Bergen City: The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway

Bergen City: The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway


Bergen city is “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”, the second most populous and second largest city in Norway, also known as The Seven Mountains with a population of around 274,000 as of 2014 in an area of 465 square kilometres (approximately 179.538 sq. miles) and is located in Hordaland on the Bergenshalvøyen peninsula west coast of Norway. The city centre and and northern villages are located on the Byfjorden shoreline. It is also the administrative centre of Hordaland consisting of eight boroughs or villages where the natives speaks the distinctive Bergensk dialect. Historical events said that the city was established in 1070 AD. The Greater Bergen Region has a population of around 407,100. Bryggen (Norwegian word for quays) is a World Heritage Site that includes 61 wooden buildings of types from the pre-Hanseatic and Hanseatic periods. Bergen city is an international centre to some businesses and industries such as offshore oil & gas industries, shippings, subseas technology and aquaculture.

Bergen Port is the busiest in Norway. Bergen city also has it airport, the Bergen Airport Flesland and the Bergen Light Trail Transport.

Bergen City is one great city for strolling around old streets and alleyways where for centuries people lived a fairy-tale-like environments. Walking across the city centre in either way takes only 20 minutes. Cobbled stones covered streets, wooden houses,  plenty of flowers along the side of the streets are some of the best picturesques areas you can find and enjoy around or proceed to the old fortress at Bergenhaus. Mostly city central streets generally have disabled- friendly accessibility and the most important pedestrian crossings have sound signals indicated by tactile paving.

Visit the Bergen Aquarium where you will meet famous local personalities like Pingrid Alexandra, Vitus and Zelters and see the fish, seals, penguins crocodiles, snakes and spiders in their natural habitat or at one of Bergen’s many museum and galleries. Not far from the city centre are the famous Mt. Ulriken, Mt. Fløyen or to other of the seven mountains that forms the backdrop of the panoramic views of the city.

Bergen was also the birthplace of the hugely famous composer Edvard Grieg. You can visit his home at Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen.

When in Bergen city, immersed yourself to the most important cultural centres in Norway, the home of the Bergen International Festival, Nattjazz and Bergenfest. Also visit the famous and one of the world's oldest orchestral institutions, the local symphony orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra which was founded in 1786.

1) Bryggen in Bergen

Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. Bryggen has been the nerve centre of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of its ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image in all of Norway.
In 1360 the Hansas - a German guild of merchants - set up one of their import/export offices on Bryggen and dominated trade for the next 400 years.
Many times Bryggen has been devastated by fire, and the Great Fire of 1702 reduced the whole city to ashes. But Bryggen was quickly re-built on top of foundations that had been here since the 11th century.
Bryggen is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the city of Bergen is a designated World Heritage City.
The meander through Bryggen's narrow alleyways made even darker and more mysterious by overhanging balconies, is a step back into a time hardly touched by the passage of centuries. Although 61 of Bryggen's buildings are preserved and protected they are not a museum. Bryggen's spectacular wooden architecture shelter a living community of shops and offices; artists' studios, crafts-people's workshops, and restaurants.

Bryggens Museum, in a beautiful modern building, houses the extensive medieval finds excavated nearby, and the Hanseatic Museum is in one of the old Hansa buildings and illustrates the life of a 18th century merchant. Putting all of these aspects together, you have an unmissable chance to experience life on Bryggen stretching from time immemorial to the present today.

Click to visit website: http://www.visitbergen.com/en/

2) Bergen Cathedral (Domkirken)

Bergen Cathedral / Domkirken
The Bergen Cathedral has a long and turbulent history, but for almost 900 years people have worshipped here. The first church was dedicated to “Olav the Holy”, Norway’s patron saint. It was a small parish church and is mentioned in “King Sverres history”. The small stone church must have been built by 1150.

When the Franciscan friars came to Bergen in the first half of the 13th century, they were granted the use of the church, which was heavily damaged by fire both in 1248 and in 1270. The benevolent King Magnus “the Lawmender”, gave a generous donation, and the friars built a beautiful church next to their convent. This Franciscan basilica was consecrated by bishop Narve in 1301 and was quite plain with almost no interior decoration.

We do not know much about the church during the time before the Reformation, but several German merchants bestowed the church in their wills. The church was damaged by fire both in 1463 and 1488.

When the Lutheran Reformation was introduced in Norway by a royal declaration in Copenhagen, the old cathedral at Bergenhus, was is ruins. The first Lutheran bishop in the diocese of Bjørgvin claimed the old Franciscan church and made it the Cathedral of the country’s oldest diocese.

The Cathedral was rebuilt because of fires both in 1623 and 1640. A very thorough restoration took place in the 1880´s, led by the architects Christie and Blix. The old rococo interior was literally thrown out and the Cathedral got close to its present interior. In 1997 the Cathedral acquired a new organ with 61 stops, delivered by Rieger Orgelbau of Austria.
Click to visit website: http://www.bergen-guide.com

3) Troldhaugen Home of composer Edvard Grieg
Troldhaugen house
Troldhaugen was the home of Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina.
The Villa was built in 1885, and the couple lived there the last 22 summers of Edvard Grieg’s life. Troldhaugen became a museum in 1928 and includes Grieg’s Villa, the composer’s hut and the Grieg couple’s gravesite as well as a modern museum building and the concert hall Troldsalen, a chamber music hall seating 200 people. Troldsalen is the centre of the museum’s extensive concert activities and has excellent acoustics.

The Villa
Edvard Grieg referred to the Villa as his “best opus so far”. The ground floor of the house is open to the public and consists of a Memory Room filled with objects from key events in Grieg’s life, the original spacious dining room, a veranda and a sitting room where you can explore Grieg’s very own Steinway piano from 1892. The instrument is still playable and is often used for concerts, sometimes even recordings.

The richly ornamented veranda was turned into an enclosed winter garden in 1906 and a stained glass window could then be inserted just above the balcony door. The red rose ornament adds a poetic touch to the villa, which in its idiosyncratic way expresses the taste and spirit of Nina and Edvard Grieg.

Click to visit website: http://griegmuseum.no/en


1) Spisekroken Restaurant

Ingvild S Bøge runs and owns Spisekroken at Klosteret in Bergen. She completed her training to become chef in 1991. Thereafter she gathered experience from various Bergen restaurants as well as two years in Greece before opening Spisekroken in 1996.
For the duration of 2003, she was appointed chef for the farmers’ association, and was given the task of developing new dishes with veal.

Amongst Spisekrokens most popular dishes are gourmet veal and baby goat.Our guests are a combination of loyal regulars and happy visitors who happen to come by the restaurant.
Click to visit website: http://www.spisekroken.no/en/

Havferie vest Sotra

2) FG Restaurant & Bar

The FG Restaurant & Bar at the Hanseatic Wharf in Bergen is best described as a modern brasserie and attractive bar, offering a wide selection of meat and fish dishes, as well as home-made hamburgers. A stylish design in historical surroundings. We can cater for small and large parties and also serve lunch during the summer season.

3) Big Horn Steak House

Big Horn Steak House is one of the leading chains within the restaurant business in Norway, and particularly within the beef segment.

Big Horn Steak House is a nation wide restaurant chain with more than 20 restaurants across Norway. Each of the Big Horn restaurants are Franchised owned and organized as an individual corporation.

Click to visit website: http://www.bighorn.no/


1) First Hotel Marin
First Hotel Marin
First Hotel Marin is a classic hotel situated in the city center of Bergen. The unique location of the hotel is on the famous "Bryggen" in Bergen which is on UNESCO's world-heritage list. Marin have well-equipped rooms, conference facilities as well as steambaths, sauna and a gym. Our rooms are charming and welcoming, some with wonderful views over Bryggen. Treat yourself to a little luxury and enjoy our spacious suites and come home to some extra comfort after a busy day. First Hotel Marin is a perfect match for both business and pleasure, welcome!

Alver Hotel has a unique historical location in the village of Alversund, 30 kilometers north of Norway second largest city, Bergen. The hotel was built in 1959 on the remnants of the farm where Amalie Skram (1846-1905), one of Norway’s most renowned female authors, spent parts of her childhood.

Agricultural activities have always played an important role in the Alver landscape, and still to this day, there are a number of farms operating in the area.

There is also a deer farm operating just nearby, and tame animals can be seen grazing in the hills nearby the hotel.

Alver Hotel has been a family run business for three generations since it was first established in 1959, and is currently managed by Runar and Heidi Hilland.
Click to visdit website: http://www.alverhotel.no/en

3) Basic Hotel Bergen

Basic Hotel

Basic Hotel Bergen offers 43 quality rooms. The hotel is located in Håkonsgaten 27, next to Bergen Cinema, in an area with many restaurants. Within one kilometer, there are cafés, pubs, clubs and bars, as well as cultural venues such as museums and galleries. There is also a wide selection of shops and several shopping centers in the vicinity. The hotel is about ten minutes walking distance from the trainstation.

Click to visit website: http://basichotels.no/en/hotels/basichotelbergen


Bergen Airport, Flesland, is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the city centre, at Flesland. In 2013 the Avinor-operated airport served 6 million passengers. The airport serves as a hub for Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe; there are direct flights to 20 domestic and 53 international destinations.


Within the city center, walking is the best way to get around.They are also accessible with a wheelchair. The most important pedestrian crossings have sound signals and are indicated by tactile paving. Although paved stone is a popular material in the streets, it is rarely used in pedestrian areas.

The Norwegian State Railways operates express trains to Oslo and the Bergen Commuter Rail to Voss.The main motorways consist of E39, which runs north-south through the municipality, E16, which runs eastwards, and National Road 555, which runs westwards. Between Bergen and Arna Station, the train runs every 30 minutes through the Ulriken Tunnel; there is no corresponding road tunnel, forcing road vehicles to travel via Åsane.There are four major bridges connecting Bergen to neighboring municipalities: the Nordhordland Bridge,the Askøy Bridge, the Sotra Bridge and the Osterøy Bridge.The trolleybus system in Bergen is the only one still in operation in Norway and one of two trolleybus systems in Scandinavia.The city centre is surrounded by an electronic toll collection ring using the Autopass system.Bergen is one of the smallest cities in Europe to have both tram and trolleybus electric urban transport systems simultaneously.Bergen connects to the island of Bjorøy via the subsea Bjorøy Tunnel.

Bergen Station is the terminus of the Bergen Line, which runs 496 kilometres (308 mi) to Oslo.Public transport in Hordaland is managed by Skyss, which operates an extensive city bus network in Bergen and to many neighboring municipalities, including one route which operates as a trolleybus.

There are 40 vacation rentals and specialty lodgings in Bergen City for as low as US $89 per night, specifically Havferie vest Sotra described as a Condo/Apartment -2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5.

Nightly rates are available for this property. Rates may change depending on season, length of stay and other considerations. Additional fees may also apply; please contact the owner/manager for total price.