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HordalandNorway

A UNESCO World Heritage city since 1979, Bergen is on Norway’s west coast and acts as the gateway to the western fjords. Steeped in 900 years of history, the city was a member of the Hanseatic League, and its legacy lives on in the atmospheric Bryggen old wharf district whose painted former merchant houses are Bergen’s most famous sight.

Discover Bergen City and the fjords of Hordaland CountyToday Bergen is best known as a cruise port and as a base for visiting the incredible surrounding fjords of Hordaland. It’s also a major centre for various industries, including petroleum, shipping, marine technology and aquafarming.

You’ll find a range of attractions and things to do in downtown Bergen. Along with the Hanseatic Museum, Bergen Aquarium and the Bergenhus Fortress, if you’re interested in medical history, you can visit the Leprosy Museum and learn about the important role Bergen played in the disease’s discovery.

Music fans have the chance to visit the homes of several Norwegian composers, including Edvard Grieg’s summer villa, just a short and rather pretty bus ride away from the centre.

For some pretty amazing views out across Bergen, make your way up two of the seven surrounding peaks. The Fløibanen funicular travels to the summit of Mount Fløyen in around eight minutes – and when you’re up there, you’ll find a restaurant, hiking trails and a children’s playground at the top.

From Mount Fløyen, you can hop on the cable car to the top of Mount Ulriken. You could, like many, make a day of it by going up one mountain, hiking to the other, and travelling back down on the cable car or funicular.

Beyond the Streets of Bergen City CentreBergen’s core central area is compact and easily walkable, so it’s possible to fit in multiple sights and attractions in one or two days. Then, if time allows, head to the fjords and mountains of Hordaland County, for a taste of what makes this region one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

The obvious place to start is Hardangerfjord, the second longest fjord in Norway and the fourth longest in the world. It’s easy to fit it all in on a day trip from the city, but you might prefer to combine your stay in Bergen with a hotel at one of the villages along Hardangerfjord’s shore for a chance to really soak up the scenery and relax.

Along with gentle sightseeing boat trips, you can also get more involved and try your hand at kayaking, rafting, hiking or glacier climbing, or head slightly further afield for a chance to ride the famous Flåm Railway, one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.

A holiday in Bergen gives you a wonderful chance to experience Norway at its best. From wandering Bryggen wharf and enjoying some raw oysters or trying whale sausage at the fish market to cruising down the fjords, you’ll enjoy a trip unlike any you’ve had before.

Top hotels in Hordaland

Zander K Hotel
Zander K Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Zander Kaaes gate 8, Bergen, Hordaland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Located in Bergen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Leprosy Museum and Bergen Art Museum. Bergen Cathedral and Bergen Kunsthall are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,297 reviews)
Fantastic Staff, Fantastic Food

"The standard rooms have a 'feature' of unfinished concrete ceilings because the building has history. For me, there is a line between 'art' and 'unfinished', i didnt rate it. the Superior room is exactly that, and is fabulous. ive been to many many hotels and the staff here were really great, every ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Zander K Hotel
Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport Terminal
Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport Terminal
3.5 out of 5
Lønningsvegen 45, Bergen
The price is £98 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in Ytrebygda, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Fana Golf Club, Lagunen Storsenter and Siljustol Museum. Horda Museum and Arboretum and Botanical ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)

"Breakfast excellent, rooms clean and modern- happy!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport Terminal
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret
4 out of 5
Slottsgaten 1, Bergen
The price is £119 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

Located in Bergen City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Bryggen Waterfront and Bryggen. Hurtigruten Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away. Byparken Station is ...

4.4/5Excellent! (545 reviews)
Staying here again

"A nice hotel in a historic house. Clean, cozy, up to Clarion brand"…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Hordaland

Barfot Apartments
Barfot Apartments
4 out of 5
37 Magnus Barfots gate, Bergen
The price is £98 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb

Located in Bergen City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St. John's Church and Hurtigruten Terminal. Bryggen is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
perfect accomodation for longer stays

"Lovley appartment in the centre of Bergen. Walking distance to everything. Quiet, clean and excellent wi-fi."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Barfot Apartments
Bjørvika Apartments, Damsgård Area, Bergen city center
Bjørvika Apartments, Damsgård Area, Bergen city center
4 out of 5
Damsgårdsveien 33, Bergen, Hordaland

Located in Årstad, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Møhlenpris badeplass, Hurtigruten Terminal and Bryggen. VilVite Science Center and Nygard ...

4.2/5Excellent! (63 reviews)
obs last minute hidden fees

"I had paid for the stay in advance through hotels.com. When I arrived and met with the employee, he asked me for my credit card... I had to pay another 25% of the total amount for housekeeping, before he would hand over the keys. Even if the apartment was in perfect condition, perfectly clean and ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020

Bjørvika Apartments, Damsgård Area, Bergen city center
Ole Bull Hotel & Apartments
Ole Bull Hotel & Apartments
3 out of 5
Ovre Ole Bullsplass 3, Bergen
The price is £85 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb

Located in Bergen City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torgalmenningen Square and Hurtigruten Terminal. Bryggen is 0.6 mi (0.9 ...

3.8/5Good! (964 reviews)
Great central location

"Very central for sights and transport (10mins walk from ferry terminal, less than 5 from team stop for airport). Generous sized studio with decent kitchen. Very clean"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Ole Bull Hotel & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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