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Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

1. Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

Discover the historic sights and local hotspots of Bergen on a guided walking tour through the city. Learn about the city's history and modern life with your expert local guide. Meet at Håkons Hall, a banquet hall from 1260 that is the only building left from Bergen's time as the capital of Norway. Begin by learning about Bergen's royal and political past and explore the mighty fortress of the city. Take a short walk to Bryggen, Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the narrow alleys and explore over 500 years of history, and maybe you'll even get to sample what the Hanseatic merchant of the past traded here. After learning about the history of the city, it's time to go off the beaten path. Wander through the narrow alleys in the historic residential neighborhood, where you'll learn about Bergen's wooden architecture, life as an average person in the 18th and 19th centuries, and also what it's like to live here today. The last part of the tour will take you past some of Bergen's most popular eateries, where you can learn more about the vibrant city life and what Norwegians love to eat. Pass the Floibanen funicular station, so by the time you end at the tourist office, you'll be full of ideas for what to do in Bergen for the rest of your stay.

Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

2. Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

Make your way to the Bergen Railway, where you'll board a comfortable train that will take you on scenic ride to Voss. Hop off in Voss and switch to the bus for a ride through the area's quaint villages to Gudvangen. Between the months of May and September, the bus will also travel the steep road to Stalheimskleiva, comprised of hairpin turns and epic views. Once you reach Gudvangen, step aboard a two-hour premium fjord cruise on a modern hybrid boat to journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. See both Aurlandsfjord, a picturesque fjord offering stunning views, and the mountain-lined Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest in Europe. Go ashore in Flåm, where you'll get on yet another train that travels the Flåm Railway. The panoramic views on the route are sure to impress. Take advantage of photo opportunities of the surrounding fjords along the way. Disembark in Myrdal and get back on the Bergen Railway, making your return to the trip's starting point.

From Bergen: Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, & Flåm

3. From Bergen: Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, & Flåm

Explore Norway's fjord country on this private tour. Your itinerary is flexible and personalized to your interests. After meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, set out in a private vehicle passing by the famous Dale of Norway sweater factory in the village of Dale and through the town of Voss.  Make a brief stop at the Tvindefossen waterfall for photos and fresh mountain air. Continue your trip to the Stalheim Hotel's terrace, which overlooks fantastic views over the Nærøydalen Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Back in your vehicle, descend the dramatic Stalheimskleiva Road to the valley's floor, where you will visit the ancient village of Gudvangen. From Gudvangen enjoy a scenic cruise to Flåm. On arrival at Flåm, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (your own expense) and free time to browse the souvenir shops, visit the Flåmsbana railway museum, or check out the local microbrewery. Then head towards the scenic Stegastein viewing point, a 30-meter platform hanging over Aurlandsfjord. The narrow road and the viewing point will provide breathtaking photos and vivid memories. Board the Flåmsbana railway from Flåm to the mountain railway station Myrdal, located 2,844 feet (867 m). You'll make a brief stop at Kjøsfossen waterfall.  Change trains at Myrdal to head back to Voss where you'll have time to tour a medieval church dating from 1277 and an 11th-century stone cross. At the end of the tour, your guide will drive you back to your hotel in Bergen.

Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

4. Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

With UNESCO-listed fjords and snow-capped mountain ranges that stretch around the country, Norway offers a land of alluring landscapes to tempt any traveler. The best way to see it is by train, bus, and boat, throughout a hassle-free day tour. Hop aboard to discover the countryside that frames the Bergen and Flåm railways, and admire Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, the village of Flåm, and more. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometers, and sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, "the city fjord", and the city is surrounded by mountains. Bergen is also known as the "city of seven mountains". The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railways. It is 20 kilometers long, with a descent of 865 meters and a gradient of one in 18. It also consists of 20 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers - evidence of the most daring and skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railways.

Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise & Traditional Lunch in Undredal

5. Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise & Traditional Lunch in Undredal

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Bergen and travels by car to Nærøy Valley. To reach the valley, drive along the spectacular Stalheimskleiva with its impressive 13 hairpin bends that offer unique vantage points of the scenery. Arrive at Gudvangen and board an electric passenger ship, the Future of the Fjord, for a tranquil 2-hour sail along the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord.  As you glide along the peaceful water, soak up breathtaking views of the Nordic landscape that surrounds you. Hop off the boat in Flåm and visit the stunning Stegastein viewpoint before continuing the tour to Undredal, a charming little village on the shore of Aurlandsfjord. With a population of just 100 people, but over 500 goats, the town is famous for its goat cheese which is still produced in the traditional way.  Learn about the production of goat cheese, then visit the House of Cheese where a typical Nordic lunch of white and brown goat cheese, goat salami, sour cream, cloudberry jam, crispbread, and fruit juice awaits. After lunch, head to the Old Stave Church, which was built in 1147, and is the smallest church still in use in all of Scandinavia. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Bergen.

Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway to Oslo

6. Bergen: Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway to Oslo

Discover luscious Norweigan landscapes, including fjords, mountains, and rivers, on this full-day tour from Bergen to Oslo. Travel along the spectacular Stalheim and Nærøy Valley, enjoy a cruise on the UNESCO Nærøyfjord and ride the scenic Flåm Railway. The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Bergen at 8:00 AM and sets out towards Gudvangen. During the summer months, drive along the spectacular Stalheimskleiva that offers unique vantage points of the scenery. Arrive at Gudvangen and board an electric passenger ship, the Future of the Fjord, for a tranquil sail along the Nærøyfjord towards Flåm. As you glide along the peaceful water, soak up breathtaking views of the Nordic landscape that surrounds you. Hop off the boat in Flåm and onto the charming Flåm Railway, which is one of the world's steepest railways on normal tracks. Journey through the rolling landscapes on the 20 km train journey, which takes about an hour, until you reach Myrdal Station where you will change onto the Bergen Railway. Finally, travel through the scenic Hallingskarvet National Park to Oslo Central Station where the adventure ends.

Bergen: Private Fjord Cruise and Flåm Railway

7. Bergen: Private Fjord Cruise and Flåm Railway

After being picked up from your hotel, you can begin your journey to Gudvangen. Stop at the Tvinde Waterfall before heading to Stalheim and board the "Future of the fjords" electric ship to Flåm in Gudvangen. The Nærøyfjord is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe and your journey to Flåm will take about 2 hours. The boat is battery operated and high-comfort, with large windows and a good patio. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord was incorporated on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with the Geirangerfjord. The fjord is surrounded by high mountains, and is a beautiful sight both in summer and winter. Flåm is a charming village surrounded by precipitous mountainsides, rumbling waterfalls, and narrow valleys. It is a  beautiful area to simply wander around, and whilst there you can also visit the Flåm Railway Museum. From Flåm the trip continues with the Flåm Railway, which is one of the world's steepest regular-track railway tracks. The 20-kilometer-long train journey gives you a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent of Norwegian mountain nature, including the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall. At Myrdal Station, your train will swap to the Bergen Railway which will take you to Voss. From there, a car will return you back to Bergen.

Bergen: RIB Sognefjord Safari and Flåm Railway Private Tour

8. Bergen: RIB Sognefjord Safari and Flåm Railway Private Tour

Start your day with pickup from your accommodations in Bergen and make the journey from Bergen to Flåm. In the summer months, the tour goes through Stalheimskleiva, the 1.5 km/1 mile road that winds down Nærøydalen. In Flåm, board the RIB for a fjord safari on Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. You’ll ride an open RIB boat with a maximum of 12 guests, ensuring a personal experience with your guides and a chance to get close to small villages and waterfalls along the way.     Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, stories and history shared by your personal guide. Get closer to nature and look out for seals, porpoises, and eagles along the way. We will provide you with all the necessary gear for a safe and comfortable experience on the fjords. This includes a floatation suit, life vest, hat, gloves, and goggles.     Back in Flåm, the trip continues with the Flåm Railway, one of the world's steepest railways. At Myrdal station, a train changes to the Bergen Railway, which takes you to Voss. There, you’ll be picked up by car and driven back to Bergen.

From Bergen: Private Guided Day Trip to Sognefjord

9. From Bergen: Private Guided Day Trip to Sognefjord

Following hotel pickup, make your way to the Bergen Railway, where you'll board a comfortable train that will take you on scenic ride to Voss. Hop off in Voss and switch to the bus for a ride through the area's quaint villages to Gudvangen. Between the months of May and September, the bus will also travel the steep road to Stalheimskleiva, comprised of hairpin turns and epic views. Once you reach Gudvangen, step aboard a two-hour premium fjord cruise on a modern hybrid boat to journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. See both Aurlandsfjord, a picturesque fjord offering stunning views, and the mountain-lined Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest in Europe. Go ashore in Flåm, where you'll get on yet another train that travels the Flåm Railway. The panoramic views on the route are sure to impress. Take advantage of photo opportunities of the surrounding fjords along the way. Disembark in Myrdal and get back on the Bergen Railway. Conclude the tour with hotel drop-off.

Norway: Self-Guided Oslo - Bergen - Oslo Adventure

10. Norway: Self-Guided Oslo - Bergen - Oslo Adventure

Capture Norway in a nutshell on this 24-hour self-guided adventure from Olso. Ride along the scenic Bergen Railway, take a cruise on the magnificent Aurlandsfjord, and admire pristine wilderness – all you need to do is follow the specially crafted itinerary sent to you upon booking. Upon booking your adventure, you will be sent an itinerary via email with clear instructions on how to plan your self-guided tour. Provide the local partner with your accommodation name and address in Oslo, and your tickets will be delivered straight to your hotel. Once you have the tickets, embark on your 24-hour adventure. Ride the scenic Bergen Railway from Oslo, take a fjord cruise on the magnificent Aurlandsfjord and on the narrow Nærøyfjord, take a bus trip through beautiful wild landscapes, and ride the Flåm Railway. Your return ticket includes a sleeping compartment for the overnight train from Bergan to Oslo.

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What people are saying about Bergen

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Excellent guide. Thorough knowledge of the city and happy to answer all questions about the city and Norway. Very enjoyable. Highly recommend.

Magda was a great guide, took me to some parts of the city I hadn't explored yet. Her restaurant suggestions were spot on!

A little bit tiring, and needed more time to visit Bergen a little bit more, but lot of views to remember

Great tour, Antonio was extremely knowledgeable, all the family enjoyed it.

Very clear step by step instructions for self-guided tour