Bergen, on Norway’s west coast, is the country’s second largest city. It’s also where, so far on our trip, we’ve encountered the biggest crowds of tourists.
Bergen is a favoured stop for cruise ships and is the starting point of the famous Hurtigruten, Norway’s fleet of postal and supply ships that work their way north from Bergen to the top of the country – almost literally at the North Pole – serving as a life line to northern communities by transporting mail, goods and people.
Bergen is famous for its fish market, its colourfully crooked old Hanseatic warehouses on the wharf that are a UNESCO-designated world heritage site, and the fact that it was Europe’s capital of culture in 2000.
It rained – of course! – the day that we were there but we made the best of the soggy situation. You can wait your whole vacation for the rain to stop and never actually see anything if you only want to tour around when the weather is nice!
You can find pretty much anything fish or seafood-related at the fish market.
And the vendors will do their best to convince you to buy from them in a multitude of languages!
Lunch is also an option…in many different choices.
What’s left of the Hanseatic Houses on the wharf is protected by UNESCO, and almost all of them are continuing their merchant heritage tradition: with few exceptions, almost all of them are souvenir shops!
The Fløibanen Funicular in Bergen is one of the most popular attractions in all of Norway. It takes you to a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the city. When the weather is relatively decent, the view is spectacular, as you can see here.
It was a totally different story 15 minutes later!!