Welcome to BERGEN

Bergen is situated on the west coast of Norway, and is with its 250,000 inhabitants the second largest city in Norway. Bergen is regarded as an international congress city, with several major conferences every year. This is understandable when you realise how easily accessible and attractive Bergen is.

What has made Bergen known around the world is its charm and atmosphere. It really has to be experienced! Bergen is definitely worth exploring. Just to browse around the old streets and alleyways is an experience. Here, people have lived and worked for centuries. Small wooden houses lie higgledy-piggledy, cobblestone stairways climb steeply, and a love of flowers spills over everything. Choose between the huge varieties of sightseeing offers, which will take you around the city and to the many attractions, by foot, bus, sightseeing-train or boat.

Conference and meeting facilities

As a conference organizer in Bergen you may rest assured that all your requests will be dealt with in a professional and courteous manner, right down to the smallest detail. With our expertise and broad experience in planning and organizing conferences, Bergen Convention Bureau and local PCO's can guarantee you a successful event. Bergen has a wide selection of accommodation, as well as excellent conference facilities for up to 2,100 delegates. The city also hosts a variety of trade shows and exhibitions.

Overnight accommodation

Bergen is ideal for events for up to 2,100 participants and has 33 hotels with 8,000 beds and every conference facility that one could wish for. Reservations can be done through www.visitBergen.com or at the Tourist Information.

Places to visit & entertainment

The added attraction for conference organizers is the wide selection of activities and excursions that both Bergen and its surroundings offer.
Bergenís location, surrounded by seven mountains, makes it strikingly attractive and provides an element of intimacy. Bergen is also surrounded by one of the worldís greatest tourist attractions, the Norwegian fjords. The city is the gateway to these natural masterpieces and therefore a natural starting point for exploring this exciting landscape.
Bergen hosts a wide variety of activities ranging from the fine arts to lively football matches at the Brann stadium. We have one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, a professional ballet company, an exciting jazz and blues scene, repertory theatres, imaginative revues, and a wide choice of festivals.

Social events go hand-in-hand with congresses and no matter what your hearth desires Bergen can provide it. Whether you want to take a historical city walk, visit the beautiful Norwegian fjords, enjoy golf, visit the home of Edward Grieg, or partake in a huge variety of different and exciting activities, Bergen can provide you with the opportunity.
Tours that Bergen offers: http://booking.visitbergen.com/Public/Search/ActivitySearch.aspx?culture=en

Shopping opportunites

- In Bergen you will always find a good bargain!

Bergen has always been a town of traders. For our guests, this means that they will find a variety of tempting shops Ė ranging from small specialist shops to large departmental stores. Many visitors have remarked that they find more specialist shops here than in other Norwegian cities. Our shopping centres compare very favourably as regards choice and pleasant surroundings. Thursday is a good day for shopping, with extended opening hours.

Airport in Bergen

Bergen is easy to get to, from the rest of Norway and from abroad. Thanks to direct flights from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Helsinki, Amsterdam and London, you only need to change planes once to reach Bergen from far-away destinations. Low-fare airlines also operate direct flights to Bergen from international airports (Paris, Hamburg, Newcastle, Prague, London and more).

We can help you!

The The Bergen Convention Bureau is a part of Bergen Tourist Board and represents the whole industry. We are responsible for promoting Bergen as an international conference and congress city. We offer free, unconditional advice and assistance to anyone considering organizing meetings, conferences or congresses in Bergen. Our services include:

> Recommending suitable conference venues,
> Providing comprehensive information about hotels and meetings venues, including quotations,
> Assistance in planning social programs, excursions and guided tours,
> Coordinating inspection visits of Bergen for conference organizers,
> Free presentation material,
> Presenting a bid to decision-makers,
> Introducing professional congress organizers (PCO's)

We can help you avoid the pitfalls. Why not contact us and save yourself a lot of time and money!

Contact information

Bergen Convention Bureau
P.O. Box 4055 Dreggen, N-5835 Bergen
Phone: + 47 55 55 20 10
Fax: +47 55 55 20 11
E-mail: convention@visitBergen.com