Disclosure- We visited the Bergen Fish Market while on an all-expense paid trip to Norway. I received no financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and honest.
Norway is an immeasurably beautiful country. I myself was taken aback by it, with it’s fjords, waterways, and majestic views literally everywhere you turned. With so much of the country being located on or near the water, Norwegians have long made a living from it, as well as it’s good and trades. In that vein is the Bergen Fish Market, a must see for anyone who visits the area.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, Oslo being the largest. Located off the North Sea and flanked by islands, Bergen is a mountainous city that is also quite easy to get around. Located in the heart of it all is the fish market. Across the street you will find many tourist attractions, such as the famed Fløibanen Funicular and also the remaining buildings from the old harbor of Bryggen, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the “only preserved business district from the Hanseatic period” (quote from VisitNorway). After you visit the fish market, head over, it’s worth a visit (and it’s a fun shopping and dining area as well).
The Bergen Fish Market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, have lunch or dinner (some of the freshest possible food around, which is saying something), or just people watch. Make a pass of the entire market before you choose your wares and meal- or you will end up with plenty, there is just too much to choose from, and it all looks good.
If you are a seafood lover or are traveling with one, this will be a paradise. Choose crab, salmon (something Norway is famous for) served a million ways, or just buy some to bring back and cook however you like, caviars by the jar or tube- yes, tube- prawns….and don’t forget the whale meat. Minke whaling is legal in Norway, and they are not endangered or threatened, so why not while you are in the land of seafood sample some? If you like, you can bring home some in “sausage” form as well. You can also choose bear, reindeer, or several other varieties- choosing will be difficult.
Try both the seafood soup and stew while you are there- they were my son’s favorite foods the the entire time we were in the country, and the price was right as well. The fish cakes were delightful as well. Take your time as you move through the market- like the food within, some experiences are meant to be savored.