Discover Bergen, the colorful port of the Nordic north
A colorful canvas. This is the impression given to every visitor to Bergen, Norway, a large harbor built on a lacy fjord coast at the south-western tip of Norway, literally embraced by the Atlantic Ocean. Colorful wooden, traditional houses, mirrored in the icy waters, compose a unique atmosphere, combined with the wild beauty of Norwegian nature that surrounds the city. Where once the legendary Vikings anchored their ships, before their long exploratory voyages, today a modern harbor stretches out and cruise ships disembark a multitude of visitors, ready to discover the secrets of life in the Norwegian north, hidden in every corner of Bergen. Crowned by seven mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls, Bergen, which became the first capital of Norway, today emerges as a vibrant and friendly city, living through the memories of its naval past, which with its modern urban environment fascinates each visitor.
Wooden alleys on the old pier, outdoor fish markets, (Fisketorget) that pulsate with liveliness and energy, beautiful architecture, picturesque squares and an impressive seafront facing the ocean, unfold the history and tradition of the city. Colorful and impressive, the old quarter is home to a multitude of colorful wooden houses and warehouses (Bryggen), which face the sea and face the vastness of the ocean, recalling nautical memories. Cobbled alleys lead to the historic core of the city, exuding the charm of its medieval past, which largely defined the character of Bergen. Impressive castles (Bergenhu) and cathedrals (Domkirke), palaces (Haakon Hall) and towers (Rozencrantz) create with a special mastery a residential environment, ready to embrace every visitor and introduce him to the secrets of life of the icy Scandinavian north. Large roads (Ovregate) and well-kept parks, outdoor sculptures, fountains and alleys create the ideal conditions for a calm atmosphere and aesthetic pleasure. Enjoy the panorama of the city from Floyen hill, and let Bergen captivate you.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine is dominated by flavors and dishes with raw fish and seafood. Give yourself the opportunity to try seafood flavors at the Bergen open-air fish market, on one of the many waterfront stalls. Try salmon and cod flavors, smoked seal and whale snacks and crabmeat, served inside the crab shell, as well as hot soups with fish and vegetables. At the same time Norwegian cuisine offers a wide variety of meat dishes. Choose reindeer meat, which turns out to be a top culinary delight.
The best season to visit Bergen
Choose to make your trip, ideally, in the period March - October. The temperatures are bearable, while the duration of the day with the sunlight increases significantly. Choose the rest of the year if you are a fan of snow and winter sports.
How to move around Bergen
Transfer from/to Bergen
Bergen Airport, Flesland, is 21 km away from the city center. The transfer from the airport to the city is made by buses that, at regular intervals, run to and from the airport.
Transportation in Bergen
Transportation to the city of Bergen is ideally via the extensive public transport network. The bus becomes the most flexible means of transport, with routes that spatially cover most of the city. Alternatively you can travel either by tram or trolley. The city is extremely friendly to alternative modes of transportation such as cycling.