A 20 minutes scenic mini cruise! A great way to see the Unesco site Bryggen from the seaside on your way to Norwegian Museum of Fisheries.
Are you short on time, or just want to see the harbour from the seaside? Join this mini cruise with the historic ferry, Beffen. Sail past the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bryggen, Håkon's Hall and the wharfside warehouses to the picturesque Norwegian Fisheries Museum in Sandviken. The trip gives plenty of great photo opportunities.
The museum enjoys a beautiful waterside location, and offers different outdoor activities. Rent a rowing boat for the whole family or let the children paddle a kayak in the canals around the museum.
How to get back to the city center:
To return to the city center you can either take the ferry back, or take a scenic walk through Sandviken or Bergenhus Fortress. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes. There is also a bus to the city center right outside the museum.
About the museum:
The 18th century wharfside warehouses with log timber walls hide an exciting and dynamic museum, with activities for both children and adults. Dive deep into the fascinating history of the Norwegian coast and its fisheries, which have shaped modern Norway – the incredible growth of the herring fisheries and cod fishing in Lofoten. Rebellions, conflicts and shipwrecks. The dried fish trade and the sardine industry. Last but not least: how fish farming has developed from its humble beginning in the 1970s into Norway’s second largest export industry.
Several rooms contain temporary exhibitions based on the museum’s rich collections of fishing boat engines, display of old building techniques, herring processing and the stock fish trade. In the two original merchant’s offices you can see some of the best preserved warehouse wall paintings in Bergen, and learn more about the story behind them.
The museum, two warehouses joined by covered bridges, are built out into the sea on wooden foundations, and the original canals between them have been recreated. All of the warehouses in Sandviken were like this in the 19th century, when the area was referred to as the “Venice of the North”.
Book your lunch at von Tangen:
The von Tangen restaurant serves up tasty dishes from the sea accompanies by one of the best outdoor terraces and sea views in Bergen. In addition: lunch can be booked in advance for NOK 195 and NOK 95 for children and consists of a von Tangen Fish soup, with bread and butter, coffee (not on childrens menu) and cake. You do not need to have a valid entry ticket to the museum to eat lunch at the restaurant. You book the lunch together with the ferry ticket. The soup is available all day.
Departure from Fish Market:
11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, +17:00 (in June, July & August)
Departure from Norwegian Fisheries Museum:
11:25, 12:25, 13:25, 14:25, 15:25, + 16:25 (in June, July & August)
Start point: Inner harbour Bryggen
Tickets: Book online here, buy at the Tourist Information, the Norwegian Fisheries Museum or onboard.
To secure your seat on selected departure, please meet up 10 minutes before departure. If you wish to change departure time, please meet up 10 minutes before. If there is space, you are welcome to board!
If you order one-way ticket, the ticket is valid only to the Beffen ferry (not admission to the museum).
Return ticket incl. entrance to the museum:
Select a ticket on the desired date, and add return option and other extras and complete your booking. The return ticket is valid on any departure on selected date. Please meet 10 minutes before departure.
Return (without entrance to the museum):
Select one-way ticket and add it to your shopping cart. Select "add more products" and then search for a one-way ticket the other way. Add this and complete the order.
Bergen Card discount:
If you have a Bergen Card, you get a 10% discount on return tickets incl. the museum. One discount per Bergen Card. A valid Bergen Card must be presented when boarding.
No refund in case of cancellation, but we can change the date on your ticket if necessary.