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

From Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

1. From Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen 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. Sali 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 a refreshing beer or wine from the kiosk.

Bergen: Osterfjord Fjord Catamaran Cruise with Audio Guide

2. Bergen: Osterfjord Fjord Catamaran Cruise with Audio Guide

See the stunning sights of the Osterfjord on a catamaran cruise through the Mostraumen fjord from Bergen. Pass by waterfalls, fjords, and picturesque villages. Sip on drinks from the onboard bar as you sail. This scenic tour from the center of Bergen allows you to witness some memorable scenes of western Norway's Hordaland province to tiny Modalen, along the famous fjord. The tour gives amazing panoramic views of Bergen as you depart the wharf on the way to the fjord. This trip includes many beautiful waterfalls and narrow fjords whilst enjoying the picturesque mountains. If your tour is at peak flow you can feel the thrill of a refreshing spray. Whilst on board your catamaran, feel free to sit back and relax whilst purchasing a drink or two at the bar on board as you take in this breathtaking scenery.

From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

3. From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

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

4. 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.

From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

7. Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

Step back in time with a 2-hour sail aboard Bergen’s most traditional tour boat. The square sailed vessel, Storskarven, represents Viking ship-building and design that has been passed down through the ages in Norway. Aboard you will admire the elegant construction of the overlapping wooden planks and smell the aromas of ancient wood preservation methods. Feel the exhilaration of the ship’s square sail filling with wind and pulling you along Bergen’s iconic and beautiful waterfront. Take part in the sailing or chill out on a bean bag and enjoy the ride! Tours are varied and educational in nature. We will begin our voyage from Bryggen in central Bergen and hoist sail as soon as possible. The route will be dictated by wind conditions, but regardless of the weather, guests are guaranteed an authentic and interactive sailing experience and the chance to absorb Bergen’s historic waterfront from a truly unique perspective. The tour includes fascinating insights into the Viking age, Norwegian history, and coast culture. Steer the ship, hoist the sail, and feel the serenity of gliding through the water in this centuries-old method of sailing. No rowing required! The tour is guided in English and touches on viking ships and history, coast culture, and stories from Bergen.

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

8. 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

Bergen: Private Tour with a Local

9. Bergen: Private Tour with a Local

Explore Bergen with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and hints that will help you make the most of your trip. Choose from 2-6 hour private tour options. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and shop, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). By the end of the tour you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to thoroughly enjoy your stay.

Bergen: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

10. Bergen: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

Make the most of your time in Bergen with a guided tour of the city center, a Fjord cruise, and a trip on the Mount Fløyen Funicular. Take this tour all year round, accompanied by an expert local guide.  See the sights in Bergen, including the Fish Market, the Hanseatic quarter (Bryggen), St. Mary's Church, Bergenhus Fortress, and Mount Fløyen. Cruise along the Cityfjord, Salhusfjord and Kvernafjord. Be wowed by the views as you travel between mountains and the shallow and narrow Alversund strait. Then hop on the Fløibanen Funicular, the only railway of its kind in Norway and one of the country’s best-known attractions. Take in amazing panoramic views over the fjord and the city of Bergen once you reach the top—an unmissable photo opportunity.

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What people are saying about Bergen

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The pickup is punctual and the driver give us some inside about Norway. It’s great pleasure to meet up with nice tour guide Paul and Po (hopefully I spell the name correctly). It’s great trip throughout the whole journey for this private trip especially when you’re traveling with family and dragging with luggages. Overall great experience.

A very professional operation with Rodne on a very comfortable vessel. The whole team were delightful and the Captain made a special effort to come round and talk to the passengers on the way back to the harbour. An unforgettable experience

My favorite day in Bergen (and Norway). It is suitable for all people interested in exploring the entrance to the famous Norway fjords.

Excellent afternoon out on the fjords, great crew and beautiful sights.

beautiful scenery, comfortable seats and friendly staff