Bergen is an international city with a big heart and a small town vibe.
Surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords, the city has an infectious charm that permeates its daily life which visitors find absolutely irresistible. Bergen boasts a history that is encapsulated in the beautifully preserved wooden buildings of Bryggen, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Its chocolate-box houses line its hillsides and narrow laneways which makes strolling down the old streets and alleyways so pleasurable – its like stepping back in time.
With Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express. not only can you immerse in the charming city of Bergen but also hunt the magical Northern Lights on their Follow the Lights tours, now inclusive of return flights from Australia starting at $9999* for 2022 and 2023 departures.
Bergen is also known as the gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 AD, the city retains a great deal of its historical charm and its colourful wharves date back to the 14th century. Take a ride on the Floibanen funicular which runs from the city centre to the top of mountain Floven in about seven minutes. Here you will be astounded by the spectacular views of the city, mountains and fjords.
Visit the famous, picturesque and lively fish market to enjoy some fresh seafood and take in the atmosphere. Stop by the Aquarium to gaze at the collection of fish, penguins, sea lions, crocodiles and even snakes.
To experience Norway in a Nutshell over a day, travel from Bergen via Myrdal, Flam and Gudvangen to see some of the most amazing scenery in the country – if not the world. Take a ride on the Flam Mountain Railway which will take you through the most magnificent scenery with breathtaking fjords. Then board a two-hour fjord cruise to Gudvangen. You will then take a bus to Voss where you will catch another train back to Bergen.
Bergen began life as a major European trading and seafaring port, becoming one of the largest town in Scandinavia during the late middle ages. Today, Bergen has a population of 270,000 and trade and seafaring still play an important part in its economy. It is also a major university town and has a large student population which creates a lively buzzy bar scene and nightlife.
You can experience Bergen in all its glory and experience the wonderful natural phenomena of the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express’ Follow the Lights with Flights in 2022 and 2023.