As the most important metropolis alongside the huge shoreline of western Norway, Bergen is the right start line for a Norwegian fjord street journey. But the historic metropolis is one in every of Norway’s hottest cities for vacationers and deserves rather more than a fast cease on any itinerary.
While no Scandinavian metropolis is a journey discount, there are loads issues to do in Bergen that received’t break the financial institution. In specific, Bergen affords implausible experiences for individuals who like strolling, both free or the value of a public transit ticket.
Many vacationers dashing by means of Bergen take a fast snap of the enduring Bryggen wharf buildings and transfer on. That’s a crying disgrace, for the slim alleyways of this UNESCO World Heritage Site conceal all method of intriguing historical past.
For centuries, these colourful former buying and selling homes had been the motive force of Bergen’s financial system as a key a part of the Hanseatic League.
Whereas Bergen’s success was constructed on buying and selling Norwegian cod for grain, salt and textiles, at this time you’re extra more likely to discover troll trinkets and postcards. However, hidden down the alleyways are rather more attention-grabbing galleries, many full of paintings from locals.
See a stave church
Many of tourists don’t know it’s doable to see an genuine Norwegian stave church in Bergen, as a lot of the remaining wood church buildings are in hard-to-reach rural areas alongside a fjord.
A brief journey from downtown Bergen on the sunshine rail, Fantoft Stave Church was moved piece-by-piece from a fjord village to Fantoft to protect it within the nineteenth century. Although the church was burned to the bottom in 1992, it was rebuilt as shut as doable to the unique specs.
Payment is required to enter the dimly-lit church, open in the course of the summer season, however it’s nonetheless price taking the journey at any time of yr to take a look at this glorious instance of stave structure.
Walk up Mount Fløyen
A six-month upkeep challenge to the Fløibanen funicular railway pressured many individuals to rediscover the thrill of strolling up Mount Fløyen. Now the funicular is again open, contemplate strolling up the hairpin street that trails behind the decrease station as an alternative.
Along the way in which to what’s generally known as Bergen’s playground you’ll go by means of a leafy residential space and a World War II memorial earlier than coming into the gravel forest path. Just earlier than the highest, cease off on the child-friendly troll forest, trollskogen.
Hike to Mount Ulriken
More eager hikers would possibly wish to tackle one of many basic Bergen hikes. From the highest of Mount Fløyen, it’s a 9.3-mile hike throughout open terrain to Mount Ulriken, from the place you’ll be able to take the cable automobile again all the way down to the town.
You’ll want to permit at the least 5 hours for the total journey, so don’t plan an excessive amount of else on the identical day.
Explore the fortress grounds
At the far finish of Bryggen, the Bergenhus Fortress complicated is a putting reminder of the town’s former capital metropolis standing. Originally house to a garrison with a royal residence and enormous banqueting corridor, the fortress grounds are higher identified at this time as an outside live performance venue.
There is an entrance price for Håkons Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, however it’s free to walk the grounds and absorb the medieval ambiance and the views throughout the harbor.
The Twelfth-century stone constructing has been broken by fireplace a number of instances however stays standing, albeit with a number of restoration and modernization. Inside is pretty abnormal however there’s loads of curiosity on the skin.
The stonework of the doorway corridor was carved by the identical individuals who labored on Westminster Abbey’s chapter home, whereas the cannonball nonetheless wedged within the outer wall serves as a relentless reminder of the 1665 battle between the British and Dutch navies.
Freshen up with a dip within the fjord
Swimming won’t be prime of your agenda when visiting Scandinavia however many locals assume nothing of leaping in a fjord to chill off on a sunny day.
The Sydnes Sjøbad seawater pool close to the Hurtigruten ferry terminal is probably the most central spot whereas Sandviken Sjøbad is a brief bus journey away. Nordnes is a well-liked facility near the town aquarium, however entrance requires a price.
Meanwhile, the garden and seashore on the Gamlehaugan royal residence’s English Park attracts sun-seekers and swimmers in equal measure when the solar shines.