Join the Adventure!

We are looking for friendly people with the potential to become great storytellers, leaders, and team players

One of the most rewarding jobs in Norway! Work in Bergen with real people and enjoy real experiences.

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Hei! My name is Gaia and I will be helping you through your application

First, what is guiding?

NGS tour guides lead groups by their personality and knowledge. We bring our guests a deeper understanding and enjoyment of special places in and around Bergen.

One day we are guiding a Hanseatic walking tour through Bryggen, and the next, we are exploring Hardangerfjord with a coach group.

Guides are...

Storytellers - we constantly accumulate knowledge and distill it into great stories that bring meaning to the present experience.

Leaders - we are prepared, and inspire confidence and competence in our guests - so that they can feel safe, relaxed and enjoy the experience.

Team-players - we understand that our group of guests is part of a bigger picture, and that in order to achieve anything, we need to cooperate with others.

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... And why is guiding for you?

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Because guiding connects your passion of storytelling and exploration with our eager and excited guests.

And, with Norwegian Guide Service, you have access to a large and varied pool of tours in the private, cruise and commerical markets.

A good guide is:

The guide season is at its busiest between May and September/October. The majority of our Guides need to be available during these months.

What should you expect?

On average, Guides who speak both English and German can expect work on average 120 hours per month, or more, and earn a minimum monthly salary of 30,000NOK before tax.

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Guide Certification

All Guides who will regularly work with us must first hold Guide Certification in Norway before the start of their contract.

There are a few different certification options in Norway at varying prices and at different times of the year.

For Guides who will commit to working with us for the entire main season (May-September/October), we will offer to sponsor their Guide Certification.

The Guide Certification that we sponsor originally costs 16000 NOK, but through our sponsorship, the upfront cost is reduced to 2000 NOK.
This certification is also valid for future applications to many other Guide Agencies in Norway (in Ålesund, Eidfjord, Flåm, Geiranger, Hellesylt, Nordfjordeid, Olden, Skjolden, Vik).

The dates for the sponsored Guide Certification in 2024 are:

Those who prefer not to choose our sponsorship, must obtain recognised Guide Certification independantly before working with us.

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Read about the great experiences you can be giving visitors from around the world

travelerKB2017
travelerKB2017
2023-08-30
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Our memorable walking tour of Bergen. We had a wonderful tour with Szilvia our personal guide. The tour was interesting and our guide was great at answering our questions and responding to our personal interests. Even before we were in Norway the correspondence with Bogdan on-line was superb. He responded very quickly and our tour was exactly what we had hoped for. I highly recommend Essence of Bergen Walking Tour and their tour guide Szilvia for anyone visiting Bergen.
Iris M
Iris M
2023-07-12
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10/10 rechnend Hannes Hannes Tour was great - he was a very passionate, knowledgeable and patient guide. He took the Time to answer a lot of questions and personalized the tour according to what participants asked for
N R
N R
2023-06-07
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Private tour to Osterøy with a personal touch and an excellent guide I wanted to travel to Osterøy (50 min away from Bergen) where my 'farfar' was born. I had seen information about a hiking path called Kossdalsvegen and I knew there was a sweater factory, Norlender. I researched the bus route but realized it could be tricky at best. I recalled the Bergen Visitors Center told me about the Norwegian Guide Service. I got assistance from the hotel staff to call and within 1/2 hour, I had a 'yes' for a 4+ hour private tour to the island. I knew as soon as I met Bogdan that I had made the right decision. The tour was tailored to my requests. We saw the hiking trail and got a tour of the factory. We arrived by the bridge but returned on the ferry. Since we passed the home of Ole Bull, Bogdan played the most famous piece he composed. Bogdan was knowledgeable and informative and also curious about seeing the places that I had chosen, so that he could become even more familiar with this unique area. We stopped at a local church and a local store for refreshment. Bogdan was able to discuss the history and style of the church, how the locals arrive to the store by boat, and was helpful with taking photos as I walked on some of the switchback path. Bogdan was upbeat, personal, intelligent and could not have provided a better experience. I did not want to have any regrets about not getting to Osterøy and treated myself to the private tour and I am so glad that I did. It was absolutely perfect!
Alex B
Alex B
2023-05-25
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Amazing! Would happily use again! Our guide Hannes, who was a very friendly chap, took us on a private hiking tour up and around Ulriken. We had the best time! Hannes’ knowledge was brilliant and he showed us amazing views of Bergen and the surrounding area. We would happily use this guiding service again.
Cristina F
Cristina F
2023-01-09
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The Perfect Christmas Present Sofia and Bogdan helped me realising the best possible Christmas present for my boyfriend. Sofia is a perfect organiser and Bogdan an amazing guide. We had a wonderful day, being escorted to the most enchanting places, with detailed explanations and interesting insights about the Norwegian culture and way of living.
ruthierunner1
ruthierunner1
2022-12-01
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LOOK NO FURTHER THIS IS THE COMPANY FOR YOU! Oh, where to begin! While my family and I were visiting Bergen this past October we planned to drive north to visit the area where my grandfather was born. After much discussion our group decided the trip would be more fun for all 6 of us to hire a guide and driver. If this is something you might be considering LOOK NO FURTHER, THIS IS THE COMPANY FOR YOU. Our brilliant guide and driver were Bogden & Leif Erik. Not only did they both go out of their way to provide excellent service but because of their willingness and enthusiasm we were able to find and enter my grandfathers family church which included a full tour by the priest. They also helped us locate my grandfathers family farm which was out in the country and not an easy task. This experience meant the world to my family and without their help would have never been accomplished. Thank you Norwegian Guide Service for the trip of a lifetime, you are the best!
IgnGiu
IgnGiu
2022-10-14
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Stra consigliato Una bellissima passeggiata con Francesco (guida italiana) per le vie del quartiere hanseatico di Bergen con notevoli spunti di storia Norvegese fino alle seconda guerra mondiale! Ne sa tantissimo e noi eravamo entusiasti perchè alla fine ne sapevamo davvero molto! Grazie Francesco e grazie alla compagnia
Marianne
Marianne
2021-12-13
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The guide inspired even the teen with his stories from Hansa-time Excellent guided tour . Learned a lot of history og Bergen. Very nice and knowledgeable guide. He even managed to get the attention of the teen with all his fun facts and stories of youth labor in Hansa time. Thank you!
Vitaliy
Vitaliy
2021-12-13
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Great! It was a really pleasant and interesting excursion. Whenever we travel we tend to collect local stories that help to connect places to the personalia and put things in a historic perspective. Bogdan is a knowledgeable guide who loves Bergen and puts his heart into what he's doing.
Irene
Irene
2021-08-29
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Nice It was a great way to learn about the history of Bergen. The guide was extremely knowledgeable. I learnt a lot of new things about Bergen.

Hear from your future colleagues about why they love guiding with us! 🏆

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"Moving to Bergen was a thrilling experience and guiding for NGS gave me the work stability and flexibility that I needed to pursue further studies here as well. I now feel like I am a part of the city's unique fabric: a vibrant community of international cultures with a rich history. Skål!"

Francesco - in Italian, French & English since 2023

"Best part of my job is talking to people from all over the world in different languages while sharing my knowledge about a beautiful country like Norway. I love working in a multicultural environment, learning new things every day."

Raffa

Raffaella - in Italian, French & English since 2023

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"I’ve been combining being a musician and a guide for many years now. Both jobs are about communication which is what excites me. Getting information across, be it historical facts, anecdotes or insights into local culture. Living in London I discovered Bergen in the mid 2000s and instantly fell in love. Kept coming back and finally moved here 2 years ago. Best move ever. Bergen should come with a warning!"

Neal - in German & English since 2023

"I am still guiding with NGS after 20 years - even in my retirement. It is so rewarding to hear my guests' feedback at the end of our time together."

Frode

Frode - in Norwegian, English & German since 1991

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"I became a tour guide after my family's move to Norway and I never looked back. I love my job because I get to meet people from various corners of the world and can contribute to making their holiday memories richer and even more enjoyable. I keep saying to our guests: this is not a goodbye, only see you again! "

Martina - in German & English since 2023

How to apply... in 5 steps

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You may be in Bergen or on the other side of the world... so we've tried to make it as easy and relaxed as possible to apply to become a Guide with us

1. Let us know you're interested.
Complete our short questionnaire ✍️

Fill out our questionnaire, and you will receive an invitation to your one-way interview.

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2. Tell us about yourself.
Record a one-way video interview 👋

Through our online platform, you'll answer a few questions with video responses of a few minutes.

We realise it's a little impersonal, but we feel it's the best way for you to showcase your skills in a low-pressure environment, in your own time.

You'll need:

3. Let's talk!
Join us for a personal interview 🤝

This is the fun part, where you can meet us and we can meet you! Online, we will discuss the job and answer any questions you may have.

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4. Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Submit a language assessment 💬

Show off your language skills by presenting selected topics on Bergen and Norway.

Remember, we welcome all languages and are not looking for perfection - we are realists too! Clear communication, structure and confidence will also charm us, and your future guests.

5. Start your journey!
Receive an invitation 🧁

Congratulations! If everything's gone well, we'll send you an offer along with other information you'll need.

The application is just the beginning! From here on, you'll have a dedicated contact person who'll help you to reach your first day with guests as a Guide... and beyond!

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I look forward to getting to know you during the process, and to welcoming you as a Guide in Bergen 😊​