Bergen (Norway)

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Bergen cruise port

Region
Baltic - Norwegian Fjords - Russia

Local Time
02:47 12 Dec 2018

Coordinates
60.39684 N, 5.32019 E

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Bergen Havn is Norway's second biggest port city (after country's capital Oslo). However, by shipping traffic, Port Bergen is ranked Norway's largest cruise port and gateway to the Norwegian Fjords. Located along Byfjord, this is a charming old town surrounded by forested peaks and centred around its large harbour with thriving fishing and cruising industries. City's population is around 280,000.

Port Bergen (Norway) cruise port

On March 1, 2018, MS Spitsbergen became Hurtigruten's ever first vessel using Port Bergen's shorepower. The technology allows the ship's disel engines to be shut down during port stay / berthing, thus saving fuel and reducing emissions.

Port Bergen (Norway) cruise 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.

In October 2017, Port Bergen announced a new policy to limit the cruise ship calls per day to 4 vessels (max 9000 passengers) in order to avoid occasional congestion during summer months. All the port's existing ship bookings were honored. For season 2017, the cruise port had scheduled a total of 325 ship calls and handled over 0,51 million passengers (in 2016 their number was 490,546).

In 2018, the port handled 342 cruise ship calls (including 28 turnarounds and 15 inaugurals) and 653,110 passengers. On December 4, 2018, the state-owned Enova SF granted NOK 50 million (USD 5,9 million / 5,17 million) funding as investment support to Port bergen to build a dedicated to cruise ships shore-power facility. Project's total cost was estimated to around NOK 120 million (USD 14,16 million / EUR 12,4 million).

  • Enova SF is a Norwegian government enterprise promoting environmentally friendly productions and energy consumption.
  • Shore power capability allows berthed cruise ships to shut down their main diesel engines and plug into city's electrical grid, using hydroelectricity for all shipboard services. The technology greatly reduces exhaust emissions in seaports.
  • In September, BKK Norway (Bergenshalvoens Kommunale Kraftselskapand) and Port Bergen announced their plan to establish a joint company for building Europe's largest onshore power supply facility, as well as port's shore-power supply facility for cruise vessels. The Bergen-based BKK is a power company owned by Statkraft AS (49,9%, state-owned hydropower company), Bergen municipality (37,8%) plus 16 other municipalities. BKK specializes in electricity production and distribution, with end-user sales by Fjordkraft (co-owned by BKK and Skagerak Energi). BKK's annual production is around 6,6 TWh. The electricity is produced at 29 hydropower plants in Norway.

Fred Olsen fleet meet (port Bergen 2015)

For the first time ever, on July 28, 2015, all four Fred Olsen ships (the whole fleet) came together in Bergen. At the following YouTube video you can also see an aerial view of the cruise port and the terminals.

The four vessels arrived at 8 am and left the port at 6 pm.

  • MS Balmoral was on an 8-night "Norwegian Fjords" cruise from Southampton UK (July 25). Arriving from Stavanger, it docked at Bontelabo Terminal.
  • MS Black Watch was on a 9-night "Cruising the Fjordland"cruise from Liverpool UK (July 23). Arriving from Flam, it docked at Skolten South Terminal.
  • MS Boudicca was on a 7-night "Glaciers, Fjords and Waterfalls of Norway" cruise from Newcastle UK (July 26). Arriving from Newcastle, it docked at Skolten North Terminal.
  • MS Braemar was on a 14-night "Falls, Fjords and Faroe Islands" cruise from Dover UK (July 18). Arriving from Akureyri Iceland, it docked at Festningskaien Terminal.

The day-long festivities in Bergen included quayside live music performances (marching drummers, singers, music bands), onboard entertainment (afternoon show, open deck party, live band music), onboard treasure hunt, "‘water cannon" send–off show as all Fred Olsen ships were leaving the port.

All four Fred Olsen ships visit Bergen every year since 1997. Following the "fleet meet" day, Balmoral continued to Flam, both Black Watch and Braemar to Eidfjord, Boudicca - to Alesund.

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.

Port Bergen (Skolten cruise ship terminal)

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).

Port Bergen (Dokken cruise ship terminal)

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 cruise port map

Bergen is the southern turnaround port of the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.

Norwegian Coastal Express ferry route (itinerary map)

Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.

The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island)Kirkenes (turnaround port).

Bergen tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Hjeltefjorden
  • Ulriken Cable Car
  • Edvard Grieg Museum
  • Bergen Aquarium
  • Bryggen Wharf
  • Mt Floyen

Bergen cruise port videos

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.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Spitsbergen
1 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordlys
2 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordlys
2 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordkapp
3 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordkapp
3 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Finnmarken
4 December, 2018
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Polarlys
5 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Polarlys
5 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Lofoten
6 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Richard With
6 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Lofoten
7 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Richard With
7 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordnorge
8 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Trollfjord
8 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordnorge
9 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Trollfjord
9 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Kong Harald
10 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Vesteralen
10 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Kong Harald
11 December, 2018
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Spitsbergen
12 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Spitsbergen
12 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordlys
13 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordlys
13 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordkapp
14 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordkapp
14 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Finnmarken
15 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Polarlys
16 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Polarlys
16 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Lofoten
17 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Richard With
17 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Lofoten
18 December, 2018
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Richard With
18 December, 2018
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordnorge
19 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Trollfjord
19 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordnorge
20 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Trollfjord
20 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Kong Harald
21 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Vesteralen
21 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Kong Harald
22 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Vesteralen
22 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Spitsbergen
23 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Spitsbergen
23 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordlys
24 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordlys
24 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordkapp
25 December, 2018
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordkapp
25 December, 2018
Tuesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Finnmarken
26 December, 2018
Wednesday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Polarlys
27 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Polarlys
27 December, 2018
Thursday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Lofoten
28 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Richard With
28 December, 2018
Friday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Lofoten
29 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Richard With
29 December, 2018
Saturday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordnorge
30 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Nordnorge
30 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Trollfjord
30 December, 2018
Sunday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Finnmarken
31 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Trollfjord
31 December, 2018
Monday
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Kong Harald

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.

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