Bergen Weather August Averages, Norway
What's the Weather like in Bergen in August
Temperatures in Bergen peak in August and then start to fall again towards the end of the month. Daytime averages in August are 17°C, and night temperatures drop to 12°C. The hottest August on record in Bergen reached 31°C.
Monthly rainfall totals will continue to rise for the rest of the year. August averages an impressive 190mm of rain over 19 days and it will only get higher. The average chances of precipitation in Bergen in August are 49% and rise throughout the month.
The length of the days will drop significantly in August, from 16 hours 56 minutes to 14 hours 17 minutes. Bergen still only sees an average of six hours of sunshine every day in August. The chances of an overcast or mostly cloudy sky are 60%.
The average relative humidity in Bergen averages 80% in August. The peak in temperatures and rain may make the air feel slightly humid from time to time, but it's mostly comfortable.
Winds in Bergen start to pick up in August. The month starts at 3.0 m/s and with winds at 3.5 m/s. Southerly winds start to dominate, with periods of westerly and northerly winds.
The average sea temperature around Bergen peaks in August. It's just warm enough to swim in at 16°C.
Be prepared for heavy rains if you're visiting Bergen in August. You'll need adequate raingear that can defend against the 190mm of monthly rainfall, which includes an umbrella and boots to keep your feet dry. Daytime temperatures will mostly likely warm up to the point where you can wear a short sleeve shirt, but nights will cool down to where you'll want a sweater. Norwegians in Bergen typically dress in a smart-casual style. Get a better idea of what the weather will do during your visit by checking the Bergen 14-day forecast.
Bergen Hotels in August
First Hotel Marin
First Hotel Marin is an upscale three-star hotel located a couple of blocks from the historic Bryggen wharf. The hotel is situated in an old brick building and all rooms have been recently renovated. There are 151 rooms available, from singles to suites with a Jacuzzi and balcony. Premium bedding, workdesks, WiFi, and wooden floors are featured in all rooms. Complimentary breakfast is served in their exposed brick dining room, where they also serve an international menu for lunch and dinner. Other hotel accommodations also include a sauna, fitness room, and a large conference center.
One of the most affordable hotels you'll find in Bergen is Citybox Bergen. This modest hotel has a great location in central Bergen, near the bus station and concert hall. All rooms are exceptionally clean, feature comfortable bedding, and are decorated in a contemporary flair. Modern bathrooms are basic yet more than adequate. There are no TVs in the rooms but there is one in the hotel lobby & café, and free WiFi is provided for all guests. There are a number of cafes and restaurants within walking distance of Citybox Bergen. If you just need a cozy place to rest your head at night, this is your hotel.
Scandic Ornen is a modern four-star hotel near Lille Lungegaardsvannet park, right in the center of Bergen. The hotel is known for their large business & conference facility with a capacity for 400 people. You'll find various standard rooms as well as upgraded rooms with large windows and balconies. Suites are also available, featuring living areas with sofas. Scandic Ornen is home to three restaurants and a bar, one of which serves a complimentary breakfast buffet for all guests. There is also a contemporary rooftop restaurant surrounded with windows and a chic bar lounge. Scandic Ornen also provides a fitness center and laundry service for guests.
Basic Hotel Bergen
Basic Hotel Bergen is a humble three-star hotel with 43 rooms. All rooms feature modest décor and comfortable beds, desks, and spacious bathrooms with heated floors and walk-in showers. Other room amenities include free WiFi, minifridges, and flatscreen TVs. There is also one casual bar in Basic Hotel Bergen. The hotel is located right outside of central Bergen, a few blocks from Lille Lungegaardsvannet park in a quaint neighborhood with cobbled streets, cafes, bakeries, and delicious restaurants. You'll be less than a 15-minute walk from the Bryggen wharf and the Mt. Floyen funicular.
Beaches in Bergen in August
There aren't really any beaches in Bergen but there are a few areas open to the public for sunbathing and swimming. One of these is Nordnes Sjobad, a public swimming area on the Nordnes peninsula and near the Bergen aquarium. Nordnes Sjobad is comprised of a heated swimming pool, roped off seawater swim area, and a large grassy area for sunbathing and picnicking. It is open during the week from 7AM to 6PM and on weekends from 10AM to 5PM and there is a fee to enter.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurant Cornelius is one of Norway's best seafood restaurants, and the experience alone has a lot to do with it. You have to take a boat from Bryggen wharf to a small island in the fjords outside of Bergen where the restaurant is located. The menu changes every day and is mostly dictated by the weather; the restaurant is open year-round. Set menus are available for both lunch and dinner. The menus consist of whatever was pulled out of the water that day, be it salmon, halibut, mackerel, sea urchins, crab, and lobster. When the weather is nice seating will be on a patio over the water. Lunch boats depart at 11:30AM and return at 2:30PM and the dinner boat departs at 6PM and returns at 10:30PM.
Bare Vestland is a modern tapas restaurant located in central Bergen, near the harbor. Their menu, like many other Norwegian restaurants, changes seasonally based on what is fresh. Examples of what you'll find in this contemporary restaurant include smoked fish, pork liver paté, ox cheek, and beer sausage. Pairing menus are available for lunch and dinner from three to six courses, including a unique beer pairing menu. Bare Vestland is open Monday through Wednesday from 4PM to 10PM, Thursday through Saturday from noon until 11PM, and Sunday from 3PM to 9PM. Reservations are accepted.
Klosteret Kaffebar is the perfect place to hide on a cold rainy day where you can enjoy a hot drink and a book. This café is in Nordnes peninsula and housed in an old wooden building typical of the picturesque wooden buildings you'll find on the peninsula. In addition to their outstanding coffee creations, Klosteret Kaffebar also serves great pastries, burgers, soups, and Norwegian craft beers. A vegan menu is also available. Klosteret Kaffebar is open every day from 10AM to 11PM, and on Friday and Saturday they stay open until 11:45PM.
The legend of the Flying Dutchman lives on in Bergen also, at this late-night bar on the pier in Bergen harbor. This bar is part of the larger nightclub complex that also includes Jack's Country Saloon and Pianobar. The food menu is closer to what you would expect to find at a bar, with affordable sandwiches, burgers, salads, and fries. They also have a decent beer and cocktail selection. The Flying Dutchman really livens up at night and is one of the main nightlife centers of Bergen. Flying Dutchman is open every day from 3PM to 2:30AM.
Things to do in Bergen in August
If you love admiring church architecture, there are a number of great churches to visit in Bergen. The first is probably St. Mary Church. This church is the oldest standing building in Bergen, dating back to the 12th century. It is located in central Bergen. One of the more unique churches in Bergen is the Fantoft Stave Church. This church was rebuilt not to long ago after a fire, but appears as it did in the 12th century. It's a beautiful example of a Norse church and is accessible by the light rail service. The largest church in Bergen is Bergen Cathedral, an impressive cathedral housing beautiful windows, statues, and artwork.
August is a lovely time to visit Bergen's parks. In the summer you'll find most of the action near Byparken, a colorful green area between Lille Lungegaardsvannet park and the Edvard Grieg Concert Hall. One side of the park is next to Ole Bulls Plass and the Blue Stone, and the other side of the park is next to the KODE galleries. Bergen Byparken is lined with colorful tulips and its centerpiece is a restored ornate pavilion, known as musikkpaviljongen. The pavilion is the stage for numerous musical acts that play for free in the park throughout the summer months.
KODE Art Museums
There is a rich cultural history in Bergen, home to some great galleries and music venues. The KODE galleries make up much of the galleries and museums in Bergen, most of them situated along Lille Lungegaardsvannet. The complex is one of the largest museums in all of the Nordic countries. KODE 1 features fine arts from all over the world, KODE 2 is home to some more temporary exhibits, KODE 3 features Norwegian artists, and KODE 4 is a unique children's fine art museum. KODE also oversees other museums in the area, including the Edvard Grieg museum. You'll find some great restaurants and cafes in the area of the museums and Lille Lungegaardsvannet.
Bergen is rich in history and much of it is still preserved today. One of the most notable old areas of Bergen is the Bryggen wharf area, a 12th century trading area that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nordnes peninsula has many old residential buildings, picturesque wooden homes typical to Bergen. The Old Bergen Museum will really give you an idea of what life was like in the 18th & 19th centuries. This open-air museum in central Bergen has 55 old homes and shops, complete with living exhibits of artisans and performers in period costumes. The Old Bergen Museum is open every day from 9AM to 4PM.