A guide to visiting Voss and Bergen in Norway

A guide to visiting Voss and Bergen in Norway


I will start off my guide to visiting Voss and Bergen with Voss. It was the next stop on my trip from Laerdal, Gudvangen and Flam.

Visiting Voss and Bergen

Voss is possibly best known for skiing and other adrenaline sports. It was the first place I ever visited in Norway. I was 11 and on a school skiing trip – and the beauty of the country always stayed with me. If you have read my previous posts about Laerdal and Flam and Gudvangen you will know that I was not disappointed and when people ask me where is the most beautiful place on earth I have been to….the answer is always ‘Norway.’ And if i did I would probably live in this house!!

house in Voss

I love the detail

Voss house

I loved this house – it is so beautiful

We visited Voss in early November and the cold weather and snow had yet to arrive. We spent an afternoon wandering around Voss before catching the train to Bergen (less than an hour away). There were plenty of places to have a hot chocolate and we really enjoyed just walking around the town – and how can anyone resist the giant troll!

Bergen train station

arriving at Bergen train station


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Bergen is a beautiful city and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded in 1070 and is Norway’s second largest city.  It is situated on the south western coast of Norway and is surrounded by mountains and fjords.

I flew into Bergen from London (approx. 2 hour flight) and travelled through Norway by train or bus. The public transport system was excellent (free wi-fi on the bus – though I spent most of the 4 hour trip to my husband in Laerdal simply admiring the scenery)

We spent a day and a half in Bergen. It was winter, it was freezing and it was also amazing.


Bryggen is one of the main attractions in Bergen and is the site of the beautiful old Hanseatic wharf and buildings. In the middle ages this area was the hub of all trade after the Hanseatic League established an office here. It is a charming area to walk around with lots of pretty wooden buildings to admire. The old wooden buildings along the harbour front are probably the most photographed buildings in Norway – certainly in Bergen!


probably the most photographed buildings in Bergen!





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Bergen side street

We found a cozy coffee shop with lots of comfy chairs and books to leaf through.

The Fish Market (Torget I Bergen)

The fish market is located in the heart of the city. I think it is fairly expensive to buy seafood here but there is plenty of choice (I don’t eat fish so we didn’t try anything!) It is very tourist orientated but still worth a walk around I think.


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Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen)

If you are feeling energetic (which the entire population of Bergen seem to be on Sunday mornings) a walk (or a run) up to Mount Floyen is to be recommended. The views of Bergen from the top are amazing. If you don’t want to walk (or run) there is a funicular which will take you to the top in about 8 minutes.

View over Bergen

View over Bergen

View of Bergen

Bergen Norway

Logistics and tips for visiting Voss and Bergen

  • If you are planning a trip to Bergen I would consult the official website – Visit Bergen – for up-to-date information!
  • We stayed at the Radisson Blu in Bergen which was lovely but rather pricy. We ate at McDonalds…I kid you not! Eating out is extremely expensive (£20 for a bowl of soup!).
  • We only spent an afternoon in Voss but there is lots to do there for those staying longer – obviously winter sports is a huge attraction but check out the official website – for more things to do! 





Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read all about it on UNESCO’s official site – Bryggen a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Pin for later! Visiting Voss and Bergen


I love Norway and it is a country I would happily visit again and again. I would like to visit Tromso next! Hopefully having read my posts of even just looking at the photographs I have inspired you to consider a visit to Norway!

Have you been? Do you plan to go? What are your thoughts on my question – IS Norway THE most beautiful country on earth?

Author: Tracy

Tracy is your expert expat!

She has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

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  1. July 28, 2016 / 7:32 am

    It does look and sound pretty beautiful. I’ve not done Norway yet but other Scandinavian countries we’ve been to have always blown my socks off. I shall have to add Norway to our list. Lovely pictures.

  2. Vivien Sharples
    August 9, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Charles goes to Bergen on business and says it’s beautiful. He stays in the Hotel Solstrand, which he loves. We intend to go on holiday there in the not too distant future. Your pictures and blog have inspired us to go sooner rather than later. You have a real talent, Tracey, both in words and pictures.

    We are currently in Dubrovnik. You will love it.

    • August 9, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments Vivien they are much appreciated. I am sure you will love Norway – it is a very beautiful and special country. I am looking forward to Croatia – at the moment I am in Switzerland after a fantastic 10 days travelling Italy (posts and pictures coming soon).
      Enjoy the rest of your holiday in Dubrovnik.

  3. December 12, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Just booked the trip to Norway, so I’m going through all your Norway posts for inspiration (although our itinerary is already pretty much fixed – but what a nightmare to find hotels for 5 in summer!). Can’t wait to finally visit – it’s been on our list since forever!
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    • December 12, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      I am sure you will love it – it is such a beautiful country!

    • January 24, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      They are lovely Tanja – I have yet to see Oslo!

  4. January 24, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I would love to visit both of these towns! They’re so picturesque! I first learned about Voss because of the expensive bottled water! I used to buy it bc I loved the glass bottles. #CityTripping
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  5. January 24, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I’d love to visit Norway and in particular Bergen. The only thing that puts me off is the cost but I guess it is worth it. #citytripping

    • January 24, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Norway is probably my favourite country so far – it is very expensive but it is absolutely stunning too.

    • January 24, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Brilliant Nell I wish I was going! Take a look at my other Norway posts if you can as there are some fabulous places to see not far from Voss!

  6. January 24, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Wow it looks like a stunning place to visit I’d love to try all the fish too as I’m a big seafood fan and its a bit strange how its so expensive with it being so coastal isn’t it?
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    • January 24, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      We found it incredibly expensive! Amazing place to visit though!

  7. January 24, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I knew more about Bergen than Voss and that harbour is so stunning – Norway is definitely somewhere I’d love to visit one day. #citytripping
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    • January 25, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      It is beautiful Cathy – Norway is my favourite country I have been to yet (out of about 42) I just find it so beautiful!

  8. January 24, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Not a cheap option then and quite hard to sample the local food without a large wallet, but oh those views. It really does look worthy of a visit and even I recognize the line of harbour houses, they a a must take photo! #citytripping

    • January 25, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks Fiona – yes we found the food very expensive but the city is fab!

  9. January 25, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    Having visited Oslo last year, I’m very keen to explore more of Norway even more so after your ‘most beautiful country declaration!’ Very keen to tie in with Tromso and a northern lights tour. Thanks for linking up to #citytripping
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    • January 26, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      I loved Norway so much – will definitely be revisiting and Tromso is on my list!

  10. January 26, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I fell in love with Scandinavia last year so I’m sure Norway will blow me away too when we actually finally get there.
    PS. I’m still waiting for my around britain in 80 Do’s list. I love a good list! #citytripping
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    • January 26, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Norway is just so beautiful its hard to describe! Have sent the list!!!