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Panorama view of Bergen city - the gateway to the Norwegian fjords

Welcome toBergen

The capital of fjord Norway nestled among 7 mountains

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Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has a small town charming character. In this west coast pearl, you find small cobblestone streets, houses that cling on to the mountain side and an abundance of local shops, cafes and small shopping streets.

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!

Population: 284,000
Region: Vestlandet
County: Vestland

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Hardangerfjord adventures starting from Bergen

Sognefjord adventures starting from Bergen

Coastal adventures starting from Bergen

Tips and inspiration for your next fjord adventure

Scandic Hotel packages

Fjord and coastal tours from Bergen

Cornelius seafood restaurant - unique seaside dining experience

Explore Bergen on two wheels

Bergen: tips and inspiration

Rooftops of Bryggen Wharf with Fløyen city mountain in the background
The Bergen equivalent to the Painted Ladies in San Francisco
Panorama view of Bergen city - the gateway to the Norwegian fjords
Statue of Edvard Grieg in Byparken in Bergen
Skostredet food scene with restaurants and pubs with outdoor terraces
A sunny day at the open air museum of Old Bergen with lots of colorful wooden houses
Sunset at Bryggen Wharf with lots of people enjoying the weather and local drinks on the outdoor terrace