Bergen is a beautiful stop to consider during a visit to Northern Europe. The cityscape is surrounded by the Seven Mountains and sits on the west coast of the country, making it perfect for cruising in Norway. As the country’s second-largest city, Bergen offers stunning natural views, deep historical roots, and the ideal blend of traditional and modern life.
With its proximity to the harbor, a cruise to Bergen is an easy stop that will reward you with fresh seafood, medieval architecture, and more.
Top Attractions and Things to Do in Bergen
There are lots of things to do in Bergen no matter the season. A great place to start is the traditional Bryggen neighborhood, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its gastronomy. It’s the oldest section of Bergen so take your time enjoying a great meal and observing the medieval-style buildings along the cobblestoned alleys. The 14th-century St. Mary’s Church is a common stop for visitors.
Bergen is the street art capital of Norway so keep an eye out for public works. Within the city center, enjoy the artistic landscape by taking in a show by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra or an intimate performance at one of the jazz nightclubs. For some fresh air, take the cable car up to Mount Floyen or Ulriken and overlook the Bay of Vagen, where your cruise to Bergen began.
Best Bergen Tips
Explore Bryggen, the country’s most popular shopping district, and then satiate your appetite at one of the gastronomical hubs such as Bryggeloftet & Stuene. It has views of the harbor where you can dig into a traditional course of the day featuring Raspe balls (potato dumplings) and salted meat or lutefisk.
Don’t forget to make time for must-see sights such as the 1500-seat Grieg Hall or Sognefjord, Vik, and Tvindefossen, a triad of sites that center around a gorgeous waterfall. With all its delights, a cruise to Bergen needs to be on any Northern European cruise itinerary.