Complimentary tours in Bergen

The Mount Fløien funicular offers a spectacular view over Bergen (Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / www.fjordnorway.com)

Take advantage of the fresh air and long spring days. Sample the active Norwegian lifestyle during your stay in beautiful Bergen. It will cost you nothing but a slightly raised pulse!

»Spectacular views on the Mount Fløien funicular
»3-hour bucket list fjord cruise to Osterfjord
»Unmissable medieval walk at UNESCO heritage site Bryggen
»The Nordic’s largest collection of art, craft, design and music at KODE
»Electrifying exploration of Bergen by segway
»Once in a lifetime opportunity: run the Bergen City Marathon
»Mountain bike, jogging & yoga

 


Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / www.fjordnorway.com

Spectacular views on the Mount Fløien funicular

Mount Fløien is accessible from the very center of the city. A must–see for all delegates, the funicular “Fløien” takes you from downtown to the top in just six minutes, ascending 320 meters on merely 850 meters of rail. This funicular railway is one of Norway's most visited attractions, and the trip up the hillside is a thrilling experience by itself.

While enjoying a the view of the city, harbor, surrounding mountains, islands and ocean, you should bring your coffee in a thermos to experience the outdoors in true Norwegian style. There is also a restaurant, cafeteria and a souvenir shop. Meet the goats, or try the delicious homemade cinnamon rolls, and take the opportunity for a leisurely hike on the mountain’s many and varied trails.

If you are feeling athletic, you could walk up (or down) along the charming footpaths that zigzag all the way from the city center to the top of Mount Fløien. Frequently used by the locals, this walk takes approximately 40 minutes, and is highly recommended as an alternative to riding the funicular.

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DateSaturday 25th and Sunday 26th of April
DurationFrom 20 minutes
TimeOpen from 08:00-23:00

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Photo: Robin Strand

3-hour bucket list fjord cruise to Osterfjord

Experience fjords and mountains on a 3-hour cruise to Osterfjord and the impressive Mostraumen. Deep fjords, steep mountains, mighty waterfalls and powerful currents – all year round! The cruise starts at Zachariasbryggen, right next to Bergen’s famous Fish Market. As you leave Bergen, you will experience excellent views of the famous “Bryggen”, the old city, and the rest of Bergen’s harbor basin.

A modern and efficient catamaran takes you on a spectacular adventure, featuring waterfalls and narrow fjords surrounded by steep mountains. A near perfect fjord experience, the scenic views are lined up one after another from the moment you board. As you pass the Nordhordland Bridge, Alverstraumen and the island of Osterøy, make sure you fill your lungs and enjoy the idyllic farms and small villages, the wildlife and fresh sea air.

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DateSaturday 25th and Sunday 26th of April
Duration3 hours
Time14:00-17:00

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Photo: Robin Strand

Unmissable medieval walk at UNESCO heritage site Bryggen

The medieval walk passes through the oldest part of Bergen, composed of the historic streets near the ancient waterfront. Bergen’s famous “Bryggen” quayside has been central to the city since the Middle Ages. Rebuilding from the devastations of the Black Plague, which arrived at the harbor on an English ship in 1349, Bergen formally joined the Hanseatic League in 1360, trading predominantly in dried fish. Both the oldest wooden buildings and the thick layers of cultural history located below ground are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This tour will take you past some of Bergen’s most important historic sights: the Bergenhus fortress, the Hanseatic Quarter (“Bryggen”), and the St. Mary´s Church, among others. At the same time, it is an opportunity to encounter local people going about their business in the here and now.

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DateSunday 26th of April
Duration2 hours
Time12:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00

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Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho

The Nordic’s largest collection of art, craft, design and music at KODE

Next to the Grieghallen concert hall, you will find the KODE art museums. For a moment’s peace and quiet, surrounded by inspiring art, make a stop at one or all of the four KODE buildings (KODE 1, 2, 3 and 4) on your way to or from the Routes exhibition.

One of the largest museums for art, craft, design and music in the Nordic region, KODE provides a unique combination of art museums and composers’ homes, of contemporary art, historical artifacts, concerts and parklands. The museums contain almost 50,000 objects, ranging from paintings, works on paper, sculptures, installations, videos, musical instruments, furniture and works of fine craft and design. They offer temporary exhibitions of art and design, as well as extensive presentations of works by Edvard Munch, J.C. Dahl and Nikolai Astrup.

The Rasmus Meyer Collection and the Silver Treasure are two of the most important collections in the KODE portfolio, which includes a separate department devoted to contemporary art.

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DateSaturday 25th and Sunday 26th of April
DurationOptional
TimeOpening hours 11:00-17:00

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Electrifying exploration of Bergen by segway

“Bergen on a Segway” is a unique, exciting and fun experience through historic alleyways, while offering varied views of the city. The Segway tour takes you through the Bergenhus fortress and its beautiful park; the historic “Bryggen”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site; the lively Fish Market; the scenic Nordnes Park; and the classically proportioned theater aptly named “Den Nationale Scene”.

En route to the Nordnes Park, featuring a genuine Native American totem pole donated by the city of Seattle in 1970, you will also negotiate some of Bergen´s famously narrow and picturesque alleys. The small wooden houses, like those in Knøsesmauet, have survived both city fires and WWII bombing, and provide compelling evidence of how ordinary people have lived and toiled from the 17th century. Today, however, the “Nøstet” area is one of the most attractive residential districts in Bergen. This is also true of Fjellveien across town, where the Segway takes you to some breathtaking views of the city and the harbor.

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DateSunday 26th of April
Duration2 hours
Time10:00-12:00 and 20:00-22:00

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Photo: Bergen City Marathon

Once in a lifetime opportunity: run the Bergen City Marathon

Whether a professional marathon runner or just a recreational runner, you are welcome to try the scenic Bergen City Marathon. Now in its 9th year, the Bergen City Marathon is a fantastic event, with a beautiful and inspiring course.

Experience the atmosphere at the start and finish lines at “Bryggen” in Bergen, run through the old city, and enjoy the amazing views from Fjellveien on a challenging course that also includes the beautiful footpath around the Store Lungegårdsvann lake.

As you traverse the charming Nygård Park, you will be cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd. Narrow streets and charming wooden houses lead you further on to Nordnes Park, before the final leg of the race takes you back to “Bryggen”.

Competing in an event so close to the city center can be a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience, if you are up to it.

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DateSaturday 25th of April
Time08:00 – full marathon
 10:00 – half marathon
 12:00 – 5 km

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Mountain bike, jogging & yoga

Take this opportunity to live like the locals and join the Norwegians in a daily dose of nature before and after work. Whether it’s mountain biking or yoga at Mount Fløien or a mind-clearing run along our jogging routes – you are heartily welcome!

Sign up for these activities will open the 15th of April!

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