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Bergen, Norway in 36 Hours

A land where fjords stretch as deep as the mountains are high, where pointed rooftops are candy coated in color, where cows have rights, where reindeer is the default hot dog meat of choice, where hygge is found all around—That's Norway, and I'm obsessed with it.

There are few places in the world that take your breath away quite like Norway does. Perhaps all the trips to Norways' Pavillon at Epcot inadequately set up my expectations (though there were a lot of troll figurines in Norwegian gift shops), but I swear I felt my jaw drop as we flew into Bergen. So without further ado, I give you my travel guide to Bergen Norways in 36 hours.

  • Bryggeloftet & Stuene RestaurantThis is the oldest restaurant in Bergen, and it's highly recommended, even among locals, for good reason. This is the perfect stop for your first night in Bergen to get a wide variety of Norwegian foods—I had the reindeer, and as sad as it was to note I was eating reindeer, it wasn't sad enough to stop eating.

  • Mount Fløyen—The entrance to Mount Fløyen is conveniently located in the middle of town, and tickets to ride up the funicular to the top can be purchased right there (about $12 roundtrip for an adult), and it's SO worth it. The Funicular takes less than 10 minutes to get to the top, and when you see the view, you'll know why you had to go. I wished I had more time in Bergen because I would've gone again during the day, but I only had time at night—still, I recommend going no matter what time you have free because this view simply cannot be missed.

  • Fjord Tour—There are no words to describe the fjords of Norway—just something you have to experience. One thing to note is that fjord tours can get expensive. This is the tour I didIt was all day, included all transportation to/from all the towns and the electric boat cruise through the fjords, as well as some stops to a few cool places like the waterfall and lookout featured in the images above and our guide was absolutely delightful. It was about $250 per person, and that's probably about as cheap as you'll get for a good tour.

  • Trekroneren hot dog standI know, a hot dog stand, but hear me out: when the default hot dog served is reindeer meat with yummy crispy onions on top, you go to the hot dog stand.It's located in the town center too, so it's pretty hard to miss.

  • Salong Bar & Billiard—Right next door to the hot dog stand I was raving about, this bar was so cute, had fabulous drinks, lots of Norwegian board games (that we had absolutely no idea how to play but certainly tried) and pool tables!

  • Zander K HotelThis hotel was extremely affordable, perfectly located and included quite a lovely breakfast each morning. It ended up being $445 for two nights for three people, so I booked it on Paisly by JetBlue and earned 445 TrueBlue points and 4 tiles, so it was a win-win!

Have you been to Bergen, Norway? Comment your experience below!

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Hi, I'm Anna!

Whether I'm flying confirmed or standby, I've always had this affinity (and knack) for packing in as much as possible in 24, 48 and 72-hour trips. And that's exactly what this blog is full of—quick trip travel guides!

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