The Norwegian city of Bergen definitely deserves more regard than I gave it after I first visited in 2010. Isn’t it a shame how poor weather can often adversely affect your perception of a place?! It’s a hard habit to break free from, letting a gloomy climate cloud (see what I did there?) your outlook of a region…but alas, we must try to see a place for what it’s worth regardless of its puddles and chilliness.
That said, I am so thankful that this visit welcomed us with a hearty mixture of sun and warmth! All of Bergen’s buildings came to life, their vibrant paint jobs reflecting everyone’s warm-weather joy.
A quick stroll through the Unesco World Heritage Site of Bryggen will submerge you into the restored archaic charm of this former trading town established in the early 1000s.
“Throughout history, Bergen has experienced many fires, since, traditionally, most houses were made from wood. This was also the case for Bryggen, and as of today, around a quarter dates back to the time after 1702, when the older wharfside warehouses and administrative buildings burned down. The rest predominantly consists of younger structures, although there are some stone cellars that date back to the 15th century.” –Source
You can also walk through the upper landing, although the floor is a bit askew in places.
Meat and seafood are no way my “thing,” but we passed through the Fish Market anyway to check out the local fare, among those were sea lion, whale, and moose, I believe. I prefer them alive, but to each their own.
At the Fish Market, we were lucky enough to run into a friend who was eager to share free tickets on the Fløibanen funicular up to Mt. Fløyen. By the time we got the tickets we didn’t have a whole lot of freedom left before all-aboard so we rushed as quickly as possible to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding landscape that await visitors at the top.
Then we rushed back down! Thankfully, the ride itself doesn’t take too long, but the wait can. A view looking down the tracks from the front of the tram:
From there we pretty much ran back to the port, which has beautiful views as well:
I am so grateful for my renewed perspective of this amazing town!