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Experience Bergen in 10 000 steps

Bergen .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Bergen .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

"I could do this the whole day."

Naina

Bergen, art museum .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Bergen, art museum .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

"Oh wow, vinyl records and beers together? That's epic!"

Apollon in Bergen .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Apollon in Bergen .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

Let's walk together in the city between the seven mountains!

Bergen .
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Bergen .
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NAINA DOES BERGEN

Length: 10 000 steps

Follow in the footsteps of Naina, who has lived in more countries than most — as many as seven! She loves to dive into the history, architecture, food and culture of the places she visits and has a special interest in (and thirst for) local craft beer. 

One of the things Naina likes about Norway is how urban life and nature meet, and the fjord city Bergen is no exception when it comes to this unique combination. The most easily accessible summits by foot are Fløyen and Ulriken. You can also cheat and take the Fløibanen funicular or the Ulriken cable car, and simply admire the panoramic views over the city. 

Strolling around lets you see many of the most charming parts of Bergen. Explore cosy, narrow cobblestone alleys and quaint old wooden houses, each with its own story to tell.

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URBAN SUNDAY WALK

Length: 7 km

Norwegians have a tradition of going for a walk on Sundays, taking a “søndagstur”. Usually, this means taking a hike in nature, but why not make it an urban Sunday walk instead? Enjoy a relaxing morning with breakfast at your hotel before heading out.

The Lille Lungegårdsvann pond in the middle of the city centre is a good place to start your stroll. Drop by one of the KODE art museums beside the pond for some cultural input from both national and international artists, including works by Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, and Picasso, to name a few. 

Once you've feasted your eyes on enough art, it's time to for an audial and culinary treat. Hotel Opus XVI serves afternoon tea with live jazz every Sunday. After your delicious meal, head up the hairpin turns from Vetrlidsallmenningen square to the old fire station at Skansen. Here, you have a great view of the city in leafy surroundings. 

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MARITIME WALK

Length: 6.5 km

Start the day at the Tourist information office. Here, you will find lots of inspiration on what to do in Bergen and the region, and you can also buy a Bergen Card, which gives you free or discounted access to most of the activities on this route. 

Stroll past Bryggen and continue along the waterfront to the Storeblå Aquaculture Visitor Centre where you can explore a living exhibition about one of our biggest industries, aquaculture.

Head back to the city centre. The Bergen Card entitles you to travel free on local buses, should you want to cut your walk short and ride back to the city centre.

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FROM HISTORIC TO MODERN BERGEN

Length: 3.6 km

Start the day at Bergenhus Fortress, one of the oldest and best-preserved stone fortifications in Norway. Soak in the historic atmosphere at what was once the main seat of the rulers of Norway, when Bergen was its capital. Both Haakons Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower are open to visitors.

After climbing the tower and peeking into the jail cell, head over to St. Mary's church. This is the oldest building in Bergen still in existence and was probably built between 1130 and 1170. Stroll down to Bryggen. These unique wooden buildings are one of the most well-preserved and well-known settlements from the Middle Ages in Norway. Here you will also find small niche shops, galleries, and eateries.

Head towards the Bergen Cathedral. Walking through Lille Øvregate, you can see some of the street art that Bergen has become known for around the world. The Cathedral rises up at the end of the street.

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