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From Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

1. From Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a scenic fjord cruise from Bergen. Board a modern and comfortable boat and catch views of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you set sail from the city center. Venture through the majestic Osterfjord with striking mountain landscapes and waterfalls. The further into the fjord you get, the steeper and more powerful the mountain landscape becomes. Enter the sun deck as the captain steers the boat’s bow so close to a waterfall that you can feel its refreshing spray. Sit back and relax on the sun deck or inside the warm and comfortable cabin, and remember to look for eagles along the fjord's shores. Stop by the kiosk for some tasty locally baked treats to enjoy as you take in the wonderful scenery.

From Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord Cruise

2. From Bergen: Mostraumen Fjord 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. Sail 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 refreshments from the kiosk.

From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

3. From Bergen: Sightseeing Fjord Cruise to Alversund Strait

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

4. 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 outside the Bergenhus Fortress at the address Bradbenken 1. 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's Highlights & Bryggens Museum on Foot (Easy Walk)

5. Bergen's Highlights & Bryggens Museum on Foot (Easy Walk)

Combine the highlights of Bergen’s historic neighbourhood with an entrance to the Bryggens Museum on this easy walking tour that will keep you (mostly) out of the rain and cold. The first part of the walk will take you around the Bergenhus Fortress. Here you will see the medieval buildings Håkons Hall and the Rosenkrantz tower while learning about 1,000 years of Bergen history – the Golden Age, Danish & Swedish unions, independence & Nazi occupation. The comprehensive walk around the fortress will also provide you with inside into Bergen’s unique culture and heritage. We then walk to Bryggen, Bergen’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. This has been a trading harbour since Bergen was founded in 1070 and was the mainstay of the German Hanseatic League for 400 years. These preserved wooden structures are the best surviving medieval pier in all of Northern Europe. The last part of the tour will take you inside the Bryggens Museum, with an included entrance and visit. Your local guide will introduce you to the museum, explain the archaeological excavations, and show you some of the museum’s highlights. A major highlight are the runic inscriptions – small carvings on wood with messages from 900 years ago. You can also see finds from Bergen’s trading heritage. The tour ends in the museum, giving you as much time as you like to explore independently. The pacing of the walk is easy, with no uphill or stairs. The walk is also mostly undercover, making it perfect for those rainy days. The walk goes for 90 minutes and shows you all the major highlights of Bergen.

Bergen: City Sightseeing, Fjord Cruise & Mt Fløyen Funicular

6. 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 Guided Tour by Minibus (with Photo stops) & Bryggen

7. Bergen Guided Tour by Minibus (with Photo stops) & Bryggen

Bergen may be cold and rainy throughout winter, but that shouldn’t affect your stay! This exclusive minibus tour around Bergen will show you the highlights of the city without getting (too) wet. Join a minibus tour hosted by a live, English-speaking local guide (no pre-recorded audio here!). The drive includes at least four photo-stops and covers the historic city centre, Nordnes peninsula, shoreline around the Puddefjord and park area, the hillside neighbourhood above the city, and the historic Sandviken fishing hamlet. The locations are hand-picked by locals, so this isn't your average bus tour! Between each stops, your guide will explain the history and everyday life in Bergen. Along the way, you'll see: The Fish Market Wooden houses from the 17th century onwards The witch burning memorial Bergen aquarium The prettiest alley in Bergen Bergen Theatre Hurtigruten terminal The historic cathedral Leprosy Hospital Bergen's first public park Bergen's current main park area Railway station University district Lake and modern fjordside neighbourhood The affluent neighbourhood Kalfaret Spectacular views down to the city from the hillside neighbourhood The fishing hamlet Sandviken The Fisheries Museum Bergen Fortress St. Mary's Church Bryggen Back in the city, your guide will take you on a short walk around Bryggen, where the tour ends. This tour uses a minibus with a maximum of 16 passengers, meaning that we can go where the large buses cannot go. We have partnered with a local bus company so the bus is clean and modern. Our drivers are always from Bergen, too. Please contact us privately if you would like to add on a pick-up service from your hotel.

Pocket Bryggen: A Self-Guided Audio tour in Bergen

8. Pocket Bryggen: A Self-Guided Audio tour in Bergen

Bergen’s historic harbour district, Bryggen, has long been an important part of Norway’s history. In the 12th century, the area flourished as an economic centre under the commercial domination of the Hanseatic League, a medieval merchants’ guild originating in Germany, but its survival was threatened over the centuries. On this walking tour, I’ll shed light on some of the area’s rich and complex history, and tell you how Bryggen rose from the ashes to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Starting and ending in front of the harbour, this tour takes you through the Bryggen Hansa Quarter. Along the way, you’ll learn about the commercial area’s medieval origins, and its quick expansion. You’ll walk through its narrow wooden streets, hearing about the iconic architecture around you. I’ll also tell you about the daily working life of the Hanseatic merchants and the struggles they faced, the stockfish trade that made the area commercially rich, and the tense relations between Norwegians and the Hanseatic community. I’ll also show you the district’s main landmarks, like the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene Assembly Rooms, St. Mary’s Church, Bryggens Museum, and Kjøbmandsstuen (an old Hanseatic Merchant’s Hall). On this Bryggen walking tour, you’ll have the chance to: • Find out why Norwegians despised Bryggen until the first half of the 1900s • See where the medieval ”red light district” once was • Discover where the statue of ”the naked truth” is • Learn what a king cod is and where the name comes from • Find out why part of Bryggen is made from wood and another part was rebuilt with bricks • Imagine what life was like for Hanseatic merchants in the 1400s This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to delve deeper into Bergen’s history while enjoying a leisurely walk through the streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join me on this hour-long tour to meet Bryggen’s medieval merchants and fishermen, and hear their stories!

Walk with a witch: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Walk with a witch: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Please note this tour is a fictional story and not a historical tour It is the 7th of April 1590 and Anne Pedersdotter has been condemned to burn at the stake, convicted a witch. Accompany her on her last walk through 16th century Bergen as she recounts the story of her demise. From the respected wife of a prominent priest and teacher, best friends with the Governor's wife, to being found guilty of witchcraft. Anne will guide you around Vågen, the fjord of Bergen, revealing the 16th century landmarks of this powerful fishing port. You will encounter the wooden houses of Bryggen, Lille Øvergaten, the oldest cobbled street in Bergen, and pass by the famous Fish Market on Strandkaien. She will bring you all the way to the Witches' Monument on the tip of Nordnes, the site of her execution.

Stories of Bergen: Explore Top Sights at your Own Pace

10. Stories of Bergen: Explore Top Sights at your Own Pace

Embark on a thrilling audio walk through the vibrant streets of Bergen, Norway and discover the rich history and culture that make this city so special. With this guided tour, you can explore the top sights at your own pace, hearing fascinating stories about everything from Bergen's Hanseatic past to its musical heritage. Climb the majestic Fløyen mountain for breathtaking views of the city, or wander through the bustling Fish Market and taste the freshest seafood around. With so much to see and experience, this adventure is sure to be unforgettable. The StoryHunt app provides you with a digital map that uses your location to show where you are and where all the stories are located. Start your journey at any of the stories indicated on the map. Unlock stories when you are close to them to hear a insightful story linked to exactly where you are standing. Should you be unable to reach a story, you can still unlock it from anywhere in the world. The stories are available as both audio and text. For an added layer of fun, challenge yourself with a quiz at every stop!

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What people are saying about Bryggen

The cruise we booked originally was cancelled last minute as there was an engine issue with the boat but the company arranged an alternative trip or we could have a refund if wanted. We opted for the alternative trip. The Mostraumen & Osterfjord cruise was truly breathtaking with magnificent views of the rugged cliffs, quaint villages & hamlets dotted along the banks reminiscent of ‘Moominvalley’ and beautiful waterfalls everywhere we looked. I cannot comment on The Alversund Streams cruise, I’m sure it is wonderful but we were not disappointed with the alternative cruise provided.

Small cruise along the seafront overlooking the city of Bergen, under the name of Alversund. Good organization, informative information along the way, free transit on the boat in order to observe and take the most interesting photos. Circular route which allows an always renewed observation. The activity time (3 hours) is quite balanced, as it allows tourists to get a sense of the landscape and human configuration of the area.

Amazing trip deep into a beautiful fjord while soaking in the sights of beautiful snow capped mountains, small villages, high rock cliffs in a comfortable high speed catamaran. One cannot stop clicking pics. Highly recommended!

Super fun, saw lots of fjords and sailed under bridges throughout the Bergen area. All staff on board were very kind and we were able to sit inside or outside to enjoy the views. The gateway to the fjords did not disappoint!

A fantastic experience, in the most beautiful weather.