Situated on the Norwegians west coast surrounded by seven mountains you’ll find Bergen, the second-most populous city in Norway, and one of the rainiest cities in Europe.
A weekend in November we flew with Norwegian from Oslo to Bergen, It was such a short flight, and it felt a bit weird. We’re not used to be on a plane for only a short time (45min) so it wasn’t time to relax or do anything at all actually (luxury problem? haha).
When we arrived Bergen we picked up our baggage and went out to find the bus that would take us into the city center. We had downloaded the app “Flybussen Bergen billett” so we didn’t have to buy tickets on the ticket machine or at the bus (bought on the bus it will cost a bit more). We bought a return ticket for 160NOK (18$) p.p, and took the bus to “Torget”. The hotel was in walking distance, but it was still quite early so we just hoped it was okay to leave the baggage before we went out to explore some. Arriving the hotel they said we could get our room right away – what a pleasant surprise!
The hotel we stayed at was Comfort Hotel Holberg, not a fancy hotel, but it was cheap and we got everything we needed for a weekend. The cost was 1390NOK (161$) for 2 people staying two nights inclusive breakfast.
The reason of why we did go to Bergen was a family reunion on Jon’s side, and we had a meet up with his mother and grandmother (both living on our side of the country), and brother and sister, both with partner. And since this was a family weekend we prioritized to be with the family, but we had some time alone walking around and exploring too.
On the day we arrived we met up for lunch, walked the streets, and had a great dinner at Zupperia. The food was really good, the atmosphere was nice, but it was a bit noisy, and the waitress did some mistakes with the food. All in all we were happy about the dinner.
After dinner we went out to find a bar where we could sit down for a drink or two, but even though it was still early in the evening it was hard to find a place that wasn’t too crowded.
The next day we woke up early, and Jon took a look outside the window and it was almost clear sky, so we decided to get out of bed and take the first ride of the day with Fløibanen.
Fløibanen can be found in the heart of Bergen, 150 m from Fisketorget – the fish market – and Bryggen wharf. It is a funicular railway that runs form the centre of Bergen and up to Fløyen. There are two carriages that both holds a maximum of 100 passengers, the carriages are fastened to a cable and driven by two large pulleys located at the upper station. Fløibanen is the only funicular railway of its kind in Norway and was opened in 1918.
It took us about ten minutes to walk, and we got there way too early (the first ride was at eight o’clock). We waited, walked around, did some window-shopping and just enjoyed the silence before the city woke up. We had the whole carriage for ourselves on the ride up.
We had hoped for a gorgeous sunrise, don’t misunderstand, it was beautiful, but it was a bit fogy and cloudy.
At the top of Fløibanen it is a kiosk, restaurant and free WCs, there is also a playground and Troll Forest for the kids, the viewing platform and numerous footpaths and trails. The view from the top (320 m above sea level) was wonderful, and it’s great to see a city from above.
It’s possible to walk back down, but we took the funicular that way too.
The rest of the day we went shopping, and took a walk on “Bryggen”- the Hanseatic wharf in Bergen, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We did also check out a museum situated on “Bryggen”.
St Mary’s Church from 1180, newly renovated
Later that evening we went to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens at `Den Nationale Scene” (The National Stage). It was a great and funny play suitable for all ages, both young and old. The actors did such a great job and put on a fabulous show! (btw, the show was in Norwegian).
After the show we took a couple of drinks before we went to Jon’s brother’s apartment for a home cooked dinner. Jon’s brother lives in Bergen with his partner, and they had planned a nice evening for all of us. We enjoyed a delightful dinner and snacks, and they even made us drinks of our own choice. Spoiled, huh? Such a cozy evening!
We had a great weekend in Bergen, and maybe we’ll go back to explore some more in the future. Have you been in Bergen? What do you think? Any tips or recommendations you want to share?