Bergen, Norway on the Cheap

Author: , August 27th, 2014

Bergen, Norway

Ever since Bergen was the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle in the hit Disney film Frozen, this Norwegian town has been getting a lot of attention from travelers. But the city is more than a fairytale setting — although the vibrant colors on the historic buildings in Bryggen wharf may seem straight out of a storybook. Teeming with culture, nature, and adventure alike, some of Bergen’s other proud badges include Norway’s second largest city, the Gateway to the Fjords, and a European City of Culture. Here are five ways to experience the best of all that on a budget:

1. Sample regional specialties.

Stroll through the stalls at the outdoor Torget Fish Market, located right on the wharf, and try some of local favorites like fish cakes, smoked whale meat, salmon caviar, and reindeer. Vendors also grill up seafood dishes at reasonable prices, so grab a plate of something fishy for lunch and take a seat at the picnic tables with views over the old Bryggen wharf. For an inexpensive sit-down meal, Pygmalion is a cozy spot with brick-covered walls and organic fare located near the fish market.

2. Buy the Bergen Card.

Not only does this pass give you free access to many of the museums and attractions in town — such as the Bergen Aquarium, the Leprosy Museum, and contemporary art center Bergen Kunsthall — it also works on the light rail and bus. Other perks include discounts on the sightseeing train tour and the funicular up to Mount Floyen (free October through April, half-off otherwise). The 24-hour pass is NOK 200 ($33) for adults and NOK 75 ($12) for children; the 48-hour pass is NOK 260 ($42) for adults and NOK 100 ($16) for children. Consider this: The entrance fee for the Bergen Aquarium is NOK 250 alone, so if you wanted to visit even one of these attractions, the pass would be worth it.

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