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Book a flight to Bergen with Qatar Airways and you’ll encounter that rarest of things: a busy, modern city with that ‘small town feel.’ Bergen is instantly-recognisable thanks to the rows of colourful houses lining its harbour. This is where the city began and is still one of the most popular places to visit.
However, while it may have its origins by the sea, Bergen has expanded, climbing the picturesque mountains behind and is littered with remnants from its medieval origins, such as Haakon’s Hall, which now serves as the Bergen City Museum. Flights to Bergen can be bought through most international airports, giving you the opportunity to explore an old city with a young attitude.
Bergen’s historic harbour, known as Bryggen, is a must-see for anyone making a trip to Bergen. Bryggen is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding international importance. The first thing you'll notice is the colourful seaside buildings, but investigate the winding alleys and twisting passages and you’ll find shops, restaurants and a growing number of artists’ studios.
If you’re looking for a taste of unspoilt scenery, then book yourself a tour of the fjords – which is one of the world’s most popular attractions. You can take in a number of sights, such as the spellbinding mountains and waterfalls of Hardangerfjord, the impressive Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest, and the Bøyabreen Glacier.
Given the picturesque nature of the city and the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding scenery, you’ll be hard pushed to decide which deserves your attention first. If you’ve decided to travel to Bergen to soak up some of the local culture then be sure to set some time aside to visit The National Stage Bergen. This fantastic Art Nouveau building plays host to theatrical productions and award-winning musicals.
With so much to see, one of the best ways to take in as much as possible is to hop aboard one of the sightseeing tours. From the comfort of a sightseeing train, a bus or even a boat, you can stop off at local attractions such as the famous Fish Market, Old Bergen Museum and even find yourself travelling up nearby Mount Fløien, to enjoy a spectacular view.
The local cuisine is typified by its freshness. With the sea literally on its doorstep, there are plenty of fish dishes to enjoy and the lush, green hills offer perfect grazing for livestock and good conditions for crops. As a result, the food is often simple, but bursting with flavour.
Lamb is a popular meat and your trip to Bergen wouldn’t be complete without sampling Farikal, Norway’s national dish. Farikal is lamb, boiled with cabbage and whole peppercorns to create a hearty, autumnal dish. Kjøttkaker is another popular meal, consisting of minced beef meatballs, fried ad served with gravy and peas. Salmon is one of the most popular fish dishes and has to be tasted to be fully appreciated.
The city of Bergen was founded on trading and that tradition has transformed a humble town into a thriving, modern city. Visitors who travel to Bergen with shopping in mind won’t be disappointed; there are large department stores rubbing shoulders with small, specialised shops. You’ll find plenty of shopping centres in the heart of the city and many more on the outskirts.
Given the artistic nature of the local community, you’ll find plenty of places selling handmade jewellery and unique arts and crafts.
When you book a flight to Bergen with Qatar Airways you will travel on a Qatar Airways operated flight to Oslo (OSL) or Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and connect to Bergen with our partner airlines.
Flights to Bergen land at Bergen Airport, Flesland, situated about half an hour from the city centre. It is well served by taxis, the airport bus service and car-hire facilities, should you feel like driving yourself.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Bergen please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / F
International dialing code: +47