“Take only memories,” the famous Chief Seattle quote begins. But chances are you’ll be wanting a bit more when you visit Bergen. Thankfully, Norway’s second largest city has a lot of options when it comes to gift and souvenir shopping. Below we’ve gathered the best.
Audhild Viken has several outposts in Norway – the Bergen one arguably being the most charming of all. An ideal spot for all your Norway themed souvenirs, at Audhild Viken you can take it one step further from the sweaters, the trolls and viking figurines (although they do have a nice selection, if that’s your thing) and choose something unique. How about a glass sculpture that captures the otherwise-elusive beauty of Aurora Borealis?
A sister-shop of Audhild Viken, Moose Shop is tiny (just 14 square meters) but packs a punch. Here, everything is dedicated to the king of the forest, the moose (or elg in Norwegian). From delicate figurines by designer brands such as Elgr to fun socks, underwear and key-chains, this is a shop that will bring a smile to your face, no matter how old you are.
In the heart of Bryggen, the iconic Hanseatic wharf that’s also a UNESCO world heritage site, you’ll find Bergen Steinsenter. In here you can find all kinds of precious and semi-precious stones, crystals, minerals, fossils, as well as raw materials for you to make your own jewelry. How about some thulitt, Norway’s national stone?
Hjertholm has a history that goes back even before 1936, when the shop in Torgallmenningen first opened. Three generations later, the three sisters who run it are still as committed to offering a selection of handmade ceramics and glassware from Scandinavian artisans. Here you will find anything from whimsical sculptures and deco objects to elegant jewelry and tableware.
If you’re looking for a traditional Norwegian sweater or a cosy coat, you should definitely stop by Bryggen Handel. Hand-knitted sweaters, eponymous outwear brands, as well as ornaments and gifts will make sure you won’t leave empty-handed. (Here you’ll also find the sweater of the ski team that caused some serious controversy earlier this year.)
If you’re not a big fan of traditional souvenirs, but love the inherent minimalism of Scandinavian design, then Ting is your thing (pun intended, as ting means thing in Norwegian). Here you’ll find anything from deco objects and accessories to furnishings and jewelry from cool brands from Scandinavia and beyond, like Alessi, Rosendahl and Design House Stockholm.
Is it Christmas time yet? Don’t look at the calendar: inside Julehuset the answer is always yes. Drøbak may be Santa Claus’ official hometown (in Norway, at least) but Bergen also knows a thing or two about Christmas spirit. At Julehuset you’ll find all kinds of Christmas decor regardless of the date – make sure to stock up on some julenisse, the Norwegian version of Santa figurines.