Travelling to beautiful Bergen but not sure how best to spend your free time? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Solo Travellers guide to the top 5 experiences in Bergen and what you absolutely should not miss when visiting this Fjord-ridden destination.
Take the funicular up to Mount Fløyen
One of the must-do experiences in Bergen. The panoramic views from the top of Mount Fløyen are unrivalled, especially on a clear day. Tickets cost about £10 for a return journey, and if you come on one of our Bergen trips, we’ll throw it in for free! You can buy your tickets and use them at anytime. If you want to go up early in the morning, we recommend buying your tickets the night before to avoid the massive queues that will be there by 9am. Trust us, you do not want to be waiting in those.
Go for a hike
It’s free, incredibly well sign-posted and most importantly, the views are unbelievable. Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world to visit, so if you’re looking to save a bit of cash, this is one of the best ways to spend your day. Most of the hikes start at the top of Mount Fløyen and there are a number of trails you can take. All the trails are downloadable here.
Visit the Fish Market
Another must-see/must-eat activity that should be on your list of things to do in Bergen, is to visit the famous fish market! I don’t think I have ever seen such a wide range of fresh fish anywhere else before. You can expect to see monkfish, scallops, oysters, spider crab and lobsters at most counters, and all can be bought and eaten in the adjoining restaurant – picturesquely located right on the harbour.
Bergen’s colourful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen is one of the city’s main attractions. From what I gathered during our city tour, Bergen has burned down A LOT. Not building highly flammable wooden houses right next to each other would seem to offer the perfect solution to this, but they continued to do so, and so the fires ensued. Bryggen, as it is today, has been around since 1702 and is the oldest part of the city – of course there were buildings there before 1702 but, you guessed it… they burned down. Get lost down the back streets and explore some of the traditional shops here.
Take a cruise through the Fjords
100% you cannot miss this. Definitely the highlight of any trip to Bergen. It’s a full day’s worth of fjordy goodness and requires an early start but totally worth it. You can buy your tickets the day before from the train station, which I highly recommend doing because the queues in the morning are outrageous. Again, if you’re smart enough to come to Bergen with us, this is all included in the cost of the tour.