If you want to explore the fjords, Bergen is a great starting point. Its location lies in the middle of some of the most beautiful Norwegian fjords, and if that wasn’t enough, the city itself has a lot to offer for all travelers.
In this post we’ve gathered some of the most popular fjord cruises you can do from Bergen, either directly from downtown Bergen, or from one of the neighboring towns through connecting trains and buses.
Norway in a Nutshell
Most travelers choose the Norway in a Nutshell trip, which includes a fjord cruise on Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. It can easily be done in one day, though most people prefer to spend a bit more time. For instance, you can stay overnight in Flåm or Voss, or continue the trip onwards to Oslo. Everything is handled through the online booking engine, where you pick your hotels and optional activities as you please. Booking everything together in one simple place makes it super convenient.
The trip includes tickets on the Bergen railway to Myrdal, connecting tickets on the Flåm Railway, then onward to a scenic fjord cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen. Optional activities include: viewing the fjords closeup from a small rib (‘zodiac’) boat, kayaking and more –in other words: a lot of opportunities to traverse the fjords!
The trip can be booked through FjordTours, and it’s running every day, all year.
Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell
Another popular trip, is ‘Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell‘. This is a full-day trip.
This trip takes you to Voss, via the Bergen railway, and from there to Ulvik by bus, followed by a boat trip on Eidfjord. The boat trip here is rather short, compared to the trip above, but it’s truly stunning. We recommend going in spring, when everything blossoms and the weather is at its best.
This one is also booked through FjordTours. Note that you will have to book it a few days in advance, so plan ahead.
From Bergen to Mostraumen
This trip starts at the fish market in Bergen, and from there a catamaran will take you to the inner parts of Osterfjord — just north of Bergen. Mostraumen, the narrow sound you’re passing, is just big enough to fit the boat.
This trip is shorter than the above trips, and it’s just a fjord cruise — i.e. no trains or bus rides. This is fjord cruising in it’s very essence. Another benefit for many, is that this cruise departs from downtown Bergen, which means that you can fit it into your schedule even if you only have a half a day — or less — to spend there.
Duration: Approximately 3-3.5 hours.
You can either buy tickets at the boat, or from the tourist information in Bergen.
Fjord cruise with the White Lady
The old ‘White Lady’ has sailed in these water for more than 50 years.
On this trip, she will take you up to Osterfjord. This trip is more ‘nostalgic’ than the cruise above, but the route is more or less the same. The trip departs from the fish market, and takes roughly four hours.
Tickets can be bought at the boat, or from the tourist information in Bergen.
The Hardangerfjord Express
This trip will take you from Bergen to the small town of Rosendal in the Hardangerfjord. The trip is 2 hours one way, and you will have three hours to spend in Rosendal. It’s a great place to walk around and relax. It gives you the same ‘small town feeling’ as Voss, Myrdal and Flåm, except that there will be less tourists here.
The “Barony in Rosendal“, the smallest palace in Scandinavia, is one of the most popular sights. With its beautiful renaissance garden, and little outside cafe in the herb garden, it’s a must see.
Daily departures all year.
You need to get tickets beforehand from the tourist information in Bergen (you can not buy them onboard!).
(Opening photo: Arian Zwegers, CC)