With nature at its doorstep, a Norwegian small town charm, and plenty of cultural offers, Bergen has a lot to offer.

Be it mountaineering, glacier hiking, skiing or simply cruising along the countless fjords and bays – nature lovers will be spoilt for choice.

If you’ve seen enough landscapes, spending a day in the laid-back and picturesque city will be refreshing as well. Take a stroll through the old quarter of Bryggen – a reminder of the city’s historic importance as a major European trade harbour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will catapult you back into the Middle Ages with its narrow alleyways and its well-preserved medieval buildings.

Culture permeates Bergen’s everyday life, with a range of concerts, international festivals and museums to choose from – from the Edvard Grieg Museum to the Bergen International Festival and the Nordic Media Festival. It gets even better: foodies are also catered to– Bergen has become an internationally renowned culinary city and has been awarded with the UNESCO title City of Gastronomy.

City Facts

  • Location

    Second largest city in Norway, situated on the west coast.

  • Population

    About 280,000

  • Size

    465.4 km²

  • Public transport

    The whole district of Hordaland is well-connected by bus and light rail (Bynanen) – the Bergencard includes free public transport.

  • Climate

    Moderate climate with an above average number of rainy days.

  • Best time to visit

    May to September – especially June because it’s the driest month.

  • Good to know

    Do as the locals do – never leave the house without an umbrella. Bergen is one of the rainiest cities in Europe, which has its advantages too – the city is very green and clean.

  • Nice to know

    With good reason, Bergen has the nickname “Gateway to the Fjords”. It’s situated on a hilly peninsula, surrounded by fjords and islands.

  • Airport

    Bergen Airport, approx. 15 km south of the city.

  • Bus

    The Airport Bus (Flybussen) departs every 10 minutes during the week; the journey takes roughly 30 minutes.

  • Train

    Bergen Light Rail (Bybanen) departs every 10 minutes. Take the shuttle bus 1F to get to the train station.

  • Taxi

    Taxi stands are located at the main entrance in area B. The journey to the city centre takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes and costs around 350 NOK.