Known as ‘The City of the Seven Mountains and Seven Fjords’, Bergen is a bustling port town placed on Norway’s west coast. As its moniker suggests, you’ll find Bergen to be a city that benefits vastly from its beautiful surroundings; the town’s timber houses climb the forested slopes above it, facing impressive fjords which are sheltered to the north, south and west by a series of islands.
Bergen is a relaxed and easy-going town, very much in touch with its nautical roots. The lively main harbour, Vagen, and the Fish Market lie at the town’s heart and the city is probably best known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf with its colourful traditional wooden houses.
Often touted as one of Norway’s most enjoyable cities, Bergen boasts some of the region’s best restaurants. There’s also a great choice of museums and galleries, meaning that you’ll have no trouble keeping yourself entertained during your stay.
When to go
May to August is a great time to visit this vibrant city.
What to do
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
- Take a cable car up the mountains for spectacular views of the town
- Take a trip to the Fish Market