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Norway is one of the safest countries in the World, and with endless beautiful scenery and a predictable climate, it's the perfect destination if you're looking for a solo adventure.

As an experienced solo traveller who has spent nearly two decades exploring, living and working in Bergen, I've put together a list of my recommended things to do and see, and places to stay, all with the solo traveller in mind.

You'll find my recommendations below, but do feel free to contact me if you'd like any hints, tips and suggestions for your trip to Bergen, I'll be more than happy to share my experiences.

Things to do and see in Bergen Norway

These activities and attractions are based on my own personal experiences of Bergen. I like to spend time outdoors when I'm in the city, nothing quite beats the Norwegian fresh air. Bergen is known for being a rainy city, so make sure you wear plenty of layers to stay warm and dry. In Bergen there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!


Explore Bryggen

Take a stroll around Bergen's UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the shops, galleries & cafes.

Mount Ulriken

Visit Mount Ulriken

Take a cable car trip to the top of Mount Ulriken, one of Bergen's seven mountains.

Bergenhus Festning

Bergenhus Festning

The castle is one of the oldest and best preserved stone fortifications in Norway.

Narvesen Coffee

Enjoy a coffee at Narvesen

I'm a big fan of Narvesen's self serve coffee machines, which serve high quality bean to cup coffee.

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church

One of the oldest buildings in Bergen, dating back to between 1130 and 1170.


Visit Christieparken

Close to Braan Football Stadium on the Bybanen, visit Christieparken to see Christie Mølle.

Chris Naylor Tour Guide Bergen Norway

Free Tour of Bergen Norway

Perfect for solo travellers, couples, groups of friends and families, my free tours of Bergen (tip what you want, if you want to!) are tailor made to your individual interests, drawing on my 17 years of exploring Bergen.

Many tour guide companies take 20+ tourists around in a large group reading facts from Wikipedia, but with me, you get a much more personal, 1 to 1 experience as we explore Norway's second city together.

To organise a free tour of Bergen contact me with your interests, arrival dates and what you would like to learn about Bergen during your time here. This service is subject to availability, so contact me early to book!

Fantoft Stave Church

Explore Fantoft Stave Church

A unique replica wooden church, rebuilt after the original burnt down in 1992.


Take a trip on Fløibanen

Re-opening in April 2022, take a train to the top of Bergen's most visited mountain.

Søstrene Hagelin

Søstrene Hagelin

Located on Strandgaten, they serve the best fish cakes and fish soup in Bergen.

Mountain Guides Norway

Norway Mountain Guides

Guiding tourists, including solo travellers, on the mountains of western Norway.



Most cafes and bakeries sell Skillingsboller cinnamon buns - well recommended!

KODE art museums

Visit KODE

Enjoy Bergen's collection of art museums, composer homes, galleries and more.

My top tips for when you're visiting Bergen

Solo Travel Bergen

Use public transport to get around the city
The best way to get around is by Bybanen light rail and Skyss bus. Download the Skyss app and purchase a weekly or monthly ticket for the best savings.

Buy a Bergen Card
These give you 24 or 48 hour free/discounted entry to museums and attractions if you'd like to spend a day exploring Norway's cultural institutions.

Bergen isn't as expensive as you might think
If you shop wisely and avoid tourists traps. Shopping in budget supermarkets such as Kiwi and Coop Extra can keep costs down.

Breakfast is your friend
If you're staying at a hotel, a good breakfast is usually included in the rate so make the most of it to set you up for the day. And if not, stop by a Narvesen or 7-Eleven and pick up a coffee and bun for less than 35 NOK.

Solo Hotels in Bergen Norway

Finding a hotel in Bergen when you're travelling solo can be a balancing act. I've stayed in many hotels in Bergen and Norway, and the list of hotels below are based on my personal experiences of staying in the hotels and the chains they are a part of.

Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport

Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport

When I'm in Bergen I like to stay at the Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport. I often arrive on quite a late flight, so being a stone's throw away from the airport is a big bonus.

The hotel is modern and the staff are friendly. It's no-frills, but has an excellent breakfast buffet to set you up for the morning, as well as free wifi.

From the hotel, you can take the Bybanen light rail into the city centre on days when you're exploring, but one of the main reasons I like this hotel is that it's nice and peaceful for days when I just want to chill out and relax.

Moxy Hotel Bergen

Moxy Hotel Bergen

The Moxy Hotel is one of Bergen's newest hotels. With a focus on sustainability, this modern hotel could be perfect for you.

Thon Hotel Orion

Serves an excellent breakfast and is close to major attractions including Bergenhus Festning, Bryggen and the Floibanen Funicular.

Citybox Bergen

Self-service, affordable and no-frills hotel that is ideal for solo travellers, with laundry facilities available for all guests.

Bergen Børs Hotel

Exclusive, upmarket hotel in the old stock market building, close to the Fish Market and Torgallmenningen square.

Contact Me

Contact me using the form below if you'd like more hints & tips on things to do and see in Bergen, to hire me as your tour guide, to recommend hotels and guest accommodation, and to help you get the most out of your time in Bergen!

Free Tours of Bergen - please let me know your interests and how many people will be attending, this service is for solo travellers and small groups of friends and family, so please bear that in mind!

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