Bergen Travel Guide

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Bergen Things to Do

  • Mount Fløien

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Fløibanen at sunset beautiful. The cable car in Bergen is its top attraction and one of Norway's most famous the only cable car of its kind in Scandinavia. I would agree with the claim that you have not really seen Bergenif you have travelled on the Fløibanen. A trip on the Fløibanen is necessary for all those who want the full Bergen experience...

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  • Fish Market

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best fishmarkets I have ever visited just a pity everything is so expensive. All the vendors were nice and gave us samples to try. If not for that I do not think that I would ever have had whalemeat

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  • Hansa Bryggen

    For the visitor Bryggen (Norwegian for the quay) is what frames Bergen beautiful waterfront with dozens of beautiful old wooden buildings with building styles from a period of time before the English settles built a hut in the new world. The place became a city in 1070 and now is full of Chinese, Japanese and other global tourist visiting the ...

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Bergen Hotels

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Bergen Restaurants

  • Fløien Folkerestaurant

    3 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant is at the top of the Floien Funicular. We went up there again in the afternoon to kill some time, and went through the cafeteria line here. The restaurant is large, airy, and made a nice rest stop. One can sit on the terrace and enjoy the view from the top. We just had sandwiches and carrot cake. Nothing outstanding, but it was a...

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  • Pasta Sentralen

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Went there for the birthday of a friend working there, on Sunday. Good points: Gnocchis were good, quite cheap (89kr) Bad: Close at 11PM, and quantity is far to be suffisiant... same thing for all what my freinds took (calzone, pizza, pasta...). In this case I prefer to pay 200kr for a **big** piece of meat @ Egon, with many fries.

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  • Dr Livingstone Travellers Cafè

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dr Livingstone Travellers Cafe is a large cafe and restaurant with an outdoor seating area, located on Kong Oscars gate just a few minutes walk from the harbour and the fish market. The pleasant seating area, located to the rear of the cafe away from the road, can seat up to 200 people and is partially sheltered in order to accommodate diners on...

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Bergen Nightlife

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  • Club / Disco

    Landmark is a club located in the art museum building. Accordingly the program is rather "artsy" and creative. An urban crowd is gathering there for uncommon parties in an uncommon setting. I went to the monthly "Stagediving" party (every last Friday of the month) and it was one of the best parties I had been to ever. It's a concept that's hard to...

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  • Pubs.

    Cafe Ugla is a somewhat bizarre cross between a cafe, a restaurant, a pub and a nightclub. The sign out front refers to the venue as a restaurant/night club. One website refers to it as a student bar with "cheap beer and occasional concerts". To me, it was a cross between a pub and a working men's club. However, the reason that Mette (VTer:...

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  • Outdoors

    The USF is the old Sardine Factory on the Nordnes Peninsula. It's been converted to a multi-use facility that houses a variety of performance spaces, studios, and this wonderful outdoor patio bar. I was fortunate to be there for part of the annual summer jazz festival. Enjoying a couple of pints of lager while watching the sun set - at midnight -...

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Bergen Transportation

  • Train

    The railway station in Bergen is protected by regulations , this beautiful building was made by an architect called Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland, it’s very difficult to end up somewhere else than your original destination, as there are only two trains to choose from. The railway stations also has storage locker. The prize is 50NK for 24 hours. So...

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  • Ferry / Boat

    UPDATE: Express boat service to Balsetrand and Flåm is now run by Norled. Boats run daily Sogndal to and from Bergen (via Balestrand), more often June-August. Additionally, from June - August, boat service continues to Flåm with connections to Gudvangen sometimes possible. In 2009, One-way fare from Flåm to Bergen is NOK 645 for a single adult,...

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  • Bus..

    For only NOK60 you can catch a bus from the city centre (Strømgaten. 8) to the airport, there are about 3 buses an hour. The bus stops at a couple of places along the way and takes about 20-25 mins to get to the airport. Check the website for more details.

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Bergen Shopping

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  • Bergen Storsenter

    This is a normal mall, nothing special about it. There are verything from food shops to toy shops to computer stores to hardware stores, but if you look for something hand-made or souvenires, you should look oher places. N/A

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  • Seafood

    If you want to try fresh fish or seafood, this is probably the nicest place to buy it (might also be the most expensive though).We tried shrimps and salmon there and it was really tasty and fresh.

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  • Xmas gifts

    The Julehuset is a quaint little shop constructed of wood, in Bergen's historical centre. Buy Christmas gifts all year round at the Julehuset. We bought this pretty little angel during our summer holiday.

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Bergen Local Customs

  • Culture

    Every town has its local meeting place. In Bergen this meeting town is called the blue stone. The nine meters long sculpture made with Brazilian Sodalite ( i have no idea what that means) is located in Olav VS plass (the area between Torgallmeningen and Torggaten).

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  • People

    Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, lived in Bergen for a few years where he wrote, directed and produced plays You can see a rather creepy statue of him by Nils Raa (1981) in front of the National Theater. I'm not terribly familiar with his work although I recognize some of the names-"A Doll's House", "Peer Gynt" and "Hedda Gabler". The only one...

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  • Festivals

    I was so luck that I have experienced Matfest i Bryggen in 2005. You can taste lots of traditional food( brown cheese, smoked salmon ..etc) and take the opportunity of reasonable prices. Colourful &awesome atmosphere . This year it is going to be held on : 7-9 September 2007

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Bergen Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving

    You can not drink and drive in Norway.....And you can not just go out on the streets to call on a taxi...They live in some places... and if you want a taxi you have to go there or call on the phone. The light is on.. if they are free to a ride.. We also have someting called pirat taxi... This is people driving you home for less money.... But be...

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  • Prices

    Otherwise Bergen is extremely pleasant and safe town, except for one thing... Yes, the prices! What ever stories you have heard about the huge prices in Norway, they all are true ;) Well, if you stay in Bergen you'll just get used to it, but for a visitor it might come as a surprise. How does more than 100 euros for a dinner for two in a "normal"...

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  • Weather

    Rain, rain, rain... Fortunately, the Sun was on rendez-vous, when I was in Bergen. I was suprised to see an umbrella distributor machine in the street (I read that it was the world's first umbrella vending machine)??? But it seems useful in case of... Bergen is Europes rainiest city. The yearly average rainfall reaches a staggering 2.250mm or...

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Bergen Tourist Traps

  • Fish Market

    All of the guidebooks said you had to visit the fish market but our first reaction upon seeing it was that we weren't at the right place. But of course we were and what we found was a lot of vendors who didn't strike me as even remotely Norwegian selling a lot of fish that wasn't locally harvested, some of it clearly frozen, some of it marked with...

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  • Souvenirs

    There are many places to purchase sweaters in Bergen and the Fish market is actually the best place. Be careful of the shop at the end of the wharf that sells windstop sweaters. These are designed in Norway and made in Singapore. They are not authentic. There is no law on labeling source like in the US but if you ask the sales clerk they will be...

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  • Food / drink

    McDonalds - they seem to be everywhere these days. The prices in this branch are considerably higher than in the UK. The range of products is the same so why not do yourself a favour and sample some of the local cuisine instead! Try real fish instead of plastic fish!

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Bergen What to Pack

  • Weather

    As less bags as possible as you'll be tempted to walk a lot... Usually, on the western coast of Norway is raining but the temperature is not so low (it could be between 7-15 deg. C in May or even 20). Try to find a jacket (and some trousers) as "water proof" as possible and you don't need more than a normal pullover or a shirt under it. It could...

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  • Weather in March-June in Norway

    As less bags as possible as you'll be tempted to walk a lot... Usually, on the western coast of Norway is raining but the temperature is not so low (it could be between 7-15 deg. C in May or even 20).Try to find a jacket (and some trousers) as "water proof" as possible and you don't need more than a normal pullover or a shirt under it. It could be...

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  • Waterproof clothing

    If you're planning to go on a hike or long walk, women, take a waterproof bag. Good walking shoes. Some of the streets are steep AND cobbled so no slippery shoes. The paths up Floyen are wild so hiking or running shoes.The weather does not seem to be particularly windy, so I would say you can carry with yo a cheap umbrella. It won't be...

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Bergen Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    If you can, take the "Norway in a Nutshell" day trip from Bergen and experience the beauty of the Nordic fjords from the Bergen Railway line and the bloody steep Flam Railway line. Along the way, you'll see beautiful waterfalls like this. I did the trip from the reverse as I travelled from Oslo to Bergen. Click the website for more details on the...

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  • Mount Fløien

    A good trip outside (well, uphill, actually) Bergen is Mount Floyen, which can be reached either on foot or by funicular. it's an excellent viewpoint over the city and a great place to hike the local woods - weather permitting of course (meaning: watch out for the infamous Bergen rain). if the weather isn't good enough for hiking, you can still...

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  • Fantoft Stavkirke (Stave church)

    This wooden church is quite literally of the beaten path. It is located in Fantoft - student area - and not really well signposted. Build somewhere more rural, this church was moved to it's present location in the 19th century. Though relatively small (as compared to other more famous examples) it offers a number of woodcarvings that are just...

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Bergen Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming, outdoors and indoors

    There are several places to swim in Bergen.And in the summer there are also many nice places for outdoor swimming. In the Sea or in fresh water lakes. Do not expect beaches, though! For now I will gather all the information about several swimming facilities in Bergen here in this review. I will, later, try to write about some of the places...

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  • Nordic skiing in Bergen

    If you happen to be lucky enough to stay in Bergen when it's snowy (it rains almost all the time in winter, doesn't it ;)) it's time to head up on Floyen for some skiing. The tracks are really not that good for "serious" skiing, but surely good enough for anyone who tries to learn cross-counrty skiing. It's great fun!! Equipment for nordic skiing...

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  • Brann Bergen

    Brann Bergen is the local football club. No, I did not went to see any football while here but it was somehow fun to have a drink in the pub while all of the fans are gathering around and singing some football songs. If anyone is interested, please submit your private e-mail, I will send you .avi clips of them ;-)

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  • Buildings, streets and Alleys

    I found the old building beautiful and interesting. They are all around, in the city centre, in the Brygeen and even when getting further up the hill to the Floyen direction. So I added here few examples.

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  • Hansa Bryggen

    An important part of Bergen's identity is the old wooden warf buildings called "Bryggen" Bryggen was placed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1979 and is now one of 4 sites on that list from Norway. These old warf buildings date back to the 14th century when Bergen was part of the Hanseatic League's trading empire. Another known (and the...

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  • City centre / Waterfront / Parks

    This is the central square and pedestrian street in the city centre. It seems that everything starts from here with crowded people, shopping, eating or just hanging around. Not sure how lovely it will be on a rainy day.

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