Why? Because it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the people there are crazy!
The school-year at Griffith College Dublin is almost over, and soon I will have spent a year in this fine city. I will be moving back to Bergen in Norway, to one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I would encourage everyone that has not been to visit Bergen if they get the chance.
Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. It is located on the west-coast, and is surrounded by seven mountains. It is an international centre for shipping and offshore petroleum industry, and is a national centre for higher education, tourism and finance. Blah, blah, blah. It is the people of Bergen that makes it such an amazing place to visit.
Norwegian author Frode Grytten has said this about Bergensere (that is what people from Bergen are called): “They do not want to grow up. They are like little kids in eternal celebration. They love to talk until you go crazy.”
Bergensere speak the very distinct Bergensk dialect, which has been described as loud, annoying and harsh by some. Listen here.
Bergensere are very passionate and patriotic. Many of the people from Bergen want for it to be its own country. Really. And like the Irish, Bergensere are also good drinkers. Hansa Brewery is the local brewery of Bergen.
The city’s football team is SK Brann. Bergensere support SK Brann with all they have, and you would be wise to never speak bad of the team. If you want to go see SK Brann play, you can get in touch with the club here
Bergensere are very proud of Bryggen (a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord), and if you come to Bergen, you should spend an afternoon there and in the fish market. Bryggen is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and has a lot of history.
Fløyen is the most visited of the seven mountains that surround Bergen. Fløibanen is the transport system that transport people from the city centre to a height of about 320 metres in 8 minutes. It is a must for tourists. The view from the top of the mountain is amazing. You can find more about Fløyen and Fløibanen on their homepage here
Rick Steves, american author and Europe travel journalist, posted this video on YouTube of his visit to Bergen in 2011.
So how do you get there you might ask?
A lot of airlines fly from Dublin to Bergen, but in my experience SAS and Norwegian will fly you there cheapest and fastest. You will however have to stop in on either Oslo or Copenhagen for a couple of hours.
Where will you live?
The Radisson Blu Hotel have nightly rates from 143 Euro, Scandic Bergen City have weekend rooms from 90 Euro, and Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge’s nightly rates start at around 90 Euro as well. If you want to stay in a hostel, Bergen YMCA Hostel have single rooms for around 70 Euro and double rooms for 60 Euro. If you want to stay some place for free, you can sleep on a real Bergensers couch. Check out CouchSurfing for more information about that.
What will you do?
The city has a lot more to offer than what I can put on this page. You can spend the day in Bergen Aquarium, you can catch a theatre-play at the National Stage, or go on one of the daily train trips to see the fjords with Norway in A Nutshell. On Visit Norway’s homepage you can take a look at what other tourists have done in Norway and posted on their Instagram accounts.
So, would you want to visit Bergen?