For superb panoramic views of Bergen, the sea, fjords and mountains, take a ride on the modern Floibanen Funicular railway up to Floien summit, 320 metres above sea level and one of Bergen’s seven mountains. Once at the summit, you can follow one of the many walking trails marked from the top.
Near the Floibanen station is Bergen’s famous 700-year-old Fish Market, where a bewildering array of fresh fish is set out. Or sample some of the mouth-watering cooked fish on offer at one of the numerous food stalls.
Just outside Bergen is the Victorian summer villa, Troldhaugen, on the shores of Lake Nordas of Norway’s foremost composer, Edvard Grieg. His house is now a museum and you can also see the hut where he composed his music and the tomb where he and his wife, Nina, are buried. Concerts are held regularly in summer and autumn at Troldhaugen’s concert hall. Grieg composed music for Peer Gynt, written by Bergen’s other famous citizen, dramatist Henrik Ibsen.
Also out of the centre, 4 kilometres away, is Old Bergen. This open air museum comprises a collection of well-preserved historic wooden houses, which give a flavour of 18th and 19th century Bergen, when it was Europe’s largest city.
Set on the Nordnes peninsula a 20-minute walk from the centre is Bergen Aquarium, with sea lions, penguins and seals in tanks and a tropical section with monkeys and reptiles.