Why choose a cruise to Bergen?

colourful houses in bergen

Surrounded by the hills and forests of its natural harbour, Bergen also enjoys its claim to fame as the birthplace of the composer Grieg. You’ll find countless testimonies to his lineage in the town, but even if you’ve no time for classical music, Bergen has lots to see and do.

Add to that plenty of opportunities for fresh seafood and vibrant cafe culture, and you’ll soon find that a Bergen cruise offers an intimate look at laid-back Norwegian living.

If you’re looking for one of the more unseen sides of Scandinavia, Bergen is a port town where you can indulge in rustic charms. Streets here are often cobbled and quaint, dotted with coffee shops and bakeries.

Strolls along the waterfront, evenings in the mountains or boat trips into the harbour all hold plenty of appeal. Bergen’s people are warm and friendly, and the boats dotting the docks give plenty of character to your stay.

A guide to Bergen’s hotspots

Norway lake

It’s not all colourful houses and waterfront dining in Bergen. Far and away one of the biggest local heroes here is Edvard Grieg, one of the leading composers of the Romantic movement. Troldhaugen, a gorgeous house on Lake Nordaas, was home to Grieg during many of his seminal working years, and has been beautifully preserved for visitors today.

For the more adventurous, you can step out to Mount Fløyen for a rugged hike. The views as you ascend are astonishing, so pack a camera.

Cruise lines that sail to Bergen

cruise ship norway

Bergen is featured on a growing number of cruise itineraries that wind their way through northern Europe and Scandinavia. You can expect to find a number of your favourite cruise lines among them, including:

– Marella Cruises

– Celebrity Cruises

– Royal Caribbean

– P&O Cruises

The best time to visit Bergen

port of bergen norway

Thanks to its northern-frontier feel, Bergen enjoys temperate summers, and the winter seasons invite the bold. That said, Bergen locals proudly tell how theirs is the warmest city in Norway in winter. The surrounding mountains do much to keep the harbour cosy and sheltered from the cold.

Come July though, temperatures rise into some comfy high teens on the thermometer, and June and August on either side of the mainstream month are also popular choices. For a good balance of weather and smaller crowds, May is a month to go for.

Whichever month you choose to cruise though, Bergen is a fantastic destination rich with history and natural beauty.