Following my one day trip to see Norway’s fjords, I spent the second day of my two day trip exploring Bergen. Whilst Bergen is not the biggest of towns, there are quite a number of museums and galleries to explore which would take over a day to view properly.
However, as I don’t tend to like to spend a lot of time indoors when I’m visiting a new place, I opted instead to walk around the town and catch the Bergen highlights, taking in what local life is like during the weekend.
Bryggen and the Bryggens Museum
The Bryggen wharf is probably the most iconic landmark of Bergen.
This row of colourful wooden buildings are a left-over from the old Hanseatic wharf and is a reminder of Bergen’s past trading port status in Northern Europe. Visitors have a chance to explore beneath the outer facade of this UNESCO World Heritage site, by entering through the dark and narrow spaces between the buildings where more wooden shops, restaurants and museums lie. It was a bit of a shame that being Sunday, pretty much all of the shops were closed, but it was still interesting to see the new blending in with the old, breathing some life into the place.
The Fish Market
Set in the heart of the town, the Bergen Fish Market was definitely one of the more livelier places to be on Sunday morning. There was a lot of fresh fish to be had, either on site or to be taken away.
Fløibanen Funicular and Mount Fløyen
The Fløibanen funicular takes you up from the town to 320 metres above sea level on Mount Fløyen in 8 minutes.
What you get at the top is a gorgeous panoramic view of Bergen, taking in the town, the hills and the sea.
After soaking in the sights, I went walking in and around the park at Mount Fløyen. It was a really nice sight to see so many families and more specifically children, out and about on Sunday, enjoying the fresh air and great outdoors. I will just say at this point as well that I was impressed by just how happy, healthy and friendly the locals seemed to be in Bergen. There were so many people walking and running about in their sports clothes, mostly with friends or maybe running groups. It was a lovely atmosphere to be in.
No post of mine would be complete without some food photos. 😉 Here are some of what I ate for Saturday night’s dinner at Wesselstuen, a local restaurant recommendation from the hotel’s receptionist and marketed as the “World’s most famous restaurant in Bergen”. This restaurant was traditional, both in terms of the menu and also the restaurant setting.
I have the say that the service was not all that great, but the food itself was excellent (though pricey!).
Walking along Bergen, I passed by a number of the more famous tourist areas and attractions, such as the Lille Lungegårdsvann pond, Torgallmenningen Square (the main square in Bergen), St. John’s Church (or Johanneskirken as it is known in Norwegian) and a number of the art museums, galleries and universities in the surrounding area.
Whilst I would have dearly loved to have had enough time to pop into a few of the museums, this unfortunately was not the case. With the sun setting fast, I made my way back to the hotel to pick up my bags and wait for the airport shuttles to take me back to Bergen airport.
I felt incredibly lucky (as the locals kept telling me) that the entire weekend went by rain-free, though I can’t help wondering what this little coastal town must be like under the full glory of summer sun when I imagine it must really spring to life!