Bergen Weather April Averages, Norway
What's the Weather like in Bergen in April
Spring starts to come to Bergen in late April as average temperatures climb to 6°C for the month. The daytime average is 9°C and nights cool down to 3°C. The coldest temperature ever recorded in April was -5. 5°C.
The average rainfall for Bergen really drops in April, though it's still what most people would consider a lot of rain. The monthly average is 150mm over 18 days of rainfall. The chances of precipitation in April average 43% and drops throughout the month.
Bergen averages six hours of sunshine in April. The days continue to increase in length and are 15 hours 58 minutes long by the end of the month. The skies are still very cloudy though, with a 62% chance of mostly cloudy or overcast skies.
The average relative humidity in Bergen in April ranges from 71%-74%. As far as humidity goes, the air is very comfortable, though it tends to feel colder than it really is.
The average wind speed in Bergen drops as April progresses, from 3.9 m/s to 3.3 m/s. Southerly winds still dominate but northerly winds start to move in and will continue to do so going into summer.
The average temperature in the North Sea surrounding Bergen is a cold 6°C throughout April, slowly climbing into May.
Bergen never really gets very warm, and even though it's going into springtime, April still calls for winter clothing. You'll want to dress in layers and ensure that you stay dry. It rains for over half the month and so a light coat won't be appropriate you'll need some heavy raingear and footwear. You should also bring an umbrella if you can pack it, though you can easily find them in Bergen.
Norwegians tend to dress in a smart-casual style, always looking sharp when they go out. For a better idea of what the weather will be like, check the Bergen extended forecast as you are preparing for your trip.
Bergen Hotels in April
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret
The Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret is a modern four-star hotel at the mouth of Bergen Harbor, in historic Bryggen wharf. This award-winning hotel is set in an old neoclassic-style building and features rooms for one to four guests. All rooms are decorated with elegant contemporary furnishings, flatscreen TVs, desks, and modern bathrooms. Upgraded rooms include balconies and sitting areas. Other hotel amenities include a complimentary breakfast and light evening snacks, gym, sauna, and a lobby bar. Bryggen Street is right out the front door, where you'll find a number of great restaurants and nightlife.
Thon Hotel Orion
The modest Thon Hotel Orion is a three-star accommodation near Bryggen wharf, offering spectacular views of the harbor. The 219 rooms are decorated with warm, cozy furnishings, wooden floors, smart TVs, and bright modern bathrooms. Suites are also available. Your rooms will not only include a complimentary breakfast buffet, but also a free evening meal & light snacks. Thon Hotel Orion also has a small gym, offers free WiFi, and features an 11th-floor lounge where you can relax with a cup of coffee and take in the views. The harbor and Bergenhus Fortress are only a few minutes' walk away.
Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg
The four-star Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg makes a great option if you're doing a stopover near the Bergen Airport. This recently refurbished hotel features 223 rooms for singles, couples, and families. All rooms have chic modern furnishings, comfortable bedding, floor-to-ceiling windows, minifridges, and contemporary bathrooms. All guests will be treated to a complimentary breakfast buffet and also have access to the gym, business center, airport shuttles, and parking. Enjoy a meal or two and a great cocktail in their Brasserie X restaurant and Bar X lounge. Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg is 15 minutes from Bergen's city center.
Scandic Kokstad is a simple yet comfortable three-star hotel near the Bergen Airport, 25 minutes from the city center. The hotel features a number of rooms decorated in modern minimalistic Scandinavian furnishings, including family rooms and suites with kitchenettes for long-term guests. All rooms include flatscreen TVs, free WiFi, and minifridges. Scandic Kokstad also has one restaurant on-site serving Norwegian and international cuisine, a chic art deco bar, gym, and sauna. The hotel is also close to the massive Lagunen shopping center and Fana golf club. An airport shuttle is available.
Bars and Restaurants
Jack's Country Saloon
Jack's Country Saloon is a fun, casual restaurant right in front of Bryggen wharf. This restaurant and bar has an interesting ambience influenced from the old American west. Barstools are horse saddles, the staff is dressed up in period costume, and country music plays on the radio. Jack's has a great beer selection, full bar, and a good food menu featuring your standard bar food. They have patio seating and a rooftop terrace for when the weather is nice. Jack's is open every day from noon until 3AM.
To Kokker is an elegant, upscale restaurant situated in a beautiful old building near the historic Bergen harbor and Brygge park. They have an outstanding staff that will take great care of you in this charming restaurant. A la carte ordering is perfectly acceptable but they also offer great three to seven-course menus. Some of the dishes you'll find here include smoked salmon, elk carpaccio, steamed halibut with parsley sauce, reindeer fillet, and roasted duck with cherry sauce. To Kokker is open Monday through Saturday from 5PM to 11PM and reservations are accepted.
This outstanding Thai restaurant is perfect for the whole family and is considered the best Thai in Bergen. Siam Ratree's casual dining room will make you feel right at home and the service is very accommodating. Some of their specialties include crispy marinated prawns, pad si-iw, Thai thinly-sliced grilled pork, Thai steamed seafood with red curry, and a Thai crispy fish topped with chili and tamarind sauce. They also have a vegetarian and children's menu. Siam Ratree is open from noon until 10PM Monday through Friday and 1PM to 10PM Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are accepted.
Sometimes on a cold rainy day you just want to cozy up in a small café and enjoy some flavorful coffee while reading a book or visiting with friends. Klosteret Kaffebar is the perfect place for this. They're located in a cute old building on a hill on Nordnes peninsula. They're more than just a phenomenal coffee shop though; Klosteret Kaffebar is also known for their pastries, burgers, soups, and beer selection. They also have a vegan menu available. Klosteret Kaffebar is open every day from 10AM to 11PM, and on Friday and Saturday they stay open until 11:45PM.
Things to do in Bergen in April
Nordnes is the name of the peninsula south of Bergen harbor and Bryggen wharf. This peninsula has enjoyed separation from the bustling downtown Bergen area but has seen quite a bit of popularity recently. Some of the attractions on the Nordnes peninsula include the Bergen Aquarium, Ballast Pier, and Nordnes Park with spectacular ocean views. You'll find some statues here and there if you pay attention, like the Amalie Skram statue, a monument to the leader of Norway's women's rights movement. Nordnes is full of picturesque, colorful Victorian neighborhoods and cozy cafes.
Hardanger Fjord is the second longest fjord in Norway and the fourth longest fjord in the world. You've most likely seen pictures of it without even knowing it. The fjord is 80km south of Bergen and makes a great day trip. The tallest point in the fjord is 900m. One of Norway's largest glaciers abuts the fjord, and if you don't feel like ice climbing there are also numerous hiking trails throughout the fjord. These hikes will take you through breathtaking vistas and waterfalls, and also fascinating cultural exhibits. Cruise ships also regularly take day-trippers up the fjord to admire its geology.
Ulriken is the 643m mountain immediately to the east of Bergen, and is one of the many mountains surrounding the city. The views from the top are phenomenal. There are a few ways to get to the top. You can take the footpath to the top, a strenuous climb that can be quite dangerous during rains. Another walk starts at the nearby Floyen mountain, which you can reach from the popular funicular. Or you can take the Ulriken cable car, which runs daily from 9AM to 9PM. Once at the top you can enjoy the views at the mountaintop restaurant and take a peek through the provided telescopes. The tram closes during inclement weather and it's best to wait for a clear day.
KODE Art Museums
Bergen has a rich arts culture, including both performing and graphical arts. The KODE art museum is the center of it all. This massive museum complex is on the south side of Lille Lungegaardsvannet park and is one of the largest museums in the Nordic countries. The KODE 1 building is home to fine arts, KODE 2 features temporary exhibits and the museum bookstore, KODE 3 features works from Edvard Munch and other artists from the Norwegian Golden Age, and KODE 4 is the first art museum in Norway designed specifically for children. The museum has its own restaurant and café, and there are a few others to choose from in the immediate vicinity.