Norway may have a reputation for being expensive, but if you know where to go there's plenty of sights to see that won't cost you a single penny. Here are 8 things to do in Bergen that are completely free: your wallet can thank us later!

1) Visit Bryggen

Quite possibly the most photographed place in Bergen, the historic Bryggen harbour district is one of North Europe's oldest port cities, having been established as a trading centre in the 12th century. 

After facing a series of fires which burnt down the vast majority of the old buildings, the harbour's last remaining structures offer a valuable glimpse into life in Bergen centuries ago.

You can see the remaining 61 UNESCO-listed buildings for free! Travel back to Hanseatic times as you wander down the narrow alleyways and dive inside the crooked, wooden houses - many of which have now been converted into shops and restaurants.

 Visit Bryggen for free


2) Climb Sandviksfjellen

If you love the outdoors, you'll agree that the best thing about Bergen is the scattering of (free!) walking trails which lie just outside the city.

One of the most popular is the Sandviksfjellen - a steep paved trail with approximately 722 steps that lead up to the Sandviksfjellet mountain.

The trail is divided into two parts, one easy and one more challenging. Start from Fjellveien 13, about a 30 minute walk from Bergen's centre, and climb all the way to the top to be rewarded with beautiful views of Sandviken and Byfjorden.


3) See the famous Fish Market

Whether you like fish or not, a stroll through Bergen's historic Fish Market is an experience not to be missed. 

With a history that dates back to the 1200s, the market is full of seafood specialists and stallholders eager to dish out recipes and advice that will help you prepare the most delicious seafood.

Even better: you can soak up the bustling atmosphere and the smell of fresh seafood, plucked straight from Norwegian coast, for free!

Visit Bergen fish market for free 


4) Conduct your own street art tour

You don't need to step inside Bergen's museums to see beautiful art; this city is quickly emerging as Norway's street art capital.

From Danmarksplass to Skostredet, the walls and street corners of Bergen are adorned with urban art created using spray paints, brushes and stencils. Banksy himself even visited the city in 2000, leaving behind several traces of his work.

Weave in and out of the narrow streets and alleyways that jut out of Kong Oscars gate to see the most impressive graffiti art in town.


5) Walk the ramparts of the Bergenhus Fortress

Dating back as far as the 12th century, the Bergenhus Fortress is one of the oldest and best preserved castles in Norway. The ancient fortress houses a small museum which you can enter for a fee, but there's plenty of fascinating structures to see outside too.

Wander through the ruins and ramparts and stroll through the beautiful park for free. See replicas of cannons pointing towards the harbour and marvel at the Rosenkrantz tower and Gothic Haakon’s Hall, which was built in the 13th century.

Visit Bergenhus Fortress for free 


6) Hike to the top of Fløyen

Out of the seven mountains that cradle the city of Bergen, Fløyen is the most visited. You can reach the top via cable car for 85 NOK (around £8) or you can follow the well-marked path up there for free.

After 45 minutes of easy walking, you'll reach the top where a restaurant and viewpoint await. Time your climb right to reach the summit at sunset, and watch the sun sink below the glittering horizon.

Hike Mount Floyen in Bergen for free 


7) Watch the world go by from Festplassen Park

Bergen has no shortage of tranquil parks and green spaces, but Festplassen Park is one of the prettiest. 

Ideally located in the centre of the city, the park is the perfect place to rest after a walking tour, eat a picnic or indulge in a spot of people watching.


8) Walk along the Fjellveien (Mountain Way)

One of the easiest walking trails in Bergen, the Fjellveien is great if you're looking for a flatter walking route that's not too far from the city centre.

The total trail stretches 4.6km from Amalie Skramsvei in Sandviken to Bellevue, but you can walk as much or as little as you like. From Fjellveien, you can also access other trails that take you further up the Fløyen, Sanviksfjellet or Rundamanen mountains.

Want to see the best of Bergen? At Solos, we offer a selection of singles holidays to Bergen: from short city breaks to longer escorted tours around the whole of Norway and fascinating fjord cruises.

Browse our full selection of holidays to Bergen and Norway.



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