After seeing so many colorful photos of picturesque city streets, I was very excited to visit Bergen! Bergen (or Bryggen) is the second largest city in Norway, but this beautiful port city feels like a tiny town. Bergen is a UNESCO world heritage city and is in an ideal location for exploring the famous fjords as the city lies between Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. My husband and I, along with his mom and aunt, began our adventure through Norway in Oslo (read A Quick Guide To Oslo), took the Norway in a Nutshell tour through Sognefjord, arriving in Bergen in awe of the amazing Norwegian countryside. But you can also fly directly into Flesland International Airport and take a quick 30-minute taxi to the city. We only had one day in Bergen, but if you have time, I recommend spending at least a couple of days here as it is very charming, and so full of character and history!
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for a boutique hotel with atmosphere, history, and culture The Hanseatic Hotel is a great choice. Located in the harbor on Finnegaarden street, in the heart of the city, The Hanseatic Hotel is on the UNESCO world heritage list. The building was rebuilt in 1703 after the city fire of 1702. This hotel offers beautiful wood decor with modern touches and unique, individually decorated rooms. Our room was very quiet, our bed was comfortable, and the breakfast buffet had a great selection of fresh-baked bread, smoked fish, vegetables and fruit!
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
After eating seafood for 3 days straight, we decided to switch it up and have Italian food at a cute little place up the street from our hotel, called Rucolla. The food was just OK, so if you’re only in Norway for a couple of days, I recommend sticking with Norwegian food. I loved Bryggeloftet & Stuene Restaurant for lunch. The moules frites (mussels and fries) was delicious! And although we didn’t eat here, I heard that Bare Vestland is good. For excellent cocktails in a cool setting, stop by No Stress, just around the corner from the The Hanseatic Hotel.
WHAT TO DO
– Take the tram from the city center to Mount Fløyen for amazing views of the city and explore the beautiful park!
– Look through the many souvenir shops, full of local handicrafts and cute art galleries.
– Explore behind the colorful buildings on Finnegaarden Street, making your way through the small wood alleyways where you will experience old town Bergen.
– Visit the weekend market, located in the heart of the harbor, offering fresh, local fish and produce.
– Visit the Hanseatic Museum, located right in front of The Hanseatic Hotel. The Hanseatic Museum is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Bergen. It is furnished in 18th century style, and shows the life of the Hanseatic merchants from 1350 -1750.
Sognefjord (pictured below), is the largest and best known fjord in Norway. Taking a ferry through Sognefjord was one of the most incredible experiences of my life!
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