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Yes. The minimum drinking age on all tours is 18 years old. A valid ID must be presented before alcohol is consumed. For guests under the age of 18 or for those who do not wish to consume alcohol, non-alcoholic substitutions will be made.
To reduce our environmental impact, Bergen Food Tours does not provide bottles of water on the tours. Instead, guests are encouraged to bring a reusable bottle. If guests run out of water, any of our stops will happily provide refills!
Guests will also be provided with glasses of water at the majority of the stops, and there are a number of beverage tastings during our experiences.
The walking tours require a certain level of physical stamina. Tours generally last approximately 3 hours and covers 1.8km of ground, and some stairs. Guests can expect to be walking or standing for a majority of the time. There will be at least 4 seating opportunities throughout our experiences that will last approximately 60 minutes.
No, Bergen Food Tours and Experiences do not finish at the same location as the meeting point. All experiences end in Bergen Sentrum within walking distance to hotels, Bryggen, and other local attractions. The exact starting point and ending point of each tour will be provided once tickets are purchased. The events all end within a few blocks of the starting point. Your guide will be happy to assist with directions at the end of the event.
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of unpleasant weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Bergen is known for rain! Therefore we suggest you should dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and bring an umbrella! Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing.
Absolutely! We welcome solo travellers and couples on our Bergen Classic and Bergen Street Art Tours! We love sharing our city and food culture with new friends and will run our food tours with 1 or more guests. Please be aware that our tours typically sell out so you can expect to share the experience with other like-minded travellers or informative locals.
If you wish to book a private experience for your group, please contact us or call +47 960 44 892.
We CAN provide substitutions for gluten intolerance and those who do not drink alcohol, but we CANNOT provide substitutions for those who do not eat seafood, dairy-free or any other allergies or dietary preferences. Allergies and preferences must be indicated in advance at the time of ticket purchase. Please notify us of any serious allergies so we can tell you which food(s) to avoid.
We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, conventions, festivals, grand openings and more).
Yes! We participate in a local craft beer or Aquavit tastings on The Bergen Classic.
Absolutely! While we can guarantee you will see and visit many top Bergen attractions and historical sites during our experiences, we understand discovering a city on your own is crucial. In fact, we insist!
We had your inner explorer in mind when creating our 3-hour morning, afternoon, and evening tours and events. We wanted to ensure our experiences were compatible with all schedules! With our recommendations and tips in hand, you will be well equipped to explore the areas of Bergen before or after joining our tours.
You can be assured that you won’t miss any of the main attractions or historical sites by joining our food and drink tour experiences!
If you cannot find a tour departure time that fits your schedule, please feel free to send us a Private Group Tour Request or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your available times. We want to help make the most of your time here in Bergen, and will try our best to arrange a food tour experience to fit your schedule.
Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. The Bergen Classic and Bergen Street Art Tour, typically sell out quickly. To maximise your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or PayPal from our website or by calling +47 960 44 892. Cash and/or walk-up traffic on the day of the tours are not accepted.
We ask that you pay in advance, so you can forget about money and exchange rates on the day of your tour. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Bergen! Bergen locals often participate to learn about the neighbourhoods where they live and take advantage of knowing the best speciality food store locations, local restaurants, and hidden gems. Consider reviewing our Bergen Food & Dining Blog to learn more about the restaurant and dining scene here in Bergen.
Yes – All guests must purchase a ticket whether they plan to partake in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour for any reason(s). The ticket fees help cover the costs of all the food and drink tastings and also to pay for your tour guide(s) wages, whom are offering valuable commentary on historical, cultural, and restaurant information during our neighborhood food experiences.
We do not offer a wait list at this time. If a date and time is sold out, please email email@example.com to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.
We also have Private Group and Custom Tour options available which allow more flexibility with date and time availabilities, please see our Private Group Experience page for more details.
***Updated 13/03/20: New flexible booking policy in effect for purchases made between 13/03/20 – 30/04/20.*** >>
All tickets purchased between March 13 and April 30, 2020 for any future date is changeable and transferrable for free without any expiry or penalty.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the event. Our events often sell out. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location, on time. The events commence promptly.
If you’re running late, please call us at +47 960 44 892 to find out where to meet your guide and group if they have already left the first stop. As of right now we only offer each tour once per day, so it is not possible to join a later tour. Refunds will not be given for any portion of the tour missed due to lateness.
While we do offer discounts for children at this time, we do not offer discounts for seniors, they are still welcomed to join our tours!
If you are bringing an infant or very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets in the Notes section. This will allow us to plan the pace of the tour accordingly.
We do offer all of our food experiences all year-around. This ensures every visit, event, or gathering can taste the best food and drink Bergen has to offer! We want everyone to have the opportunity to dive deep in Bergen’s fascinating food history and culture! Just check the tour calendar when booking to find a time that suits your needs.
Our food tours include 6 tasting locations including a variety of styles of restaurants, artisan shops, and local hot spots. The Bergen Classic offers a variety of bite-size tastings and drinks such as a wide selection of traditionally smoked seafood (minimum of 5 types), decadent dessert, iconic Bergen Fish Soup, reindeer sausage, a traditional potato and fish dish, and a local craft beer or Aquavit tasting.
Each Food Tour and experience starts at a different location depending on the tour route. All experiences start in Bergen Sentrum within walking distance to Bryggen, most hotels, and popular attractions. The exact start location for each experience will be provided following ticket purchase. To find the closest tour starting point,
Yes, Bergen Food Tour Gift Certificates are available for all tours and experiences offered. To purchase or learn more about our Gift Certificates, please call +47 960 44 892 or click on our Gift Certificates page.
Tours generally last 3 hours depending on the tour route, and guests can expect to be standing or walking for some of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least four sit-down locations on each food tour for at least 60 minutes resting time.
The Bergen Classic is a relaxed pace tour that is suitable for all fitness levels.
The Bergen Street Art Tour is a 2 hour moderate walking experience. Guests can expect to be standing or walking for all of the time.
We CAN provide substitutions for gluten intolerance, meat and those who do not drink alcohol, but we CANNOT provide substitutions for those who do not eat fish or any other allergies or dietary preferences. Allergies and preferences must be indicated in the Notes section when purchasing your ticket. You can also email us if you have any questions.
Please notify us of any serious allergies so we can tell you which food(s) to avoid.
Baby strollers are permitted and wheelchairs are not recommended. Some of the locations we visit on our tour has stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.
We CAN provide substitutions for gluten intolerance and those who do not drink alcohol on the Bergen Classic. We CANNOT provide vegan substitutions or accommodate serious allergies or dietary restrictions at this time.
If you would like a gluten-free option or non-alcoholic option, please indicate this in the Notes sections at the time of ticket purchase. If you have a specific type of dietary restriction and would still like to join the tours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*We’re currently working on having vegetarian substitutions available and hope to have all stops confirmed by our May 2019 launch.
Bergen Food Tours does not include gratuities in the cost of the tours.
If you had a great time, gratuities are accepted by our tour guides, although not mandatory.
We highly recommend taking our food tours at the beginning of your visit. This way you will have plenty of time to revisit your favourite food tasting locations and explore Bergen’s hidden gems. Since our tours usually sell out rather quickly, there is not one day that works better than another.
We ask that you please refrain from shopping during the experience, so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule. We ask you to take note and return to your favourite locations after the tour has concluded. The experiences are planned to arrive at each tasting location within a certain time frame. Therefore, it is important to stay on schedule, so the food is freshly prepared when we arrive.
Food is provided by organic eateries, local market vendors, specialty food shops, and local restaurants. For a better idea of what types of eateries we will visit, a list of the food tasting locations can be found on the Bergen Classic.
Please note, we like to keep things fresh and may change the eateries we visit from time-to-time. But you can be rest assured they will be great and popular amongst the locals!
All of our food tours offer a drink tasting included in the tour. Additionally, water is provided throughout all of our tours.
Yes! We offer non-alcoholic options on The Bergen Classic. Please let us know when booking your tour if you or someone in your group would like non-alcoholic options.
Currently, we do not participate in wine tastings on any of our food tasting and cultural walking tours.
We do however participate in local craft beer or Aquavit tastings during The Bergen Classic .
You will taste foods and beverages that Bergen is most famous for, and some that are just downright delicious! For specific details on what is sampled, visit our event-specific pages: Bergen Classic.
Please know that we like to keep things fresh and may change the eateries we visit on our food tours. You can be rest assured that they we will be great and popular amongst the locals!
There is minimal content and location overlap across the tours and events. All tastings are unique to each tour. Many guests enjoy attending more than one adventure during their stay in Bergen!
Children are welcome on most of the tours, but please keep in mind that some children have a limited attention span and therefore a 3 hour tour or event may not be appropriate for them. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of walking/standing, please consider if this is appropriate for your child before booking.
Yes, there is public parking located near the meeting point of The Bergen Classic and Bergen Street Art Tour. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s) with location, pricing, and hours.
Please contact us through email email@example.com or phone + 47 960 44 892 to receive detailed arrival instructions to the meeting point location.
We recommend that you eat a light meal before joining us for the Bergen Classic. The amount of food provided on the tours is significant enough that many people delay or skip lunch afterwards, or will opt for a later dinner depending on the tour time.
The maximum number of guests depends on the tour. Our Bergen Classic and Bergen Street Art Tour take a maximum of eight guests per tour. We have chosen this number to make our tours as personable as possible. We want our guests to feel as though they are being shown around Bergen by a friend rather than a tour guide. We welcome questions and personal stories and we feel this would be lost in larger group settings.
Bergen Food Tours Private Experiences are available for all tours offered for larger groups. To set up or learn more, please visit our Private Group Tours page and email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +47 960 44 892. A member of Bergen Food Tours staff will respond within 24 hours.
Absolutely not! While tasting locally made foods and beverages you will learn about Bergen’s distinctive gastronomy and culture. We will also meet the storied characters and vendors that bring life to Bergen! Soak up the vibrant food history and discover hidden gems that even locals don’t know about!
Please consider reading Bergen Food Tours reviews from previous customers on Yelp, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and TripAdvisor to learn more of their experiences! Lastly, feel free to read our Bergen Food and Dining Blog that provides an insiders view into Bergen’s evolving food scene.
Yes, bathrooms are available during all experiences at selected food and drink locations.
Cameras and smartphones are most certainly permitted and photos are absolutely encouraged!