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Bergen Holidays

Fascinating Historical 'Gateway to the Fjords'

Bergen is known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, yet there is still plenty to explore within the city itself. The brightly painted gabled houses and narrow cobble-stoned alleyways of the famous Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surround the bustling Vågen inner harbour. Bergen also has UNESCO ‘City of Gastronomy’ status thanks to its varied and vibrant food scene. The Bryggen harbour is also home to the city’s thriving flower, fish and fruit markets and historical museums. Visitors can benefit from purchasing the Bergen Card, which provides an excellent value way to explore the city and the nearby surroundings.

For panoramic views over the city take the funicular to the top of Mt. Fløyen. Concerts and cultural attractions abound for those on Bergen holidays, including a visit to the home of Norway's most renowned composer Edvard Grieg. In addition to city sight-seeing tours, efficient high speed express boats and trains open up a wide variety of day trips into the heart of the fjords, including the magnificent Sognefjord and Flåm Railway or Norway in a Nutshell.

City Breaks in Bergen 

Enjoy Bergen as a single-centre or city break with holidays available from 3 nights to 14 nights. The Bergen city card is an excellent choice to make the most of time in this city, which offers a wealth of cultural attractions and sightseeing opportunities. You can also visit Bergen as part of our escorted 4-centre Highlights of the Fjords group tour and our brand new Bergen to Oslo Fjord Experience escorted tour. Or one of our independent multi-centre holidays, Fjord Explorer or Taste of Norway.

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'Meet & Greet' service from a local tour guide, with a phone service and introduction to Bergen - Summer 2020

Useful Information

Resort Code: NOBE

Languages spoken: Norwegian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: NOK

  • from£559pp
  • 130 rooms
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A friendly family-run hotel, beautifully decorated with a welcoming atmosphere and many special touches. Centrally situated in the shopping and harbour area close to all the main attractions.

  • from£539pp
  • 151 rooms
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First Hotel Marin is in an enviable, harbour front location at Bryggen wharf, which is one of Norway’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The hotel’s historic wharf building was formerly the F Beyer factory building, and is located where Bergen’s main sights of the harbour, fish market and Fløibanen Funicular are only a few steps away.

  • from£569pp
  • 131 rooms
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In a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the Grand Hotel Terminus combines classic architecture with an elegantly renovated interior that makes a fittingly swish first impression. This hotel provides a great base from which to explore the exciting city of Bergen. Located in a peaceful spot, just a few steps away from Bergen station and around a 10 minute walk to Bergen centre, harbour and the infamous fish market.

Travel and Transportation

Transfer Approx. 30mins by coach 

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: Yes

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

Bergen Card 

Purchase a great value Bergen Card for 24, 48 or 72 hours to explore this beautiful city. The pass gives you:

  • Unlimited bus travel and light railway travel within the city 
  • FREE entrance to selected local museums included the Rosenkrantz Tower 
  • Reduced admission to many other attractions including the Fløiban funicular for stunning views over the harbour and the Troidhaugen, home of Edvard Greig 
  • Discounts in selected restaurants 

Recommended day trips that can be booked at the local Tourist Office:

(All prices shown for guidance)

Mount Fløyen Funicular Railway 

£12.50 - daily - Bergen Card holders receive a discount

Take a short ride on the Fløiban funicular from Bergen centre to the top of Mount Fløyen for fantastic views over the city, mountain cafe and the many walking trails which start from the top. The Shoemaker's Lake (Stomakerdiket) is just a 10 minute walk from the top and makes a picturesque picnic spot, or even try canoeing (which is usually free in July and August).

Norway in a Nutshell 

£149 - daily

A fabulous circuit by train and bus via Voss including the famous Flåm mountain railway and scenic Aurlandfjord boat cruise.

Hardangerfjord and Eidfjord 

£149 - daily

Majestic mountains, roaring waterfalls and idyllic fruit farms.

Mostraumen Fjord Cruise 

£60 - daily

A trip by catamaran to the innermost part of the narrow Osterfjord - a spectactular trip including several waterfalls

Guided 2 hour walking tour of Mount Fløyen 

£35 - daily

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Our newest escorted tour takes in three of Norway’s top destinations and the famous Flam Railway; which is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys. Starting from the World Heritage city of Bergen and ending in the capital city of Oslo, travelling through the fjords with a stop in Balestrand along the way.

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The small, authentic city of Stavanger is home to the Lysefjord, the impressive Pulpit Rock and some of southern Norway’s best walking terrain, whilst vibrant Bergen with its historic colourful Bryggen Wharf and Fløiban funicular is a must for most visitors to the fjords.

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Enjoy the best of the Norwegian fjord’s glorious and diverse scenery in this 4-centre group tour, escorted by a knowledgeable guide throughout. Designed as an excellent introduction to Norway for those wishing to see the spectacular fjords, mountains, glaciers and lakes in four contrasting destinations.

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Ideal as a taste of this beautiful country for those wishing to explore independently. Starting in Bergen, you’ll have time to explore this vibrant city known as the ‘Gateway of the Fjords’, before transferring by scenic express boat to the serene fjordside village of Balestrand on the Sognefjord, before returning to Bergen for your flight home.

Good to know

  • Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’
  • Visit the famous fish market
  • Take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen
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