Bergen is not only the gateway to the fjords, it is also known as the capital of the fjords. It is also the gateway to the mountains and nature which certainly makes a lasting impression on all who visit Bergen and the west coast of Norway.
Imagine yourself in the centre of Bergen on one of its pedestrian streets, the sun is shining and you take the time to make the short walk to the waterfront. It is not a long walk in any direction. Bergen is surrounded by fjords, which have now been included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
One aspect of these beautiful surroundings is the economic potential and opportunities that lie in the tourist industry. This is of major importance in the region – not only in Bergen, but in a number of other areas that include Voss and Hardanger. Winter or summer, there are career and employment possibilities that are open to those who have the creativity and experience to provide added-value to an already thriving industry.
Beautiful nature embraces Lofthus
© Frithjof Fure/Fjord Norway
Scenery Everywhere you Turn
From Bergen, beautiful scenery is just a short trip away by boat, car or train. Whether you want to experience the breathtaking Flåm Railway Line, the narrow and astonishing fjords or you want to swing off the main roads and drive along dramatic steep old roads – once state-of-the-art engineering projects – these are all within a driving distance of a couple of hours.
The Hardanger area, with its famous waterfalls, gently sloping mountains and idyllic fruit farms, is easy accessible, only an hour away. The Hardanger Fjord, the third largest fjord in Norway, stretches 179 kilometres from the coast, guarded by snow covered peaks, the Hardanger Plateau and the glacier Folgefonna.
In the North, the Sognefjord stretches 204 kilometres eastwards from the west coast, with a depth of 1,308 metres, and it winds its way between steep mountains. In the west, beyond islands and islets protecting the Bergen Harbour from harsh weather, lays the North Sea with its rich fisheries.
This beautiful nature embraces the city of Bergen. Bergen is more than 900 years old, and was once the first capital city of Norway and the largest city in the north. Situated where sea and mountains meet, Bergen grew up around its colourful harbour, surrounded by the seven great mountains, creating a truly unique atmosphere. The city has attracted people from all quarters of the world, and many of them decided to make Bergen their home.
Bergen is a World Heritage City and was the European City of Culture in 2000, hosting a number of international music and cultural events throughout the year. With plenty of charm, atmosphere, fascinating architecture and a vibrant cultural life to offer those who want to experience something new, the people of the Bergen region greet visitors and newcomers with open arms.