- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 3 nights at the Clarion Admiral hotel in a standard double/twin
- Meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch and crab cookout session
- The following activities are included: City and culture tour, Mostraumen Fjord cruise and crab fishing and cooking in the fjords (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
*A note on flights: Flights are not included in this itinerary, however, Loganair are our preferred partner on this route and operates regional departures from May until late August (or October depending on the airport). Direct flights are also available from London Gatwick year-round and other regional departures may be available with a connection in Oslo. Our Travel Experts will happily discuss all available options with you at the time of booking.
Explore Norway’s second-largest city and ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ at any time of the year during this three-night cultural city break.
Bergen is known for its UNESCO accolades - there’s the world-famous Bryggen Wharf where colourful houses surround the bustling harbour, as well as Bergen’s status as ‘City of Gastronomy’ thanks to the varied and vibrant food scene. You’ll discover both during a city and culture tour with a knowledgeable local guide who will take you to all the famous spots as well as some hidden gems only the locals know about. There will also be ample opportunities to sample some exquisite food and for the real foodie travellers, the chance to fish and cook your own crabs will be a real highlight. You can also add a guided food tour of the city - you can find more details in our ‘Personalise’ section.
You will also have plenty of time to wander the streets independently. As you walk, look out for the colourful graffiti, the wonderful architecture like that of Fantoft Stave Church and the charming short streets - some of which are so short they only contain one building!
A trip to Norway wouldn’t be complete without getting up close to the famous fjords and in honour of its ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ name, this trip also includes an exceptional cruise to Mostraumen where the fjord narrows to completely surround you with impressive rock formations and cascading waterfalls.Read more
Bergen gives you the chance to discover a city rich in both vibrant culture and unbelievable natural beauty. It is an ideal location to get to know Norway away from large amounts of tourists, and this carefully crafted itinerary ensures you come away with exceptional insight into this fantastic city, no matter what time of year you choose to visit!
Image Credits: Bergen Tourist Board, Lars Korvald, Philippe Brechet, Brian D. Bumby, Harald Hansen, Nordlandblog.com, Sverre Hjornevik, Girish Chouhan, Robin Strand, Fjord Norway, Bergen Reiselivslag, VisitBergen.com
Dates & Prices
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 1 person; maximum 30 people (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions
Arrival and Welcome
Upon arrival at Bergen Airport, you will be met and transferred to your city centre hotel. As you are in a prime location to explore, we recommend heading to one of the nearby local restaurants to start your trip with some tasty delicacies.Included Meals: None
Mostraumen Fjord Cruise
Today following breakfast, you will see why Norway is so famous for its nature and in particular, its dramatic fjords.
Just a short walk from your hotel, you will board the modern catamaran. Make use of the large deck to get a first-class view of the fjords, mountains and waterfalls as you make your way to Mostraumen.
The cruise starts from Zachariasbryggen, next to the well-known fish market. As you travel out of Bergen, you will have great views of the colourful buildings of Bryggen before reaching the 27 km-long fjord, named Osterfjord. As you cruise nearer to the Mostraumen strait, the fjord narrows leaving you surrounded by jaw-droppingly steep mountains. You will get close to several waterfalls and the crew will even try and collect a sample of the fresh mountain water for you to taste.
Make sure you are keeping an eye out for the abundance of wildlife including eagles, seals and goats. You will be out for approximately 3 hours and there is a kiosk on board selling beverages, snacks and small dishes. The cruise operates year-round - if there is ice on the fjord which limits accessibility, an alternative route will be run.
Following the cruise, you will have a free afternoon and evening to enjoy Bergen as you please. If you wish you can add on an optional activity such as a segway tour - see our ‘Personalise' tab for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast
City and Culture Tour of Bergen and crab fishing and cooking in the fjord
Today, following breakfast, you will have free time in the city to spend as you please before your guided tour. Why not add on a food tour experience to really understand why Bergen has been named UNESCO’s City of Gastronomy? Details can be found in our ‘Personalise’ tab.
This afternoon, you will discover the vibrant culture of the city with a guided tour of Bergen. You’ll visit the must-see places as well as some hidden gems that only the locals know about. As well as this, you will also be treated to a picnic lunch to sample some local produce at the top of Mount Fløyen. You will be met at your hotel for the start of the tour and it will last for around 2-3 hours.
Don’t fill up too much at lunch though, as this afternoon you will be taken out into the fjords to fish for crabs and then be shown how to cook and prepare your catch back in the cosy boathouse. This experience not only gets you out in the natural environment to see how the local fishermen work but also provides a complete experience for your tastebuds!Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today it is, unfortunately, time for your break in Bergen to come to an end. Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
On Top of Bergen
This hike is a must-do if you want to get the most out of your visit to Bergen.
Your guide will take you out of the city and off the beaten track. The trail will take you through woods, past lakes, and on paths where we can hear the silence. You will meet your guide in the centre of Bergen, and use the funicular Fløybanen to make your way to the top of Mt Fløyen where the real hike begins.
Above Mt Fløyen you will enjoy pristine scenery, reaching panoramic viewpoints above Bergen and the ocean surrounding it. Your guide is local and will be able to tell you about Norwegian culture, habits and history.
After hiking for about 3 hours we will return to the centre of Bergen.Read more
- Sturdy shoes, windproof jacket and trousers, sunglasses, food and drink. We also recommend bringing a light hat and gloves.
- Duration: 2.5-3 hours.
- A medium level of fitness is required
- Distance: 4-5 miles
- Ascent in metres: 300-600 metres
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Learn a new skill and explore the city during this Segway tour through Bergen! The tour begins a short walk from your hotel, near the cruise terminal where you will meet with your local guide who will show you how to use your Segway.
To warm-up, you will drive through the Bergenhus Fortress and into the beautiful park before heading to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen and onto the fish market. Next, you will head to the aquarium and into the park Nordnes - one of the most beautiful parks in the city.
Following this, you will travel up to the monastery before heading through some of the traditional alleyways and famous streets including Galgebakken and Knøsesmauet. You will ride past some exceptional landmarks including the theatre, the Blue Stone and John’s Church before reaching Fjellveien, for fantastic views of the city.
The route has been carefully crafted by local experts to show you the best parts of the city whilst taking you away from heavily trafficked areas.
Duration: 2 hours, available all year round (unless there is snow). Departs at 10am, 12:30pm or 3pm.
Image Credit: Bergen Segway
See for yourself why Bergen has been classed as a UNESCO ‘City of Gastronomy’ during this food tour of the city.
Meeting with your local guide just a short walk from your hotel, you will escape the bustling areas of Bryggen and instead, venture into local eateries for an insider’s look into the wonderful history and culture of Bergen.
You will try classic dishes including wild salmon, fish soup, brown cheese and reindeer and come away with full stomachs as well as new culinary knowledge of this fascinating city. Gluten-free and meat substitutes are available in some places, but seafood and dairy products are unfortunately not.
Duration: 3 hours departing at either 11am or 3pm
Please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation.
Image credit: Bergen Food Tours/Ase-Marie Evjen
This adventure will start at Bergen’s station which is just a 15-minute walk or a taxi ride of less than 5 minutes from your hotel. You will then take a scenic train journey to Voss which is less than an hour away, where our partners will meet you and give you a full briefing and issue you with the necessary equipment. With your harness, wetsuit and helmet, you will descend beside the spectacular Skjerve Waterfall down to the pool and verdant valley below. The first descent is about 20 metres down to a ledge and affords the perfect opportunity to build your confidence before the final 70-metre descent. Under normal conditions, you will be right beside the cascading waters (water levels can drop a little in the height of summer).
You do not need any previous climbing experience for this activity, but we would stress that if you are not comfortable with heights this may not be the right activity for you.
You do need a reasonable level of fitness and flexibility to take part in this activity. If you suffer from any medical condition which may affect your participation, please advise us or your guide in advance.
You need to bring:
- Swimming suit/shorts
- Bring thermal underwear on cold days
Duration: About 5-6 hours (including return train journey) depending on group size.
Credit: Sverre Hjornevik & www.FjordNorway.com
This activity starts from Bergen station (a 15-minute walk or short taxi journey from your hotel) for the scenic journey to Voss where our local partners will meet you.
Depending on the water level, you will either raft the Stranda or Raundal rivers, both of which offer world-class white water. The Stranda river section is about 8kms with 9 spectacular rapids and several beautiful stretches.
The Raundal river is about 7 km of world-class white water running through a beautiful remote canyon. The Raundal is generally used when the water level in the Stranda is too low, normally through August–Sept.
Participants must be 15 or over to join this activity and possess a reasonable level of physical fitness and be able to swim. If you suffer from any medical condition which may affect your participation, please advise us or your guide in advance.
You need to bring:
- Swimming suit/shorts
- Bring thermal underwear on cold days
- About 5-6 hours including the return train journey
- About 1.5 – 2 hours on the river