Bergen is sheltered from the North Sea only by a number of islands. It is situated 60 degrees north - the same latitude as Saint Petersburg. The city is known to be the most hilly and mountainous in all of Norway - meaning a view of the city is always close by.
During the Middle Ages, Bergen held an important seat in the Hanseatic League as well as being the capital city, a heritage that still is visible in the beautifully preserved and iconic wooden houses of Bryggen, the undisputed king of motifs in the city centre. Almost equally famous is the fish market - a mere stone throw from the Hanseatic wharf.
Bergen was designated European City of Culture in year 2000, and for good reasons. The city has fostered famous composers like Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Harald Sæverud. In modern times Kygo and Alan Walker continue to put the city on the international map.
Thanks to the fact that 10 percent of the people who live here are students, you can be sure there is always lots happening.
Once you break the spell cast by Bergen, scores of adventures and attractions are waiting at its doorstep. It is after all the gateway to the fjords. Both the Sognefjord (the world’s longest and deepest fjord) and the Hardangerfjord can be reached within hours departing from the city centre.
If Bergen is on your travel itinerary, you have come to the right place. Stick with us and have fun adventuring!
The iconic Bryggen is the first thing many associate Bergen with, and for good reason. The UNESCO listed houses show the heritage of having been a trading center in Europe since the Middle Ages.
Bergen is one of the oldest cities in Norway, and that shows in the diverse architecture. You can find examples of architecture from all decades on a walk in Bergen, from beautiful art deco to the world-famous Bryggen.
From the top of one of the city mountains you have a beautiful sea view, and you can really see why Bergen is called the capital of the fjords.
In Byparken, facing the Music Pavilion, you can see one of the greatest Norwegian composer of all time. Edvard Grieg is known for how he incorporated Norwegian folk music tones into all of his compositions.
This street is the city’s new central food scene, with a good mix of pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlours and cocktail bars. You drink local beer on an outdoor terrace or eat delicacies in one of the alleys, the choice is yours!
Old Bergen Museum is a collection of historic buildings that have been saved from several places in Bergen, put together a contemporary example of what Bergen looked like in the 1800s.
Bergen may be known as a magnet for rain showers, but when the sun is shining it is the most beautiful city in the world, if you ask the locals!