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Bergen hills, harbours & historic streets

There's more to Norway than fjords. Bergen is a city of natural beauty and colorful history.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Bergen is a walker's gem - small enough to get around easily on foot, large enough to be interesting and old enough to be able to... more »

Tips:  Norway is one of Europe's most expensive countries to visit, but you can save considerably by getting an apartment with a kitchen.... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Fish market

The market or 'Torget' (as it's known locally) is open most days of the year. Fishmongers have been selling here since herrings were unloaded from wooden sail ships in the adjacent harbour.

These days the harbour is filled with large pleasure craft preparing for the fjords, but you can still buy herrings and just about any other fish or... More

2. Bryggen

The Bryggen is a collection of wooden merchant buildings lining the north side of Bergen's harbour. They got a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Listing about 30 years ago but their importance dates back to the late Middle Ages.

The first commercial buildings were constructed here in 1360 by German merchants of the Hanseatic League (an early kind... More

3. Floibanen Funicular

From the Bryggen, the trail winds uphill to the Floibanen Funicular that takes you to Bergen's ultimate vantage point, Mount Floyen. You can walk up if you prefer. It's a steep 320m ascent. I suggest funicular up and walk down.

Once at the top, you have views over the city, the harbour and the islands beyond. There is a restaurant/cafe/bar here as well.

If you wanted to spend an entire day walking, there are a number of trails heading out across the mountaintop from here, but this one is about enjoying the city rather than the country.

5. Trail down Mount Floyen

Again, you have a number of trail options just heading back to the city but this one takes advantage of the most picturesque Nordic forested switchbacks (and sightings of the occasional troll).

6. Historic streets of Skuteviken

As you emerge from the forest trail, you pass through a thin layer of hillside communities and then quickly back into the residential areas surrounding central Bergen.

The trail will take you through some of the older districts of the city towards the suburb of Skuteviken on the waters edge north of the main harbour. The streets here are often... More