Take a dip at Helleneset

Perched on the coastal edge of Bergen, Helleneset is a popular swimming spot that's part of the Helleneset Recreation Area.

Perched on the coastal edge of Bergen, Helleneset is a popular swimming spot that's part of the Helleneset Recreation Area. Voyagers on summer Norwegian cruises might enjoy cooling off at this historic seaside locale.

Because of its central location and extensive sandscapes, Helleneset draws crowds of locals and visitors alike. The sandy beach, grassy slopes and smooth rocks make it a pleasant place to spend a sunny afternoon. The scene here is quite pleasant: fishermen cast lines from the shore while farther toward the sea there is high-traffic rock climbing. Adrenaline buffs can find a climbing guide at Bergen climb club's website. At the end of the cape, there's even a children's pool filled with water from the fjord as well as other facilities for families with kids. The pool is unsupervised. Bring some meat to cook at the fixed grills.

Helleneset's allure is not limited to its activities. The recreation area was formerly part of Hellen fort, which was established as Bergen's fortifications at the turn of the 20th century. The fort was split into upper and lower Hellen, and next to the fort lies a giant spotlight. During World War II, the Germans used Helleneset as a strategic defense system. Afterward, from 1947 to 1959, the site held the Kystartilleriets officer school.

At the site's entrance, travelers will find an information board with maps and historical information. Discover more of the site's history and beautiful natural setting.

Parking is available for approximately 100 cars. Campers are not allowed to stay overnight in the parking lot or camp in Helenseset Recreation Area.