Bergen

Welcome to Bergen! Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway and famous for its beauty. After all, it has been voted the most beautiful city in Norway over and over again. Sure, it’s one of the rainiest cities in Europe (240+ days a year), but we here in Bergen believe it just keeps the city sparkling clean 🙂

With a fascinating history going back to 1070, Bergen was Scandinavia’s first important commercial city – stockfish has been traded here for 1,000 years. Bryggen, the now-UNESCO World Heritage listed wharf area (in the picture above) was important to the Hanseatic League, a German merchant organisation, and the timber buildings are preserved from their time. 

Today Bergen is a cool city: it’s a major university town so expect to find many unique bars, cafes and shops in the downtown area. It’s home to a large portion of the oil industry, the fishing industry, the shipping industry and research on climate change. It’s also the largest cruise port in Norway. There are museums, art galleries, shops, and endless hiking trails. Moreover, Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords – you can reach Norway’s most famous fjords in just a couple hours with well-known train and ferry rides.

Here’s my page about Bergen, my home and favourite place in the country!

Top Attractions

Museums

  • Schøtstuene Museum
  • Bryggens Museum

The Great Outdoors

  • Hiking up and down Mt. Fløyen

Note – use the arrow on the top left to open up the guide to this map. If I’ve written an article about the place, there will be a link to that article when you click the marker. 

Explore Bergen past and present with a certified fluent English-speaking guide.
 
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.
 
With this walking tour, you’ll get a feel not just for Bergen’s history and culture, but also the ‘real Bergen’. 
 
Join Emma, your local guide, on this unique and special walk through the best city in Norway!
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Walking Tour of Bergen

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Museums

Walking Guides

Driving Guides & Day Trips

The Rainiest City in Europe

Is Bergen the rainiest city in Europe? Perhaps – though people from Ireland tend to debate that! With at least 240 days a year with rain, it sure does feel rainy. But don’t let the rain get you down; it is often a light rain, rarely storms, and gives Bergen a unique charm. Sometimes it rains for weeks on end – in fact the record is 90 days of rain!
 
In Norway we have a saying – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Make sure you pack well!
 
On the left you’ll see the weather forecast – is it raining now?

Culture & Stories

Music Videos Shot in Bergen

I must admit that I’m definitely one of those people who gets super excited when I see my home city in someone else’s video. I sit back and watch like a proud parent: “yes, that is my city! Look how good it looks!”. Then I get the link and share it onto everyone I know,

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Watch Bergen on YouTube

Hikes

History

World War II Sites in Bergen

On the morning of the 9th of April 1940, Norway awoke to the news that Nazi Germany had invaded. The country remained occupied until the war ended on 8 May 1945. Bergen became one of the most important places for German forces on the west coast. They built forts, bunkers, and took over public buildings.

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All articles about Bergen

Driving from Bergen to the Hardangerfjord

I think one of the best ways to see Norway is by car. It may seem a little intimidating at first, with all those mountain roads, ferries, tolls, and crazy expensive petrol. But if you plan accordingly and have the budget for it, you’ll get to see the best bits of nature. And one of

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