At the start of the year I wrote my travel wishlist for 2016 and one of my goals was to visit Norway and see some fjords. When I found some reasonably cheap flights to Bergen for the weekend I snapped them up right away. Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords so I felt like this would be the perfect introduction to Norway.
With approximately 48 hours in Bergen, here are five activities that we got up to:
1. Visit the fjords
I have to mention this first as it was my main motivation for visiting Bergen. We did the Norway in a Nutshell day trip which was incredible but it was a long day of travelling and is quite expensive. If you’re looking for a cheaper option or if you are short on time you can book fjord cruises that leave from Bergen. These take around four hours and are roughly half the price of the Norway in a Nutshell tour.
2. Take the funicular to Mount Fløyen
For amazing panoramic views over Bergen, take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen (or you can hike it if you have the stamina). There’s a cafe at the top so you can enjoy some afternoon tea whilst taking in the view.
3. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen
Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is easily the most recognisable site in the city. Many fires have ravaged these iconic colourful buildings but the rebuilding has traditionally followed old patterns and methods, meaning that Bryggen has mostly remained unchanged over the centuries. There are lots of cute shops to look at, unfortunately I was only travelling with carry-on baggage otherwise I would have been tempted to bring back lots of Scandinavian homewares.
4. Check out the Fish Market
Located in the heart of the city, the fish market is impossible to miss. They don’t just sell fish though, you can also get fruit, vegetables and souvenirs. It’s a great spot to grab some lunch to enjoy on the harbour on a sunny day. But be warned, it is quite expensive since it’s so popular with tourists.
5. Meet the marine life at Bergen Aquarium
The Bergen Aquarium isn’t just for kids, it’s plenty of fun for adults as well! There are more than 60 large and small fish tanks, and you can also see crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles in the tropical section. We managed to catch the sea lion show and it was very entertaining.
British Airways and Norwegian Air offer daily flights from London to Bergen, with a flight time of around 2 hours.
The best way to travel between Bergen Airport and the city centre is via the the airport bus. It picks up just outside the arrivals area and it makes four stops in the city centre - the bus station, Festplassen, Fish Market and Bryggen. You can purchase tickets online, or there is a ticket machine at the bus stop at the airport. It works out cheaper if you buy a return ticket instead of two single tickets.