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Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway

Northern European Itineraries

Contributed by Cheryl Pendry
For a collection of Cheryl’s articles about Northern Europe, see http://www.passporter.com/north-europe.asp


Probably the best known Norwegian city outside of Oslo, and the country’s second largest, Bergen is a charming city, with the main sights within easy walking distance. If you’ve been to Epcot’s Norway, the beautiful Bryggen district will be familiar to you, as Epcot’s buildings evoke Bergen’s most famous landmark, now a World Heritage Site.

Bergen on the Water


Strolling through Bergen is an absolute pleasure, with stunning architecture everywhere, and a chance to experience history on every street. Head up Fløyen Mountain to see the city’s red-roofed buildings spread out beneath you, around Vågen Harbor. Beautiful as Bergen is, be prepared for wet weather, as it is one of the wettest cities in Europe, with around 89 inches on average. However, just like Seattle, which has a similar reputation, the city still experiences beautiful sunny days, and when it does, Bergen really shines. If the weather doesn’t favor you, don’t worry, as there’s still plenty to explore inside, and even in the wet, Bergen still has its own charm.


Founded by King Olav Kyrre in 1070, Bergen was Norway’s capital in the early 13th century, when the principal export was dried cod. The city’s cathedral hosted the first Royal coronation in the 1150s. Although Oslo took over the title of capital in the 14th century, Bergen remained Norway’s biggest city until the 1830s and still manages to maintain itself as a center of trade. German Hanseatic merchants lived in their own quarters in the Bryggen, and benefited from exclusive rights to trade with the northern fisherman. Sadly, the medieval gabled houses in the Bryggen today are replicas, after a series of fires devastated the original buildings. Despite this, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Size: 180 sq. mi. (465 sq. km.)
Climate: Marine West Coast Temperatures: 50°F (10°C) to 63°F (17°C)
Population 270,000 Busy Season Summer
Language: Norwegian, English Money: Norwegian Krone (NOK) $1 US = 6 NOK
Time Zone: Central European Transportation: Bus, walking
Phones: Dial 011-47 from US, 110 for fire, 112 for police, 113 for ambulance
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