Things to do in Bryggen

Our most recommended things to do in Bryggen

From Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

1. From Bergen: Osterfjord, Mostraumen and Waterfall Cruise

Experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of traveling through the majestic Norwegian fjords on a scenic boat tour departing from Bergen. Admire the verdant or ice-covered cliffs depending on the time of year and take in the mirror-like reflections from the water. Sali out from the city center of Bergen for a great view of the iconic Bryggen from the water. Float along the 27-kilometer-long Osterfjord surrounded by steep mountains and watch it narrow down into the shallow Mostraumen strait, with powerful currents. Get up close and personal with a waterfall to catch a bucket of ice-cold mountain water to sample before turning back and returning to Bergen through the magnificent landscape. Sit back and relax on the sundeck or purchase a refreshing beer or wine from the kiosk.

From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

2. From Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Spectacular Alversund Streams

Sail from Bergen to the Alversund Streams with this group boat tour. Set off from Bergen's famous Fish Market and marvel at views of the medieval fortress Bergenhus, St Mary's church and the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic wharf. Glide through beautiful Western Norwegian scenery at the City Fjord, Salhus Fjord and Kverna Fjord as you make your way towards the stunning Alversund Streams. Snap breathtaking photos of this amazing scenery. Relax, as the captain safely steers the boat through narrow sounds, deep fjords, a maze of islands and the powerful currents of the narrow Alversund channel.

Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present

3. 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 the Rosenkrantz Tower, a building inside the Bergenhus Fortress. 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: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

4. Bergen: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

Make the most of your time in Bergen with a guided tour of the city center, a Fjord cruise, and a trip on the Mount Fløyen Funicular. Take this tour all year round, accompanied by an expert local guide.  See the sights in Bergen, including the Fish Market, the Hanseatic quarter (Bryggen), St. Mary's Church, Bergenhus Fortress, and Mount Fløyen. Cruise along the Cityfjord, Salhusfjord and Kvernafjord. Be wowed by the views as you travel between mountains and the shallow and narrow Alversund strait. Then hop on the Fløibanen Funicular, the only railway of its kind in Norway and one of the country’s best-known attractions. Take in amazing panoramic views over the fjord and the city of Bergen once you reach the top—an unmissable photo opportunity.

Bergen: Historic Highlights Guided Walking Tour

5. Bergen: Historic Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Looking for a short walk that will provide you with a comprehensive overview of Bergen's main historic sites? This walk is for you! This winter-special walk (September-May) will keep you (mostly) out of the rain and cold as we wander through the two main historic sites in Bergen: the fortress and Bryggen. It's also only one hour, so you aren't outside for too long. The walk is at a gentle pace, so it's suitable for everybody. In one hour, you will walk through Bergen's old palace and around Bergen's merchant district. Bergen was founded in 1070 as the main commercial city in Scandinavia, and it remained the most important trading city until the 16th century. For around 100 years, Bergen was also Norway's capital. At the fortress you see remains from the palace, the Danish & Swedish unions, and the Nazi occupation. Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage-listed wharf Bryggen is famous for the Hanseatic League that lived there for about 400 years. This merchant district was the main point of export for stockfish (dried cod), and here the Hanseatic League (a German male society/guild) enjoyed special privileges and a unique lifestyle. These two historic locations are best explored with a guide, and our guides will provide you with a historic overview of Bergen and better understanding of why this city is so special. We only talk about history on this tour. If you want to combine history with everyday life and modern times, join our Past & Present tour instead. If you want to go off the beaten path, this tour can be combined with our Nordnes tour (which runs immediately after this tour).

From Bergen: Private Cruise to Bekkjarvik w/ Snacks & Drinks

6. From Bergen: Private Cruise to Bekkjarvik w/ Snacks & Drinks

Treat yourself and your favorite people to a private cruise aboard a modern and spacious yacht. Leave Bergen behind and take in the surrounding natural landscape as you sail among mountains and fjords. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer before arriving at Bekkjarvik for the chance to buy dinner. Board your private yacht and depart from Bergen's city center, watching the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen from the water. Take in the beautiful backdrop of the seven mountains surrounding the city, including Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken. Snack on some biscuits accompanied by coffee or tea, or sip on a glass of wine or beer. Admire the journey from the salon, the aft deck, or the top platform, with a panoramic view. Observe as the scenery changes gradually, leaving the fjords behind and arriving at Bekkjarvik. Seize the chance to feast on a meal cooked by a top-notch chef at Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri, where you can purchase dinner at your own expense. Take your time to enjoy your food while the crew waits patiently for you. Depart from Bekkjarvik when you're ready and relax on the ride back to Bergen.

From Bergen: Private Mostraumen Fjord and Waterfall Cruise

7. From Bergen: Private Mostraumen Fjord and Waterfall Cruise

Experience narrow fjords, steep mountainsides, and mighty waterfalls with a local guide on a private cruise to Osterfjord on a day trip from Bergen. Get onboard a Premium Explorer 50 Yacht and witness the picturesque Mostraumen where boats are just able to pass through. Set sail from Bergen's Fish Market, as your guide points to some of the oldest and most relevant historical sites in the city, including the medieval fortress Bergenhus, St. Mary's church, and the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Hanseatic wharf. From there, sail through the western Norwegian scenery in the Fjord City, Salhusfjorden, and Osterfjord towards the stunning Mostraumen Channel. Sip on soft drinks, and soak in the views as the captain safely steers the boat through steep mountainsides, a maze of islands, and cascading waterfalls. Venture deeper into the fjord and see the mountain landscape become steeper and narrower. Get up close to waterfalls and feel the cold spray on your face. With a little luck, you can spot seals sunbathing on the rocky shore so keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife around you. Deep in the Osterfjord, take a break and tuck into Lapskaus, a traditional Norwegian meat and vegetable stew.

Bergen: Private Evening Yacht Cruise with Snacks and Wine

8. Bergen: Private Evening Yacht Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Embark on a scenic evening cruise from Bergen and witness the dramatic views of the nearby fjords. Admire the colorful buildings of the UNESCO-listed Bryggen as you sip on a glass of Champagne. Board your comfortable yacht and start your cruise. Sail alongside the UNESCO-listed Bryggen and admire the colorful houses and lush hillsides from the water. Marvel at the seven mountains surrounding the city, including Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken.  Watch the scenery gradually change, as Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken fade into the distance. Sail past the suburbs of Sandviken and Eidsvåg, towards the fjords and islands. Sip on a glass of wine and enjoy the snacks on board. Relax as the gentle cruise takes you along the serene fjords, and enjoy panoramic views of the valley from within. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the fjords if the weather permits, before making your way back to the departure point.

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What people are saying about Bryggen

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 111 reviews

First time in Bergen and I’ve never done a cruise before so I was judgemental about it. But I was so wrong! I loved every second to every minute of the tour! Even if I did get wet especially at the water fall which was amazing! Thank you for an incredible tour

On time, beautiful views, most other travelers respectful to move along and let others capture views. Clean facilities. Cold as expected for October. Just right time length.

My favorite day in Bergen (and Norway). It is suitable for all people interested in exploring the entrance to the famous Norway fjords.

Excellent afternoon out on the fjords, great crew and beautiful sights.

beautiful scenery, comfortable seats and friendly staff