Bergen, the most photogenic place on the planet?

Posted on 09. Oct, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Norway, Photo Posts, Press Trips

It’s hard not to like Bergen.

It may not be Norway‘s most exciting city, nor the most historical. But I found it to be particularly interesting nonetheless, and most importantly, very pretty. It was the starting point of my love affair with Norway. And that alone is a good enough reason to go to Bergen, if you ask me!

I mean, look at it. Irresistible doesn’t even begin to cover it. You have the many iconic sights to start with!

Bryggen

Fish market

Fish market

The picturesque Knøsesmauet

Mount Floyen

And then, you can wander around the - relatively small - city center and discover these great little cafés, restaurants, squares, all loved and approved by locals. I think that may have been my favorite part of all. After all, the weather was utter shit, and all I wanted to do was curl up on a comfy couch with a big mug of coffee and indulge with some good old-fashioned, guilt-free people watch.

And that’s more of less what I did!

Krok og Krinekl café

The many sea-related restaurants

The lovely Hollendergaten street

The only downside of Bergen? The weather.

And by that, I really mean the ‘possibly-cocaine-fueled-bipolar-Norwegian-Mother-Nature’. One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s super windy, and before you know it, it started raining again. The city received over 2,200 milimeters of rain every year, which, technically, is more than London (591mm) and Edinburgh (709mm) COMBINED.

So, pack your wellies, your vitamin D supplements and your rainjacket, but do not miss out on Bergen. It’s a great starting or ending point to any Norway trip, for both you and your photo albums. Bergen is quaint, pretty, very welcoming and will leave you wanting more. It’s easily accessible both by train (hello, fjords!) or by plane (hello, Norwegian Air on-board wifi!), so you really, really don’t have any reason to miss out on this great destination. I mean it!

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Norway & Eurail.com. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you been to Bergen? What was your favorite sight or thing to do in the city? Any suggestions to add?

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19 Responses to “Bergen, the most photogenic place on the planet?”

  1. The Weekend Traveller

    19. Oct, 2012

    The old Bergen joke is, “God created West Norway so perfect that He decided to wash it everyday.” My boss is from Bergen and he is very proud of that place. It’s on my travel list for next year. You’re so lucky to have visited.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      That would be a very good explanation for the crazy weather!

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  2. Naomi

    20. Oct, 2012

    These photos are fantastic!! I’ve never been to Bergen myself but this definitely puts it on the list ;)

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  3. Andrea

    21. Oct, 2012

    Looks so much like Stavanger but I think from your photos I think it might just be that little bit prettier

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      It’s a shame I haven’t been to Stavanger to compare!

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  4. Laurence

    22. Oct, 2012

    Love that bike - what a colour!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      31. Oct, 2012

      Purple is my favorite color, needless to say I was DRAWN to it :)

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  5. Georgiana

    24. Oct, 2012

    Nice place for the travelers who loves the historical structure and cultural buildings and some special foods.

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  6. Adela @FourJandals

    03. Nov, 2012

    Bergen is definitely on my to do list, it looks like such a beautiful city. Great photos.

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  7. Mike

    06. Nov, 2012

    One of my favorite restaurants in Bergen is Hanne På Høyden! I still dream of the food there.

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  8. Lily

    25. Nov, 2012

    I’ve been to Bergen loads of times. Most Norwegian cities are quite boring and small. Bergen may be not be that exciting, but it’s as good as it gets in Norway. It’s very old, beautiful and packed with interesting history. I live on the west coast of Norway, so I know all about the rubbish weather. You do get used to it, haha. “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” is a famous saying here.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Dec, 2012

      I love that quote!!! Applies to Canadian weather as well :)

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  9. ExoticHikes

    16. Dec, 2012

    Absolutely spot on. I was in Bergen years ago, with a crappy little digital camera, and the pictures still look amazing. Thanks for the post!

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  10. Charles Ravndal

    03. Mar, 2013

    I’ve been to Stavanger and it pales in comparison to Bergen, but then again I’m bias since I’m from Bergen lol! I’m very happy that you like Bergen :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      08. Mar, 2013

      But I’m sure that Bergen really is better than Stavanger :) It’s very hard to beat! Loved it.

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  11. Cory

    05. Jan, 2014

    I’m going to Bergen on March 2! can’t wait! I’ve hear so many great things about west Norway. Considering also going up the Flam Railway!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. Jan, 2014

      Definitely do the Flam railway if you can. It’s an amazing experience that will take you through such varied landscapes! Norway is amazing, period. Including Bergen. If you’re like me, you’ll wish you never had to leave.

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