Visit Bergen—online!

Tour guide Emma Vestrheim pivots online
Emma Vestrheim

The Norwegian American

In our Jan. 29  issue, we introduced you to Emma Vestrheim, an Australian transplant in Bergen, who offers visitors to Norway insights into her adopted home with her own, unique perspective—while gaining some interesting insights from the tourists who join her on her tours.

With tourism from the English-speaking world temporarily on hold, Emma is reaching out with new virtual walking tours broadcast live from Bergen.


Her tour begins with a historical overview of Bergen, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen and St. Mary’s Church. Learn how Bergen was once Northern Europe’s most important commercial town, find out about World War II history, and much more.

After that, Emma will take you to the suburbs for a glimpse into everyday life: housing, the welfare system, education, employment, and what it’s like living in Bergen today. Even learn what people eat for dinner, what they spend their money on, and what they think of the world today. 

Emma’s walking tour is designed to give you an overview of the city, life in Norway, plus inspire for your own visit. To sign up, visit:


Photos courtesy of Emma Vestrheim.

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 26, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.

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