Bergen is known as “The Gateway to the Norwegian Fjords” and is a well established cruise port. This is a city with small-town charm and atmosphere with plenty to keep the visitor happy for a short stay.
Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The old Hanseatic wharf is architecturally unique and is perhaps one of the most familiar images in Norway. It is a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. You can find out about Bergen’s history in one of several small local museums or just take a walk along and in between the old wooden houses.
Other sites of interest include Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg, a great aquarium, a busy fish market and stunning views from Mt Fløyen, easily accessible by the funicular from the centre of town.
Whilst in Bergen you can take the incredible Norway in a Nutshell® day tour – a full day out by rail, fjord steamer and bus to marvel at some of the most stunning scenery in Norway.. Travel by train as far as Myrdal where you transfer to the world famous Flam Railway for a vertiginous descent on some of the steepest standard gauge rails in the world to reach the fjord-side at Flam itself. Time for lunch before joining the steamer for a cruise through the unbelievable scenery of Naeroyfjord to Gudvangen where a coach waits to return you by spectacular roads to Voss and the train back to Bergen.
Bergen has always been a city of traders. You will find plenty of tempting shopping in the city centre – from small, specialised shops to large department stores. You do have to keep an eye on your wallet though because Norway is not a cheap destination! If you are looking for something different on a city break then Bergen is well worth a try – you won’t be disappointed.