Bergen Havn is Norway's second biggest port city (after country's capital Oslo) and gateway to the Norwegian Fjords. Located along Byfjord, this is a charming old trading town surrounded by forested peaks and centred around the bustling harbour with thriving fishing industry. City's population is around 280,000.
Bergen is the southern turnaround port of the Hurtigruten "Express Route" (Norwegian Coastal Express). This is a regularly scheduled ferry and cruise itinerary in Norway, between Bergen and Kirkenes (the route's northern turnaround port).
Bergen's old waterfront is lined with coloured buildings and warehouses, housing boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Here travelers will also see the Fish Market at Torget displaying the catch of today.
The history of Bergen dates back to the early 11th century when Olav Kyrre founded a settlement and royal residence here. Bergen replaced Trondheim as capital of Norway in 1240, and the city prospered under the guidance of Hanseatic League. Very soon, these German merchants controlled all trade in Norway and remained in Bergen for centuries until 1764.
Today, much of city's architecture reflects the lifestyle of Hanseatic merchants, who resided in tiny row houses close to the harbour. Bryggen is a collection of timbered Hanseatic houses from the 14th-16th century, restored and designated by UNESCO as a Heritage Site. Hanseatisk Museum re-creates living quarters of a merchant and his staff. King Haakon's Hall was built in the 13th Century, Rosenkranz Tower and Mariakirken in the 12th century. Theta Museum honours local Nazi resitance group from WW2.
Tourists can enjoy shopping or travel up Floibanen funicular railway for views over Bergen city and the surrounding area. Outside the town a must-see is the Fantoft Stave Church (1050) and Troldhaugen beside Norgas Lake - home of Edvard Grieg and now a park and a museum. On the Nordnes Peninsula is Old Bergen Museum, open air collection of 18th-19th century houses.
Highlights: Bryggen Hanseatic Houses, Stave Church, Edvard Grieg Home
Bergen cruise terminal
Most cruise ships in Bergen Havn dock at the Skolten cruise port (Vagen Harbor). From here it is a 5-min walking distance (along the waterfront) to the Bryggen (aka Tyskebryggen) docking area.
Larger cruise ships often dock at Dokken port, located to the west of the Fish Market (large outdoor market selling seafood, fruits and vegetables). Complimentary shuttle buses operate from Dokken Port to the city center (walking distance is around 20 min).
The following map of Port Bergen shows the cruise terminals and their berths locations, as well as the port's anchorage area. If all berths are occupied, the additional vessel is anchored there and its passengers are transported via tender boats.
Bergen tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Ulriken Cable Car
- Edvard Grieg Museum
- Bergen Aquarium
- Bryggen Wharf
- Mt Floyen
The Bergen cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Bergen, Norway.
If you lose the Bergen location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Bergen cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bergen, Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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