Bergen

Ready for a breath of pure, Norwegian air? Join us on our next stop, Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and a delightful stopover destination on the MSC Northern European cruise itinerary.

A jewel city among seven sweeping hills and stunning fjords

Ready for a breath of pure, Norwegian air? Join us on our next stop, Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and a delightful stopover destination on the MSC Northern European cruise itinerary.

A jewel of a city set among seven sweeping hills and stunning fjords, Bergen is a lively university town, steeped in culture. The city is pleasantly compact, great for easy, accessible sightseeing, with an attractive warren of cobbled streets punctuated with leafy, green and areas perfect for rest and relaxation.
If you love the great outdoors, Norway – and Bergen in particular - is the ideal holiday spot for you. Nature-lovers should have their walking boots at the ready, join us on a special trekking tour package that takes in the harbor town of Bryggen with its pretty wooden buildings and a forest hike, all rounded off with a photo opportunity and panoramic view from Floein Mount.

If you fancy a spot of sightseeing, leave your luxury MSC cruise ship in dock and benefit from the best deals on Bergen’s sights; take part in a relaxing city tour by coach which takes in Bryggen as well as Bergen’s colorful waterfront buildings that ooze quaint appeal.

Alternatively, transport yourself from the ship to the air… we have an extra special activity in the form of a flying tour which will take you over the city of Bergen and the surrounding sea, mountains, fjords and glaciers – sure to be a thrilling highlight of your Norwegian vacation.

Cruise to Bergen - Norway - Northen Europe - MSC Cruises

Directions


The port is within walking distance (15 minutes) from the town. Shuttle buses and public transportation are available.

Port average temperature

Bergen features a temperate oceanic climate with relatively mild winters and cool summers. Despite being so far north, Bergen's weather is relatively mild. In the winter, Bergen is one of the warmest cities in Norway, thanks to the Gulf Stream. The city is located further north than St. Petersburg, yet winters are much warmer in Bergen than St. Petersburg. Bergen experiences plentiful rainfall, with annual precipitation measuring 2,250 mm on average. This is because the city is surrounded by mountains that cause moist North Atlantic air to undergo orographic lift, which yields abundant rainfall. Rain fell every day between 29 October 2006 and 21 January 2007, 85 consecutive days.

In Bergen, precipitation is plentiful and heavy rain can happen at any time of the year. The highest temperature ever recorded was 31.8 °C, a record that dates back to 1947. The lowest ever recorded is -16.3 °C, in 1987. The high precipitation is often used in the marketing of the city, and figures to a degree on postcards sold in the city. For a period of time there were umbrella vending machines in the city, but these did not turn out to be a success.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.
BERGENMonths
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Average high °C335813151616131063
Average low °C-1-1---1581010751---
 BER01 - A VISIT TO BERGEN (2.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Bergen was founded in the year 1070 and, until around 1830, the city was the largest town in the country and a centre for commerce and shipping. Our excursion starts with a walk through the historic Bryggen quarter with its typical gabled wooden buildings that overlook the harbour. The excursion includes a ride on the famous Fløibanen funicular which climbs Fløien Mount; enjoy a magnificent view over Bergen and the surrounding area from the top. Enjoy a scenic tour of the Bergen peninsula and of the central parts of the city. Please note: there may be long queues at the cable car station. At the end of the tour guests can opt to return to the port or to stay in the city centre (Fish Market) and return to the port on their own.

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Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 BER02 - TREKKING ON FLØIEN MOUNT (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Combine a little sightseeing with a half day’s healthful activity with a full walking tour that takes you through Bergen and the surrounding areas. Start at the German pier and on to Bergen’s old district, Bryggen, where we will admire the traditional gabled wooden buildings that overlook the harbour. We will take the funicular railway to the top of Fløien Mount for a 2.5 hour hike. Enjoy magnificent views over Bergen and the region before walking back to the ship. Please note: at Floien Mount you will walk for about 2.5 hours on foot path; we suggest you to wear hiking shoes and bring water. The hiking route may be changed at the discretion of the guide on the basis of participants’ levels of physical fitness. This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties. There may be long queues at the cable car station.

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Price per person $52.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 BER05 - HARDANGERFJORD AND FANTOFT WOODEN CHURCH (8 hours, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Leave the vessel for a journey to Hardangerfjord. Stop at Fossen Bratte and at Steindalsfossen waterfalls. A popular local attraction, one can walk behind the magnificent cascades without getting wet ! We will continue to the village of Oystese for lunch in a restaurant by the fjord. Your afternoon tour will take you through forests to board a ferry for Hatvik where we will visit the superb Fantoft Stave Church; this typical Norwegian church was erected in 1150 yet had to be carefully reconstructed in 1992 after a fire. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in wheelchair and is available only for guests onboard MSC Opera.

Price per person $162.00 Adults $113.00 Children

   


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 BER07 - BERGEN SIGHTSEEING TOUR  (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  See the sights in comfort on this coach tour through Bergen, which was the largest city in Norway until 1830. Relax into your seat as you pass the main sights including the historic Bryggen district, with its gabled wooden warehouses from the Hanseatic period and Haakons Hall, erected during the reign of King Haakon Haakonsson (1247-1261) and the most important building of the royal residence in the XIII century. Drive past Rosenkratz Tower, built in the XIII century and rebuilt around 1560 as a combined fortress and residence. We will also admire St. Mary’s Church, dating back to the XII century, and splendidly Grieg Hall concert hall, home to the Bergen Philarmonic Orchestra.

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Price per person $43.00 Adults $30.00 Children

   


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 BER08 - BERGEN BY LAND AND SEA (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  This comprehensive tour will give you a really thorough introduction to Bergen, a lovely city that nestles between the sea and the mountains. Having reached its commercial peak in 1100 through a profitable trade of dried cod, Bergen continued to flourish as the main trade centre in Norway. Its historic past can be seen at the German pier and in Bryggen, a traditional area with fine examples of Hanseatic buildings and gabled wooden houses. The unglamorous days of the cod trade have been left behind, as today this area has been reincarnated as a fashionable hub, with trendy restaurants, tasteful souvenir shops and inviting pubs. However, one can still stroll through this historic district and gain a sense of what it was like to live here during the Middle Ages. Next up is a chance to savour the sights during a 1.5-hour coach ride through Bergen and the verdant Norwegian countryside en route to Lyse Island to board a ferry. Some time to decompress during the relaxing boat trip then follows, during which you can delight in gorgeous views of the so-called small Lysefjord (not to be confused with the namesake-fjord close to Stavanger) and the Bergen archipelago on your way back to the city. On this scenic cruise you can view Bergen from a different perspective and fully experience the delights of this attractive town and its idyllic setting. Please note: the order of the visits may vary: some groups will start the itinerary by boat and return to the pier by bus. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $86.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 BER09 - THE LOVELY HARDANGERFJORD & THE WATERFALLS (approx. 6.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Get your bearings with a short guided tour past the fish market, the Bergenhus Fortress and the Rosenkrantz Tower. We will travel out of town across a variety of landscapes, following the Sørfjord and through quaint market towns on the way to Nordheimsund. Time to take photos at Fossen Bratte and again at the Steindalsfossen waterfall – one can apparently walk behind it without getting wet! Having passed the Kvamskogen Mountain Plateau, we descend towards the Tokagjelet Gorge. With its many chalets and summer houses, Kvamskogen is a popular leisure area for Bergen locals. The tour continues with more scenic drives via small forests and along the shores of the Hardangerfjord to Granvin and the Skjervefossen waterfall. These landscapes are typical of western Norway, as small farms are dotted across the steep hillsides. After a 1,5 hour drive, we will stop at Voss for coffee and typical Norwegian cakes. Your return to Bergen will pass through mountain lakes and several suburban villages. Once arrived in Bergen you can choose to stay in town and make your own way back to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair and includes long transfers by coach. This tour is available only for guests onboard MSC Poesia and MSC Opera.

Price per person $121.00 Adults $85.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.