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Experience Christmas in Bergen

The next best thing to spending the holidays at home with your loved ones is slowly getting into the Christmas spirit. This holiday, experience the magic of Christmas with your own eyes in Bergen.

With the world’s largest gingerbread town, a magical Christmas market, the lively life at UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen, not to mention the colourful buildings, and breath-taking surroundings, the city between the seven mountains is the perfect escape for your next Christmas adventure.

First Hotel Marin is located at Bryggen and is the perfect starting point for experiencing what Christmas in Bergen has to offer. Just a short walk from the hotel, you’ll find the Gingerbread Town, Christmas market, the city's aquarium Akvariet, Fløibanen Funicular and so much more.

To make your escape even sweeter, we’re giving you an early Christmas present: 15 % discount on all rooms! 
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Gingerbread town Bergen

See the world's largest gingerbread town

Gingerbread equals Christmas. With 2000 gingerbread creations, more than 600 kilos gingerbread and 100 000 visitors, the world’s largest Gingerbread Town (Pepperkakebyen) in Bergen will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit. Every year since the tradition began in 1991, the entire city unites to create the miniature, sugar-coated version of Bergen. And completely in the spirit of Christmas and Pepperkakebyen, all profits go to charitable organisations. 

Pepperkakebyen opens its doors from 17 November to 31 December 2018.
Children under 12 years and everyone who has contributed with a gingerbread house have free admission.
Youth (12-18 years) and students: 80 NOK
Adults: 100 NOK

Photo: Bergen Tourist Board/Kristoffer B. Fürstenberg

Christmas in Bergen

Discover the magical Christmas market

Bergen Christmas Market is opening its doors for the second time this year. Enter the magical atmosphere of Christmas in Bergen, where you can get familiar with the local customs, taste locally produced (Christmas) food, as well as traditional food from across the country. You'll also find special and unique Christmas presents. With more than 60 stalls in addition to many activities, there's something for all ages. Don't skip visiting “Juletorget”, where you’ll find 12 local stalls every day. 

The Christmas Market is open every day from 29 November to 22 December from 10:00 – 21:00. Free admission.

Advent Fløyen

Enjoy spectacular views from Mount Fløyen

In the heart of Bergen, only 1 minute from Bryggen and First Hotel Marin, you’ll find the iconic Fløibanen Funicular, one of Norway’s most famous attractions. Jump on and experience one of the crown jewels of Bergen, Mount Fløyen. Here, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the city (and if you’re lucky, you’ll experience a true winter wonderland).

Are you feeling extra adventurous? Walk or hike up the mountain, and reward yourself with a delicious, crisp waffle with brunost and rømme (caramelised sheep’s cheese and sour cream, a Norwegian delicacy).

If you're lucky enough to visit, while the city is snow-dusted, then you can bring or rent sledges and ride down the long, curvy hill. We promise it’s an experience of a lifetime.   

Every Sunday during Christmas, you can watch the advent candles get lightened, one-by-one. On all days ( Sundays included), you can relax in Fløistuen Café, enjoy festive Christmas music, Christmas theatre, and other fun activities. 

Photo: Bergen Tourist Board/Gjertrud Coutinho  

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Stay at First Hotel Marin

If you want to stay in the heart of Bergen, close to all the activities and attractions, we recommend staying at First Hotel Marin. The hotel is located at Bryggen, a UNESCO world heritage site, with the famous colourful buildings as its closest neighbours.

Get your early Christmas present today: Save 15 % on all rooms! That leaves you with extra money to spend on all the fun!