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Bergen: City Tour on Foot

1. Bergen: City Tour on Foot

Appreciate why many people consider Bergen to be the most beautiful city in Norway on a relaxing walking tour through the city. As well as receiving fascinating details about the city’s 950-year history, your local guide will provide a true insider's perspective on its inhabitants, known as the 'Bergenser'. Starting from the city center, be enchanted by the maritime charm of the harbor bay, Vågen. Then navigate through the city's narrow wooden lanes as you get to know the most important sights of Bergen. Walk past the fish market, the theatre, and the old fire station and hear how historical residents, such as Edvard Grieg and Henrik Ibsen, helped shaped Bergen. Continue to the Bryggen district to see its iconic colorful wooden houses. This World Heritage Site is popular with both locals and tourists, housing many lively cafes, restaurants, and bars. Here, learn about how 400 years ago dried cod was stored in Bryggen and exported to throughout Europe, making Bergen the most important trading metropolis in Scandinavia during that time. Discover what the Hanseatic League was, the influence it once had on trading, and how life for the visiting German merchants played out here.

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

2. 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.

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Bergen: Private Tour with a Local

3. 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.

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Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

4. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Take a step away from the beaten path as you explore the picture-perfect streets of Bergen on this original walking tour, and discover the history and contemporary stories of a UNESCO World-Heritage Site. Wind your way through the narrow alleyways of Bergen in the company of a professional guide, and learn all about its people, culture, and inspiring architecture, while admiring the stunning landscape. Go on a journey along its 970-year old history, and enjoy an insider guide to the secret scenic spots of this coastal beauty.

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Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway to Oslo

5. Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway to Oslo

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Bergen at 6:00 AM and sets out towards Gudvangen. During the summer months, drive along the spectacular Stalheimskleiva with its impressive 13 hairpin bends that offer unique vantage points of the scenery. Arrive at Gudvangen and board an electric passenger ship, the Future of the Fjord, for a tranquil sail along the Nærøyfjord towards Flåm. As you glide along the peaceful water, soak up breathtaking views of the Nordic landscape that surrounds you. Hop off the boat in Flåm and onto the charming Flåm Railway, which is one of the world's steepest railways on normal tracks. Journey through the rolling landscapes on the 20 km train journey, which takes about an hour, until you reach Myrdal Station where you will change onto the Bergen Railway. Finally, travel through the scenic Hardangervidda National Park to Oslo Central Station where the adventure ends.

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Bergen: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

6. Bergen: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise the historical sites of Bergen on this group sightseeing tour, and get an idea of what the city looked like in the past when you would sail by old wooden warehouses in Skuteviken and Sandviken. Relax with a cold drink from the bar. Marvel at how the city has transformed with luxury residences blossoming on top of skerries at Måseskjæret or springing out from the mountainside at Verftet. Board the modern Eric Bloodaxe, a spacious sightseeing boat with an outdoor deck with panoramic views and a cozy lounge. Sail past the WW2 concrete ruins of the U-Boot Bunker Bruno, before waving at the locals bathing in the fjord at the historical Nordnes Sjøbad. Return to the Fish Market at the very heart of Bergen.

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Bergen: Private Fjord Cruise and Flåm Railway

7. Bergen: Private Fjord Cruise and Flåm Railway

After being picked up from your hotel, you can begin your journey to Gudvangen. Throughout this trip you will pass the Tvinde Waterfall, and in the summer months you'll drive through Stalheimskleiva, the 1.5-kilometer-long road section that winds down Nærøydalen from Stalheim. You'll then head to Gudvangen, and at the bottom of the Nærøyfjord you will board the "Future of the fjords" electric ship to Flåm. The Nærøyfjord is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe, and your journey to Flåm takes about 2 hours. The boat is battery operated and high-comfort, with large windows and a good patio. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord was incorporated on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Geirangerfjord. The fjord is surrounded by high mountains, and is a beautiful sight both in summer and winter. Flåm is a charming village surrounded by precipitous mountainsides, rumbling waterfalls, and narrow valleys. It is a  beautiful area to simply wander around, and whilst there you can also visit the Flåm Railway Museum. From Flåm the trip continues with the Flåm Railway, which is one of the world's steepest regular-track railway tracks. The 20-kilometer-long train journey gives you a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent of Norwegian mountain nature, including the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall. At Myrdal Station, your train will swap to the Bergen Railway which will take you to Voss. From there, a car will return you back to Bergen.

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Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

8. Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

With UNESCO-listed fjords and snow-capped mountain ranges that stretch around the country, Norway offers a land of alluring landscapes to tempt any traveler. The best way to see it is by train, bus, and boat, throughout a hassle-free day tour. Hop aboard to discover the countryside that frames the Bergen and Flåm railways, and admire Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, the village of Flåm, and more. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometers, and sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, "the city fjord", and the city is surrounded by mountains. Bergen is also known as the "city of seven mountains". The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railways. It is 20 kilometers long, with a descent of 865 meters and a gradient of one in 18. It also consists of 20 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers - evidence of the most daring and skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railways.

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From Bergen: Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, & Flåm

9. From Bergen: Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, & Flåm

Explore the best of Norway's fjord country on this private tour. Your itinerary is flexible and can be personalized to your interests. After meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, you'll set out in a private vehicle passing by the famous Dale of Norway sweater factory in the village of Dale, and then through the town of Voss. Make a brief stop at the Tvindefossen waterfall for photos and fresh mountain air. Continue your trip to the Stalheim Hotel's terrace, which overlooks fantastic views over the Nærøydalen Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in your vehicle, descend the dramatic Stalheimskleiva Road to the valley's floor, where you will visit the ancient village of Gudvangen. From Gudvangen enjoy a scenic cruise to Flåm. On arrival at Flåm, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (your own expense) and free time to browse the souvenir shops, visit the  Flåmsbana railway museum, or check out the local microbrewery. Then head towards the scenic Stegastein viewing point, a 30-meter platform hanging over Aurlandsfjord. The narrow road and the viewing point will provide breathtaking photos and vivid memories. Then, board the Flåmsbana railway from Flåm to the mountain railway station Myrdal, located 2,844 feet (867 m). You'll make a brief stop at Kjøsfossen waterfall. Change trains at Myrdal to head back to Voss where you'll have time to tour a medieval church dating from 1277 and an 11th-century stone cross. At the end of the tour, your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Bergen.

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Bergen 3-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Bergen 3-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

 Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Take a walk through the picturesque and stunning city of Bergen, and admire its old streets, historic buildings and harbor. This popular destination is surrounded by mountains, fjords and the ocean and offers up some of the most scenic views in the world. On this 3-hour audio-guided tour you’ll learn about the Bergen Internasjonale Kultursenter and visit the massive Bergen Fortress during your walk around the vibrant city. In addition you’ll see the Galleri Allmenningen AS, Grieg Hall, the Bergen Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Academic Quarter, the Bergen Theatre (Bergen Kino) and the Performing Arts Center (Bit Teatergarasjen).

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What people are saying about Bergen

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 118 reviews

This tour is a great way to see the diverse landscape of Norway in a complete package; Fjords, Mountains, coastal villages. Given that we took the tour in February meant no large crowds with plenty of space to roam around the boat for viewing and pictures. Just had some weather to contend with but was to be expected. Our guide Sonia was great. Very knowledgeable, personable and informative.

This guide are one of the best , Experienced and made this tour fun too. I have been told history I did not know much about Actually. I recomend Tommy for his efford in this great tour around in Bergen.

Really enjoyable and informative walking tour of historical and modern Bergen.Emma was a fun guide and took us off the beaten path as well as showing us the main sites.Highly recommended

We were a small group and Martin always answered our questions. He portrayed the history of Bergen very clearly. This tour is highly recommended when visiting Bergen.

Martin was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The best way to see and hear about the origins and modern Bergen