Holidays to Bergen
The attraction of beautiful Bergen
Considered ‘the gateway to the fjords of Norway’, it is little surprise that Bergen is top of the list for many wanting to visit the country. The city has a charming atmosphere that is felt wherever you walk, and the stunning scenery that surrounds the streets only enhances its appeal. Claiming an area on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, intriguing old streets, and plentiful markets, Bergen holidays are growing in demand.
Scenery and nature
For first-timers to Norway or repeat visitors, a trip along a fjord is always a memorable experience. There are a number of tours leaving from Bergen by boat or railway, and they run all year round. Whether it is the depths of winter or the height of summer, the towering mountains, winding hills and clear water provide a wonderful sight. Hiking is another popular way to take in the magnificent scenery Bergen offers. Ulriken is the highest of the city’s seven mountains, reaching 643 metres, so you can look forward to a great view. Langeskogen forest is one of the area’s most attractive destinations and therefore the ideal place for an energising hike.
With such beautiful surroundings it is no wonder that there are many different outdoor activities to take part in. You can arrange a trip to Voss via railway from Bergen and take part in a thrilling white-water rafting session along the region’s Strandaelva or Raundalselva River. Kayaking is also possible if you would rather go at a slightly slower pace. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, you can rent a bike to cycle along the Rallarvegen route. Alternatively, a tour on horseback is possible accompanied by an equestrian guide.
Eating and drinking
Visitors of most culinary tastes leave Bergen satisfied by the food and drink on offer. Its coastal location means that fresh seafood is commonplace. Cornelius Seafood Restaurant is notable for its location as well as the standard of food. You will find it on a small island just outside of the city. Restaurant Sky:Skraperen has arguably the best view in Bergen from its high-altitude position and can be accessed by cable car. Seafood isn’t all you can enjoy, however. There are traditional bakeries serving skillingsboller (cinnamon buns) alongside informal cafés selling simple food and refreshing beers.
Culture and arts
Bergen was nominated as a European City of Culture in 2000 for good reason. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s oldest and counts the Grieg Hall as its home. NatJazz, the longest jazz festival in Northern Europe, is held at the USF Verftet art arena. Exhibitions of artwork from Bergen’s own residents and other leading names are also held throughout the year to showcase Norway’s creative side.