My Nordic Tour: Bergen, Norway
The city of Bergen is the second largest city in Norway but it is sometimes overlooked like its twin city in the US, Seattle. Lousy weather and lackluster view after Norway’s main attractions, The Fjords, doesn’t help its cause either. Most travelers will stop here half a day as part of their Norway In a Nutshell Tour and only to skimp around. Give this city at least two days, and it will show you its charm.
Our Airbnb house was located on a hill, which gave us an amazing view every morning we walked out. The house was located further away from the harbor but once you make it to the main area by bus, everything is at walkable distance.
Named UNESCO Heritage site in 1979 it’s a must see. The colorful wooden houses pop out during cloudy days and brightens the city when is sunny. Stroll along the narrow and sometime hidden alleyways to find stores, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Fløyen and Fløibanen Funicular
We were lucky enough to get three sunny days out of the 60 that Bergen usually gets a year. What do you do? You take advantage of it of course. The Fløyen or Fløyfjelle is one of the most popular mountains surrounding Bergen. It boasts a magnificent view of the city at the top of the mountain. If you are filing adventurous, you can hike it to the top or if you much rather take it easy, you can take the funicular railway to the top. This will be your best chance to get a panoramic view of Bergen.
Take a stroll around the lake, sit on one of the benches, and enjoy the beautiful day. If the day permits, plan a picnic too. Lille Lungegårdsvannet is a small lake in the middle of the city. On a beautiful day, you will see tourist and locals alike, walking around it. Surrounding it, you will find many restaurants and stores
Marken is a little street located near Lille Lungegårdsvannet. You can make your way here after a stroll by the lake and enjoy a small meal or coffee. There are many coffee shops and small boutiques conglomerated on this street. This is one of the best places to sit and people watch while you enjoy your coffee.
In the Main Square, you will find many chain stores for every girl to shop to her heart’s content. Although things are expensive in Norway, including their hefty 25% tax, you can still find fairly reasonable priced items. At the Main Square you will see locals spending their day away shopping or meeting with friends.
We had an amazing time exploring Bergen. As you can see from the pictures, Bergen can be a wonderful place to spend a day or two, rain or shine.