Take a trip to the charming city of Bergen, which encapsulates Norway in a nutshell. Norway’s second largest city is packed with activities and attractions for everyone, whether you are visiting on business or pleasure.
Visit the famous Bryggen Wharf, the nature at Fløibanen Funicular Railway, and the local fish market in the heart of the harbour. Delve into history at the cathedral and St. Mary’s Church, or explore the many museums, galleries and specialist shops. Uncover all of this and more in Norway’s ancient capital. Bergen is perfectly nestled amongst seven great mountains.
Must-sees in Bergen
is the historic wharf and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a living history. Many of its 61 colourful listed buildings are still in use today. You cannot miss the local Fish Market as you walk through the harbour area. It is one of Norway’s most visited outdoor markets and is a hive of activity. Pick up the fresh catch of the day and fresh fruit, or sample delicious dishes.
To get the best view of the city take the journey up the funicular railway with Fløibanen
. It snakes from the centre up onto the mountain plateau, where you can admire incredible views over Bergen and the fjord. Once you are finished exploring, you can either take the railway back down or walk the picturesque trails that lead through the forest and beautiful residential areas before returning to the city centre. For families, Akvariet, the city’s aquarium, is a must. Meet the country’s famous penguins, as well as seals, an array of fish, creepy reptiles and much more.
Bergen offers the ultimate Scandinavian shopping experience. Historically a market town, this tradition has continued. The city is home to no less than five department stores, as well as a number of smaller specialty boutiques. Modern Scandinavian interior stores can also be found across the city. To purchase Scandinavian artwork, there are many galleries selling Norwegian design pieces. Niche stores sell retro clothing, Italian shirts or deluxe wool items from much sought after labels such as Dale of Norway and Janus. Around the Bryggen area, you will find all kinds of high quality souvenirs.
A Hive of Culture and Activities
The city is alive with cultural events year round. From concerts, theatre shows, sporting events and festivals there is always something happening. The annual Bergen International Festival
takes place in May and is the largest music and theatre event in Scandinavia, featuring all types of dance, music, literature, theatre and opera.
In the summer, there are plenty of outdoor activities you can do. One example is to go on-board Statsraad Lehmkhul and sail out of Bergen harbour and around the archipelago. Take this memorable sailing trip on an authentic tall ship from 1914, and view the city from another perspective.
Flying to other West Coast Destinations
Bergen is the largest city in Western Norway, but there are also many other great destinations you can visit with Widerøe. Fly to Stavanger
, the country’s oil capital, which offers easy access for exploring Norway’s west coast and the fjords. The city itself offers a vibrant and modern atmosphere. It too has a lovely harbour area, a number of museums and cultural events. Other more rural west coast destinations include Førde