What to see and do in Bergen?
We have already gotten to know the northern city “on seven hills”, got an idea of its history and present. Bergen – the sights of this city, the former capital of Norway, are interesting in any weather, but you should still be prepared to see them in the rain. If it’s sunny for two days in a row while you’re in the “capital of rain”, you’re in luck!
The sights of Bergen, their brief description, lots of photos and interesting videos – that’s what awaits readers in this story today. About the city of Bergen itself, how it is arranged and how to get to it you can read here.
More often than not, their tour begins with a general introduction to the city and the surrounding area. The best panoramic views are from the two hills, the tops of which can be climbed by cable car or cable car. We are talking about mountains Fleuen and Ulriken.
Mount Floyen and the Floibanen Cable Car
The lower station of the funicular is only a few steps away from the fish market, and from Bruggen you can walk here in 10 minutes.
The funicular up the mountain (320 m) takes tourists up in minutes.
If you don’t want to go to the top, you can get off at one of several stops along the way and walk along the shady paths and alleys of the park, which stretches from the foot of the hill.
And here we are at the observation deck. Below lies the city of Bergen, which juts out like a giant tongue into the blue of the fjord.
At the very top (425 m) a restaurant and a cafe with a big terrace are open from 11 to 22 hours, and the gift store is open from 12 to 17 hours.
The cost of a standard lunch in a local cafe – from 375 to 500 NOK, which corresponds to about 40-45 euros, the gastronomic menu for the family is even more expensive – about 80-90 euros. Many tourists buy lunch in town and take it with them – it’s much cheaper.
Nearby there is a playground and outdoor theater, there are dances and other entertainment, in which you can take part and not just watch what is happening. A little further away is a small lake with gazebos, a place for those who want to have a little picnic. In the summer, canoes float on the lake.
You can also hike up Fløyen. For many locals this is like a morning workout, and they do it, despite the cold or rain – used to. There’s a webcam at the top station of the funicular. So you can see what awaits you at the top, even before you get there, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Here’s another of the views of Bergen from Fløyen Lookout.
You can stay here for a long, long time…
On the way back, don’t rush to the cable car. Slowly go down the forest paths, breathe in the healing air.
Greet the wooden trolls that you will meet on the playground and in the forest clearing, take a picture with them – they are nice and a bit strange. Norwegians are a bit crazy about trolls, even adults believe in them. Trolls will pursue you not only here, it is one of the sights of Bergen and all of Norway.
- Address: Vetrelidsallmenningen 23A, Bergen 5014, Norway
- Cable car operating hours: 7:30-23:00
- A one-way cable car ticket costs 45 NOK one-way and 95 NOK two-way; for people aged 67+ and children 25/45 respectively, and a round-trip family ticket costs 215 NOK.
- Official website: www.floyen.no
The second mountain, the highest of the hills surrounding Bergen, is different from the first.
Take buses 2,13,12 or the trolleybuses to the lower station from the center of Bergen and take the cable car up to 643 meters in a few minutes.
At the top is an immediate contrast: on one side are real moonscapes: not a single tree, giant rocks scattered by fairy giants from time immemorial, and a few trails snaking past frowning rocks far, far away…
On the other side, below, as from Fløyen, is a green city. But you can see much farther out: large and small islands, cruise ships at the terminals, a myriad of channels and coves. And on the horizon, the Atlantic Ocean glistens in the blinding sun.
If you’re lucky with the weather, it’s a photographer’s paradise – all the sights of Bergen are at your fingertips, and the photos are superb. At the top of the mountain TV tower, installed observation telescope. There is a cafe with a fairly budget menu for Norway.
Back down better, too, by cable car, although for extreme climbers has a choice: on foot along the mountain trails under the cable car, on a mountain bike or by paraglider (with an instructor).
- Heinrich Ibsen was so impressed with the views that opened up to him from the mountain climbing Ulriken (1853), that he even wrote a poem dedicated to the event.
- And the anthem of the city of Bergen is so called: “Views from Ulriken” (“Udsigter fra Ulriken”), but it was written even earlier, in 1790 by a Norwegian bishop.
- Ulrikstunnerlen is the name of the railway tunnel crossing the northern part of the mountain, through which trains from Bergen go to Oslo. This is one of the longest (7670 m) tunnels in Norway.
- Address: Haukelandsbakken 40 / Torgallmenningen 1 (Bus to Mount Ulriken), Bergen 5009, Norway, tel. + 47 53 643 643
- Cable car hours: 09:00-21:00 from April 01 to October 13, and 10:00-17:00 from October 14 to March 31
- Uplift ticket to Ulriken round trip: 185 NOK (125 one-way) for children 115 NOK (90 one-way), family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) 490 NOK.
- Official website: https://ulriken643.no/en/
Trained and sporty hikers also hike along the mountain trails from Fløyen to Mount Ulriken, while traversing the highest point of the Widden rocky massif, Mount Sturfjellet. The route takes four to five hours. Naturally, the equipment you need for the crossing should be appropriate.
Hanseatic boardwalk Bryggen
This is probably the main attraction of Bergen (Norway), its calling card.
In the 14th century the Hanseatic merchants settled here. Historians talk about a certain diktat of these “aliens”, their monopoly and infringement of the rights of locals – all this is true. But in the 21st century catch yourself thinking that you’re grateful to those without whom there would be no Bergen’s unique embankment Bruggen, which has made Bergen famous among hundreds of thousands of tourists.
Some people come here every year just to look at the colorful, colorful houses and stroll through the narrow streets between them. The entire neighborhood is protected by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage.
Bruggen (Norwegian: bryggen) means pier or wharf. The wooden houses have been subjected to frequent fires throughout their history. After one such fire in 1702, only a quarter of the buildings that can be seen today remain. Burning wooden Bruggen in 1955, and then in this area was arranged by a museum – in the outermost 6 houses.
Now the complex consists of 60 colorful houses, they have souvenir stores, cafes, restaurants, travel agency offices. Some are used by artists as studios.
A simple walk along the Bergen waterfront at a brisk pace takes only 10 minutes. But the curious, even without going to museums, can spend half a day here, just looking at the interesting things in the souvenir shops, leisurely wander the side streets, sitting in a cafe with a cup of tea or coffee and watching passersby, while admiring the wonderful scenery.
What else is there to see in Bergen? Of course, while walking along the waterfront, you can’t ignore the museums located here. In one of them.
Det Hanseatiske Museum og Schoetstutne (The Hanseatic Union Museum and Schoetstutne)
The main part of the Hanseatic Museum on Bruggen Embankment is the main chamber of the German representation. It belonged to the merchant Johan Olsen. All the exhibits here are authentic and have been preserved since the 18th century, some dating back to 1704! They once stood in trading halls, offices, and rooms where merchants received guests.
The servants’ bedrooms are interesting – they are tiny beds-compartments, which were closed at night.
Merchant’s rooms were more comfortable.
In wooden houses it was not allowed to make a fire, food was cooked in special buildings – schøtstuene (guest buildings). In these buildings merchants studied with pupils, held business meetings and in their free time they had a feast.
- Address: Finnegarden 1a | Bryggen, Bergen 5003, Norway, Tel: +47 53 00 61 10
- The attraction is open in September from 9:00 to 17:00, October to December from 11:00 to 15:00.
- Price: 120 NOK, 100 NOK for students, children can visit the museum for free.
- Official website: https://hanseatiskemuseum.museumvest.no
Halibut, cod, pollack, shrimp and crabs, whale meat and liver – all this abundance of animals that live in the northern seas, you’ll find under the awnings of this “semi-open” market in Bergen.
However, the market is more of a tourist market; Bergen’s residents buy their fish elsewhere. The seafood you buy can be cooked for you right there, and you can enjoy the seafood in the fresh air with a glass of fresh beer.
And if you don’t have time to wait, there are lots of salmon and other seafood sandwiches to choose from.
They say a lot of seafood is cheaper elsewhere in Bergen. But the fruits of the northern seas, all in one place, are worth a look, if only out of curiosity.
Address: Bergen Harbour, Bergen 5014, Norway, tel. +47 55 55 20 00.
All of the above attractions can be seen in Bergen in 2 days. And now let’s go a little further and open the gate to the land of fjords. After all, they are believed to be located right here in Bergen.
South of Bergen, the world’s third-longest and Norway’s second-longest Hardangerfjord begins on the North Sea near the island of Stroer.
It cuts into the Scandinavian Peninsula about a hundred and fifty kilometers (according to various sources 113-172 m wide, 7 km) and ends at the plateau of the same name. The greatest depth of the fjord is 831 m.
The Norwegians consider the area along the banks of this fjord an orchard, and tourists, due to its milder climate, prefer to rest in the local villages.
It is a nice place both in spring, when the cherry and apple orchards bloom, and in summer and autumn, when they bear fruit. Local farms grow many strawberries and northern raspberries.
Fishing, excursions to the glacier, waterfalls, boating – there is never a dull moment here. Near the village of Ulke there is even an annual championship for angling.
- Secrets at the bottom of the fiord: On April 20, 1940 the German destroyer “Trygg” found a eternal resting place here
- At the mouth of the fjord (Roosendaal) tourists can see the miniature castle, the smallest in all of Scandinavia (17th century)
- The most beautiful views of the famous Folgefonn Glacier (220 square meters, a height of 1647 m) are obtained from Sør Fjord, one of the smaller fjords, into which the Hardanger Fjord is divided. The glacier has a ski center and snow park.
Prices on the page are for January 2020.
What else to see in Bergen
If you have more than 2 days to visit Bergen, you have plenty of time to see other sights in and around the city. Popular attractions include.
- Eduard Grieg Museum in Troldgauden.
- Bergen Art Museum KODE
- Bergenhus Fortress
- Wooden church in Fantoft, a suburb of Bergen (Fantoft Stavkirke)
Our short walk is over and we are leaving Bergen, but the sights in this city are not over, there are still quite a lot of interesting and exciting. But leave something for next time. In the meantime, hit the road for more impressions!
All attractions described in the article are marked on the map (in Russian).
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Cableway from Bergen to Mount Ulriken
Mount Ulriken is the highest of the Seven Mountains surrounding the city of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city at 643 meters.
Known in the circle of avid hikers, Mount Ulriken is one of the mountains surrounding the second largest city in Norway, Bergen.
Its height is 640-643 meters, which fully confirms the translation of the word “Ulriken” – noticeable, outstanding.
With stunning pristine beauty, the mountain is somewhat altered in recent times. On its top built television and radio towers, there are cafes and a large observation deck.
Tourist routes on the mountain
Norway is world famous for its many underground tunnels that can easily reach any part of the country. One of the longest underground passages is under the northern part of Mount Ulriken and is 7,670 meters long. It was put into operation in the early sixties of the last century, and since then it is mainly used by trains on the route Bergen – Oslo.
Tourists can get to the highest point of the mountain in two ways: by cable car or on foot along the hiking trails.
From the highest point there is an unforgettable view of the neighborhoods around the city of Bergen.
To the east of Mount Ulriken is a rocky mountain area called Widden. It is a favorite hiking route that begins at Mount Ulriken and ends near Mount Flajen. Such a hike usually lasts 4 to 7 hours and goes through the highest point of the massif, Mount Sturfjeller, which is 662 meters high.
What is nearby
Absolutely all of the mountain ranges in this region are surrounded by mysterious and enchanting forests. The locals are happy to share legends and mysterious stories with tourists. The story of a strange woman in the woods once made a lot of noise. It happened more than 40 years ago, but the solution to the mystery still no one knows.
In the cold fall of 1970, a man walking in the woods with his two daughters near Mount Ulriken, quite by chance discovered the body of a burnt woman. This woman’s body was in the Isdalen Valley area, so the murdered stranger went down in the history of the area as “The Woman of Isdalen.”
Nobody knows what the woman originally looked like: the body was disfigured by fire in such a way that it was impossible to identify her. Near the murdered woman there were various objects: an empty alcohol bottle, sleeping pills, and several bottles that apparently contained gasoline. There were remnants of a fire near the corpse, where police found burnt pieces of a passport while examining the scene. The authorities were quick to declare the incident an accident, although no one wanted to believe it.
While the police were investigating the identity of the deceased woman, two suitcases were found in a locker. There were no tags on the clothes they contained, and there were no fingerprints either. In addition, the police found a notebook with a cipher. After the notes were deciphered, it turned out that the woman had written down absolutely everything about where she had been in the past few years. She had toured half of Europe and visited Bergen several times. In addition to her belongings and notebook, the suitcase contained nine passports in different names, wigs and glasses.
During communication with witnesses it was found out that Jane Doe often changed hotels, staying under different names. From the words of the workers it became known that she always looked well-groomed and beautiful. She did not look older than 35 years. Hotel staff also noted that the woman was always in some kind of tension and almost never left the hotel room.
What really happened that fateful fall is unknown, but every year thousands of tourists come to Bergen, trying to find a clue. Although against the backdrop of the amazing beauty of Mount Ulriken I would like to think that it was necessary to some higher power.
Cable car: Monday: closed due to maintenance. Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Restaurant: Closed due to low season. The restaurant will reopen on March 24, 2018.
Store: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
One-way ticket: Adult: 110 NOK Child: 70 NOK
Return ticket: Adult: 170 NOK Child: 100 NOK Family: 460 NOK (2 + 3)
Season card: Adult season card: 1140 NOK (16+) Family season card: 2280 NOK (2 + 3)
The season card gives you free use of Ulriksbanen and easy access to the highest of the 7 mountains. Buy it for yourself, your family or give it as a DIGGECARD gift card. It has a duration of 1 year. With seasonal cards you always have free hot drinks at Fjellbutikken and Sky Skraperen.
You can buy it at the lower station in Ulriksbanen.
Address: Torgalmenningen 1, Bergen ulriksbanen-ikon Haukelandsbakken 40, 5009 Bergen Official cable car website: ulriken643.no