Bergen is surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. It is therefore a great start or end point for you to visit Norway’s famous fjords. Here are my top 5 recommendations in Bergen:
- Bryggen features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a centre of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and does look like it will fall apart soon!
- Visit museums. There is a three in one museum entry ticket option which will take you about 2 hours in total to complete. The Hanseatic museum (45mins), Schotstuene (15mins) and fisheries museum (1h). You cannot buy individual tickets unless it is 3:45pm or later. Your ticket includes a free shuttle transfer to get to the fisheries museum which is just slightly further out although still walkable in 25mins. My favourite museum was the Fisheries one where you learn about the history that has shaped modern Norway, learn about the ocean and be engaged with the interactive games.
- Eat at the fish market. All the seafood you want to eat and extremely fresh! You do end up paying quite a lot though so budget carefully. The fish market is right opposite the Hanseatic museum and 1 minute from Bryggen.
- Ride the Mount Floyen funicular. You could hike up in 25minutes or if you are short on time, ride the funicular which closes at 11pm. This photo was taken at 10:30pm believe it or not!
- Make sure you try Skillingsbolle (cinnamon roll) @Godt Brod or any cafe really because they originated from Bergen.
Restaurant recommendation: Bryggeloftet & Stuene at Bryggen in one of the main wooden houses. The restaurant was super cozy, food was good and staff was very friendly.