Cruises to Bergen

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Bergen (Photo:Mark_and_Anna_Wilson/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to 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. Explore more of Bergen on your next cruise to Norway.

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Norwegian Fjords & Danish Delights 8d Cph-bgo

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More about Bergen

Why Cruise 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
This was starting port for our itinerary. We spent 3 nights in town before boarding ship. Bergen is easy town to get around in. Highlights was the Ulriken cable car to tallest mountain in Bergen. Also did the FjRead More
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scubastclaire
Bergen is a beautiful city which is home to the lovely wooden buildings comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress and its museums are also well worth the visit. Read More
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traveltilidrop
Bergen was beautiful with lots of things to do. Two suggestions, Fly into Bergen ,it was the most spectacular sight of the fjords I have ever seen. Make dining reservations during the day for dinner as the glassed fRead More
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Tolland2
We had great weather (for Bergen, at least). We did a fjord cruise that we booked independently, and the rain stopped for most of the time we were there. Had some local fish at a dockside restaurant.Read More
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