Guided Bus Tour: Bergen's Wooden Heritage
- Fantoft Stave Church: First built in the 12th century and moved to its current location in the 1880s, the reconstructed Fantoft Stave Church typifies the church architecture that used to be scattered far and wide across the Norwegian countryside.
- Bryggen: Step back in time to an era when Bergen was intimately tied to international trade and commerce at the historic harbor of Bryggen, which retains much of its 18th-century appearance. The wooden wharf is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Bergen Fish Market: Enjoy a walk on the fishy side as you mingle with locals and learn the secrets of Norway's freshest catch. One of Norway's most visited outdoor markets; you'll also find fruit, vegetables, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
About this Bergen Tour
Though wood is never the most permanent of building materials, the citizens of Bergen have made it their mission to carry on the cultural traditions of Norwegian architecture over the years. On this GoBe tour, you will explore some of the most interesting wooden constructions in Bergen. Experience the city's past as you find the traditions of days gone by alive and well here.
First stop: Fantoft Stave Church, originally built in 1150 and moved to Bergen over 700 years later, in 1883. Arson destroyed the church in the 1990s, but it was reconstructed and exemplifies a type of early church construction that was once found all over medieval Norway. While Fantoft Stave Church's stacked roofline may remind you of an Oriental pagoda, step inside and you will be transported to a time when Christianity was just starting to take root in the Viking towns of Norway.
Next, explore the famous Bryggen Wharf, once an important part of the Hanseatic League, a trading empire that flourished for several hundred years starting in the 1300s. Though fires have ravaged the historic harbor many times, the buildings have always been reconstructed according to the layout and methods of what came before. In this way, the people of Bergen have preserved an important part of their past.
End your tour of Bergen with free time on your own. Take some time to wander through the Fish Market, learn a little bit about the cuisine and culture of this fascinating city, and pick up some goodies to take home as a remembrance of your visit.
An explosive mistake
In April 1944, Norway had been under Nazi occupation for four years, and some Germans were getting careless. When the Dutch ship ST Voorbode, in use as a German military transport vessel, limped into Bergen for repairs, the ship was allowed to enter the harbor without meeting proper safety requirements. Unfortunately, the ship was carrying over a quarter million pounds of explosives, which accidentally blew up in the harbor, wreaking widespread destruction. Some of Bryggen's buildings still bear roofs hastily rebuilt after the explosion, so look up and you may see evidence of the blast.
Please exit the port terminal building or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign.
Order of sights may vary in order to avoid overcrowding at venues, opening and closing times, and other logistical issues.
Little walking is involved but you will have to stand at times. You must be able to get in/out of the bus without assistance or with help from a companion. The tour is not wheelchair accessible but it is suitable for persons with limited mobility.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly
GuideSamples of Local Foods
English, German, French, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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