Bergen is small enough to enjoy by foot, and still be able to see most of the city center. Walking the streets of the old town is a must, but is at the same time almost unavoidable so I don’t think I need to add it to the list, but below you’ll find three other must do’s to make time for when planning your trip to Bergen.
Take a fjord cruise
They don’t call Bergen “The gateway to the fjords” for nothing. Bergen is one of the most popular place for travelers to begin their fjord cruises, but if you can’t afford the week long cruises, there are a few different day trip cruises to choose from where you get to enjoy the nearby fjords for the day instead – a much more budget friendly alternative but still a once in a lifetime experience.
I took a day cruise on a sunny winter day and it was absolutely amazing, so you can definitely go year round, but good weather obviously makes it easier to really get to soak up the atmosphere.
Take in the views from Fløyen Panorama
Surrounded by seven (!) mountains, Bergen is a gorgeous gem to look at from the Fløyen Panorama viewpoint. You can either take the gondola to get up there, or (if you feel like a workout) hike to the top which takes about 2 hours. Another option is to take the Gondola up and walk down, so that you get to enjoy the green outdoors without working up too much of a sweat.
Bryggen has been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites ever since 1979 and is one of the most recognizable sights in Bergen. The quaint traditional hanseatic wooden houses makes for a beautiful picture, and today Bryggen houses museums, shops, restaurants and pubs if you want to spend some more time there.
Bergen offers more climbs and hikes worth checking out, but if you’re short on time the three above will give you a great time. Oh, and if you can, go there by train from Oslo, the journey itself is an awesome experience.