Is the Mostraumen Fjord Tour from Bergen Worth It? (2024)

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If you’re traveling to Bergen and are looking for a nice introduction to the fjords, look no further than this Mostraumen fjord tour!

This guide details how to book a Mostraumen fjord cruise, what to expect on board, and a few other travel tips that I think will help you prepare for your journey!

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🇳🇴  Top Activities and Tours in Bergen:

  1. Osterfjord, Mostraumen, and waterfall tour (reviewed below – loved this!)
  2. Full-day cruise through the Sognefjord (includes Flåm)
  3. Sognefjord self-guided tour from Bergen (great DIY option!)

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  1. Scandic Ørnen (4-star with all basic amenities)
  2. Zander K Hotel (4-star gorgeous hotel)
  3. Hotel Norge by Scandic (5-star luxury)

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I also touch a bit on whether or not I think this tour is worth your money (spoiler alert: I think it is!) and how to make the most of it.

The fantastic Bergen tour heads through the Osterfjord before sailing onward to Mostraumen, where you’ll have a chance to see a waterfall called Bergsåafossen before sailing back to Bergen’s Harbor.

Mostraumen fjord tour from Bergen - Village of Mo
Mostraumen fjord tour from Bergen – Village of Mo

If you have any questions about booking a fjord tour to Mostraumen from Bergen, let me know in the comments. I am happy to help out!

📝 UPDATED FOR 2024: I took this tour in September 2022, but I have given the guide an update to make sure it is relevant and useful in 2024. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Where is Mostraumen?

So, what and where is Mostraumen? Mostraumen is a strait (more or less) off the Osterfjord (a 16.7-mile or 27-kilometer boat ride) going toward the village of Mo.

The area is not far from Bergen by boat but offers a glimpse into some of the regional fjords for a pretty cheap price (and is one of the best things to do in Bergen, in my opinion).

BOOK HERE: Mostraumen fjord cruise from Bergen

Along Mostraumen and the Osterfjord, you will see a few waterfalls, colorful Norwegian homes, picturesque churches (including Mokyrkje), and more.

But really, it is all about the scenery, the breathable Norwegian air, and just seeing the gorgeous landscapes from a boat!

A random waterfall from the boat
A random waterfall from the boat

Why You Should Take a Mostraumen Fjord Cruise

As mentioned above, I think this tour is a fantastic introduction to Norway’s fjord country! It is one of the cheaper excursions from Bergen, is merely 3-3.5 hours, and won’t take up a large part of your day!

If you’re reading this, you already know that Bergen is rainy, and you will have plenty of opportunities to chill out in cafes and visit museums while exploring Norway’s second-largest city.

Bryggen from the boat
Bryggen from the boat

This tour runs every day, regardless of the weather, and will give you a chance to escape things a bit and take to a boat.

The boat never really gets out on super-open waters, so the fjords tend to stay relatively calm unless there is a large storm rolling through.

There is a large indoor area where you can relax in the warmth, or you can stand outside. On the outer decks, there is a lot of cover, so even if it is raining, you will get a chance to take in the fresh air!

The boat you'll be on has indoor and outdoor options
The boat you’ll be on has indoor and outdoor options

I highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Bergen who has more than one day in the city!

Mostraumen Fjord Tour Details

How to Book the Mostraumen Fjord Cruise

I booked my Mostraumen tour through GetYourGuide.

I have had exceptional service with them, and I knew that if something went wrong or I had issues, I could work with their customer service to get them resolved quickly.

It is also so easy to book all of your Bergen tours through them and in one place. They will send you a voucher with a QR code for check-in. Super simple!


2024 Tour Timetable and Dates

This Bergen fjord tour runs most of the year but has different times depending on when you’re taking it. It also runs multiple hours of the day during certain months.

You can see the 2024 times and seasonal changes here: 

  • January: Daily 10am
  • February-March: Daily at 10am, Saturdays and Sundays also at 2pm, and from March 23-31 at both 10am and 2pm
  • April: Daily at 10am, Friday-Sunday also at 2pm
  • May-October: Daily at 10am and 2pm (no departures on May 17)
  • December: Daily at 10am (no departures December 24 and 25)
Sailing along on the Osterfjord boat tour
Sailing along on the Osterfjord boat tour

While it may be obvious to some, please note that daylight in the summer goes far longer than in the Bergen winters!

Meeting Point

This tour meets at Zachariasbryggen (on the left side if you’re facing it from land!) on the boat in the photo.

This is your meeting point for the Mostraumen tour
This is your meeting point for the Mostraumen tour

I recommend arriving 30 minutes early, and you will already see a line formed behind the building for those waiting to get on the boat.

Bergen Card Discount

If you have a Bergen Card, you will get a 20% discount when booking the tour directly! You can pick up the city card as well as book the tour at the Bergen Tourist Information Center, right by the Fish Market at the harbor.

The Bergen Card is mostly worth it if you’re looking to visit a lot of museums on your trip. I find that otherwise, it may not be a valuable purchase (just my opinion).

The sun popped out for a few minutes of the trip!
The sun popped out for a few minutes of the trip!

Tour Highlights

On this tour, you will sail 16.7 miles (27 kilometers) down the Osterfjord before arriving at Mostraumen (strait). This is a shallow and narrow area where you will slow down and be rather close to the cliffs! It is really beautiful.

You will then come to the village of Mo (Modalen), where you will stop and pull up to a waterfall called Bergsåafossen.

BOOK HERE: Osterfjord + Mostraumen boat trip

When I was there, the waterfall was not super powerful as a result of many days of sun (not sure which Bergen I was visiting, but I was in no way complaining!), but it still had a flow!

You will then turn around and sail back the same way you came.

Beautiful churches along the boat ride
Beautiful churches along the boat ride

Food on Board

You can buy coffee, water, snacks, and some small meals on board.

It was only a three-hour journey, so I bought a coffee and drank it outside on our way back. The ship takes credit cards.

The selection of food they had on-board
The selection of food they had on-board

If you do not want to bring anything on board and will wait until the trip is done, there are plenty of good restaurants around the harbor to eat at once you get off the boat!

Is this Fjord Tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes, this Bergen tour is wheelchair-accessible. There will be a ramp to get onto the boat, and there is plenty of seating inside and outside.

Bathrooms on board
Bathrooms on board

There are also wheelchair-accessible bathrooms on board.

What to Wear and Pack

To be honest, dress warmly! Even in the summer months.

It was sunny and ‘warm’ when I was in Bergen (except for the three hours of this tour, which gifted me with clouds and fog most of the boat trip!) and I was still pretty cold on this Mostraumen boat cruise!

Layers are the key to keeping your body temperature regulated in Bergen.

How people on my tour dressed (I dressed poorly).
How people on my tour dressed (I dressed poorly).

If you experience seasickness, be sure to bring some sea bands or Dramamine with you. However, the fjords generally stay rather calm, as they are sheltered by land most of the way.

You will sail through a bit of open water once you pass Sandviken, where the sea opens up a bit. Eventually, you will end up back inside the narrower fjords.

Be sure to also bring your booking voucher or ticket with you!

My Thoughts from the Bergen Mostraumen Fjord Cruise

I think this tour is such a fantastically run one and everyone on my boat was extremely impressed and surprised.

On my Mostraumen fjord tour
On my Mostraumen fjord tour

I have seen many of the more dramatic fjords in Norway, and while this is not going to be like some of them (many are too far from Bergen for a day trip), this was still gorgeous and impressive to me! It is also one of Bergen’s more affordable day trips and it won’t take up a huge part of your day, which is super nice!

If you have more than just one day in Bergen, I truly believe you should take this tour!

Do you have any questions about the Mostraumen Fjord Tour? Let us know your questions (or any information I missed!) in the comments below. Thanks!

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