Visit the wonderful Hanseatic Warf at Bryggen, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can explore these historical wooden
buildings and alleyways for free to get a real sense of what Bergen was like back when it was Norway’s most important trading town.
Walk around Sandviken and Nordnes to get a glimpse of real Bergen life. These are residential areas with old wooden houses and narrow alleyways. Go to Nordnesparken to relax in the green or maybe have a barbeque with the many students that spend their summer days here. At the tip of Nordnes you find the Bergen Aquarium. It costs around 100 NOK to get in.
Walk a bit further out in Sandviken or get on one of the many buses that pass this way to get to Old Bergen. It’s free to walk around this site of about 50 reconstructed houses from the 18th and 20th century, but to go inside you have to pay. This is also a popular place for swimming in summer and there are many spots that are perfect for throwing down a beach towel and just relaxing in the sun.
Fløyen and Ulriken
Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains, and the two most popular ones are Fløyen and Ulriken. A walk to the top of Fløyen takes about an hour (from Bryggen) at a leisurely pace and the view from the top is truly magnificent. Bring food and drinks and maybe a coffee for relaxing at the top so you don’t have to buy anything from the over priced Fløyen café. There is also a funicular going up and down the mountain. It costs about 45 NOK one way. If you want free fun though, just use your legs! You can walk further over Vidden to get to Mount Ulrikken, which is the mountain next to Fløyen.