Bergen is the gateway to the Fjords of Norway. As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture, and exciting urban life all year round. With its ideal location right in the heart of the Fjord Norway region, between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord, it is the perfect starting point for day trips to one of the world’s biggest scenic attractions—the fjords. Bergen is Norway’s most international city, packed with history and tradition. Bergen is a proud European City of Culture, and the city has had a strong cultural identity ever since the merchants brought life to the harbor around Bryggen in the 1300s.
Today, Bergen is a cultural melting pot, with a wide range of concerts, international festivals, and museums of all kinds. Culture plays an important role in everyday life in Bergen – an important expression of Bergen’s variety of life.