And finally! This last suggestion was given to us by a local.
Earlier we promised you a beautiful destination.
It’s not far from Bergen centre, but away from tourist hot spots.
Here it is:
27. Swim wild at Helleneset!
Or Cook outside. And Discover WW2 bunkers.
Just off the main road, 25 minutes from the centre, there is a hidden gem: Helleneset.
At Helleneset you’ll find
tyre swings overlooking the ocean,
an outdoor cooking area and
steps leading down into the sea.
Dotted around the cliffs are perfect picnic spots and grass areas for
sunbathing, reading, napping – you name it!
Sounds perfect, right?
It’s suited to everyone, that’s for sure.
Here is how you can reach it:
Take bus 5 or 6 heading north of the city towards Åsane terminal.
After around 25 minutes get off at Hellebakken bus stop.
Take the first left in front of you pointing to Helleneset.
Follow the road down the hill until you reach the water – you can’t miss it!
From here it is just a short walk to the old WW2 bunkers.
Retrace your steps to the bus stop and continue walking until you reach the Spa supermarket.
Behind the shop, you’ll see a path hugging the cliffs to the left – follow this.
Keep left towards the top and the path will lead you straight to a bunker!
28. Kayaking in Bergen
Did you know you can also go kayaking during summer in the area of Bergen?
Bergen Base Camp arranges these kayaking tours.
Kayak paddling gives you a special vicinity to the water and the nature surrounding it. This will provide for a great experience in the Norwegian Fjords. The kayaks are stable and safe, and the guides have the best knowledge and experience to ensure the best experience for you.
The Bergen Base Camp offers Kayak tours in the city fjord of Bergen, Hardangerfjord, Nærøyfjord and more fjords which offer special nature experiences in Fjord Norway.
We love Bergen for its beautiful nature and excellent hiking opportunities in its immediate surroundings. And if you need a cool fun bar out, and a tasty restaurant to try Norwegian cuisine, we will show you where you can do so in Bergen!
In this list we did not just focus on 10 best things to do in Bergen Norway, but a bunch of more local and fun stuff besides the points of interest.
We share with you those tips for Bergen.
29. Café with Indoor Terrace – Cafe Blom
Small and cozy! Sit down at the indoor terrace, and get a coffee, and a sandwich for a local price.
Address: John lundsplass1, Bergen
30. Cute Restaurant on Budget: Pingvinen
Super delicious Norwegian cooking in a cute restaurant.
We are big fans of Pingvinen. The lovely service and the yummy Norwegian beer taps will make you fall in love with this hidden gem.
Best part: It’s less pricey for Norwegian standards.
So, here you go. Now you know where to eat in Bergen on a budget.
31. Ulriken – Mountain and Trail
We menionted the Ulriken Mountain already, but we want to go into detail here.
Slightly outside the city, just a short 5-min cable care ride further, you can discover purest nature.
At the top of the mountain you will get another, even more impressive view of Bergen. We recommend getting here early in the morning – the light is usually perfect for great photos!
Thank us later!
32. Bar and Record – Apollon Platebar
Let’s end our fantastic day in Bergen with a beer or coffee at the record shop Apollon Platebar. They even organize events like small concerts by local bands. It cannot get any better! Cheers!
Address: Nygårdsgaten 2a, 5015 Bergen
What to see in Bergen in 1 Day
Sometimes you’re limited for time but want to see as much as possible to get a feel for a place; we get that.
Thankfully Bergen is easily accessible on foot and by bike, so that makes a 1 day exploration of the city pretty easy.
So, what to see in Bergen in 1 day? There’s a few items on the list you must see in Bergen.
Grab a morning coffee and go for a stroll along the Bryggen front. Take some snaps as the morning sun lights up the brightly painted buildings. Buy a souvenir or two now and get it out of the way.
Before the crowds come pouring in, take the funicular to the top of Fløyen and explore the beautiful surroundings and views from the platform.
Tip: if you’re a keen walker ignore the next bit and spend the entire day in this area – the paths stretch for miles!
Grab a bite to eat at the famous Fish Market not far from the bottom of the funicular. If you like shopping, wander around the city centre and have a look at St John’s Church.
Alternatively if you’re feeling more energetic; hire a bicycle and flit between some of the museums surrounding Lille Lungegardsvannet.
Head to Nordnes point to enjoy the sunset and take a dip in the sea if you’re feeling brave!
There’s usually tons of entertainment in the city (season dependant). Ask the staff at your accommodation and enjoy a night on the tiles. We highly recommend a healthy, tasty meal at the friendly Dwell Restaurant first.
I hate to burst your bubble, but there are no Bergen Fjords. At least, you certainly won’t be strolling around the city only to find yourself staring up at a beautiful waterfall!
However! It is possible to take a day tour and visit the nearby Fjords by cruise.
There are many companies offering different options. Have a look at these Bergen Day Trips to get an idea of what is possible.
Things to do in Bergen Norway in Winter
Are you set to brave Norway in the winter?
Great! Bergen becomes even more beautiful during the white months from November, December, January, February and March.
Keep in mind, every year is different. So the colder months can stretch from November to April too.
Here’s a fun list of ideas for the colder time:
Buy a tiny sit on sledge for 10NOK and slide all the way down from Floyen
Rent a car and marvel at the frozen waterfalls on route to Flam Fjord
Head to the hills at night at try to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis
Visit the world’s largest Gingerbread City in December
Grab your cross-country skis and head to the mountains OR
Drive an hour to Voss and hit the slopes
Treat yourself to a traditional Norwegian knitwear
Any questions? Please please bother us and leave a comment.
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Credit: Thank you to Steve Harrison Snoots for the photographs of Statsgaard Lehmkuhl and Aurora Borealis. Find more of his work at SHS Photography.
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