Stretching over seven scenic mountains, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. This former capital overflows with colourful houses, a bustling fishing harbour and impressive scenery.
Hop on the Fløibanen funicular for spectacular views of Bergen, its coastline and the surrounding mountains. At the top you can grab lunch at the Fløien Folkerestaurant, before setting off through the troll forest or on one of the many walking trails.
Views from Mount Fløyen
The medieval old town of Bryggen overlooks the harbour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, made up of a handful of rickety, lopsided wooden buildings, has been ravaged by numerous fires throughout its history. Now it houses a range of shops, museums and restaurants.
Four gallery buildings display a huge collection of art from the past 500 years – including the world-renowned ‘Scream’ by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and even works by Pablo Picasso.
KODE Art Museum
A few miles out from the centre of Bergen is the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Take a tour of the villa to see where his best-known works were composed, or listen to them yourself at a lunchtime concert.
Choose from favourites like salmon, prawn and lobster, or the more unusual sea urchin, and have it cooked right before your eyes at the harbour’s famous fish market. Feeding hungry customers since 1276, many of the traders also sell dried stockfish, one of Norway’s biggest exports.
Want to try a bit of everything? Head over to the olde-worlde Bryggen Tracteursted restaurant to try a selection of traditional Norwegian delicacies, from reindeer tartar to Kraftkar blue cheese and pickled plums.
Tapas at the Bryggen Tracteursted
These cinnamon buns are a Bergen signature. They’re made using a mix of almonds, cinnamon, cardamom and raisins, rolled into spirals and baked to perfection.
A very prominent part of Scandinavian folklore and Norse mythology, these wild-haired creatures are found in all sizes, shapes and forms – including magnets, figurines and salt and pepper shakers – in almost every gift shop.
Despite its old-town feel, Bergen has a bustling shopping district, with many of its shopping malls and boutiques located on the Strandgaten and the pedestrianised Torgallmenningen. Check out Illums Bolighus, a Nordic store selling everything from plates to dressing gowns to table lamps.
Available from the airport and the tourist office, this tourist card offers free and discounted entry into many of the city’s attractions, as well as free use of local buses and the Bergen Light Railway.
Head over to TUI Lakes & Mountains to delve deeper into Bergen and its surroundings.
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