Bergen is one of the old Viking towns of Norway and fascinating at any time of year. The old port of Bryggen is UNESCO World Heritage listed and a look into the past centuries of prosperous trading that Bergen has experienced, with colourful wooden trade guilds and old ships aplenty.
From the 24th of May to the 7th of June, Bergen city will declare a state of emergency as the city comes alive for the annual International Festival, showcasing art in all its guises.
With over 100, 000 visitors each year, the festival gives priority to new music and the premieres of productions, commissioning new and exciting work each year. Their aim is to challenge our perspectives and our understanding of art and to engage everybody, no matter their age.
The program features three categories of events, catering for all tastes:
Visit for a day or stay for the whole time - tickets are available online. There is a Festival Card available for purchase which will give you 40% off on tickets (purchased before 16 March, after this date it will be 30% off) as well as discounts at festival restaurants and reserved seats at free concerts.
Better yet, incorporate a trip to Bergen in a Bentours ready- or tailor-made itinerary of Norway. How about Norway in a Nutshell from Oslo to Bergen through fjords and snow-capped mountains? Or take a trip up the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten, calling in at the Bergen port.
Don't worry if you can't make it this year - the festival will be held from the 23rd of May to the 6th of June in 2018 and there is plenty of time for us to get planning your itinerary!