll depart Bergen and into Flam port. Once in Flam, you have free time to explore this amazing area and visit the famous Flam Railway. There are few sights in the world that can match the beauty of this return trip from Bergen to Flam. As you head down the tranquil waters ether side of you will be amazing views from the rocky shores, gushing waterfalls, and jaw-dropping mountains. There are some great opportunities for photos to remember your day. If you are staying in Bergen and want to visit Flam for the day there is no better way to do it than on a Sognefjord cruise. Book early to avoid disappointment and enjoy the fairy tale scenery in style.

From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

4. From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

Sail from Bergen to the Alversund Streams with this group boat tour. Set off from Bergen's famous Fish Market and marvel at views of the medieval fortress Bergenhus, St Mary's church and the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic wharf. Glide through beautiful Western Norwegian scenery at the City Fjord, Salhus Fjord and Kverna Fjord as you make your way towards the stunning Alversund Streams. Snap breathtaking photos of this amazing scenery. Relax, as the captain safely steers the boat through narrow sounds, deep fjords, a maze of islands and the powerful currents of the narrow Alversund channel.

Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

5. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Discover the historic sights and local hotspots of Bergen on a guided walking tour through the city. Learn about the city's history and modern life with your expert local guide. Meet at the Rosenkrantz Tower, a building inside the Bergenhus Fortress. Begin by learning about Bergen's royal and political past and explore the mighty fortress of the city. Take a short walk to Bryggen, Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the narrow alleys and explore over 500 years of history, and maybe you'll even get to sample what the Hanseatic merchant of the past traded here. After learning about the history of the city, it's time to go off the beaten path. Wander through the narrow alleys in the historic residential neighborhood, where you'll learn about Bergen's wooden architecture, life as an average person in the 18th and 19th centuries, and also what it's like to live here today. The last part of the tour will take you past some of Bergen's most popular eateries, where you can learn more about the vibrant city life and what Norwegians love to eat. Pass the Floibanen funicular station, so by the time you end at the tourist office, you'll be full of ideas for what to do in Bergen for the rest of your stay.

Bergen: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

6. Bergen: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Enjoy the beautiful city of Bergen with our environment-friendly Hop-on Hop-off buses. Hop off at your own points of interest and experience the best sights and attractions Bergen has to offer. Enjoy the tour at your own pace and make it fun and memorable as you learn about the city's exciting history with our entertaining audio guide available in 7 different languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Norwegian). If you decide to stay on board the bus for a full tour, the complete Hop On Hop Off Bergen sightseeing tour lasts around 50 minutes. Your Hop-On ticket is valid for unlimited rides for 24 hours. An easy and enjoyable way to explore the most interesting attractions. The 13 stops include Bryggen, The Fish Market, Bergen Aquarium and Mount Fløyen Funicular Station. Welcome on board and have fun! You can also enjoy free wifi on all buses

Bergen: Self-Guided Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway Tour

7. Bergen: Self-Guided Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway Tour

Travel through Norway's beautiful natural scenery on this self-guided tour from Bergen. Leave the city behind to navigate around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjorden on a boat and ride aboard one of the world's steepest railways from Flåm to Myrdal. Begin your journey at Bergen Railway Station, taking in panoramic views of nature as you depart toward Voss. Once in Voss, board your bus to Gudvangen, stopping in Stalheim along the way in the summer months. Climb onto a modern electric boat in Gudvangen for your scenic cruise. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the lake and gaze at the awe-striking Nærøyfjord, surrounded by tall mountains. Disembark in Flåm to continue your adventure aboard its iconic railway. On your 20-kilometer ride to Myrdal, take in views of imposing mountains and the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall. Finish your experience at Myrdal station, then switch to the Bergen Line to head back to the starting point.

Bergen: Chasing Waterfalls of Hardangerfjord Shore Excursion

8. Bergen: Chasing Waterfalls of Hardangerfjord Shore Excursion

Get up close to multiple waterfalls, and visit Hardangerfjord and Voss together with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned bus that drives you through breathtaking landscapes. We start the day by picking you up with the bus at the pier in Bergen and driving through the centuries-old city center of Bergen. After a short ride, we arrive at our first stop: "The Fossen Bratte Waterfall" which is nestled in a scenic valley. As you arrive you will have a panoramic view, and see the waterfall thundering down into the valley. At the top of the waterfall, you can visit a war monument, that reminds us of the battles that took here place. However, it is also possible to get up close to the base of the waterfall by taking walking down the old road into the green valley. The next stop is a one-of-a-kind experience. At Steinsdalsfossen waterfall you will have the opportunity to walk behind the waterfall without getting wet. With water thundering down inches in front of you, this is an experience your won't easily forget. Our journey brings continues over one of the 18 scenic roads that Norway has to offer. We will drive alongside the Hardangerfjord and pass by many fruit orchards that thrive thanks to the special local climate. Our stop here gives you the opportunity to take in the view, and make photos. As we leave the Hardangerfjord we arrive at Skjervsfossen waterfall, a beautiful double-drop waterfall of 150 meters. From the viewing platform, you can enjoy an unobstructed view, while at the bottom of the waterfall, you can feel the cool mist landing on your skin. However, the real hidden gem seems to be the restrooms with a view. During this ride, you will get a snack pack with Norwegian food and bottled water. But if you would like to explore Norwegian cuisine further and a bakery or cozy cafe then our stop Voss is the right moment. This village is also a great place to wander around, go on a shopping spree, or check out the beach located at lake Vangsvatnet. Our journey back brings us through green landscapes and might include some extra photoshops! You will be dropped off at the pier where you were picked you up.

Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

9. Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

Make your way to the Bergen Railway, where you'll board a comfortable train that will take you on scenic ride to Voss. Hop off in Voss and switch to the bus for a ride through the area's quaint villages to Gudvangen. Between the months of May and September, the bus will also travel the steep road to Stalheimskleiva, comprised of hairpin turns and epic views. Once you reach Gudvangen, step aboard a two-hour premium fjord cruise on a modern hybrid boat to journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. See both Aurlandsfjord, a picturesque fjord offering stunning views, and the mountain-lined Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest in Europe. Go ashore in Flåm, where you'll get on yet another train that travels the Flåm Railway. The panoramic views on the route are sure to impress. Take advantage of photo opportunities of the surrounding fjords along the way. Disembark in Myrdal and get back on the Bergen Railway, making your return to the trip's starting point.

24-Hour Bergen Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

10. 24-Hour Bergen Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

For almost one thousand years Bergen has been the destination of travelers from all around the world and is Norway’s second largest city, with over 250,000 inhabitants and is estimated to have been founded in 1070. Located at the west coast of Norway some of the most popular attractions include the Funicular, Aquarium, the Hanseatic Museum and, as the birthplace of the hugely popular composer Edward Grieg, the Edward Grieg Museum which receives thousands of visitors from all over the World. Even the local Tourist Information Centre is an attraction in its own right- housed in The old Bergen Exchange, built in 1862 and containing the famous Fresco Hall with murals painted by Axel Revoid that have been long recognised as a national treasure. Bergen resounds with music and as well as one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras, has some of the country’s best choirs, jazz musicians who improvise through the night and operatic singers - it also has the country’s first national theatre and is host to many international festivals. Each ticket is valid for a 24-hour period and may be used at any hop-on hop-off bus stop going to all of the top visitor attractions. Buses run every 30 minutes. Tour stops: Stop 1 – Skolten Cruise Terminal Stop 2 – Bryggen and Hanseatic Museum Stop 3 – Tourist Information & The Fish Market Stop 4 – Tollbodkaia viewpoint Stop 5 – Bergen Aquarium Stop 6 – Fredriksberg Fortress Stop 7 – The National Stage Stop 8 – Jektevikten Stop 9 – Bergen Museum Stop 10 – The City Park Stop 11 – The Fish Market Stop 12 – Mount Floyen Funicular  Stop 13 – St Mary’s Church

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Amazing trip deep into a beautiful fjord while soaking in the sights of beautiful snow capped mountains, small villages, high rock cliffs in a comfortable high speed catamaran. One cannot stop clicking pics. Highly recommended!

We enjoyed the local guide tour very much! It was great to get an understanding of Bergen as we were only staying for 2 nights

Loved this tour! Beautiful scenery, friendly staff and captain who interacted with customers. Would highly recommend

Wonderful experience with and friendly crew. Highly recommended.

An amazing trip, you definitely have to do this in Norway!