It was my second time in Bergen and I just can’t get enough! With it’s quaint colorful houses scattered along the harbor and up the hillside, picturesque views of the fjords in all directions, and it’s impeccable seafood, Bergen is a place you don’t want to miss. The weather is notoriously fickle and it rains on average at least 230 days out of the year – but no worries there. There’s plenty of bars, cafés, and shops to pass the rainy days away.
1. Take the Bergensbanen from Oslo to Bergen
Known as one of the greatest train journeys in the world, this is a trip you don’t want to miss! Thomas’ family and mine boarded the train in Oslo for a 6 hour journey over the mountains to Bergen. The views are absolutely incredible! We packed sandwiches for the ride, but they have a cafe onboard where you can get snacks and drinks. If you aren’t starting your trip in Oslo, I would still recommend taking the train to Voss or Flam from Bergen.
2. Take the Fløibanen funicular to see amazing views of the city
The first time Thomas and I went to Bergen we hiked to the top of Mount Fløyen, which takes about an hour up. This time we took the Fløibanen tram up to the top! Tickets are 90 NOK for adults and 40 NOK for children. The views of the city and the surrounding fjords are one-of-a-kind. This is definitely an absolute must-do when you’re visiting Bergen!
3. Shop & Eat along Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen
Bryggen is a historic harbor district in Bergen, one of North Europe’s oldest port cities. The characteristic wooden houses are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The alleyways are scattered with amazing restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, boutiques, leather shops – You name it! It’s definitely a spot to grab a unique hand-made gift.
4. Walk along the Harbor
This is a no brainer! It’s so nice to stroll along the Harbor and watch the boats coming in and out.
5. Eat Fresh Seafood from the Fish Market
The fish market is one of Norway’s most visited outdoor markets. Walking through the market is seafood lovers dream! Langoustine’s, king crab, snow crab and fresh shrimp are all musts. Albeit the prices at the fish market are steep and probably double the price than what you would find in the grocery store – but it’s all about the experience! My dad had never had king crab before, so we sat at the fish market looking out at the harbor and ate the most amazing king crabs.
6. Grab a drink in Torgallmenningen City Square
Find a spot at one of the many places scattered along the square and grab a drink! There’s always a lot going on, so it’s fun to just sit and people watch. We had a couple strong Irish Coffee’s 😉
7. Find fresh fruits and vegetables at the “Farmer’s Market”
During the summer months, they have an outside market with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade sausage, jam, and cheeses. It’s very close to the fish market, so if you’re there during the warmer months you can’t miss it!