Things to do in Bergen

Looking for things to do in Bergen? In Bergen you’ll be spoilt for things to see and do. Here you can get top recommendations for restaurants, bars, cafes, nightlife and things to see and do in Bergen - whether you’re just visiting or a resident of the city.

1. Climbing park Høyt & Lavt Bergen

The climbing park Høyt & Lavt at Nesttun is Western Norway's largest climbing park. Here you find yourself among the tree tops in lush surroundings. The climbing park has a total of 9 exciting courses with a total of 115 challenging obstacles and over 20 ziplines. 

The place is for both young people and adults, but one should note that there is minimum height requirement of 80 cm. A day at the Nesttun's climbing park offers activities as well as unforgettable memories. It is also possible to buy food and drinks at Klatrekafeen. Here you can enjoy among other things fresh Norwegian cinnamon buns, which are well-suited during an active day at the park. 

2. Bergen Kaffebrenneri

If you appreciate great coffee, be sure to pay a visit to Bergen Kaffebrenneri. This coffee house is located in a former shipyard workshop on Marineholmen in Bergen, and is a relaxed and friendly place serving cake, snacks and amazing coffee.

3. Inside Fløien Rock Café

If you ask the locals, this place is well worth a visit if you fancy a tasty burger. The menu has several bestsellers, and if you take a look at the chalkboards in the bar, you will see that a new burger is also introduced every month. The chefs here have tested new varieties to make sure you never get bored.

Located just off the Fløibanen funicular, the place offers more than just great burgers. Here you will also find one of Bergen's smallest pavement cafe as well as pinball machines and a Rock'n'Roll atmosphere. Every Thursday, one of the city's best-visited trivia nights is hosted starting at 8 pm. If you enjoy a challenge in good company, it's worth the trip here on that day!

4. Trekroneren

Do you like speciality “hot dogs”, then this Bergen sausage stand is a must. Trekroneren offers a wide selection of sausages, including reindeer sausage, chorizo, bratwurst and cheese “dog”.

Free juice with your purchase on request. The sausage stand is located right in the centre on No. 1 Kong Oscars gate, and is a popular stop on the way home from the city centre.

5. Mount Fløyen

Mount Fløyen is one of Bergen's most popular tourist attractions, and in this summer it can be busy. It is nevertheless a great experience that can be recommended.

If you want the view and the mountain for yourself, you can on the other hand walk or jog to the top - before the Fløibanen Funicular starts running. A jog takes about 30 minutes and the walk is about 60 minutes.

Until 26 August this summer,Fløyen invites their guests to free canoeing for children in the Skomakerdiket. Here you are issued life jackets. After a canoe trip, you can barbecue at the nearby picnic area. There are two fixed grills that are available to everyone. Remember to bring barbecue charcoal, ignition fluid and your own barbecue.

6. Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen

Enter into the world of Edward and Nina Grieg at Troldhaugen. Troldhaugen toady includes the Villa, the composer's hut and the gravesite of the couple. There is also a modern museum building and the concert hall Troldsalen.

The Villa where the couple lived for the last 22 summers of Edward’s life is filled with wonderful memories of Grieg. The site opened 90 years ago, and has since become a desirable place for Grieg lovers from all over the world to visit.

7. Lysverket

Lysverket was mentioned in the New York Times in 2017 as the restaurant that redefined the Nordic cuisine. Lysverket is located at the art museum KODE 4 next to Grieghallen, right at the centre of Bergen. It overlooks Rasmus Meyers Allé, the Lille Lungegårdsvannet lake, the town square, Festplassen, the hillside, Fjellsiden, and the city mountain, Fløyen. 

Lysverket is both a restaurant and a bar. It offers lunch and dinner with a focus on modern, Norwegian seafood from Western Norway. There is also a good selection of meat and vegetarian dishes on the menu. For a lighter meal there is also a bar menu of light dishes such as ‘Bergen’ fish soup, chocolate cake with brunost, and chilled scampi, mullet, curly kale and squid ink.

8. Nordnes outdoor swimming pool

Right by the aquarium and within walking distance of the city centre is the time-honoured Nordnes outdoor swimming pool, dating back to 1910. This public pool opens at the end of May, with its open-air, heated saltwater pool directly on the seafront.

This is a mini-resort, open to the public, and has a separate kiddie pool. In sunny weather, the opening hours are extended to 7 pm. In off-weather, you might like to go for a walk in the nearby Nordnesparken.

9. Fjordsightseeing

There are several ways to experience the beautiful fjords of Bergen. One of the cruises, Rødne, leaves from Zachariasbryggen wharf, just off the famous Fish Market. This takes you to Mostraumen and back.

During the trip, which lasts three hours, there are many experiences to be had. Here you will see beautiful fjords, steep mountains and dramatic waterfalls. If the water flow is huge, one can meet waterfalls that provide an invigorating spray on the face. Before you turn around and experience the beautiful landscape again, a stop is made by a waterfall for you to sample the cold mountain water. An unforgettable trip through the fjords for both young and old.

Want to experience more of Bergen's beautiful nature? View Norway at its most scenic from here.

10. Bien Restaurant

In the super cool Art Deco premises of a former apothecary, Bien Restaurant is a café, bistro and restaurant all in one. The bistro serves dishes such as burgers, mussels, oysters and fish & chips.

The restaurant menu varies according to the season’s produce, but a local favourite is the home-made pasta with oxtail ragout. Bien is located at No. 30 Fjøsangerveien on Danmarksplass.

11. Skostredet

The street of Skostredet is a small gem in Bergen, filled with charming niche businesses and cosy restaurants, cafes and an ice cream shop.

If you are looking for something one of a kind that no one else owns, you will find it here. On this street, there is among other things a vintage store called secondLove. It sells unique treasures from both Norway and abroad for the wardrobe as well as for the home.

12. Stoltzenkleiven

Ready for a decent work out? Stoltzenkleiven, also called Stoltzen, is one of the most popular trails in Bergen. Here you can walk, jog or run up steep stone stairs with approximately 900 steps. From the top, you can have a sense of accomplishment and enjoy great views of Bergen city centre.

13. Småpudden bridge

The 154-m Småpudden bascule footbridge opened in 2014 to link the two sides of Bergen divided by the waters of Damsgårdssund. The z-shaped bridge offers nice photo opportunities if you like taking or posing for pictures. From the bridge, carry on walking through Nygårdsparken to the city centre.

14. Zipline at Ulriken

Feel your pulse rise as you whizz along on Norway's fastest zipline from Bergen's highest city mountain! Here you glide over beautiful Bergen on the 300 meter long zipline. Zipline instructors on both ends ensure a safe ride from start to finish. 

15. Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant

On Holmen just outside Bergen, the Cornelius seafood restaurant is right by the water’s edge. Here you have a wonderful view to the fjord, mountains and sea, as well as passing boats and ships. The restaurant is open all year. On beautiful summer weather, the sliding doors are opened and tables are set up by the pier. When the weather is less favourable, a cosy atmosphere is created indoors with candlelight and fire in the fireplace. 

Cornelius is famous for its meteorological 5-course menu, where the food is inspired by the weather of the day. Boat transportations are included in the price and the trip is an experience in itself. 

Photography: Bergen Reiselivslag / -

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