Things to Do in Bergen

Thinking about the things to do in Bergen Norway, then you would be glad to know that there is a lot to do in the dream country that is known for its cultural richness and natural wonders. The city entices travellers with zillions of activities like natural tours, heritage walks, distinguished shopping experiences, and much more to make their trip happening and exciting.

If you are a nature lover then the appropriate Bergen things to do would be taking a deep dive into the blue hues of the sea on the first place and the misty mountains on the second place. The major highlights of the city have been Fjords which are carved by the movement of glaciers during the ice age.

Hiking to Mount Floyen, exploring Brygen, peeping into the antiquity at Hanseatic Museum and experiencing the charming Edvard Grieg Museum are some of the many activities in Bergen here.

You can also go on relishing the flavours of Bergen fish market, shopping at Olav Kyrres Gate, witnessing untouched vistas from the fjord cruise, enjoying a gastronomic tour through the city, and taking an aerial view of Mount Ulriken are some of the loved activities here.

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Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
Categorized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is one of the most popular places to visit in Bergen. The region boasts of studios, restaurants, boutique shops, and much more. It is this area that reflects the colorful personality of Bergen.

The lively colors along with the friendly ambiance make you want to visit this place again and again. Don't miss out on the enchanting alleyways and the wooden houses! Moreover, here you can get English-language tours and understand the culture of Bergen intimately.

Hearing the adventurous tales of the Hanseatic merchants and their lives in the medieval era will no doubt transport you back to those days. You can explore the ancient ruins, check out the museum and sample the delicious local cuisine. The perfect blend of old and modern culture will leave you utterly mesmerized.

Location: Bryggen, 5003 Bergen
Timing: No restriction on timings
Mount Fløyen
Situated at an altitude of 319 meters, Mount Fløyen exists in the northeast part of Bergen. With picturesque views from the mountain-top, Mount Fløyen has quickly garnered public attention. From here, you can admire the magnificent views of the underneath city and the area that surrounds it.

The ethereal beauty of nature coupled with the tranquil ambiance will immediately put your soul at peace. It is the perfect place to admire nature and get away from the chaotic buzz of the city. Moreover, you can also trek or hike your way up to the peak.

But, if physical adventure is not your idea of fun, then you can use the Fløibanen. It is a funicular railway, which measures 844 meters in length. While you use the Fløibanen, make sure to take in the breathtaking beauty of nature surrounding the vehicle.

Location: Vetrlidsallmenningen 21, 5014, Bergen
Grieg Museum
Established in 1885, Troldhaugen is now one of the most appealing Bergen Norway places to visit. It was actually the house of the most renowned composer in Norway - Edvard Grieg for around 22 years, where he lived with his wife.

The museum comprises exhibitions, cafes, and concert halls that the tourists can observe through guided tours led in either groups or individual bases. It is the place where Grieg retreated to make his masterpieces. You can also listen to his music in the Troldsalen, which is a performance hall that can house 200 people.

Location:  Troldhaugen 65, 5232 Paradis-Bergen
Timing: Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entry fee: NOK 130 per adult
Hanseatic Museum
Built in 1704, the building which houses the Hanseatic Museum has witnessed multiple historical events and has stood the test of time. It is one of the most well-preserved houses in Bryggen. The Hanseatic Museum was opened in 1872 and now offers guided tours of the entire building. In the museum, you will find several items that depict and portray the lives of the German merchants that were part of the Hanseatic League.

From the year 1350 to 1750, these merchants made trades in grains and stockfish and lived here. The weapons, artifacts, and other furnishings will mesmerize you and take you back to the bygone era. Used as assembly halls by the Hanseatic merchants, you will find the Schøtstuene near the St. Mary's Church, which contains more exhibits.

Location: Finnegården 1a, 5003 Bergen
Timing: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Entry fee: NOK 130 per adult (in summer)
Bergenhus Fortress
Bergenhus Fortress is undoubtedly one of the best places in Bergen to visit on your Norway trip. This medieval building has the oldest and the most well-constructed walls of the country, which was mainly a gun platform. It is still one of the most appealing structures in the entirety of Scandinavia.

The fortress was previously the royal palace at the time Bergen was credited as Norway's capital. Inside, you will find two impressive structures - Rosenkrantz Tower and Håkonshallen (Haakon's Hall). Get ready to be in awe of the architecture that still stands from the Viking era.

The historical magic coupled with magnificent architecture will leave you spellbound. Today the castle is open for site visiting and still has civilian and military tenants. The ground conducts many activities like large rock concerts, operative performances, cultural events, and art exhibitions.

Location: Vågen, 5003 Bergen
Timing: 6:30 am to 11 pm
Kode Art Museum
Considered as one of the biggest museums for music, art, and books, the KODE museums will satisfy your artistic urges. There are four different locations that house various types of exhibitions and collections. KODE 1 displays some of the permanent collections of the museum, which includes the Singer Collections as well the Silver Treasure.

Now, the KODE 2 houses various changing exhibits and is also famous for the well-stocked art book shop. In the KODE 3, you will find large volumes of collections by the well-renowned Edvard Munch. KODE 4 is home to Kunstlab, which is a children's interactive museum and offers various installations of Modern art.

Location: Rasmus Meyer’s allé, Bergen
Timing: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 to 16:00, Saturday-Sunday 11:00 to 17:00
Entry fee:  NOK 150 per adult
Mount Ulriken
With an altitude of 643 meters, Mount Ulriken is the tallest mountain in Bergen. The unparalleled visuals of nature make it one of the most charming places to visit in Bergen Norway. If you have a passion for adventure and love to explore new areas, then hiking to the peak of Mount Ulriken will be an amazing experience.

Along the trail, you will encounter mesmerizing views that will make your trip even more memorable. From the top, you can see the majestic mountains, the enchanting fjords, gorgeous lakes, and a unique frame of the city elbow. Moreover, there are multiple trails to satisfy the thrill-loving spirit within you.

You can start the hike from different starting points. However, the climb is quite steep and can cause relative pain. Furthermore, you can also opt for the Ulriken cable car and enjoy the thrilling 7 minute experience.

Location: Haukelandsbakken 40, 5009 Bergen
Timing: Preferably in the morning
Old Bergen Museum
Opened for the public in the year 1946, the Old Bergen Museum was constructed in an effort to protect the historical buildings of Bergen. During the 19th century, Bergen had mainly wooden buildings that were vulnerable to fire outbreaks. In order to preserve the old culture of the city, the old Bergen Museum came into existence.

Now, it overlooks the preservation of 55 such wooden homes. Located in the Sandviken, you can now explore the 19th century and take in the magnificent architecture that was prominent in that era. On the carefully designed roads, you will find the original houses that reflect the history of Bergen. Furthermore, the museum also organizes events that offer more information about the bygone era in an effort to educate the tourists about the long-lost culture.

Location: Elsesro, Nyhavns Veien 4, 5042 Bergen
Timing: Closed for the season
Entry fee: NOK 120 per adult
University Museum Of Bergen
One of the most top-rated places to visit in Bergen is the University Museum of Bergen. It is famous for housing some of the most popular collections. Here, you can admire the Cultural History Collection and the Natural History Collection. Apart from that, you can also take a tour of the Seafacing Museum.

The artistic beauties will leave you in awe of it. There is also a Botanic Garden that you can visit here. If you are a nature lover, then a visit to Nygårdspark is a must. There are various types of flora that will compel you to wonder at their beauty. Moreover, you must not miss the chance to observe the Norwegian Arboretum. It is an impressive collection of around 5,000 plants from different parts of the world.

Location: Haakon Shetelig plass 10, 5007 Bergen
Timing: 10 am to 4 pm
Entry fee: NOK 120 per adult
Vil Vite Bergen Science Center
Are you curious to explore the world of technology and science? Then, visiting the VilVite Bergen Science Center will be like a dream come true. The extensive exhibition in this science center will mesmerize you to a great extent.

Here, you can visit with your family and indulge in some quality bonding time with them. It is the perfect place to create new memories while having fun and exploring science. There are above 100 exhibits and virtual expeditions that you can observe.

Moreover, you can also partake in the workshop that takes place in the Creative Garden. Furthermore, they recently opened a new exhibition that has VR installations for exciting illusions. It will help you create new memories for the trip.

Location: Thormøhlens Gate 51, 5006 Bergen
Timing: Open every Saturday and Sunday between 10.15 am – 1.15 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm
Entry fee:  NOK 190 per adult
Bergen Cathedral
With ties back to the 11th century, the Bergen Cathedral was once a simple monastic church. Over the years, it has undergone multiple renovations due to fire accidents and other reasons. The 1880s renovation was particularly significant as, during this particular re-construction, the Rocco Interior designed by Christian Christie was added. 

With such cultural importance, it is one of the top Bergen Norway places to visit. The architecture of the cathedral is magnificent and is a testament to the talented craftsmanship that has persevered throughout these centuries.

While the cathedral is open to the public, the timing must be kept into account so that you do not find it closed. In the months, excluding June, July, and August, it is only open for a limited time period. However, during the rush season (June-August), you will find it open on the weekdays.

Location: Domkirkeplassen 1, 5003 Bergen
Timing: Weekdays from June to August
Bergen Market Square
The best way to explore the city of Bergen is to visit Market Square in the early hours. Wake up at the crack of dawn and rush to the busy quays. There, you will find the local fishermen and the 700-year old Torget, also known as the Fish Market.

The buying and selling of different varieties of fishes and the overall liveliness will depict an accurate picture of everyday life in Bergen. You can also explore the Fish Market, where you will come across shellfish, vegetables, fruits, and different types of fishes.

Moreover, you can shop for handmade crafts as souvenirs from here. The lively colors of the building and the bustling of the people make it one of the most popular places to visit on your Bergen trip.

Location: Grensegrenden 1, 5035 Bergen
Timing: Any time you want (preferably in the morning)
Lysøen Island
Lisøy Island is one of the best places in Bergen to explore and understand its culture even more. This spectacular island is located on Fana, which is a suburban area in Bergen. Apart from the ethereal beauty of nature that surrounds this island, it is also home to the well-renowned violin player, Ole Bull.

Here, you will find the magnificent Ole Bull's villa på Lysøen which has been open to tourists since 1973. You can opt for picnicking in the gazebo, or you can stroll along the paths hand in hand with your partner. The picturesque views that you will see here are simply mesmerizing.

Apart from that, you must conduct a tour of the Lysøen Museum. The expert guides can offer you more in-depth information about the history of the place and the various interesting events that have occurred throughout the years.

Location: Lisøy, Fana, Bergen
Known for being the Royal Residence of the Norwegian royal family, the Gamlehaugen is a marvelous structure that reflects the architecture of the Renaissance period. It now personalizes and stands fortified as the power of the royals in Bergen. The structure in itself is absolutely exquisite. Moreover, the enchanting beauty of nature encompassing the Gamlehaugen is simply breathtaking.

The tourists are allowed various tours of the house. You can visit the roof and take in the enthralling views of the surrounding area. If you love medieval-era movies and have always wanted to visit a real-life dungeon then you will find one here, and the setting will definitely not disappoint you!

Apart from that, you can also explore the well-maintained garden circling the Residence. Walk hand and hand with your partner and absorb the cultural diversity and beauty of Norway together!

Location: Gamlehaugvegen 10, 5230 Paradis, Bergen
Timing: 24 hours
If you have stamina and can tolerate physical exertion, then Stoltzekleiven is one of the most challenging yet satisfying places to visit in Bergen. It comprises about 722 steps and is a popular hiking trail that starts from Fjellveien.

Once you start climbing the stone stairs, you get the chance to marvel at the mesmerizing views. When you reach Fjellveien 13, you will be able to see the starting point of Stoltzekleiven. And after you reach the top, the magnificent views of Byfjorden and Sandviken will enthrall you.

However, the trail is relatively narrow, and hiking up on this adventurous route is not recommended during the winter as the slippery area can cause untoward accidents. However, from the Stoltzekleiven top, you can continue the journey to Mount Fløyen. It will take you about 40 minutes, and the view that greets you at the end is simply indescribable.

Location: Byfjellene, 5003 Bergen
Located in the South East part of Bergen, the Hardangerfjord passes numerous islands like Stord, Bømlo, etc. The panoramic view of fruit farms and enchanting villages along this fjord makes it worthy of the title of the Queen of the Fjords.

With a length of about 179 km, the Hardangerfjord offers unparalleled scenic visuals of majestic mountains, stunning glaciers, and cascading waterfalls. It is the kind of scenery that will satisfy the ever-growing wanderlust within you.  If you travel during the month of May, you will find fruits hanging from the trees and the flora in its full glory.

You can opt for a cruise and explore this magnificent beauty of nature. Apart from that, you can also traverse the charming villages, take in the culture of the area, and mingle with the locals while making unforgettable memories with your friends or partner.

Location: Hordaland, Western Norway
Rasmus Meyer Collection
Part of the KODE 3, the Rasmus Meyer Collection houses some of the most intriguing art collections from the golden age of Norway. The museum also boasts of a huge collection of art created by Edvard Munch. If you have an artistic soul, then this is one of the most exciting places to visit in Bergen Norway for you.

Here, you can admire some masterpieces of Munch, such as - The Woman in Three Stages, Jealousy, etc. Apart from Munch, the museum also showcases some of the most brilliant works of artists like Christian Krohg, Gerhard Munthe, Hans Gude, etc.

Location: Rasmus Meyers Allé 7, Bergen
Fantoft Stavkirke
One of the most controversial state churches in existence in Norway is the Fantoft Stavkirke. It is one of the most interesting Bergen Norway places to visit. The original Fantoft Church was actually developed in the year 1150 and was later destroyed in a fire that broke out in 1992.

The suspected arsonist was an ill-famed musician by the name of Varg Vikernes. The church that you see today is an absolute reconstruction of the original one. Nevertheless, it still depicts the Norwegian cultural heritage in the most beautiful way possible.

The architecture of this state church is simply enthralling and clearly reflects the excellent talent and skill of the craftsmanship. Moreover, the area surrounding the church is shrouded in the mesmerizing beauty of nature that exudes a serene ambiance.

Location: Fantoftvegen 38, 5072 Bergen
Timing: 10:30 am to 6 pm
Entry fee: 50 NOK per adult
Bergen Aquarium

Bergen Aquarium in Norway offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the underwater world of the North Atlantic. Founded in 1960, it boasts a diverse collection of marine life, including fish, seals, and penguins, providing an educational and immersive experience for visitors of all ages.

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Hike Up To The Mount Floyen
Mount Floyen happens to be one of the most sought after places in Bergen from where you will be able to sight brilliant views. Tourists love to watch the sparkling city from the top during the sunet. The best way to reach Mount Floyen would be by taking a funicular railway ride.

It just takes 6 minutes to cover the distance. This place is just perfect for hikers, adventures, and bikers who long for indulging in adventure activities and love to witness the mystic hillsides, forets, valleys, and larkes. The mountain is also home to a number of guided hiking trails and several attractions for kids like zip line park, lake paddling, climbing playground and wildlife encounters.
Location: Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Go Exploring Bryggen
Exploring the alleys of Bryggen happens to be one of the best things to do in Bergen Norway as you will get a chance to visit the dimly lit facades, wooden alleys, UNESCO world heritage sites, age old forts, traditional shops, posh dining areas, and more more. Taking this tour, you will also be able to collect some memorable souvenirs from hand knitted pullovers and jackets which are made up of moose and reindeer skins. You will surely have a great time taking this exploration tour.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4;00 PM

Travel Back In Time At Hanseatic Museum
Hanseatic Museum happens to be a very old and charming structure in Bergen which is home to a zillions of old antiques. You will get a chance to peep into the palatial offices and quarters of the apprentices, fisherman, and farmers. Coming over to this place, you will also be able to dine out in the Germanic style with your loved ones. This place is mainly visited by history buffs from various parts of the country as exploring past antiquity is one of the best activities in Bergen to take up.
Location: Finnegården 1A, 5003 Bergen, Norway
Price: NOK30

Experience The Charm At Edvard Grieg Museum
Edvard Grieg Museum is yet another beautiful place which was once the abode of Nina and Edvard Grieg. Exploring this place has been considered one of the best activities in Bergen as it is enveloped by the plummeting gardens along the Nordasvatnet lake. The museum also hosts year exhibitions from the month of May to the month of September and again from the month of October to the month of april. Apart from exhibitions, this place is also used for concerts because of its ornamented veranda.
Location: Troldhaugen 65, 5232 Paradis, Norway
Timings: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Price: NOK130.00

Relish The Flavour Of Bergen Fish Market
During your stay in Bergen, you must try out spending time trying out the local delicacies with your loved ones. Strolling through the marketplaces is one of the best activities in Bergen. You will come across a number of food joints selling shellfish and smoked fish of whale meat that you will not find in general all over the world. You will also come across a number of food kiosks selling a variety of snacks and lunches that you can either pick parcels from those places or enjoy the delicacies serving yourself there itself. One of the must try recipes is fish and chips.
Location: Torget 5, 5014 Bergen, Norway
Timings: 10:00 AM - 9;00 PM

Witness The History Of Norway At The Bergenhus Fortress
Bergenhus Fortress is one of the oldest and preserved heritage sites that you will come to see in Norway. This stone fort was constructed in the past in order to safeguard the city and at the present time it has become a crowd puller with exciting Bergen things to do for adventure seekers and history buffs. The fort remains open for the visitors all through the year and you can plan to come over to this place on a clear and sunny day to capture the intricate works of this majestic wonder.
Location: 5003 Bergen, Norway
Timings: 6:00 AM - 11;00 PM

Marvel At The The Royal Palace
Marvelling at the Royal Palace is yet another Bergen thing to do that will give you memories worth a lifetime. This place has been a home to the Norwegian Royal Family. The palace gets a French and Scottish construction that creates a striking contrast with the exteriors and the interiors. The lush green park area around the structure is yet another pretty area where you can spend time walking and enjoy swimming.
Location: Gamlehaugvegen 10, 5230 Paradis, Norway

Go Shopping At Torget At Olav Kyrres Gate
Shopping can be considered as one of the best Bergen Things to do. Kyrres Gate happens to be a popular shopping destination where you will find big branded stores and small niche stores to give you a whole new level of shopping experience. Located in the heart of the city, you will be able to marvel at some of the popular shopping malls like storcentre, Galleriet, and Kloverhuset. Heading out on this trip, you can purchase zillions of souvenirs for your loved ones and also to keep the memories alive all through your life.

What are the things to do in Bergen at night?

Visit Magic Ice Bar Bergen
The magic Ice bar in Bergen is one of the wonderful creations that is constructed from several tons of ice that takes you far from your everyday life to the lifestyle of the Arctic circle.

Watch a movie at Grieghallen, Bergen
Located close to the city centre, this place happens to be one of the top attractions to visit after the sun goes down to watch some wonderful work of actors.

Taste exotic drinks at the tasting room
Sipping exotic drinks at the tasting room can be considered as one of the best things to do in Bergen Norway during the winter season. You will get to taste a wide range of rare and exotic drinks at this place that has been aging since years.

What are the things to do in Bergen for free?

Visit the Rosenkrantz Tower
If you are a history buff then this is surely going to be one of the best things to do in Bergen Norway. The tower is named after the former governor Erik Rosenkrantz who had played a major role in remodelling the tower into an important residence in the 16th century. This tower has been existing since the late 13th century and has been home to King Eric II. Climbing to the top of the same you will be able to capture brilliant views of Vaagen Bay.

Take a gastronomic tour of the city
If you are a food lover, then this is one of the best things to do in Bergen Norway spending very less. The city of Bergen is an UNESCO city of Gastronomy and is jam packed with some of the amazing cafes and restaurants. The city is also very much famous all over the world for organising conferences on seafood.

Visit the Bergenhus Fortress
It is yet another place that offers you loads of information about the past era. You can come over to this place on a fine sunny day to explore the reigns of one of the oldest preserved stone fortifications.

What are the best things to do in Bergen for couples?

Witness the ultimate Fjord Cruise
Taking the ultimate Fjord Cruise with your loved partner would definitely be one of the best things to do in Bergen Norway. Located close to the southern coast of Norway, you will be able to visit the longest fjord in Norway as well as the smallest castle in Bergen on the day cruise.

Visit the Largest Aquarium In Norway
It is one of the unique things to do in Bergen Norway with your beloved partner. This giant aquarium is home to a plethora of exotic species like sea lions, fishes, snakes, crocodiles and much more. Coming over to this place, you will be able to spend time in a friendly environment and capture some feeding shots as well.

Find out the Love for Art
Bergen has got some of the best museums in the world and it is of no surprise that an entire district is dedicated to museums named as KODE. This place is not only the arena for art but it is also the home for the composers. You can come over to this place with your art loving partner and witness some sheer craftsmanship. You will be visiting KODE 1 for crafts exhibits, KODE 2 for contemporary arts, and KODE 3 for artworks from the Golden Age of Norwegian Art.

Take An Aerial Tramway
If you were looking for some of the top things to do in Bergen Norway, then taking an aerial tramway ride to Mount Ulriken with your beloved partner would be very exciting. The mountain stands tall at an elevation of about 643 meters and the tramway takes you to the peak of the mountain to give you a chance to capture brilliant panoramic views.

What is the best time to visit Bergen?

The best time to visit Bergen would be in the month of May as the city receives very less precipitation which makes outdoor activities and sightseeing easier. This month is usually favourable for tourists as there are zillions of local events which you can be a part of to know more about the city, its culture and its way of living.

How many days should I spend in Bergen?

It would be ideal to spend at least three days in Bergen to cover all the important places of tourist interest. If you have time you can also spend some time relaxing with your loved ones.

What is Bergen known for?

Bergen is widely famous for its universities which in turn happens to be one of the world renowned Museums housing a plethora of old age products and relics. You can visit the University Museum of Bergen including the Natural History Collection, the Cultural History Collection, and the Seafaring Museum. Apart from sightseeing, you will also be able to take part in zillions of outdoor activities, take part in cable car rides to witness the mystical vistas and much more.

Is Bergen worth visiting?

If you are a nature and adventure lover then visiting Bergen is definitely worth it. You will get a chance to sight some of the spectacular sceneries all around as well as enjoy the local food which can be considered as a true delight for your taste buds.

How to reach Bergen?

By Air:
You will get direct flights to Bergen from various corners of the world. The major airport is Bergen is Bergen Flesland Airport. It is the second busiest airport in Norway and some of the major flight operators to this place are KLM, Norwegian, Finnair, Delta, Air France, SWISS, SAS, Icelandair, and Iberia.
By Cruise:
Bergen has got well connected cruise routes from various nearby cities along the scenic fjords and coast to Bergen.

How to reach Bergen from India?

The best way to reach Bergen from India would be taking a direct flight from the major Indian cities like Bengaluru, Lucknow, Delhi, and Mumbai. The flight would last for about 15 - 16 hours.

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