The gateway to the fjords
Bergen is Norway's second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living history in this modern city, before continuing on to explore the wildest and loveliest fjords of Norway.
On a Norwegian scale, Bergen is a large city, but one with a small-town charm and atmosphere. Its passionately patriotic inhabitants are proud of their many-sided city and its history and cultural traditions. Many are only happy to direct visitors to their favourite local attraction, coffee-shop or restaurant.
Around 10 percent of the population in Bergen are students, which adds a fresh and youthful mood to the city’s vibe. Alongside its offerings of museums, art galleries, cultural events and dining opportunities, as well as the possibilities offered by its accessible sea and mountains, this contributes to making it a lively and vibrant city.
Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has roots to the Viking Age and beyond. As one of the main offices of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was for several hundred years the centre of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. Bryggen, ("The Hanseatic Wharf") is the most obvious remnant from this time, and is today home to many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums.
Bergen is famous for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and one of Norway's biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, which is held there each year.
Haukeland University Hospital (Norwegian: Haukeland Universitetssykehus) is a hospital in Bergen, Norway, and one of the eleven institutions that make up Bergen Hospital Trust. Haukeland is one of the largest in Norway in terms of number of patients, and serves as the local hospital of Bergen, Midthordland and Nordhordland, the central hospital of Hordaland county, and the regional hospital of Hordaland, Rogaland and Sogn og Fjordane counties.
The general area of the hospital is about 200,000 square metres (2,200,000 sq ft) and the Central Block is about 125,000 square metres (1,350,000 sq ft). They have a co-operation with the University of Bergen, including the Gades Institute of Pathology. The Hospital is the greatest employer in Hordaland, in terms of number of employees. Haukeland is a national special hospital and resource center for burn injuries, air-pressure injuries (diving), cornea-protesises and treatment of intercranial tumors.
Bergen has an international airport with flights from many of the big capitals of Europe. The airport is approximatly 30 minutes from the city center by car, bus or lightrail. When you arrive at the airport, you will find the Bergen lightrail, the taxi queue and the airport shuttle bus outside.
We recommend usin the Bergen lightrail, as it is the is the cheapest and simplest transportation to the city center. It takes about 40 minutes into the city centre. You will receive more information about further transportation to the student housing when the exchage period is approaching.
For more information about the Bergen light rail from the airport, take a look at this website: https://www.skyss.no/en/
For information about the airport shuttle bus, take a look at this website:
The bus company, Skyss, provides the main tranportation in our city. You can visit their homepage if you need information on how to get from the city center to the hospital, a 10 minute drive. Visit: https://www.skyss.no/en/
The train station offers connections to Oslo, a 7 hour long train ride that crosses the countries mountains and fjords, and is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Visit: https://nsb.no/
- Mount Ulriken
- Edvard Greig museum
- Nordnes seawater pool
- Bergen aquarium
- VilVite: Bergen Science Centre
- Fish market in Bergen
- Magnus Barfot cinema
For more, visit this website: https://en.visitbergen.com/
Some of you will be requierd to take an tuberculosis test. If this concerns you the LEO/LORE in Bergen will help you when you arrive.