…if you can afford it! Norway has been the most expensive country of my trip so far, however staying at the Marken Guesthouse and buying groceries to make my own food helped with the cost a bit.
Bergen is a city in Southern Norway, home to the Bryggen Wharf. It is surrounded by mountains, which makes it rainy most of the time. It rained everyday I was there except the day I went into the fjords – perfect!
I had three days in Bergen, and I feel like I got to know the beautiful little city pretty well. I could also return and stay longer – there is so much to explore and Bergen is easy to enjoy.
So what makes Bergen perfect?
It is safe.
Much like Reykjavik, I felt 100% safe in Bergen. There are some beggars in the main square, and if you do a quick Google Search, many of them are from Romania – some involved in organized crime apparently. I did not feel endangered by any of them, as most of them were women.
Bergen also has the vibe of an up-and-coming tourist hub. It was not too touristy, but not too quiet (like Helsinki, which is where I am writing from now). It was perfect. There were not tons of people out on the streets, even on Friday night.
There is plenty to do.
Bergen has seven mountains you can hike. I hiked Mt. Fløyen, which is probably the most popular hike because you can also take a cable car to the top of the mountain.
I was craving a hike, so I hiked the whole way up and down, which totaled around an hour and a half or so. It’s a very easy hike, and is also very beautiful the entire way. You get the best view of the city at the top.
I did not go out for an expensive dinner during my time in Bergen because I chose to buy a ticket for a fjord cruise instead. What a deal! The fjords were absolutely gorgeous, and my tour operator made it incredibly fun by playing classical music while we flew by beautiful scenes, got us water straight from a waterfall, and picked some flowers for the ladies.
You can find some amazing food to eat!
Even though I did not go out for an expensive dinner in Norway, I did go to the fish market and get some fresh lox for brunch one morning. You can find fresh crab, lobster, prawns, and more in the fish market, just be prepared to pay double for what you would in the U.S. or Europe.
If you work up the courage (I had to), you can even try a reindeer (yes) hot dog. I was surprised at the lack of spices Norwegian food seems to use – but it was tasty nonetheless.
You can walk everywhere.
Bergen is small enough to walk, but they do have a bus system if you wish to sit during some of your travels. I love walking these cities though – you get to see so much when you walk!
You can save money with The Bergen Card.
The Bergen Card gets you into many museums, free transit, discounts, and more – and it’ only $24! I am glad I got this because I was able to use it and got the value pretty fast.
Norway is simply beautiful and the people are so nice. I am glad I chose to go to Bergen this trip rather than Oslo – I do want to visit Oslo one day, but Bergen is such a little gem. I definitely plan to make a another trip and stay a bit longer so I can camp and hike more!
Here are a few more photos to enjoy, because this place is seriously one of the most photogenic places I have been. Really, you can’t take a bad picture here, and anyone can call themselves a photographer if they simply travel to Norway. 😉
Who is ready to visit Bergen, now?
Thank you to the Marken Guesthouse for hosting me – keep an eye out for an in-depth look at this quaint and highly recommended little hostel in Bergen!