Bergen
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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: Private Tour with a Local

2. 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

3. 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: Historic Sightseeing Cruise

4. 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 3-Hour Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. 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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From Bergen: Hardangerfjord Self-Guided Day Trip

6. From Bergen: Hardangerfjord Self-Guided Day Trip

Discover the majestic landscapes of the mountains, roaring waterfalls, and idyllic orchards during this full-day tour of the Hardangerfjord, the 3rd longest fjord in the world measuring at 179 km and depths dropping to 900 meters. Travel by railway, coach, cruise boat, and witness unforgettable landscapes along the way. Pass by Bergen and Eidfjord. Stop to visit Voss, Ulvik, Voringsfossen, Norheimsund on this self-guided journey.

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Bergen: Guided Private Shore Excursion

7. Bergen: Guided Private Shore Excursion

Your experience begins as you are collected from your accommodation or the port of Bergen. From there, start your private city tour, combining walking and driving around this picturesque city. Encounter the Bryggen area, where you can look at the medieval houses and hear their story from your guide. Following that, continue walking through some other historical areas of Bergen. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, with a municipality that covers 465 square kilometers. Sitting on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen, its city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, the "city fjord". Bergen is also surrounded by mountains, a geographical feature which has earned it the nickname the "city of seven mountains". At the conclusion of your guided day out, your guide returns you to your tour starting point.

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Bergen Shore Excursion: Bergen Walking Tour

8. Bergen Shore Excursion: Bergen Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Bergen Tourist Information Center and together with a small group of 15 people or fewer, embark on a 3-hour walking tour of the compact center of Bergen. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, where the streets are lined with historic commercial buildings facing the harbor. Pass old wooden houses and walk down cobblestone streets as your guide fills you in on the past and present of Bergen. Stroll down the Wharf and take the opportunity to ask your guide questions about Bergen.

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What people are saying about Bergen

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 118 reviews

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.

An excellent experience so you don’t waste time figuring out which sights to see or get sucked into a “tourist trap.” Made our trip so much more worthwhile.

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