Most popular gateway to the fjords of western Norway, Bergen is an important regional cultural hub also recognized as the ‘European Capital of Culture’. Offering excellent hiking opportunities in close proximity, Bergen is widely admired for its beautiful nature, cultural life and the indie music scene. Still featuring important relics of its Hanseatic League heydays, including the most notable old harbor of Bryggen which is now a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bergen is well sheltered from the North Sea by a number of islands.
Surrounded by a group of hills known as the Seven Mountains, Bergen, Bergen displays a temperate oceanic climate with relatively mild winters and cool summers. With plenty of rainfall, visitors are advised to choose the most appropriate Time to visit this Atlantic Coast Capital of Norway. Home to the Bergen International Airport offering regular scheduled flights to several European cities, Bergen is also served by the Norwegian steamer coastal service as well.