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Bryggen harbour meeting in Bergen.
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life - Visitnorway.com

Meetings near the fjords

Easily accessible from major European cities, Bergen is an international congress destination with conference facilities for up to 2,100 delegates. Thanks to the compact city centre, delegates also benefit from having everything they need within walking distance.

The gateway to the fjords

Bergen, Norway's second largest city, lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea. It is often called the gateway to the fjords, and many conference groups take the opportunity to combine business meetings in the city with day excursions to the fjords and mountains.

A bustling city

Despite the small-town charm and idiosyncratic atmosphere, Bergen is also an international, bustling city with plenty of cultural events. Bryggen, the Hanseatic quarter, is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Bergen is famous for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and one of Norway's biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, which is held there each year.

Medieval roots

Bergen has a long tradition as a congress city. The first major assembly took place in 1163 when Magnus Erlingsson was crowned King of Scandinavia. Naturally Bergen has been playing host ever since, not from a sense of duty but because of the city's genuinely hospitable nature.

Contact information

Bergen Convention Bureau

P.O. Box 4055 Dreggen 
NO-5835 Bergen
Phone: + 47 55 55 20 10
Fax: +47 55 55 20 11

Website: visitbergen.com/meetings 
Email: convention@visitBergen.com

You can also contact Bergen Convention Bureau staff directly:

Linda Vorraa Stendahl, Convention Coordinator
Phone: +47 55 55 20 19  
Email: linda@visitBergen.com

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Getting here and around

By air:
  • The airport is Bergen Airport Flesland, which is around 17 kilometres from the city centre.
  • The airport bus has many daily departures from the city centre, and covers the distance in 30 to 40 minutes.
By road:
  • Bergen is the regional nexus for the road network.
  • Many express buses serve Bergen from elsewhere in Norway.
By train:
  • The train journey between Bergen and Oslo is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
  • The train to Oslo has several daily departures, and the journey across the mountains to takes about 7-8 hours.
By boat:
  • Ferries to Bergen from Hirtshals in Denmark, operated by Fjord Line.
  • Modern express boats go along the coast and into the fjords.
  • Bergen is the terminus for Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, and a ship departs every night for its 11-day journey north.


Fishmarket in Bergen
Fishmarket in Bergen.
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com

The Bergen fish market

Fishmarket in Bergen.
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com

Key facts

  • Bergen is Norway's second largest city with over 275,000 inhabitants.
  • There are over 40 hotels with more than 9,000 beds.
  • The largest conference hall has a capacity of 2,100.
  • Bergen Airport Flesland is 18 kilometres, or around 45 minutes by car, from the city centre.
  • Around 10% of the population in Bergen are students, making it a lively and vibrant city.
  • Bergen was founded in 1070 AD and was the capital of Norway from 1217 to 1314 AD.
  • The local beer is called "Hansa".

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