Bergen, Norway never made it onto my list of ‘must visit’ places. Although come to think of it, I’m not really sure why?
From the second we booked, it seems that information about the city seemed to follow us everywhere. From in-flight magazines to travel blogs we follow, everyone was talking about the beauty that is Bergen.
All that got us rather excited to visit the city. Rightly so, Bergen is so much more than just the starting point of the Norwegian Fjords. These are our 5 favourite things to do in Bergen, Norway;
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Depending on the time of year (season) and attraction will depend on the amount of discount available.
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Map: Things To Do In Bergen
We have gone ahead and created this map including all the things we’ve mentioned in this post. We hope it will help you better plan your time in Bergen.
List: Things To Do In Bergen
#1 Take The Train To Oslo
I’d encourage everyone to at least try to take the train journey between the capital of Norway, Oslo and Bergen. The journey takes 7 hours and has been labelled Europe’s greatest train journey. It is a must, must, must when visiting Oslo and Bergen as it is the most stunning and comfortable way to get around. It had to be my number one on my list of things to do in Bergen.
I’m actually sat writing this from the train as we plough through the mountains of Norway towards Oslo, so honestly… I can see why it’s called Europes greatest train journey! Check out the photo spam below…
You can book the train journey online via the nsb.no website. You’re allocated a seat, and even in economy, the seats come with adequate facilities such as vast legroom, free WIFI and access to plug sockets in every seat. I would even count this as one of the things to do in Bergen as it is so amazing.
While the train journey itself may not be cheap. Flights to and from the capital of Oslo to the UK are often available for as little as £5 one-way with Ryanair. You may not think it is for you but we loved it, there were plenty of opportunities to get some amazing pictures and take in the view.
The seats are very spacious and you have plenty of leg room, there is a fold-down table to rest your laptop or food on. There was plenty of space above to store your luggage and a small food cart selling hot drinks, snacks and sandwiches
#2 Fløibanen Funicular
Our flight into Bergen Norway was delayed which meant we arrived later than planned. This significantly reduced the number of things to do in Bergen. Especially as we decided to visit in winter where the opening times of many of the museums are very short.
However, one thing I insisted on making time for was the Fløibanen Funicular. This is the number one tourist attraction in Bergen and I can see why. While we were planning out our time we made sure that this was on our things to do in Bergen. It was something we both instantly wanted to do. Even at the time of year we went with the mist blocking some of the view, it was amazing.
The journey up to Fløyen (320 m above sea level) takes about 5–8 minutes. There are 60 seats per cart, and a cart departs every 15 minutes.
Once at the top of Fløyen you’re provided with the most magnificent views of Bergen city. In peak season there’s plenty going off up here including a variable number of hikes, cafés and playgrounds for the children.
#3 Fish Market
While we weren’t planning on making any meals while we were there we enjoyed walking around the Fish Market. This has been described by many as food art and a must on a list of things to do in Bergen. The market itself has moved from the outside to inside and is located at the harbour.
The fish market is worth a walk around to really appreciate the long-standing tradition and skill of the fishermen. You can get tasters and try out a few different recipes and types of fish if your looking for something more. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming.
The lake is located near the city centre and is a great place to visit. It is located approximately a 10-minute walk from the Fish Market. No matter the weather the lake provides beautiful views and a lovely walk around. There is also the lovely garden scene to walk around and look at the beautiful flowers.
The park has lots of statues and pieces of artwork to look at and admire. It is also home to a gazebo where it is used for special occasions. The gazebo itself was donated by a German konsul in 19 century. This connects the statues of Ole Bull and Edvard Gried, who both are looking towards the pavilion.
#5 Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
This is got to make it onto the list of things to do in Bergen as it is a wonderful area to see. This area of Bryggen is actually separate from Bergen itself and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bryggen is actually the old wharf of Bergen, it has now been preserved to stay the way it originally was.
It is to be a reminder of the town’s importance of being part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. The collection of 62 houses that stand there today are as close to preserved and the original way they were made.
The town itself is amazing to look around and is easily accessible, even for pushchair users. It is a historical site as it is one of the oldest Northern European ports of the west coast of Norway. The buildings themselves have been repaired many times throughout the centuries and have been kept as close to the originals as possible.
That’s our 5 things to do in Bergen Norway. As always we’d love to know what you think. Is there anywhere we’ve missed that you simply must visit on a trip to Bergen? Let us know in the comments below.
Other Things To Do In Bergen, Norway
We’ve only covered 5 of the fantastic things to do in Bergen, Norway. Rest assured there are loads more you can do in and around this city. We’ve included a list of different tours and activities on offer from Get Your Guide below;