Visitors to Norway often miss Bergen, the country’s second-largest city after the capital Oslo. It’s located on the west coast of the country and with a population of around 260,000 it definitely isn’t a large city. Instead, it has a large-town feel to it — there’s plenty to do and see, without being overwhelming.

Bergen was the first capital of Norway so it has plenty of accessible history. In fact it is the city’s history that is advertised the most — from the medieval churches to the famous bryggen, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed quayside. The historical buildings are amazing, but what I enjoyed most was wandering through all the neighbourhoods and side streets, which boast colourful buildings and quirky stores fronts; it’s in these smaller areas that you really get to see Bergen’s personality.

This is Bergen
The view of Bergen from Mount Fløyfjellet.
Quite a colourful neighborhood.
Quite a colourful neighborhood.
The view from the bridge.
The view from the bridge.
Beautiful painted windows outside Donkirken.
Beautiful painted windows outside Donkirken.
One of the small alleyways inside the neighbourhoods.
One of the small alleyways inside the neighbourhoods.
This pond is in the city center and gives you a great view of the surrounding mountains.
This pond is in the city center and gives you a great view of the surrounding mountains.
A peek inside the best antique store I've ever seen.
A peek inside the best antique store I've ever seen.
Some beautiful old homes in an old Bergen neighborhood.
Some beautiful old homes in an old Bergen neighborhood.

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Your thoughts on "Beauteous Bergen, Norway photo essay"

  • I highly suggest trying some fresh fish snack at the harbor market in the morning, or some fish soup / dish in one of the restaurants. Mouth-watering, fresh ingredients!

    on January 21, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Thanks for the beautiful, expressive photos. Norway is one of my favourite countries, and we plan to visit Bergen next year. Thanks again, and we will definitely be trying the fish soup.

    on January 24, 2012 at 5:24 am Reply
    • It is an absolutely beautiful city! You should take the train ride up the mountain it's an amazing view!

      on January 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • I loved Bergen when I was there! Its a great place to see the fjords

    on January 25, 2012 at 1:25 am Reply
    • What did you get up to out there, Jade? Did you do a cruise?

      on January 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Very beautiful place to visit. Amazing foods, great peopel, and beautiful weather. A travelers paradise. I have traveled and live in Europe for some time and Norway is one of my more favorite places to visit. Great post

    on January 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Oslo looks amazing. It is very colorful and amazing I always thought that is was freezing there. Now I want to go and check it out.

    on February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Well, it's freezing in winter, but very temperate during summer and the shoulder seasons. Definitely go and check it out!

      on February 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm Reply

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