For us, the main reason to go to Bergen was to see the Norwegian Fjords, so in 2 days we took two fjord tours. Of course Bergen is a beautiful city, but if you are not planning to visit museums and stuff, half a day (+ a few hours in the evenings) will be just enough to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery.
We know there are many things to do in Bergen, but in our opinion the must-dos are: 1) visit Bryggen, the old wharf that since 1979 has been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites, 2) go up the funicular (Fløibanen) to visit the mountain of Fløyen and 3) just walk around.
If you have only a few hours for a fjord cruise, this is the one you should take! This tour takes you to the innermost part of the Osterfjord, right into the narrow Mostraumen. If possible, go in the afternoon tour, it’s 30 minutes longer, has a stop by a waterfall and, unlike the morning tour, this one takes a different route to return to Bergen.
Be prepared to be cold. Take a good jacket, gloves, a scarf and hat!
Sognefjord in a Nutshell
Considered the king of fjords, the Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. This area is said to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world and we have to agree with that! The round trip combines a boat journey on the Sognefjord (it lasts about 5 hours – again, take your jacket, hat, scarf and gloves with you), a train journey on the Flåm Railway and another train ride from Myrdal to Bergen.
The boat ride is long (children may get bored) but the views are amazing!
The last 40 minutes are breathtaking. You will be cold but the views are worth it.
In Flam we had almost one hour to walk around before taking the train to Myrdal.
We arrived in Bergen in the evening. It was time to pack our bags and get some sleep before heading to our next destination: Oslo!
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