Things to do in Vestland County

Our most recommended things to do in Vestland County

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.

Odda: Trolltunga Winter Snowshoe Hike

2. Odda: Trolltunga Winter Snowshoe Hike

This tour starts at 7:30 AM with a hike from Skjeggedal, following the path by foot to Mågelitopp. From Topp, you'll switch to snowshoes and trek up the mountainside to Gryteskar, Floren Endåne, and Tyssebotn, ending at Trolltunga. This hike takes 10-12 hours depending on the fitness of the group. Throughout the whole tour you'll be surrounded by spectacular view of the Folgefonna glacier, the Ringedalen lake, and the endless landscape of Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The highlight of the hike is Trolltunga, also known as "troll tongue" due to its shape, one of the top nature attractions of Norway. From here, you'll get a stunning view of the Ringedalen lake and the Folgefonna glacier. This spectacular moment is guaranteed to give you butterflies. 

Bergen: Osterfjord Fjord Catamaran Cruise with Audio Guide

3. 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

4. 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

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.

From Bergen: Flam Full-Day Cruise to Sognefjord

6. 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

7. 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.

From Oslo: Private Round-Trip Tour to Sognefjord via Flåm

8. From Oslo: Private Round-Trip Tour to Sognefjord via Flåm

Depart from Oslo early in the morning and travel by car towards the western fjords of Norway. Discover a part of the Bergen Railway by train with a ride from Geilo to Myrdal.  In Myrdal, enjoy a scenic train ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway. This rail route meanders through the mountains at a steep elevation. It is one of the most spectacular experiences in Norway.  Upon arrival in Flåm, visit the Flåm Railway Museum to learn more about this feat of modern engineering. Then, cruise along the two branches of Norway's longest and deepest fjord. One of the branches, Nærøyfjord, was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005.  Enjoy the impressive views at the Stalheim Hotel viewpoint and take in the fantastic mountain landscapes of the region. Return to Oslo late at night after a full day of exploration.

Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

9. Eidfjord: 1-Hour Fjord RIB Tour

Take an exhilarating 1-hour fjord tour from Eidfjord Harbor as your captain explains the sights along the way. Stop at a place where goats will come down to the boat, and pause to look at seals in the sea or on land. Look out for the rich birdlife that populates Eidfjord, and learn about about what has shaped the nature, people and society in this region.   Pass one of Norway's largest power plants at Simadal Fjord, and admire the steep mountainsides and waterfalls of this fjord. Alternatively, cruise out to Hardangerbrua to study the power station from the sea. Along this route, you'll pass a waterfall that almost falls on the boat on rainy days, and other sights of cultural-historical significance.

Bergen: Viking Ship Sailing Experience and Sightseeing Trip

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Vestland County

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Well organised. Our guide Sabela was very knowledgeable about the history of the town, organised interesting places to visit, answered all our questions related to the tour. Thank you.

Wonderful ! Very nice trip! Even if a small glass offered would not have been luxury

Comfortable boat to enjoy stunning views from, with helpful commentary.

Beautiful experience - snacks and coffee on board were nice too

Well organised, Breathtaking views, very interesting.