The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway.
The Bergen Region is a dynamic region of Norway and the Gateway to the Fjords – the most globally recognized trademark of this country full of natural wonders. The center of the region is Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, home to the acclaimed University of Bergen, thriving industries that include maritime, energy, subsea and fishing/aquaculture – a place to visit, work – and live.
Bergen is more than a destination – it is a way of life. City roots go back nearly 1,000 years – a city that was established just four years after what is known as the end of the Viking era. This history is evident in sights such as the 11th century city wharf that is listed on the World Heritage List.
Bergen opens the door to a virtual kingdom of fjords with spectacular vistas, living cultural landscapes and nature that have been formed by the relentless action of glaciers and water over millions of years. This provides the perfect backdrop to virtually unlimited recreational activities that include fishing trips, sailing, rafting, fjord safari and glacier walks. You also find activities ranging from the fine arts to lively football matches, one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras, concerts, theaters and a wide choice of festivals.
Taking Care of Business
In 2004, Time Magazine recognized Bergen as one of Europe´s best kept secrets, citing the region´s astounding success within aquaculture, saying “Bergen's transformation into a center of aquaculture is no surprise. The Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the second largest in Europe, traces its roots back 100 years.”
Bergen is the capital of the county of Hordaland – a county that produces 80% of the crude oil exported from Norway. Successful business thrives here, including one of the world´s leading subsea sectors well represented by the NCE (Norwegian Centres of Expertise) Subsea, a close cooperation between industry, research, education and governmental organizations and companies with more than 80 companies oil & gas industry. See the link NCE Subsea.
Shipping and the maritime network also strong here, with the Bergen harbor widely recognized as one of Europe´s largest. Tourism is important, and another Norwegian Centre of Expertise – NCE Tourism Fjord Norway is located here.
Bergen, the city where everyone is your host
You will be welcomed in Bergen – a favorite for congresses, conferences, seminars and events of all kinds. Bergen has a wide selection of accommodation, as well as excellent conference facilities for more than 3000 delegates. Excellent international and domestic flight connections, a compact centre - there are a wealth of reasons to have an event here. The Bergen Convention Bureau and its local and regional network can guarantee you a successful event.
At Your Service
The Bergen Convention Bureau is a part of Bergen Tourist Board and represents the whole industry, responsible for promoting Bergen as an international conference and congress city. Offering free and impartial advice and assistance, their services include helping find conference venues, planning social programs, co-ordinating inspection visits of Bergen for conference organizers – in short – helping with all aspects of the event as well as saving time and money. For more information, contact the Bergen Covention Bureau (Telephone: + 47 55552010, Website Information: convention@visitBergen.com and www.visitBergen.com)