Bergen is the gateway to Fjordland and a truly spectacular city to explore. This exciting port of call welcomes passengers with the sight of magnificent mountains flanking the glistening waters before the city emerges in sight along the western Norway coastline. Not only is the scenery sensational but the cultural features here are fantastic, especially the delightful art galleries. Bergen is a former ‘European City of Culture’ and as such, this sublime destination never fails to deliver. The city was built on an original Viking settlement and possesses countless historical sightseeing opportunities. Bryggen is one of the most renowned points of interest and the iconic location is also a World Heritage Site. This feature lies at the harbour front with an extravagant collection of 11th century structures complimented by its own museum telling the story of its iconic past.
One of the most popular exploration options to do here is to enjoy the funicular railway, taking a trip right to the top of Mount Fløyen overlooking the city and its superb surrounding areas. This is one of seven hills surrounding the city and stands at a remarkable height of 1,050 feet. This is the ideal choice for passengers wishing to capture a once in a lifetime photograph as the view from this special location provides the ultimate vantage point over this picturesque destination. Many visiting guests here combine this trip with a leisurely drive to some of Bergens other captivating sights such as medieval King Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower. Many cruise lines will provide the excursion opportunity to combine the two together.
Excursions here are fantastic and the range of choice is excellent no matter how you wish to spend the day. Leisurely options include a relaxing scenic coach tour of the city, taking in the majestic sights. Alternatively a walking tour is often another great way to see the city, often providing a detailed insight as you meander the eccentric architecture. Walking tours here take in such sights as the University of Bergen Library; the Botanical Gardens; Grieg Concert Hall; Lille Lungegaardsvannet Lake, the Town Hall and much more. Local guides will reveal all for a great day of exploring all the city has to offer. Guests looking to stretch their legs in a more strenuous fashion may enjoy the chance to take in a Begen hiking experience. Hike through the woodland terrain commencing from the peak of Mount Fløien.
The ideal excursion option for scenic sightseeing revolves around the delectable Hardangerfjord. This brilliant tour, provided by many cruise lines visiting here, gives passengers the chance to enjoy a scenic drive to take in the many sights of Bergen before taking a ferry ride across the fjord to Venjaneset. Hardangerfjord will soon come into view welcoming visitors to one of the most beautiful areas of the Norwegian Fjords. Mountain peaks flank the beautiful waters, snow-capped and glorious to behold. Should the weather be kind, passengers may even have the chance to witness the fascinating sight of Folgefonna Glacier.
The port of Bergen is a truly wonderful destination to visit as you travel aboard a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords. The city is easily walkable and as such is highly accessible to visiting guests. Café’s and bars line the harbour front for a picturesque view whilst enjoying some of the flavoursome local delicacies, especially the exquisite seafood.