The variety of private Bergen tours is not surprising when you visit this city in Norway, the only problem you will have is, where do you begin? After Oslo, it is the Country's second largest city and is nicely situated surrounded by mountains and water. The choice of tours ranges from fascinating Bergen private culture tours to wild and exciting outdoor adventure tours Bergen.
Known for being the gateway to the Norway Fjords, the city of Bergen is also a UNESCO World Heritage City, earned the title City of Gastronomy in 2016 as well as A European City of Culture.
The outdoor adventure tours Bergen has to offer are incredible with the amazing Fjords, one of the world’s largest scenic attractions. Ski or glacier hike, mountain bike over the best terrains, whitewater raft or take a cruise are a few of the options.
Bergen sightseeing tours will bring you to see the majestic views of the breathtaking landscapes, cascading waterfalls, blue glaciers, snow-clad mountains or deep gorges. Also, the lush, fertile little mountain villages are great to visit while on these tours. Read More...
Bergen Private Culture Tours of the Famous and Fabulous Bryggen
The many great Bergen private culture tours give tourists an insight into life past and present and one of the top attractions on these tours is Bryggen. It is the old wharf of the city and was built in 1702 after the great fire. Since 1979, Bryggen has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and a highly recommended place to spend some time.
Other places to see on private guided tours Bergen include many excellent museums, St Mary’s Church or Rosenkrantz Tower.
Socially, Bergen has it all too. From the most beautiful restaurants in the Country including delicious fish restaurants, coffee bars for relaxing, shows or concerts, bars and nightclubs for those bursting with energy!
Top 10 Things to Do in Bergen
Bryggen in Bergen is an area in the Wharf with wooden buildings (mainly commercial) built on previous foundations in 1702 after the great fire. As you take Bergen private culture tours through the narrow streets and alleys, you feel like you are walking in times from long ago. This area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and you will understand why. The mix of old with new cafes, shops and restaurants is great.
When on private guided tours Bergen, visit the Bergenhus Fortress which is among the best preserved and oldest fortresses left in Norway. Learn the fascinating history of the fortress and see Haakon’s Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower, the two most famous buildings to have survived the centuries. In the Koengen area of the fortress, large outdoor concerts are held. More intimate outdoor concerts are held in Plenen, a smaller area.
St. Mary’s Church
The oldest building, existing in Bergen, is believed to be St. Mary’s Church and this is based on the architectural style dating back to between 1130 and 1170. It has had necessary and various degrees of renovations throughout the years with the latest finished in 2015. There are fascinating, beautiful, unique and mysterious things to see here when on a Bergen private culture tour including its oldest treasure, the altar reredos.
For the most breathtaking views of Bergen, take a trip on the Fløibanen funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen. It is not a long journey, but the views on the way and when you reach the 320 meters above sea level are spectacular. You can go with an organised private Bergen tour or by yourself but whichever way, you must do it! It's a steep ride up and even that is thrilling or scary depending on your character!
Bergen’s Fish Market
The 700-year-old Fish Market is worthy of a visit when on private guided tours Bergen. It is located in the popular Market Square and there is always hustle and bustle with local fishermen each trying to sell their catches. It is among the most visited outdoor markets in Norway and also sells fresh fruit and vegetables. Where the Fish Market stands has been a meeting place for fishers and merchants since the 1200’s.
KODE- Bergen Art Museums
KODE is where you will find the extensive collections of design and art spread over four buildings. There are works and masterpiece from almost all the greats such as Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, J.C. Dahl, Nikolai Astrup and ‘the Silver Treasure. Each building has works representing the theme of the building. It is recommended to see all there is here on private guided tours Bergen due to the content being so spread out.
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen
Bergen private culture tours are so popular due to such places as Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen. For 22 years this was home for Edvard Grieg the famous composer and much-loved native of Bergen. The house is now a living museum the is made up of displays and exhibitions as well as the cafe, shop, concert hall, Grieg's villa and composer’s Cabin. Many of his best-known works were composed the little garden hut.
Outdoor Adventure Tours Bergen
The list of outdoor adventure tours Bergen is almost endless. Thanks to the Fjords, glaciers, mountains and rivers you have plenty to choose from. Some of the adventure activities include fjord and river rafting, abseiling, glacier hiking, mountain walks, scuba diving, climbing and kayaking. There is also great fishing, golf and horse riding. All tours are well organised with qualified professionals with you at all times.
Ulriken Cable Car
A favourite and highly recommended thing to do when in Bergen is to travel to the highest of the ‘Seven Mountains’ on the Ulriken Express cable car. The cable car takes you 643 meters above sea level and the spectacular scenery which can be seen is incredible. When you are at the top of Ulriken, for the fearless tourist, there is the opportunity to do some zip lining and offers even more breathtaking sights.
An excellent and very popular place to visit is the Bergen Aquarium which is the largest aquarium in Norway. The types of things to expect and see are seals, penguins, sea lions and strange creatures from tropical rainforest, oceans, arctic regions and beaches. Watch amazing training sessions of particular animals or film shows which are on continuously. Children and adults, if they want, can help with feeding time!
Travel Tips for Bergen
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Bergen is similar for most places in Norway, May through to August. This is when the temperatures are at their best and the natural landscape is looking fantastic. There is a great holiday atmosphere with the long bright days and summer festivals or concerts. However, Bergen is a city that offers something to tourist all year round including amazing outdoor adventure tours Bergen.
Bergen is expensive if you want it to be but it can also be very reasonable if you research and look out for bargains. On average it is recommended to budget US$120 per day when here. This will cover one night's accommodation, meals for the day and local transport. To do any Private Bergen tours, you will have to increase this budget. Accommodation for a couple in a 3-star hotel averages US$140 per night.
Know Before Visiting
First, if you are hoping to stay during May to August and do Bergen sightseeing tours or outdoor adventure tours Bergen, you need to pre-book everything well in advance. Mainly to ensure you get availability but also it may be cheaper. When in Bergen and on tours, do not stray from the group especially on scenic tours of the Fjords. While Bergen has a safe reputation, you still need to be careful of pickpockets
From mid/late May to the start of September is the warm season in Bergen. The average temperatures are 15 degrees Celsius, but in August the temperatures can reach the 20’s. The cold season is from around the 8th November to the end of March with average high temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius. The coldest time is early February when the temperatures average a low of -2 degrees Celsius. It rains all year round.