Bergen Norway – the Fjord Capital

Bergen Bryggen area by Sonia Arrepia, Visit Bergen

Picturesque Bergen is a “must-see” city in Norway

– beautifully located by the fjord, surrounded by 7 mountains, picturesque hillsides with tiny wooden houses & narrow streets, the UNESCO Bryggen wharf; the beautiful, old, wooden wharfhouses from the Hanseatic era.
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Dried cod at Bergen fish market. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Bergen Fish Market

Bergen’s location in Fjord Norway

Due to the unique geography of Norway, with fjords carving their way from the coast and far into the countryside, Bergen was in the older days quite isolated from the rest of Norway, but on the other hand, the city was open to Europe, with a large fleet of wooden sailships carrying dried cod to the European markets, mainly in Italy, Spain & Portugal, for their bacalao and stoccafisso dishes.

Bergen Brygge by Sonia Arrepia, Visit Bergen

Colourful houses at Bryggen

Bergen used to be one of the Hanseatic towns, and the picturesque, UNESCO Bryggen wharf dates back to this Hanseatic era. The tiny Hanseatic Museum at Bryggen waterfront is well worth a visit! This museum is currently closed for refurbishment, for exhibitions please visit Schøtstuene in Øvregaten 50.

Eventually Bergen was connected to the rest of the country with roads, bridges & ferries crossing the fjords, and the amazing Bergen rail line crossing the mountains from Oslo. But the inhabitants of Bergen still feel somehow disconnected from the rest of Norway; a popular saying in Bergen is “I don’t come from Norway, I come from Bergen”, being very proud of their beautiful city.

The heart of Bergen - the colorful fish market by Robin Strand, Visit Bergen

The open air Fish Market

Bergen is still open to the world, attracting tourists from around the globe, and fish is still an important part of Bergen’s identity. The open air Fish Market has for centuries been the “heart” of Bergen.

In 2012 a new indoor fish market opened next to the open air market, where you can still by fresh fish, seafood & smoked salmon from Norway. You will also find open air cafés serving salmon sandwiches.

View of Bergen by Pixabay

View of Bergen from Mount Floyen

Bergen is beautifully located by the Bergen fjord, surrounded by 7 mountains. You can take the Funicular to Mount Floyen, offering a marvellous view of the city and the surrounding islands and fjords.
The city station is located a short walk from the Fish Market. Close to the top station you find the historic Floyen Restaurant & Café, with a beautiful view.

There is also a cable car to the top of Mount Ulriken, the highest mountain surrounding Bergen, with an altitude of 700 m above sea level. There is a breathtaking view from the top, as well as a nice restaurant. A scheduled bus service takes you from the city centre to the cable car station.

Wooden houses in Bergen by Gjertrud Coutinho, Visit Bergen

Wooden houses in Bergen

Bergen’s tiny wooden houses & narrow streets

Bergen has several authentic areas with tiny wooden houses and narrow streets, a “must see” during your visit!

You find these picturesque areas on the Nordnes peninsula, at the hillside around the Funicular city station, at the Marken area close to the train station, as well as in the Sandviken & Skuteviken areas.

The charming Old Bergen Museum offers a large selection of authentic wooden houses, located a 10-min bus drive from the city centre.

Wooden houses in the Bryggen area by Pixabay

The back yard of Bryggen wharf

More to see in Bergen:

The Aquarium on the Nordnes peninsula – during the summer season you can take the really tiny ferry departing directly from the Fish Market, it takes a few minutes. It is a good idea to stroll at least one way, to see the picturesque areas of tiny, wooden houses and narrow streets on Nordnes and Klosteret area.

St Mary’s Church – a beautiful, two-towered stone church, located just behind the Bryggen waterfront and the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
Read more about St Mary’s church on Wikipedia

Troldhaugen by Dag Fosse, Visit Bergen

Troldhaugen Museum

The composer Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen – a tiny, wooden villa with a beautiful garden by the Nordas Lake. Take the city tram “Bybanen” to Hop station (20 mins), then follow the signs to Troldhaugen for a walk of approx. 20 mins, or a taxi.
Read more about Troldhaugen on Wikipedia

The Fantoft Stave Church – an authentic, wooden church. Take the city tram to Paradis station, then walk up a hill for approx. 10 mins.

At Bergen Aquarium by Thor Hakonson, Visit Bergen

At Bergen Aquarium

The idyllic Lungegard Lake – a quiet part of the city, with views of the hillsides and the mountains.
You also find interesting art museums by the lake, where you can see the famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s artworks.
Read more on the Bergen Art Museum’s web site

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