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Bergen - everything you wish for, and a little bit more!

Bergen - everything you wish for, and a little bit more!

The Gateway to the Norwegian Fjords and the Fjord Capital of the World! A UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture. A UNESCO Gastronomy City and - last but not least - the Instagram-friendly city.

Creating an inspiring framework for meetings is about much more than providing modern meeting premises and conference facilities. People often want to discover a new place or experience things together with others. Listen to good stories. Enjoy good food. Learn something new. Create something together with colleagues. Experience nature up close. Test themselves physically and mentally. Or just relax in a new setting. Sometimes your team has both deserved and will benefit from a completely new experience. 

Bergen is an ideal place to organise big as well as small meetings. The city has all the facilities needed for congresses, conferences and exhibitions. Our event organisers have all the necessary professionalism, competence and experience to make you feel confident and relaxed.

The people of Bergen are proud of their historical background and Bergen has a long tradition as a congress city. The first major assembly took place in 1163 when Magnus Erlingsson was crowned King of Scandinavia. Bergen has been playing host ever since, thanks to the city's genuinely hospitable nature.

Today, Bergen is as an international congress city. It offers 45 hotels with more than 7,500 rooms and 15,000 beds (in 2017) and a wide selection of activities and excursions.

We offer free advice including quotes on hotels and meetings venues. The Bergen Convention Bureau is a part of Bergen Tourist Board. 

We are ready to customise a packed programme for you and your group. A programme that will send you home with more than you expected.

Welcome to Bergen!

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Arve Lindgren
Arve Lindgren Congress Manager
  • Bergen Convention Bureau
  • Strandkaien 3
  • Postboks 977 Sentrum
  • Bergen
  • 5808
  • Norway
  • National Languages: Norwegian , English
  • Time Zone: GMT +2

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Transport

Fly direct to the city’s cultural events and combine them with the most beautiful scenery Norway has to offer – the Norwegian fjords.

You can also arrive by ferry or cruise, by train from Oslo or Flåm or by car along the scenic fjords and coast. There is also an express bus from Stavanger.

Fjord Line sails from Denmark and the ferry docks within easy walking distance of the city centre. You can also travel from Stavanger with Fjord Line. 

The Bergen Railway between Bergen and Oslo has been ranked as one of the greatest train journeys in the world.

Modern express boats travel along the coast and up the famous fjords – included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List of attractions.

Bergen is a turnaround port for the world famous Hurtigruten also called 'The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage'.

 

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Climate & Weather

Bring a rain jacket, although the weather is surprisingly beautiful and occasionally dramatic.

Most visitors arrive in the summer, between May and Sept, when the ave daily temperature is around 19C and may reach 25C.

In winter, the city is usually too mild for snow although the temp is often just a few degrees above freezing.

 

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Public Holidays

  • 25/12/2018, Christmas Day
  • 26/12/2018, St Stephen's Day
  • 01/01/2019, New Year's Day
  • 18/04/2019, Maundy Thursday **
  • 19/04/2019, Good Friday **
  • 22/04/2019, Easter Monday **
  • 01/05/2019, Labour Day
  • 17/05/2019, Constitution Day
  • 30/05/2019, Ascension Day **
  • 10/06/2019, Whit Monday **
**changes annually

Unusual Venues

Social events can be held in unique locations – from aquariums to museums to a medieval king’s banqueting hall. Or, your event can have that special touch, such as a private concert at Grieg’s house or at a fairytale-island’s villa. You can pick and choose from any number of team building activities – from golfing in superb natural surroundings to fishing on the open sea, or even safe-sailing around the skerries on Bergen’s Tall Ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

The possibilities for Bergen as a meetings venue are boundless, and an extra plus is our renowned hospitality. We want you to have a really good time in our city – so good that you will insist on returning!

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Visa Requirements

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Norway, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.

Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Norway permanently, you will have to apply for a different Norwegian Schengen Visa, accordingly.

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Transfers

Getting from Bergen Airport Flesland to the city centre is easy on either the Airport Bus Flybussen or the City Light Rail (Bybanen in Norwegian), as well as by taxi.

With a Bergen card you travel for free or at a discount

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty - dramatic waterfalls, crystal-clear fjords, majestic mountains, captivating wilderness and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this unspoilt and beautiful landscape is key to encouraging people to visit. That is why Norway is constantly endeavouring to improve and increase its sustainability - a goal that also applies to the meetings industry. 

There are three major environmental agencies that certify the Norwegian meetings industry:

  • Eco-Lighthouse (Miljøfyrtårn)
  • Nordic Eco-Label - The Nordic Swan
  • ISO 14001

As many as 83.3 per cent of enterprises in the meeting industry in Bergen are eco-certified, and many of them serve organic or fair trade food.

Furthermore, it is a part of the strategy for VisitBergen to make sure that the city is attractive for everyone - residents and visitors are equally important. 

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Activities

Surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen is ideal for enjoying the wonders of nature.

The city’s mountains are the local people’s most popular recreation area. If you take the Fløibanen funicular or the Ulriken cable car, you can walk for hours on marked trails while enjoying panoramic views of the city and the region. Hiking on Bergen's mountains is possible all year round.

One of the most popular walking tours in Bergen is across the plateau from Ulriken to Fløyen. The trip 'Panoramic hike across Vidden from Ulriken to Fløyen' includes GPS with all necessary co-ordinates and tickets for both Ulriken643 and funicular. It is available from May - September and can be booked online.

If you prefer city walks, we suggest you join one of the many fascinating guided walking tours. To stroll through Bryggen’s narrow alleyways and overhanging galleries is to step back into the mists of time and a bygone era.

With Bergen as your base, you can also take part in many different activities, such as fjord and river rafting, scuba diving, kayaking, climbing, abseiling, mountain and glacier walks, cycling trips, fishing or golf.

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Team Building Events

Team building & Incentives
Bergen and the region can offer a wide range of activities from soft to extreme. Even though Bergen is a big city it still has a small town charm with its many wooden buildings and narrow streets by the waterfront, and the seven mountains surrounding the city. Together with the islands outside of Bergen and the fjords, the city and the region can give your meeting, incentive and team building trip a spectacular setting!

The goal of bringing a group of people together in an unusual, natural and spectacular setting is to achieve a better, stronger and more motivational team. We believe that you will find the wow factors here to give your group the motivation you are looking for.

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Three day programme

Welcome to Bergen – Gateway to the Fjords, a World Heritage City and European City of Culture!

Day 1

Upon arrival get to know Bergen and its history with a professional guide on foot, using a GPS, Segway or bicycle. 

City sightseeing and World Heritage Site, Bryggen
Bergen grew up around its colourful harbour. The hub of commerce, seafaring and craftsmanship, it became the north's largest city, Norway's first capital city and the seat of royalty. So important was Bergen by the 13th century that the Hanseatics - the German medieval guild of merchants - opened one of their four European offices on the wharf known as Bryggen.

Mountain high
Take lunch at one of Bergen's mountain top restaurants with a breathtaking view. At Mount Fløyen you can enjoy a spectacular view and have your lunch in the woods or by the lake. There is also a restaurant by the funicular station, Fløien Folkerestaurant, with a capacity of 250 people in one room or 400 people in the whole building. Mt Fløyen is a perfect base for activities such as hiking and team building. There is also a lake where activites such as canoeing, GPS hunting, biking or barbeques can be organised in a beautiful setting.

Alternative: Go to the top of the highest mountain of the seven surrounding Bergen - Mount Ulriken

Experience Bergen and the region at 643 m above sea level with a breathingtaking view by taking the cable car - Ulriksbanen. Enjoy a variety of activities from soft to extreme such as GPS tour, climbing, paragliding etc. Combine the trip with lunch or dinner at the restaurant Sky:Skraperen, which has a strong focus on locally produced food. 

For dinner we recommend a visit to one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants – Cornelius Seafood restaurant. Situated by the sea on a small island with spectacular views and inspired by the weather of the day, Cornelius serves its famous Meteorological Menu of exquisite seafood and trimmings, prepared using innovative culinary techniques and with genuine passion. Capacity for up to 350 people divided within six rooms. Transportation is via a scheduled boat or private charter. 

Day 2 - Fjord extravaganza

There are many organised sightseeing and fjord tours of varying lengths. Norway's most popular round trip Norway in a nutshell® starts and ends in Bergen and takes you through some of Norway's most beautiful fjord scenery. You can experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva (May-Sept). The trip runs daily all year. You can of course organise a tailor-made fjord trip as well.


Put some extra WOW factor in your programme with the following: 

* Discover magical white caves, venture deep on a memorable tour characterised by shifting moods and lights, colours, music, silence and darkness. Suitable for lunch for 20–200 people (open for groups only)
*Lunch at a private farm in the fjords or at a charming micro-brewery in the village of Flåm
* Take a rib boat through the fjords for a unique and up close experience

*Hire a helicopter

After a day in the fjords, you are probably ready for dinner at one of Bergen's restaurants and maybe a concert. As a European Capital of Culture, Bergen is a city of music, concerts, shows and festivals. You will always find something that suits your taste.

If you would like a custom-made night for your group for a gala dinner, reception or an informal dinner we have a wide variety of unique venues. Among these we can recommend the mountain top restaurants with spectacular views - Fløien Folkerestaurant (max 400 people) and Sky:Skraperen Restaurant (max 90 people), or Gallery Nygaten with its unique atmosphere (max 700 people), a dinner at the historic site of the former Hanseatic banqueting hall, Schøtstuene (max 100 people), or Norway's largest and oldest square-rigged sailing ship 'Statsraad Lehmkuhl' (max 360 people). 


Day 3 - European City of Culture & Edvard Grieg
Enjoy the last day with a late breakfast before check-out and heading to the airport. Halfway between the city centre and the airport is one stop you have to make before leaving the European city of culture.

World-famous composer Edvard Grieg's beautiful home at Troldhaugen is located only 17 minutes from the city centre, where you can enjoy a private concert in his own living room (max 40) or in the concert hall next door (max 180). There is also a museum and a restaurant.

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Testimonials

Tore A Larheim

19th International Congress of Dento-Maxillo-Facial Radiology

In 2013 we hosted an international congress with 450 delegates from 45 nations in Bergen. The intimacy of Bergen city itself is unique compared to other cities - everything is within walking distance. During the planning process we had exceptional co-operation with Bergen Convention Bureau, the Grieg Hall and our PCO, Congress Conference. The feedback after our congress has been fantastic!
Thank you for your help and great support!

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