Located on the west coast of Norway, the city of Bergen faces the fjord of Byfjordan and is located among a group of mountains called the Seven Mountains that influenced its name. It is the second-largest city in Norway and enjoys the curious distinction of being that country’s street art capital. A great gateway to the fjords of west Norway, Bergen is renowned for its beautiful natural surroundings, as well as its cultural and musical scene, hosting the Bergen International Festival, Nattjazz and Bergenfest.
Tourist highlights in the city include the outdoor fish market for a fresh seafood lunch, although be warned that meals here can be on the pricey side; the Fløibanen, a funicular that goes up Fløyen, a plateau in the mountain offering great views of the city; and Bryggen, a listed World Heritage Site that used to be the city’s docklands and today interestingly is still characterised by traditional wooden houses giving visitors a feel of what Bergen must have been like in the Middle Ages. Have a drink or snack at the Bryggen tracteursted that first opened in 1708. A favourite among locals is raspeballer, traditional potato dumplings usually served with bacon, sausages and salt meat.
In Bergen, Hurtigruten ships sail from the Hurtigruten Terminal, Nøstegaten 30, N-5010 Bergen. Taxi drivers will understand if you ask to be taken to the Hurtigruten Terminal; it is sign-posted as such locally. Luggage lockers are available in the terminal for a fee. The terminal is staffed and open for luggage check-in from 13:00 hrs. Passenger check-in begins at 15:00 hrs and embarkation takes place from 16:00 hrs. Cabins are available from 18:00 hrs.There are cafe facilities in the terminal and passengers are free to explore Bergen until embarkation time. When disembarking in Bergen, luggage will be delivered to the baggage belt in the terminal. On the last day of your cruise, you will be asked to vacate your cabin a few hours before disembarkation. Information regarding luggage handling and disembarkation at other ports is available on board.
Port Location – Bergen as "The Fjord Capital" and "The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway" is a well-established cruise port located at the center of Bergen.
Transport Links - Bergen has an international airport, Bergen Airport, Flesland, with direct flights to many European cities. The Bergensbanen railway line runs east to Voss, Geilo, Hønefoss and Oslo. Public transportation is provided by Gaia Trafikk and Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskipsselskap (HSD). Local train transport to Arna is provided by Norges Statsbaner.
There is also a funicular (Fløibanen) and an aerial tramway (Ulriksbanen). Among the fleet of about 450 buses, are 8 trolleybuses (two of them are dual-mode buses), making Bergen the only city in north-west Europe to have them. Eastbound, highway E16 runs to Voss, Valdres and Oslo. Along the coast, highway E39 runs south to Haugesund, Stavanger and Kristiansand, and north to Førde, Ålesund, Molde and Trondheim. Express buses ply both highways, as well as serving numerous other destinations.