As well as serving as a gateway to some of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, it boasts charming colorful wooden houses, beautiful old streets, charming culinary offerings and a cozy feel. Bergen is also home to one of the most unique winter attractions in the world: a huge village made of gingerbread cookies..
Many cities in Central and Northern Europe celebrate Christmas with outdoor markets where you can find all kinds of holiday lanterns and local food to try. But only in Bergen will you find a village made of gingerbread, a tradition that began in 1991. In the city center, on the old square Sentralbadet, you can visit Pepperkakebyen village, with its miniature houses, buildings, cars, ships and trains. Everything is made from gingerbread cookies baked in the most creative and unusual shapes. The structure holds together with other sweet things, from candy canes to powdered sugar. The village is a huge hit in Bergen and local schools, companies and residents are working together on the delicate task of collecting all the pieces of this small town. The results are sweet and fleeting and can only be admired from mid-November to New Year’s Eve.
Norwegian holiday delicacies
A trip to Bergen in December gives you the opportunity to try some of the traditional Norwegian Christmas food. More than half of the locals serve a dish called rib in their homes during the holidays. It is made from roasted pork belly and is served with sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, sausages, meatballs and sauce. On the west coast of the country where Bergen is located, pinned is a popular dish. It is made from lamb or lamb ribs, which are also salted, dried and sometimes smoked. The meat is traditionally steamed over a layer of birch twigs. Hence the name of the dish, which literally translates Meat Glue.
If you are in Norway, fish is always an essential part of the holiday diet. Lutefisk is dried fish it is soaked in water and lye, an old technique used to protect fish. Served with potatoes, bacon, pea puree and mustard.
Moving on to dessert, Norwegian biscuits are the real star of the show here. Tradition dictates that there must be seven different types of home-baked biscuits, known as smoker. They are the most valued peppercake,, gingerbread. Multekrem is another popular dessert and is made from blueberries, whipped cream and sugar.
Drinks are also an important part of the festivities. Aquavit is the traditional choice for accompanying Christmas dinner, and also NOrway’s national drink. With a significant alcohol content, this potato-based drink is mixed with herbs such as anise, cumin and dill. Mulled wine called gløgg,, also rejoices and can be served with syrup, almonds and raisins added to the taste of the drinker.
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Where to eat in Bergen
Lysverket is a restaurant housed in a former museum in the 1930s overlooking Byparken Park. Spacious and elegant, it has a large bar and becomes a club on weekends. It has a short menu of original, modern dishes based on local ingredients. At Hanne på Høyde, they emphasize local and organic products to show the world the culinary traditions of Norway. The restaurant is also decorated in a traditional Norwegian style.
If you want to drink, the intimate decor in Victoria Café & Pubit gives you the feeling that you are in someone’s home, not in a bar. Inspiring novel located in Bergen. In the evening there are events from football matches to philosophical discussions to DJ sets.
Hav Fersk Fisk & Skalldyr is very traditional seafood restaurant with a lively atmosphere and especially good fish and chips. It is located in the heart of many of Bergen’s main tourist attractions, including Fisketorget, the local fish market. But you can find the most delicious fish pies in Meeting Hagelin. The recipe used today is the same as this one The Hagelin sisters used it when they started selling their homemade food in 1929. They also serve delicious stews, burgers and fajitas, all made from fish.
Gingerbread cookies invade the city during the holidays.
You should enjoy your meal in one of the many restaurants in the city. They offer very tasty dishes and combine traditional food with modern cuisine.
Take the Fløibanen cable car to the top of the Fløyen mountain to enjoy some of the best views of the city.
Christmas in Bergen: Beyond gastronomy
Bergen offers visitors many options to choose from and explore. The main attraction, no doubt, is Briggen, with its wooden buildings built during the Hanseatic period. The color zone is declared for UNESCO World Heritage Site. Behind this you can get lost in a maze of small streets, which are ceramic workshops, jewelers and shops selling fabrics and leather, all handmade. Here you will also find the fish market and you will have access to Fløibanen a cable car that you can take to the top of the Fløyen mountain to enjoy some of the best views of the city. As for museums, Code has a collection of paintings by Edward Munch, and home of composer Edward Grieg also worth a visit.
The surroundings of Bergen are where you will find some of the most spectacular fjords and landscapes in Norway. Norway in brief® gives you the chance to discover them on a nine-hour train journey from Bergen to Vos, which takes you through more than 60 miles of wild mountain scenery, to the Nærøyfjord fjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the breathtaking Flåm railway line. This fantastic journey gives you panoramic views of some of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes, including the famous Kjosfossen waterfall.
More info: Visit Norway.
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