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Where in the world: Europe  /  Norway  /  Western Norway  /  Hordaland  /  Bergen

Top 15 things to do in Bergen

1. Mount Floyen and the Funicular

Take a smooth ride up Mount Floyen and the Funicular for expansive views, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Hop on the funicular to be transported from the center of Bergen to 320 m (1,050 ft) above sea level, in just five to eight minutes. Head to the viewing platform where the city of Bergen and its surroundings can be seen from a bird's-eye view, including the mouth of the fjord and the islands of Aunnhordland. From the top, you have a choice of hikes that vary in length and difficulty. For children, check out the playground that features a giant troll statue. There is also a restaurant, cafe, and shop available for your convenience. Check the website for exact departure times of the funicular, and for more information on seasonal activities like canoeing and fishing.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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2. Bryggen

Explore the shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants, and museums dispersed within the medieval wooden buildings of Bryggen, designated a World Heritage Site in 1979. The site dates back to before 1070, and developed into an important Norwegian trading center with an office of the Hanseatic League opened here in 1360. Today the town is one of the most visited attractions in Norway. Wander the ancient alleys, sit and people-watch along the waterfront, and admire the Nordic houses. Stop by the Hanseatic trade building built in 1702, the Maria Church, the Bryggen Museum, the Hanseatic Museum, or Schotstuene assembly rooms on your way around town.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $5 › Learn more about Bryggen

3. Ulriken

Rising imposingly above Bergen, Ulriken stands as the highest of the seven mountains ringing the city. Make your way to the top, 643 m (2,110 ft) above sea level, for a sweeping view over the city, its harbor, and the surrounding mountains. Ascend via the network of rugged mountain trails or by taking the cable car that runs from the city center to the peak. Alternatively, hop aboard a shuttle bus from Bergen, which departs from the city's tourist information office. Once you arrive at the top, take advantage of the free telescopes to get a closer view of the landscape.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $476 › Learn more about Ulriken

4. Walking Tour in Bergen of the Past and Present

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We meet at the Rosenkrantz Tower inside the Bergen fortress. NOTE - we walk up-hill on cobblestone. This tour requires a moderate fitness. If you don't think you'll be able to walk up-hill, I recommend booking our private tour. This small-group walking tour combines history, culture and everyday life as we walk through both the most famous attractions of Bergen and the off-the-beaten path parts of the city. We will discuss not just the fascinating history of Bergen, but also what it's like to live in Bergen today - including everyday life, housing, work, education and anything you wish to ask. We'll explore the issues currently facing Bergen today, but also what makes Bergen a special place to live.We will walk through historical locations past picturesque houses, churches, hills and parks. You'll get an idea of museums, restaurants and shops that you can explore on your own. Group size: 14
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $26 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Fish Market

Shop and eat your way through Fish Market, the site that has served as the meeting place for fisherman, traders, and locals alike since the 12th century. Located in the very center of the city on the wharf, it is one of the most popular outdoor markets in Norway and is often bustling with action. Browse the stalls of fresh fish and other seafood and view the live catches from that morning. Purchase crab, shrimp, caviar, smoked salmon, cod, or even whale from one of the friendly fishmongers. Sample some of the local cuisine at one of the many vendors along the market. You can also buy souvenirs, local art, flowers, fruits, and vegetables here. Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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6. Bergen Food Tours

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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7. Stoltzekleiven

Marvel at the view of the Sandviken area and the Byfjorden fjord by climbing Stoltzekleiven trail. This steep, paved path is a stairway with over 700 steps. Reach the top and you will be able to see a lake view, or continue to Mount Floyen. Though the trail is short, it can be physically demanding; it is recommended for people in good physical condition. Watch your step if you visit in winter, as it can be very slippery.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $79 › Learn more about Stoltzekleiven

8. Best Views of Bergen - Segway Day Tour

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This Segway tour will show you the best sights in Bergen and leave you with time to explore the city after the tour is complete.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $78 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum

Once the home of famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum today serves as a living museum dedicated to his memory and his life's work. Located on a grassy hill overlooking Nordas Lake, the museum complex includes the 19th-century villa where Grieg and his wife lived, the hut where Grieg composed many of his most well-known pieces, and Troldsalen, the concert hall that the Greigs built on the property. Take a moment to enjoy the views and nature that is said to have inspired his genius, and stop by the gravesite where Greig and his wife are buried. Tours are included in the ticket price and held regularly in Norweigan, English, Russian, and German; other languages must be booked in advance. Verify with the museum about tour schedules, and check the website for performances that occur here frequently.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $400 › Learn more about Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum

10. Heit Bergen Sauna

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Hardangerfjord

Known as the Orchard of Norway, Hardangerfjord is the world's third-longest fjord, offering tourist routes along glaciers, waterfalls, and one of the largest mountain highlands in Europe. The fjord stretches 179 km (111 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean into the forested hills of the mainland. Cruise along the scenic villages nestled at the foot of the mountains, or go walking on a glacier. Adventure lovers can take a ride with a kayak on the Eidfjord--one of the fjord's arms. Other attractions include a fish farm, cider factory, and living history museum focused on the construction and preservation of boats. Also look out for the Barony in Rosendal, Scandinavia's tiniest "palace" renowned for its Renaissance garden.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $136 › Learn more about Hardangerfjord

12. Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord Cruise

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Join our catamaran to see the Fjords, mountains and waterfalls in style on this stunning 27KM long Osterfjord Fjord cruise. Catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water from the boat whilst we touch close to the waterfall.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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13. Spas

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter

VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter offers a day of educational fun. Suitable for children of all ages, the science center offers over 100 interactive exhibits that explore topics such as water, weather, climate, the body, and energy. Create a giant soap bubble, operate a model submarine or report on the day's weather in the weather studio. Head to the cafe inside for a bite to eat. Check the website for the schedule of science shows and 3-D movies screened on site.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Private Fjordcruise: Bergen fjord by Zodiac Speed Boat

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NORWAY'S HIGHEST RATED PRIVATE TOUR #1 ON TripAdvisor Never in the history of private tours in Norway, there's been so many travelers top rating a tour in such a short time! It is described as the most unique FjordSafari available in Norway, and rest assured that you will be baffled by what our Top-rated tour supplier has created. Stunning unexplored surroundings where you are completely undisturbed by the herd of travelers seeking to well-known places like Flåm. Here you are completely off the beaten track, not having the feeling of being just another one herded around. IMPORTANT: Please, note that this tour is select access and the local supplier must manually confirm your booking before you are set to go. This tour has a very limited capacity and travelers are encouraged to book early. Last-minute bookings are accepted only when and if there is capacity available.
Suggested duration: 4 to 11 hours
Tours from $514 › More about this tour at viator.com ›