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Free things to do in Bergen

Bergen, a beautiful city on Norway’s southwest coast, has stunning views and plenty to do, but it can be expensive. If you’re on a budget and planning to visit the city, free activities include a quaint fish market and old pier, cultural attractions, and even the Independence Day celebration.


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Fisketorget – The Fish Market

Bergen’s free fish market offers visitors local sights and sounds at no cost. Enjoy a stroll through the market while looking at handicrafts and flowers, fresh produce, and seafood. The fish market is located in a charming location in the heart of the city, between the fjords of Norway and the seven mountains of Bergen. According to, the city’s official website, the Fish Market has been a meeting place for merchants and fishermen since the 1200s.

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Visit Bryggen Pier (UNESCO)

A much-loved free sight in Bergen is Bryggen, the old pier located in the city. Bryggen – Norwegian quay – is made up of beautiful 14th century Hanseatic buildings, is free and offers a great photo opportunity. More than 60 buildings from the original pier are still standing, now housing cafes and shops. The pier is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Free attractions with the Bergen card

The Bergen Card gives you free entry to the city’s attractions and landmarks, along with free public transportation and parking. The Bergen City Card also gives you access to cultural events, sightseeing trips, and additional savings at local restaurants and shops. The card is not free, but it is an inexpensive investment that will give you free access to many great things to do.

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day of the constitution

Constitution Day, also known as National Day or “Syttende Mai” in Norwegian, is celebrated on May 17 throughout Norway, including in Bergen. During this free event, visitors and locals watch colorful processions of children with banners, flags and bands, just as they would see at Independence Day celebrations in many other countries. It’s colorful, it’s exciting, and it’s free.

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