The best places to live in Bergen

Bergen is nestled amidst a stunning landscape of fjords, mountains and islands. The city is surrounded by seven mountains which rise steeply from the sea, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty. The air in Bergen is crisp and fresh, and the smell of the sea permeates the city, lending a unique and invigorating atmosphere. Bergen is a charming city that is woven together by its distinctive layout and architecture.

The city centre is a bustling hub of activity, with narrow, winding streets lined with colourful wooden buildings and historical structures. Given its location sandwiched between the harbour and mountains and perched on the steep slopes of Mount Floyen, it's no surprise the city centre is so dense. The cobbled streets and alleys of the city centre invite exploration, leading visitors through picturesque neighbourhoods filled with charming cafés and shops. At the heart of the city is the historical harbour, surrounded by old wharves, now repurposed as shops, restaurants, and museums, lending a distinct maritime character to the city.

Outside the city centre, the streets give way to broad avenues and open spaces, dotted with parks and gardens. With its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and natural beauty, Bergen is a city of contrasts where old and new coexist in harmony.

City living in Bergen

Old townhouses in Bergen city centre


Bergen City Centre, known locally as Sentrum, is the heart of the city and a popular area for expats. This area offers a mix of historic and modern buildings, with a range of accommodation options such as apartments, townhouses and traditional wooden houses. The cost of accommodation in the city centre is relatively high compared to other areas in Bergen, but it offers a central location and many amenities. The area around the Lille Lungegardsvannet lake offers an urban lifestyle with a touch of nature, a surprising mix given its location in the city centre.


Another popular area for expats is Bryggen, located near Sentrum. This area is known for its historical wharf, which is a major tourist attraction. The buildings in Bryggen are historical wooden houses, some of which have been converted into museums, shops and restaurants.

Long-term accommodation in Bryggen is limited, though there are many bed-and-breakfasts and shorter-term accommodation options. Accommodation options in Bryggen are also relatively costly, but it offers a unique and picturesque living environment. The area has a lively nightlife, with numerous cocktail bars and gastro pubs. Skostredet is a nearby neighbourhood that may provide more accommodation options and access to the buzz in Bryggen.

Budget-friendly suburbs in Bergen

multi-coloured townhouses in Sandviken


This neighbourhood is located on a hill overlooking Bergen and offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding fjords. Sandviken is known for its charming, older homes and is a popular area for students and those who enjoy a more traditional way of life. There are plenty of parks and green spaces in the area, making it a great place for outdoor activities.


Although this district is located on the outskirts of the city, it is located near the Storavatnet bus terminal, providing residents a straight shot into the city centre. Laksevag was historically a hub of Bergen's industrial history, especially its shipbuilding and maritime-related industries, and this can still be seen in the layout of the area and some of its buildings' construction. It offers a range of apartments, townhouses and family homes and is known for its diverse mix of residents from different cultural backgrounds. Accommodation in Laksevag is quite affordable compared to other areas in Bergen, and it area has excellent access to nearby parks, mountains and the coast.


Lagunen, located on the outskirts of the city centre, is a popular area for expats who prefer a quieter and more suburban lifestyle. This area is known for its large shopping centre and numerous shops and boutiques, and it offers a range of accommodation options, mostly in the form of apartments and townhouses. Lagunen is located on the shore of Apeltunvatnet Lake and offers waterfront living as well as fishing and boating opportunities, and despite its distance from the city centre, it is well connected by bus and light rail.


Minde is a suburb located on the west side of Bergen and is known for its young and vibrant atmosphere and affordable housing. Popular among students and young professionals, Minde offers a range of apartments and townhouses. This rapidly developing area is also known for its modern architecture, new housing developments and green spaces and parks.

Family-friendly suburbs in Bergen

sunny alleyway in NordnesNordnes

Nordnes is a suburb located in the city centre of Bergen, near the harbour and the popular Fisketorget seafood market. It is known for its historical buildings and charming streets, and offers a mix of residential buildings from ranging from apartments to family houses. Nordnes is also home of the city's aquarium and the stunning Nordnes park. Nordnes has a vibrant atmosphere and is a popular area for families. The cost of accommodation in Nordnes is relatively high compared to other areas in Bergen, but the area's amenities and accessibility more than make up for it.


Fana is a suburb located on the east side of Bergen and is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent schools. It is located near several parks and nature reserves, offering residents easy access to the great outdoors. The suburb is also known for its sports clubs and facilities, making it a popular area for recreation. Fana has a strong community spirit and hosts the annual Fana Summer Festival, and the area has a rich history, with some buildings going back to the 17th and 18th centuries.


Fyllingsdalen is a suburb located on the west side of Bergen and is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and scenic beauty. It offers a relatively affordable cost of living compared to other areas in Bergen, and it provides easy access to the city centre and the nearby mountains. It has a thriving cultural scene, with various cultural attractions and museums. The neighbourhood is located near the university, making it a convenient place for students and staff.


Solheimsviken is an up-and-coming suburb located on the west side of Bergen, near the city centre. Once an industrial centre, it offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains and fjords. The neighbourhood has a mix of older and newer residential buildings, including converted apartments and single-family homes. Accommodation in Solheimsviken is relatively affordable compared to other areas in Bergen, and the suburb is well connected by public transportation, with easy access to the city centre.

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