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Bergen Cruises

Bergen is the height of picturesque Norwegian charm. Although it’s the second-largest city in Norway, it feels quite compact making it easy to explore. Get out and wander about its historic Fish Market, wharf district and lake, watch the seals at the aquarium, or take the adjacent mountain funicular to enjoy the view. Bergen is an excellent home base for exploration of the fjords, criss-crossed with waterfalls and hiking trails. A bevy of intriguing museums lends cultural appeal for fans of history, modern or contemporary art, ensuring there’s something to do even on the rainiest of days.  

Bergen, Norway

What You Need To Know About Bergen

What are the can’t-miss sights in Bergen?

The first order of business on a day out in Bergen is to take the Floibanen Funicular up to the peak of Mt Floyen to admire the glorious views! Down by the waterfront, the Bryggen wharf district immediately catches the eye with its tall wooden buildings. Although these have been reconstructed over the years, they give the city its distinctive medieval appearance. Inside you’ll find shops and cafes to spend your day in Bergen. Don’t miss a visit to the Bryggens Museum to learn more about the area, or stroll over to the nearby Bergen Fish Market. Bergen’s Aquarium is home to seals, penguins and fish, and its Art Museum is clustered around the Lille Lungegadsvann Lake.

How can you reach Bergen from the cruise terminal?

You’ll be deposited right in the heart of the action when you enter the cruise terminal, as it’s just a short stroll over to Bryggen with its bevy of tourist-friendly facilities. From there, the Lungegadsvann Lake is also within walking distance. If you’re planning to explore a bit further afield in Bergen, you can pick up the Bergen Card which covers the cost of bus transport and admission fees to most of the city’s main attractions. Taxis are also everywhere in the city, which can be handy when it’s raining!

Parking facilities around the cruise terminal

Bergen isn’t burdened by traffic congestion, and it’s quite easy to find a parking spot in the city with the array of parking garages. There are four garages located throughout the city, the largest of which is ByGarasjen. Open 24 hours, it’s positioned next door to the central bus station and within walking distance from the lake, railway station and cruise terminal. KlosterGarasjen is even closer to the terminal, located right next to Bryggen and the Bergen Fish Market. Expect to pay between 18 and 36 kroners per hour for this central lot. NordnesGarasjen and SolheimsGarasjen round out your options.


We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Bergen and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Cruise Expert Holly Crabtree

Holly Crabtree


Bergen one of the largest cities in Norway was exactly as I imagined. Lot of little multi coloured houses and the smells of fresh fish being cooked on outdoor stoves by the locals.

Cruise Expert Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson


The views from the top of Mt Floyen are tremendous – Bergen is much bigger than you think!

Cruise Expert Michelle Fennelly

Michelle Fennelly


Bergen is such a beautiful little place with some fabulous history, so many little quaint colourful houses and some very spectacular views...

Cruise Expert Warwick Van Reenen

Warwick Van Reenen


It’s rugged glacial scenery, green slopes and charming medieval architecture are pure inspiration. A city among seven mountains, this port traces its roots back to 1070 built on the site of an old market.


Bergen’s famous for its museums, particularly the extensive collection housed under the Bergen Art Museum complex. They’re all within a few steps of one another around the central lake, including the City Art Collection, KODE Contemporary Art Museum, and the modern Stenerson Collection among others. The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art offers another great collection of works, including jewellery, art, clothing and antiques, or for something different you can visit the Leprosy Museum.

The city offers swift access to the Hardangerfjord Region, with its majestic Steindal waterfall and charming farms around the shores of Jordal Lake. Sample local produce and learn more about daily life in this pristine region.

Do you want to pick up some local souvenirs? Smoked salmon is top-notch, as is the high-quality knitwear. Fluffy sheep are raised in these mountains and fjords, and you can find beautiful jumpers made from their sturdy wool.

Classical music enthusiasts may be interested in exploring the life of famed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. You can visit his home, called Troldhaugen or ‘Troll’s Hill’, which has been left intact with his personal piano and possessions. If you’re lucky, you can enjoy a live piano performance in the onsite music hall!

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