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10 Things to Do and Attractions to See in Bergen, Norway

Ishwari Pamu Sep 26, 2019
A harbor-side city, with an intoxicating mix of fjords, charming colorful building, cozy cafés and chic restaurants serving the ultimate seafood, constantly manages to surprise you at every turn you take. Bergen certainly has its way of slowly wining you over.
A chain of wooden houses colored in vibrant pastel hues greets you at the eastern quayside. That’s Bryggen, Bergen’s oldest quarter and most enchanting attraction. A thriving part of historic and cultural heritage, narrow passageways, a museum, small shops, quaint restaurants and cozy little cafés make up this place.

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Referred to as the city of seven mountains, Mount Fløyen is accessible one. Lose yourself in the calm atmosphere at the peak and enjoy commanding views of the city.
Your trip to Bergen will be incomplete if you don’t ride the Fløibanen, a funicular, that takes you to the top of this 310 meter mountain. One of Bergen’s major attractions, the experience is magnificent.
Go on a fjord cruise on the Sognefjord, the longest and the deepest fjord in Norway, where you can sit back and enjoy breathtaking views of the scenery that seems too beautiful to be true when it actually is.
Home to seven magnificent mountains, there are ought to be numerous hiking opportunities in Bergen.

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The most popular one being the Vidden Trail that runs from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen. Though strenuous, the breathtaking views along the way make it worth it.

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Try your luck at fishing, be it deep-sea fishing, at the coast, fjords or a mountain lake, the prospects are excellent. You can carry your own gear if you like or book a tour to one the fishing spots and they’ll provide you with the gear.

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At 643 meters, Mount Ulriken is the tallest peak of the seven mountains. You can hike to the top of the mountain and if you’re a hardcore hiker, you can take the Vidden Trail.

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Or just stay there, take in the view and watch the sun slowly go down while sipping coffee. There is a cable car that takes you to the top of the mountain, if you’re not cut out for hiking. Paragliding is also one of the activities that you can to your hand at while you’re here.
Hardangerfjord, the second longest fjord in Norway, also referred to as “The Queen of the Fjords”. Cruise the calm waters of the fjord while you take in the inconceivable scenery of gorges and mountains towering overhead. I, for one, could go on for days.
If you are looking for a challenge, hike up to the iconic Trolltunga (Troll’s tongue) which is, though thigh-searingly strenuous, without a doubt one of the most mind-blowing cliffs in Norway. The views from up there are other-worldly. It’s untamed and untouched nature at its rawest.
Dating back to the 12th century, the Fantoft Stave Church was recently ravaged by, you guessed it right, fire in 1992 caused by arson. This historic piece of architecture is one of the most important cultural landmarks of Bergen.
Get a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world of the North Sea at the Bergen Aquarium. Over 50 water tanks and aquariums display the abundance of Norwegian marine life ranging from sea lions and crocodiles to fish, penguins and much more.
Fishing is a major part of Bergen’s cultural identity. Located in the heart of the city is the 700 year old Fish Market where shops and eateries sell their freshly caught Norwegian produce. Ask for the catch of the day to sample it for lunch or dinner.