Updated: Jun 15
Bergen Norway, “The heart of the fjords,” has to be one of the most beautiful cities in Norway, a country with many surprises. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway (right after Oslo), and it has the charm of a small-town mixed with the magic of an urbanized city. Bergen used to be the center for trade between Norway and Europe. Today, surrounded by mountains and small houses that seem to be floating from the hills, the city’s beauty is the main attraction for visitors from all over the world. The heart of the fjords has a lot to offer for those seeking adventure and a beautiful place to stay in one of the greatest countries in the world.
One of the main attractions is Bryggen, an emblematic dock of the city and included on the UNESCO world heritage list. Bryggen was built back in 1702, and today it is a vibrant, important area of the town that you’ll see pictures of it every time you search for Bergen on Google. Beautiful homes from the middle ages accompany the dock. Now, the characteristic tall and narrow buildings consist of businesses that you can visit like jewelry stores, textiles and leather stores, souvenir stores, small cafes and restaurants, and even an all-year Christmas shop is there for you to buy typical Norway Christmas gifts.
2. The Fish Market
Not far away from Bryggen is the cheerful and most active fish market working since 1276. Not only can you find a variety of seafood, but this market also offers crafts for the tourists as well as other goods like vegetables and fruits. I would recommend making a stop here to have a proper meal. I promise it will be a fantastic experience. This is the spot for all the seafood lovers since it’s also one of the UNESCO gastronomy spots, so make sure you go with an empty stomach. Among some of the delicious dishes, you’ll find fresh fish as the main ingredient, fish cake, an excellent salmon and different dishes made with it, and the famous persetorsk, a typical Norwegian specialty made with cod.
3. Fløibanen: the funicular
This Funicular is one of the city’s main attractions. It will take you to the top of Mount Fløyen to see this city’s spectacular view. If you are into landscaping, this is the place for you. You can take the functioning funicular railway, and in less than 10 minutes, you’ll be at the top of the mountain contemplating the fantastic view. You will also find a cafeteria and a souvenir shop if you want to buy your friends something to show them that you were in the nordic country. You will have to buy your tickets beforehand once you arrive at Bergen, but don’t worry, it is relatively easy: just approach the tourist information center in of the city, and they’ll help you out.
4. Visit the Fjords
Bergen is located in the middle of the two most immense Fjords in Norway: Hardanger and Sognefjord, making it a very unique city. So if you are an adventure seeker, this city is the perfect starting point for an escapade. The best way to visit them is by taking a tour that will take you to the Fjords and some other worthy experience. However, make sure that the weather is right before going to the Fjords, otherwise, it won’t be safe, and the tour will likely get canceled.
The heart of the Fjords and a city surrounded by mountains, Bergen has many varied experiences to offer its tourists. Adventure junky or not, Bergen will make you fall in love with its beauty.
For more information, visit their official website: https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/fjord-norway/bergen/
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