Calling all color enthusiasts, Bergen is a city you must add to your bucket list. Summed up, Bergen is an extremely walkable city with tons of charming, colorful houses and surrounded by mountains and fjords. As I'm writing this I'm wondering why I ever left. It's honestly so perfect. We spent two nights and one full day in Bergen and because of the time of year we were able to experience a good portion of the city (the sun didn't set until around 10:30 pm - just another perk to experiencing Norway in the springtime.)
Here's what we did during our time in Bergen...
Bryggen Walking Tour: Bryggen is a historic harbor district famous for its row of colorful wooden houses. When exploring Bryggen you'll find tons of shopping lining the tiny alleys located between the rows of historic houses. It's a great place to wander around and explore. Make sure you also visit the Fish Market located right next to Bryggen to get a bite to eat (may I suggest a prawn sandwich or fiskesuppe aka fish soup) and even get the chance to try whale meat (I passed!) Also, nearby is a super cute cafe, Bar Barista, which is pictured below and had some pretty delicious waffles!
Accommodations: While staying in Bergen we rented this adorable Airbnb listed below. It was comfortable, spacious and in a really convenient part of town. You can check out the listing here.
The Fløbanen funicular and hiking around Mount Fløyen: If you only have time to do one thing in Bergen may I suggest taking a ride on the funicular up to Mount Fløyen. You have the option to hike up the mountain or take the funicular which is basically an inclined cable railway. My suggestion would be to take the railway up and save the hiking for when you reach the top of the mountain. We spent a good portion of our day exploring the trails which varied from easy to difficult. When returning, one thing I'd like to do is spend a day hiking from Mount Ulriken to Mount Fløyen which is an 11 mile hike and takes about 6 - 8 hours. Check here for more details regarding this hike.
Please do yourself a favor and go to Bergen. I'll definitely be back. Next up is Ålesund and Runde Island.