Are you looking for the best things to do in Bergen?
In this list, we’re going to break down our favourite super fun things to do in Bergen, a city on Norway’s southwestern coast surrounded by mountains and fjords.
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.
Håkonshallen (Haakon’s Hall)
Built between 1247 and 1261 Håkon’s Hall was named after it’s creator Håkon Håkonsson. During the 13-th Century, Bergen was the political centre of Norway and as a result, Håkon’s Hall was the site of major national events, such as the drawing up of Norway’s first complete set of laws.
While political events have moved to the capital of Norway, Oslo Håkon’s Hall is still used today for both royal dinners and other official occasions.
Entrance to Hakonshallen is 100NOK for adults and 50NOK for students with under 18’s being free. For an additional 30NOK per person, you can go on a guided tour of the hall between 22nd June and 18th August (Tours in English depart at both 10am and 2pm)
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 at the top of the list when it comes to things to do 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 views, 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.
Did you expect to be learning about Leprosy on your trip to Bergen? – Probably not, but while you’re here why not right?
The Leprosy Museum is hosted in the preserved 18th century St. George’s Hospital which is both a memorial to those who lost their lives to the disease and a research facility to help continue fighting the battle against Leprosy worldwide.
Inside the museum you can look to learn about how Bergen and Norway as a whole battled to fight Leprosy. Which is particularly fascinating considering that Bergen had the largest concentration of patients for the decease in Europe during its peak.
Fantoft Stave Church
Situated 8km inland from Bergen town is Fantoft Stave Church. Originally built in Sogn back in 1150, it was moved in pieces by its new owner Fredrik Georg Gade to Fantoft in 1883.
While the church burnt down on 6 June 1992. Fantoft Stave Church has been rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire and reopened in 1997. Entrance to the Fantoft Stave Church is currently 60 NOK for adults, 30 NOK for children and 45 NOK for students.
For the latest opening times, we suggest visiting the Bergen Tourism Board website.
KODE Art Museum
KODE is currently one of the largest art museums in any Nordic country. Set across four characteristic buildings in the centre of Bergen. It’s a must, for the art or museum enthusiast.
KODE has a number of long-term and short term exhibitions throughout its four buildings. At the very core of the exhibitions, you’re going to learn about Bergen throughout the years. This really helped us to further appreciate the beauty of our surroundings during our time in Bergen and learn more about what the city has been through since it was founded in 1070.
The cost of entrance is 130NOK for adults, 60NOK for students and 90NOK for those with a Bergen card. Entrance is free for children under the age of 18. As the opening times vary from summer to winter we suggest checking the KODE website before you travel.
Attend The Bergen International Festival
Established back in 1953 the Bergen International Festival is the oldest and most important festival of the arts in Norway. Running for 15 days every year, the festival has played host to a number of world premieres and performances and is a ‘must-do’ for those with a passion for the arts.
Tickets to each item from the programme will need to be purchased in advance online from the Bergen International Festival website.
Tour The Norwegian Fjords
Back in the introduction I mentioned that many class Bergen as the gateway to the Norwegian Fjords so what better place to set out on an experience of a lifetime to see them.
We suggest booking a tour on the Bergen Tourism Board website or at the Bergen Tourism Board information booth in the centre of town. By doing so you’ll benefit from the most reputable companies, and the highest variety of tours from day trips to days at sea.
More Incredible Fun Things To Do In Bergen
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