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           BERGEN OFFERS history, scenery, culture, art, and a saltwater harbor with great mountain views. NORWAY'S SECOND CITY PROVIDES A walkable  WORLD HERITAGE city center AND a CONVENIENT touring base for visiting the FJORDS AND  MOUNTAINS OF NORWAY'S rugged WEST COAST.

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Attractions in & around Bergen:
          Bergen's Bryggen warehouses date from the medieval Hanseatic League. Today, the colorful row of wooden dockside buildings houses shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafés and is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bryggen is Bergen's centerpiece, but it is only part of the attraction of the city's Vågen harbor and walkable old town. Other attractions include the Fløyen mountain overlook, Gamle Bergen open-air museum and other museums — especially the Hanseatic Museum. Day-trips outside of Bergen include the

Sunset over Bergen, Norway. Photo copyright Home At First.
Bergen sunset from Fløyen overlook
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historic Fantoft Stave Church and the full-day

 

 

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Cafés along Bergen's historic Bryggen remain busy and open late on pleasant summer evenings. This photo was taken at 9:10PM on an early August evening. Photo © Home At First.

steamer journey. Bergen's cafés stay open late in the slowly fading summer twilight, and invite relaxed people-watching when the weather is dry. However, the weather is not always dry: Bergen — on the North Sea at a latitude north of Scotland — is Western Europe's rainiest city.

Cafés along Bergen's historic
Bryggen remain busy and open
late on pleasant summer evenings.
This photo was taken at 9:10PM
on an early August evening.

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Lodgings: Home At First guests stay in ideally located hotels in/near old Bergen, close to the town's World Heritage Site harbor and its many attractions, and within walking distance of the the funicular up Fløyen mountain overlooking the city.

One of Home At First's Bergen inns
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This charming old-town Bergen street leads to one of Home At First's Bergen lodgings. Photo copyright Home At First.

Home At First's hotel in Bergen, Norway: comfort & service in an ideal location. Photo © Home At First.

 

In our customers' own words—
 
         "All in all we couldn't have asked for a better trip. The personnel in all of your hotels in Norway were wonderful. Particularly in Bergen the hotel staff went far out of their way for us, helping my husband hook up his laptop computer to the internet. We have told others about your company and we will not hesitate to contact you again."

— L. Wold, California

 

Getting around Bergen:
          Central Bergen is small enough to be very walkable, but hilly enough that some visitors will want to use its buses or use their rental cars. Visitors can tour parts of the region by rail, bus, and boat, but because scheduled services are relatively infrequent these are best for specific sightseeing trips only
like the famous "Norway in a Nutshell" day tour. Otherwise, use of a rental car permits far greater flexibility and independence for touring the wondrous mountains and fjordlands surrounding Bergen especially for those wanting to stop and enjoy the scenery, and explore small, out-of-the-way places.

Bergen's Vågen harbor fills with colorful pleasure craft adding to the party atmosphere of summer evenings in the old city. Passenger boats depart Bergen daily for cruises in the nearby archipelago and deep inland on the Sognefjord. Photo copyright Home At First.
Bergen's Vågen harbor fills with colorful
pleasure craft adding to the party atmosphere
of summer evenings in the old city. Passenger
boats depart Bergen daily for cruises in the
nearby archipelago & inland on the Sognefjord.

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Bergen sweaters. Shopping! Photo copyright Home At First.

Getting to/from the Bergen Region:
          Bergen can be reached most conveniently by rental car from Home At First lodgings in the Hardanger Plateau, along the Hardanger Fjord and the Sogne Fjord, via the wonderfully-scenic Norwegian Rail from Oslo, by inter-Scandinavian flights to/from Bergen Airport (about 45 minutes from downtown Bergen by bus), and high-speed Ferry from Stavanger, Norway.

Window-shopping for
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easily down in very
walkable Bergen.

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