What to do in Bergen in One Day: Tips for Visiting the Gateway to the Fjords

With a wonderful city middle and entry to beautiful fjords at any time of the yr, Bergen in winter is a land of awe-inspiring pure scenery.

The article on One Day in Bergen was written by Marketa Bartonickova, who represented throughout the trip to Norway.

Are you really going to Norway in February? It’s chilly, darkish and expensive! What are you going to do in Bergen in winter? These have been a few of my associates’ reactions once I advised them that I used to be heading to Bergen.

Nevertheless, my expertise turned out to be very totally different. Visiting the second largest metropolis in Norway turned out to be a superb concept. In reality, I might advocate visiting Bergen in winter to anyone.

Let me make a couple of things clear. Why Norway? As a result of I haven’t been there but. Why Bergen? As a result of I needed to visit it ever since I learn an interview with a scholar who graduated from the similar university that I did and had completed his Erasmus research in Bergen. In the interview, he described simply how lovely the city was and caught my curiosity. And why February? Nicely, since I had some free time, and virtually no one travels in February so I wouldn’t have to cope with the crowds. Simply to level out another essential detail: at the time of my go to, Bergen had a lot better weather than Brno, my metropolis (Read about Issues to do in Brno here).

Touring to Bergen in winter

I traveled to Bergen with the low-cost service Wizzair, on a direct flight from Vienna to Bergen. It solely takes two and a half hours, and in the event you time it right, you’ll only pay round 20 EUR for the flight. From the airport, you’ll be able to take a Flybussen bus to the metropolis for 75 NOK (9 USD). Alternatively, you’ll be able to journey on the local practice.

How to Spend One Day in Bergen

When you only have in the future in Bergen, it’s wonderful! You possibly can still expertise the great thing about the town, together with the historic homes and different sights. Personally, I needed to be certain that I received to do a visit to Fjords, so I truly opted for a two-day go to.

If I had visited in summer time, I can think about being busy for a whole week; I might have climbed every hill, loved the superb scenery from many angles, and experienced at the least a few of the well-marked treks in the space. But during my winter visit to Bergen, I didn’t have the courage to attempt them out; there was simply an excessive amount of snow in all places!

Bearing in mind that you will in all probability want to go to a few of the historic sights, including the museum, and journey the cable automotive, I strongly advocate that you simply get the Bergen Card. It entitles you to free or discounted entry to most locations of curiosity. It could actually save a lot of money, especially contemplating that each one public transportation is included. You should purchase it online or at the tourism workplace.

What to Do in Bergen, Norway

I am not the sort of one that has to go to every museum. Subsequently, my motivation behind visiting  Bergen in winter was totally different; I needed to take a look at the Nordic structure and luxuriate in the natural scenery.

Having stated that, the following are issues to do in Bergen that must be included on your record:

Bryggen (UNESCO Listed)

Even in the event you may need only at some point in Bergen, you need to undoubtedly explore the previous quarter. Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Website at the heart of the metropolis. The setting of picket Hanseatic-era picket houses, warehouses and workplaces are famous around the world.

Alternatively, you possibly can head to Nøstet and explore its slender streets. I assure that after such a visit, you’ll have a sudden want to stay in such a home. I positive did!

Take pleasure in a Journey on the Cable Automotive

Bergen is surrounded by hills that not solely provide beautiful panoramas of Bergen but in addition function numerous well-marked climbing trails. There’s a full range of prospects for outside adventures, from half-hour walks to whole-day journeys into nature.

In case you are the sporty sort, you possibly can even climb the hills by yourself. Nevertheless, in the event you don’t feel like putting in such an effort, otherwise you merely need to save time (this was my case), there is a cable automotive that you could take. I need to say that taking the Ulriken 643 cable automotive was an experience of its own; you simply hold going up and up, above the timber, hoping that the small and fragile-looking cabin will hold together for for the ascent.  And in case you are really lucky, you might get the entire cabin of the Ulriken all to yourself.

There’s one other various to this trip: it’s also possible to take the Fløibanen cable automotive up Fløyen hill. Simply remember that this is what everyone in Bergen is doing at the weekend, so that you may end up in a big queue. Nevertheless, the view is totally value it.

Cruise Round the Fjords

In case you are visiting Bergen already, you need to undoubtedly expertise a cruise around the fjords. The perfect factor to do in Bergen is the Three-hour boat journey to Mostraumen. The fjords are lovely in any season, but in summer time the boat journey tends to be highly regarded, so that you may find yourself preventing for your photograph spot on board. In winter I didn’t have this drawback, however I like to recommend that you simply gown nicely, as it’s really windy around the fjords and the temperature feels about 10 levels decrease than in Bergen itself.

Find the Nemo in the Aquarium

Let‘s be trustworthy; when it comes to climate, there may be some some dangerous days during winter in Bergen. On a foggy, windy and chilly day, you might want to spend your time indoors as an alternative. Head to the Aquarium to see totally different sorts of fish and crocodiles, and you may study extra about the fjords as properly.

In addition, they function scary details about how the polar glaciers are melting and the way a lot trash we throw each day into the oceans. Do you know that in one albatross, about 170 plastic seals from inside bottle caps have been found?

Magic Ice Bar

In truth, you’ll be able to never run out of things to do in Bergen. Another must-visit spot is the Magic Ice Bar, the place the whole lot is product of ice, together with the glasses. Inside, you’ve to deal with a temperature of -5 °C. Upon getting into, you get a pair of winter gloves and a poncho to maintain heat. Nevertheless, I might just advocate to go to if you end up in Bergen in winter, since you’ll be sporting heat clothes already. Regardless of the low temperature, it’s really cozy inside. You possibly can undoubtedly spend about half an hour or an hour in there with out freezing.

As a welcome drink, you’ll get a cocktail made from Scandinavian cranberry liqueur in a glass of ice (put in a traditional glass so that you’re in a position to maintain it:)). The bar itself is a bit of artwork; for example, they function works by Gustav Klimt carved from ice. By the means, the employees is accustomed to taking pictures, so be ready to sit down on a throne of ice and pose for footage.

Take a look at the Conflict Museum

The only museum I visited in Bergen was Bergenhus Festningsmuseum, targeted on Norwegian conflict history. In truth, I didn’t go there on function. Truthfully, I used to be just strolling around and it was the guy at the door who lured me in. Admission is free as a result of every little thing is sponsored by the Norwegian Army (together with espresso and tea for guests). Even in case you are not interested in warfare, you’ll study, for instance, what Bergen seemed like throughout the Middle Ages. It’s fairly fascinating.

What to Eat and Drink in Bergen

The most effective place to attempt native meals is the fish market: you can also make your selection and they’ll serve it to you instantly. Nevertheless, you might have to be ready for the worth: you’ll pay a minimal of 18 USD per individual, which can also be the starting worth of meals in most restaurants.

In the event you’re on a finances, one various is to get sandwiches from the grocery store, which are surprisingly tasty and filling. You possibly can refill for underneath 5 USD, which is a very good deal in Norway.

Norwegians, like all Scandinavians, respect good coffee. So it is best to undoubtedly go to one in every of many espresso homes. It’s a good means to loosen up and maintain heat whereas visiting Bergen in winter. You will get a cappuccino for four–5 USD.

One of the best place to attempt the local meals is the fish market: you can also make your selection and they’ll serve it you instantly. Nevertheless, you could have to be ready for the worth: you’ll pay a minimal of 18 USD per individual, which can also be the beginning worth of meals in the eating places.

The place to stay in Bergen in winter

When it came to accommodation in Bergen, I stayed at the Radisson Blu Royal Bergen, situated in the coronary heart of the previous town. Aside from the useful location, I beloved their cozy rooms and the spacious bed. I didn’t have time to benefit from the giant TV with an astonishing variety of Norwegian channels, however what I appreciated was the perfectly working Wi-Fi around the lodge (surprisingly, this has not been the case in all motels I‘ve stayed in before). The hotel is well equipped both for business and regular travelers, and there’s a steamroom and sauna open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The perfect part of staying at Radisson Blue was, nevertheless, the royal breakfast served from 7 to 11 a.m. Friends who wake up late might even have it as brunch. It’s a actually handy factor to eat an honest meal earlier than you depart from a lodge, particularly if in case you have an extended trip ahead. For the royal breakfast, they provided both salty and sweet choices and no matter what weight loss plan or allergy you may need, you’ll eat nicely right here.

Day Journeys from Bergen and The place to Go Next

When you‘ve had enough of Bergen, it is a good idea to embark on some day trips by train.  You can travel in pretty much any direction and the scenery will be breathtaking. Well, except for those moments when you’re driving in a tunnel, which is sadly quite common around Bergen.

The surroundings is actually beautiful regardless of the place you go. From my very own experience, I totally advocate the route to Oslo. For the beautiful 7hour journey, I solely paid 30 USD. In fact, the prices can differ based mostly on the day and season, with Sunday being costlier than some other day.

All you need to know about visiting Bergen, Norway. Take a look at historic houses listed by UNESCO and experience the boat trip to the stunning Fjords. #norway #bergen
Veronika Tomanova

Veronika Tomanova is the founder of award-winning solo feminine travel blog Veronika’s Journey, featuring journey ideas, guides and stories from round the world. She is from Czech Republic and has been to 30+ nations.