Norway is my favorite country. This scandinavia country serves a lot of stunning and beautiful views. Last autumn, I took my annual leave and had my first trip to Norway and the first city I visited is Bergen. I stayed about three days during my visit and felt I could have stayed a little longer. If time and money are no issue I would like to spend more days exploring Bergen, but the truth is my annual leave is limited and Norway isn’t the cheapest place to visit.
Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast and it’s surrounded by mountains and fjords. And not only its nature, downtown Bergen also serves beautiful views. In this city, you can cover its main attractions on foot, because the city is not too big. I spent my first day wandering around downtown Bergen, my second day I took a cruise and my third day relaxing and exploring on foot before jumping on the train to the airport.
1. Wandering Around Downtown Bergen
The first thing I do whenever I visit a new place is to do a free walking tour, see the main sights, and meet the locals. No longer after I checked in my hotel, I did free walking tour around Julemarked Byparken, not far from my hotel. This is beautiful park with large pond and lots of seagulls.
Not too far from the park, there is Bergen’s most famous site, Bryggen, located in downtown Bergen. This site is World Heritage-listed and it features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. Though fires have ruined a lot of the original buildings, the area is still a beautiful place to wander around.
Spending a short amount of time wandering around neighborhood near Bryggen and getting lost among the colorful Norwegian houses could leave me wanting to spend more days here. I couldn’t get enough exploring the cobble stoned alleys, discovering a bright piece of street art and enjoying the ambiance. Wandering here also remind me of Kings of Convenience MV – Me in You.
2. Norway Fisheries Museum
The Norwegian Fisheries Museum is located on the seafront in Sandviken, a short walk from Bryggen. This museum has prepared an interesting interactive exhibition telling the history of fisheries in the region. This museum also surrounded by great views, you could just take some photos instead of entering the museum.
3. Old Bergen Museum
Just take 7 minutes by bus from city center or 30 minutes walk to visit Old Bergen Museum. This open air museum opened in 1946 and was built around the summerhouse “Elsesro” which shipbuilder Rasmus Rolfsen built for his wife Elsebe. Old Bergen foundation succeeded in establishing the museum as a safe haven for Bergen’s old buildings, which were threatened with being torn down. The Museum has today 55 wooden houses, most of which originally stood in the centre of Bergen.
The museum also has beautiful and serene natural surroundings, a walk around here would give you a sense of peace and quiet.
4. St.John’s Church and Universitetet i Bergen
Bergen University and St. John’s Church are just within walking distance from my hotel, so strolling around there just not a big deal. St John’s Church was built in nineteenth-century and a Gothic-revival Catholic church with red brick & copper accents & a large pipe organ. Not far from this church, there is a public university. This university has a nice surroundings, so strolling around here would be good.
5. Fjord Cruise
Just sightseeing in downtown Bergen is not enough. Since Bergen is surrounded by stunning fjords, you should take 3 hour cruise to Osterfjord and the picturesque Mostraumen where boats are just able to pass through.This cruise depart from Zachariasbryggen quay at the Fish Market and would takes you 27 kilometers in the Osterfjord along the Mostraumen strait. You’ll see Narrow fjords, towering mountains, steep mountainsides and sparkling waterfalls that you may even feel the refreshing spray on your face.
Indeed, Norway isn’t the cheapest place to visit, but there are plenty of free and budget-friendly activities like wandering around downtown. As an overview, I would like to share my costs during 3 days in Bergen.
1 Flight ticket (return)
- Amsterdam – Bergen (direct) by KLM : EUR 302 >> quite pricey, but you can find cheaper flight if you feel okay with transit.
- Bergen – Tromsø (direct) by Widerøe : NOK 799
- Clarion Airport Hotel – 4 stars : NOK 994 >> there are a lot of cheaper hotel, I booked this hotel just one night because I arrived almost at midnight and this hotel only within walking distance from the airport.
- Basic Hotel Bergen – 2 stars : NOK 669 >> located in the city center and easy to access.
3 City transport
- Bergen card 72 hours : NOK 430 >> you can book as you need here
4 Fjord Cruise
- Rødne Fjord Cruise Bergen – Mostraumen : NOK 680 >> you can book at https://rodne.no/en/fjordcruise/fjord-cruise-to-mostraumen/
- The cheapest way to buy food anywhere in Norway is at a grocery store (Kiwi, Rimi, or Rema 1000). Fyi, if you want to buy food from convenience stores, you will experience higher price.
My 3 Days Trip in Bergen also could be seen in this 5 minutes video :
Have a nice trip 🙂