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Cruises to Bergen

Bergen (Photo:Mark_and_Anna_Wilson/Shutterstock)

About Bergen

Bergen, known as the "Gateway to the Fjords," is Norway's second-largest city. But with only about 260,000 inhabitants, it projects the warmth and accessibility of a much smaller community. The Gulf Stream softens the weather there, and the winters are mild with little snow.

Shrouded in history, the city's streets are flanked with centuries-old churches and quaint shops and homes connected by a labyrinth of backyard pathways. Two picturesque and inviting landmarks make orientation easy: the wharf area and the museum-surrounded ornamental lake and parklands are within ten minutes from each other by foot. Most of Bergen proper's attractions and activities also lie within a short walk of those points, as does the main cruise pier.

The nearly endless hours of summer sunlight seem to lend an unhurried quality to the pace of Bergen daily life-- but interestingly, this is a port that sees cruise passengers during all four seasons, thanks to the year-round itineraries offered by Hurtigruten. Most residents are patient and helpful to a fault, and tourists are almost always made to feel welcome. With great dining, art, historical and natural assets, and decent shopping, Bergen has something for everyone. Keep in mind, however, that Norway residents are paid high wages, and the cost of living is high as a result, which means visitors might be in for some sticker shock.

Bergen is a clean, friendly, accessible seaside town, rich in history and art, and it's easily navigated on foot or by public transport. But the city is also a jumping-off point for a wide range of longer-term pursuits for those who have more time to explore it while visiting independently.

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MSC Preziosa
MSC Preziosa

15 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

379 Reviews
Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jun 19, 2023
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Zuiderdam

128 Night
128-day Grand World VoyageDetails

1,006 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Norwegian Prima
Norwegian Prima (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)

10 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

37 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Sky Princess
Sky Princess (Image: Princess Cruises)

14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

186 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 17, 2023
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7 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

186 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 12, 2023
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14 Night
Europe - OtherDetails

2,493 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 9, 2023
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In Search Of The Northern LightsDetails

93 Reviews
Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Trade Routes Of The Middle AgesDetails

1,920 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 13, 2024
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14 Night
Iceland & Norway's Arctic ExplorerDetails

1,920 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Norwegian Fjords CruiseDetails

2,796 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
May 14, 2023
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Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

14 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Europe - IcelandDetails

37 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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British Isles ExplorerDetails

93 Reviews
Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Apr 19, 2024
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British Isles ExplorerDetails

93 Reviews
Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

186 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 3, 2023
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More about Bergen

Why go to Bergen?

Pros:

This quaint city is a warren of tiny streets, historic buildings, outdoor markets and fantastic views

Cons:

It can be chilly and rainy one minute and warm and sunny the next; wear layers

Bottom Line:

Bergen is a delightful hybrid of Norwegian fishing culture and modern aesthetic

Bergen Cruise Port Facilities?

Bergen's cruise docks have few amenities, but not to fret. It's only five hundred yards to Bryggen and every souvenir and snack under the sun (midnight or otherwise).

Good to Know?

It rains quite a bit in Bergen, and it can be especially chilly by the water, so be sure to pack layers.

Getting Around?

By Bus: For visitors who plan to explore on their own, Bergen's best bargain is the "Bergen Card," which can be purchased at the railway station, the express boat terminal, the tourist information center at Vagsallmennigen and some hotels. A 24-hour adult card sells for NOK 200 and gives the holder free transportation on all city buses and free admission or deep discounts to most of the major attractions; 48-hour cards are also available. A child's (3 to 15 years) card costs NOK 75.

On Foot: As mentioned earlier, most of Bergen's attractions can be easily reached on foot. From the wharf area, it's a mere 500-yard walk in an easterly direction to Bergen's other major landmark: Lille Lungegadsvann, a small lake embedded in lush gardens and statuary, surrounded by most of Bergen's major museums. And there are many. One could happily spend more than a day wandering through one museum after another. (As mentioned above, all museums offer free admission with the purchase of a Bergen Card.)

By Taxi: Taxis are readily available in Bergen. Bergen Taxi is a popular local operator, and rates are set per vehicle. In other words, the more people in your group, the better per-person rate you'll get.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Though there are numerous currency exchanges around Bergen, ATMs are plentiful and offer a far better rate of exchange. The biggest concentration of banks and ATMs is around the streets just south and east of the harbor, especially along the major thoroughfare, Olav Kyrres Gate.

Norway is not currently part of the E.U., so they still maintain their currency, the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Check www.xe.com for the most up-to-date exchange rate.

Language?

Norwegian is the official language, but English is understood and spoken almost everywhere.

Where You're Docked?

The cruise port is within walking distance of Bryggen and Bergen Town Centre, encompassing most of the city's points of interest.


Bergen Cruise Reviews
Interesting tour showing the history of Bergen. Read More
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KlausL
Our cruise started in Bergen and we were very impressed with the city. Virtually everyone spoke English. City was very clean and modern. Very beautiful harbor area - good public transportation. Small enough to walk Read More
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Eric53
I’ve visited Bergen before and absolutely love it. The antiquated buildings and shops are wonderful. There is a HOHO bus which we didn’t use but would if visiting again. Read More
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Jaffa2022
The trip up the funicular was fun. From the port it is a 15 minute walk and it would be easy to spend a couple of hours at the top if you were on an independant visit rather than there as part of an organised shore eRead More
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