We have many names for the things we love, and few cities in Norway have more nicknames than Bergen. “The heart of the fjords” is one of them. Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character.
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Arrival in Bergen.
A driver meets you in the arrivals hall. Transfer to a hotel in Bergen city centre.
3-night accommodation in one of the hotels in Bergen city centre (Scandic Neptun, Scandic Byparken, Thon
Bergen Brygge or similar). Free time.
Bergen, being the second largest city of Norway, was founded between 1066 and 1093. The Norwegian king Olaf III the Peaceful (the son of Harald III the Ruthless) proclaimed this ancient Viking harbour a city. In the 13th century, Bergen became the capital of the Kingdom of Norway, remaining the largest city in the country until 19th century. Economic prosperity of the city was predetermined by its fortunate geographical location. Bergen used to be one of the most influential members of the Hanseatic League, which was concluded between merchants of European and Baltic cities in 14th century.
A night in the hotel.
A tour around Bergen.
10:00 Walking tour – 2 hours around Bergen city centre. During these 2 hours, you will see the key attractions: Bergenhus fortress with Haakon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, Bryggen wharf, the fish market, the central square, the National theatre, and the city park. Free afternoon and evening.
The guide will recommend what is worth seeing:
Hanseatic Museum is a house of hanseatic merchant of 18th century and is one of the oldest museums in Bergen. The authentic interior shows how German merchants lived and worked in the times of Hanseatic League. An excursion takes 40 minutes (starts at 14:00), tickets: 10€/adult, 5€/child 4-15 y.
Fløibanen funicular – is located in the very city centre. A modern car will take you to 320 m a.s.l. in mere
5 minutes. A magnificent view will appear before your eyes there. The mountain has plenty of walking paths that will take you farther and higher into the mountains and lead to forest spots where you can pick blueberry and raspberry. Working hours: 8:00-23:00. Tickets: 10€/adult, 5€ /child 4-15 y.
The Aquarium offers presentation of fish species of the North Sea. There are a total of around 40 aquariums spread over 3 floors. A show of fur seals and penguin feeding happens every day. You can watch a 3D movie every hour in the cinema hall. There is a separate aquarium with crocodiles. It takes only 15 minutes on foot to reach the place from the city centre. Opening hours: 10:00-18:00. Ticket: 28€/pax.
Ulriken Cable Car can take you to the height of 643 m a.s.l. A majestic view on Bergen opens from there. It takes 15 minutes by bus to reach the place from the city centre. Working hours: 10:00-17:00. Ticket: 28€ /pax.
Troldhaugen is a mansion that used to belong to one of the most recognized Norwegians, the composer Edvard Grieg. He spent his last 20 years here. Here you will find an exhibition of the composer’s photographs, a concert hall, a small house where the composer used to work, and the burial site of Edvard Grieg and his wife. An excursion takes about an hour. Opening hours: 09:00-18:00. Ticket: 12€/pax.
The open air museum “Old Bergen” comprises over 40 wooden houses from 18-19th centuries that represent a small town within the city. Here you will find a bakery, a pharmacy, a seaman’s house, a house for parties, a school and many more. Museum visitors can get a feel of life in the past.
Fantoft stave church was initially built in Sogne roughly in 1150. In 1882, it was relocated to Fantoft, where it somewhat changed its appearance: it was additionally decorated with high roofs that featured dragon heads. The church burnt down in 1992, but was reconstructed within three years.
A night in the hotel.
Free day or “Hardanger in a Nutshell” tour for an extra charge. Duration: approx. 10 hours.
Departure from Bergen at 09:00, return around 19:00. From Bergen, you will take road no. 7 to Hardangerfjord, which is a tourist attraction by itself. Along the way there are beautiful views of mountains, lakes, waterfalls. On the way to Hardangerfjord you will make a stop at Steinsdalsfossen waterfall, under a powerful stream of which you can pass. Next stop is at the lake with goldfishes. Then you will pass along Hardangerfjord almost till the very end to one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world – Hardangerbrua. You cross the fjord via the bridge (opened in August 2013) and arrive at the village of Øvre Eidfjord. There you will stop to visit the Hardangervidda Nature Center. The visit includes a panoramic view of a stunning movie on 5 screens (supervideographer system) by Norwegian director Ivo Caprino about mountains, fjords, waterfalls, and the glacier. After having visited the nature center, you can dine in a cozy café next to the museum. The spacious interior of cafes, wooden furniture and a fireplace creates warm welcoming atmosphere. You will be offered typical Norwegian dishes, soups, desserts, and beverages. After lunch you will continue the journey to one of the most famous waterfalls in Norway – Vøringfossen. After inspecting the waterfall, you return back to Bergen via Voss.
Standard-class sedan(1-3 persons): 1190€.
Minivan with a driver/guide (4-7 persons): 1500€.
The price includes transit across the bridge and toll roads charges. Meals are not included.
Nature centre ticket: 16€/adult, 8€/child below 3-15 y.
A night in the hotel.
Free day, transfer to the airport.
The price includes:
– 3-night accommodation in Bergen in a DBL Standard room with breakfasts
(Scandic Neptun, Scandic Byparken, Thon Bergen Brygge or similar)
– transfers Bergen airport – hotel – Bergen airport
– 2-hour sightseeing walking tour around Bergen