After the Osterfjord cruise I decided to continue my water theme and visit Bergen Aquarium. I’d been advised to take the bus, but as the skies were clear I chose to walk. It’s a nice 20-minute walk along Strandgaten from the fish market, passing through one of Bergen’s older neighbourhoods- Nordnes. I’d recommend walking to anyone if the weather is nice.
Upon entering the aquarium it appears small – really small – with a large tank to the left and some penguins to the right. But the majority of the exhibits are actually inside and underground, so despite first impressions, it’s a pretty big place.
First up I knew there was a show every hour, so I rushed to arrive in time for the 4pm show, which turned out to the exercise and feeding time for the sea-lions. The staff have a great relationship with the sea-lions and they seemed to lap up the attention and chance to play. I couldn’t help but wonder if they’d be happier in their natural habitat, but that’s a debate for another time!
The feeding time attracted a flock of gulls who weren’t shy in swooping down after the leftovers – mind your heads!
Bergen Aquarium plays host to a gorgeous colony of gentoo penguins, who originally called the Falkland Islands home. They are great swimmers, especially the kids who spent almost all the time I was watching them (which was a long time!) circling the rocks.
Inside the Aquarium
After the excitement outside, I headed in the building and was surprised to find so much inside, spread over three floors. The first thing you come to is a tank where you can reach in and touch the crabs.
The kids were much keener than the adults 🙂
There’s various exhibits of fish found locally in Scandinavia and elsewhere in the world, including a pretty cool tunnel where you are surrounded by fish.
Keep your wits about you though, because some nasty surprises lay in wait!
By the way, have you ever seen a wolf-fish? Ugly buggers…
Buried on the second underground floor is a tropical area, home to snakes, lizards and other creepy-crawlies. In addition to the hourly shows outside, there’s a small cinema inside and a place to eat too. I only spent just over an hour at Bergen Aquarium, but with more time and perhaps with company – especially kids – I could have easily stayed all day.
In case you’re wondering – I didn’t have fish for dinner 😀