Bergen – the fjord capital of Norway
Idyllically situated on the west coast of Norway at the entrance to some of the most majestic fjords in the world – Bergen is a bucket list destination. The city of some 300,000 inhabitants in 2019 hosted over 3 million visitors, while the network of Bergen Airport served 50 international destinations.

Opportunities for airlines

The international traffic at Bergen Airport has shown an average of 4% growth per year for the last 10 years as the graph below shows.

Passenger numbers at Bergen airport have risen from 4.8 mill. in 2010 to 6.2 mill. in 2019, which means an increase of 3%.

The drivers for traffic growth include:

  • Strong leisure segment driven by the UNESCO listed fjords and the cultural city of Bergen with an increasing focus from regional stakeholders on October- April.
  • The fly-cruise tourism into Bergen has been growing for the last years. In addition to Hurtigruten’s international success, the establishment of Viking Cruises in Bergen in 2015 has contributed to this development.
  • A diverse and international business community with high travel frequency to Europe, Asia and the USA, creating a need both for efficient intercontinental hubs and a solid point-to-point network in Europe.

The mix of international businesses, tourism, cruise, students and a population of Bergen that loves to travel makes routes to Bergen resilient and sustainable.

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Route opportunities

Unserved routes

City pairFrom/ToDirect passengersIndirect passengersDistance (km)
BGO - BRUBergen to Brussels-15,8001,047
BGO - AALBergen to Aalborg-12,000446
BGO - LISBergen to Lisbon-12,7002,595
BGO - HAMBergen to Hamburg13,40035,500796
BGO - DUBBergen to Dublin-11,0001,034
BGO - MILBergen to Milan3,20017,7001,670
BGO - VIEBergen to Vienna23,60011,1001,540
BGO - WAWBergen to Warsaw35,2008,100824

Underserved routes

City pairFrom/ToDirect passengersIndirect passengersDistance (km)
BGO - BERBergen to Berlin42,20025,8001,001
BGO - MANBergen to Manchester20,00020,200897
BGO - MUCBergen to Munich16,00022,4001,394
BGO - STOBergen to Stockholm108,70041,100727

Bergen in depth

This 950 years-old historical city is situated on the west coast of Norway and has always been a city of international trade and cooperation. Today Bergen is listed as one of the top destinations to visit – thanks to the combination of spectacular nature, charming city centre and a lively cultural scene.

Stegastein Viewpoint


The UNESCO listed world heritage fjords

At the doorstep of Bergen you find the landscape that inspired the makers of Disney's Frozen. The world heritage UNESCO listed fjords are attracting visitors from all corners of the world; all year round. These fjords have been the primary driver for growth for decades and have also attracted major cruise operators such as Hurtigruten and Viking Cruises who have their turnaround ports in Bergen. The cruise segment has shown a yearly 10% growth over the last decade.

While it has taken a hit by the corona crisis, the industry is now in the process of reinventing itself – which can lead to new and unexpected opportunities. Meanwhile, Bergen and the fjords have such a variety of attractions catering to diverse interests that the region is in a good position for a successful restart of the tourism sector – especially since the west coast is emerging as the sustainable destination in Norway, meeting post-corona needs.

Big city culture with small town charm

Sundown in Bergen

As a European City of Culture, Bergen’s art, music, and food scene rivals that of large European capitals. It’s a city of contrasts, with new and old juxtaposed throughout. The 1000-year-old heritage of UNESCO listed Bryggen anchors a city kept youthful by its 40,000 students. The city is surrounded by seven mountains, a landscape that brings nature close to the city – as well as a lot of rain. This keeps the city green, and may also be what inspires the inhabitants of Bergen to travel. And they travel a lot – both to sunny destinations and to some of the 50 other direct international routes served from Bergen.

International business scene 

Once a part of the lucrative Hanseatic stockfish trade network of Europe, modern-day Bergen is a major player within the petroleum sector, hydroelectric power and renewable energy sources.

As one of Europe's largest ports, the region is also home to a thriving shipping industry. An important sector of growth is aquaculture; the largest fish producers in the world are located in Bergen, and the city is a leader in aquaculture innovation. International business traffic has doubled in the last ten years, and with the businesses’ international focus, it will surely continue to grow in the future.

Bergen Tourist Board

Bergen Tourist Board is a common body for promoting the City of Bergen in Norway and abroad. The activities cover: Public-related information and profiling, media and trade related service and more. Bergen Tourist Board has the following branches: Tourist Department, Tourist Information and Bergen Convention Bureau. Bergen Tourist Board is also the main shareholder of Fjord Norge AS / Fjord Norway.

Fjord Norway

Fjord Norway is the official tourist board of the western part of Norway. Its main functions are the international marketing of the Fjord Norway region, press- and study trips and to convey information from the Fjord Norway region to tour operators, press and consumers worldwide. Fjord Norway's vision is to be the most professional and competent destination company in Europe. The company shall position Fjord Norway as the most attractive destination for nature-based, adventure holidays.

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