When I was planning out which cities to visit on my trip, Bergen was one that soared to the top of my list. With so much to see and do in this amazing city, try to get into the city as early as possible to take advantage of a full day of exploring. Make sure to bring an umbrella. Bergen is notoriously known for being the rainiest city in Norway. I lucked out and had sunshine from the time I arrived, to the time I left.
Getting to Bergen is easy. Norwegian transport, although not the cheapest, it is recognizably some of the most punctual and reliable transit in the world. If coming from Oslo, you can ride the Oslo-Bergen train line overnight to Bergen. The trip takes a little over 7 hours one way, but if you can catch some Z’s, you’ll wake up and be in Bergen just before 7am. If you are not in Oslo, you can fly into Bergen airport through connecting flights. I opted for train travel and I booked my train tickets in advance on the Norwegian train rail site called NSB.
Things to do in Bergen
Bergen is commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the fjords.” With 7 mountains surrounding the city, it’s not surprising to see why. If you get to spend a full day in Bergen like I did, you will find yourself occupied with a ton of activities and things to do. Everything from shopping to hiking, there is something for everyone here.
Take a walk along and behind Bryggen
Bryggen, is a row of old timber houses that are now made into pubs, shops and even a museum. Admire the colourful row of postcard perfect buildings that were salvaged from a horrible string of fires spanning years back. Make sure to mosey on over to the hidden alleyways behind Bryggen for a bunch of cute little art galleries and shops that aren’t visible to those on the streets.
Ride the The Fløibanen funicular car to the top of Mount Fløyen
The Fløibanen funicular car in Bergen, is one of Norway’s best-known attractions. The journey to the top of Mount Fløyen takes a little less than 10 minutes, but once you reach the top, you are greeted with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Bergen below. The Fløibanen Funicular runs from early morning to late at night all year round, so you can choose from seeing a gorgeous sunset, or bask in the midnight sun during the summer months. You can even hike on one of the many trails, rent a mountain bike, or simply enjoy the view from Fløien Folkerestaurant, which is the main restaurant at the top. I got the quiche and it was amazing! Mmm! For a full list of activities on Mount Fløyen, visit http://floyen.no/en/ .
Wander through the streets
Put down the guide book and map and see where your feet take you. Bergen is a very easy city to navigate. You never know what you’ll stumble upon in the little side streets, whether it be some really cool graffiti, or some hanging umbrellas acting as an art installation lining the top of a street.
Have you guys been to Bergen? If so, what were your favourite areas and activities to do? Let me know in the comments below!
For more information about Bergen and surrounding area, feel free to visit http://en.visitbergen.com/