Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords but it’s more than that. Being the second biggest city in Norway after its capital Oslo, Bergen will make you feel like you are in a calm and tranquil fishing village where its old town has been recognised as a UNESCO heritage site. If you go to Bergen be ready to be fascinated by its small houses made of wood and their little side streets, wild forests in the mountains that surround the city, delicious fish from its fish market and fun boat trips that will let you admire the beauty of the Norwegian nature.
My trip started with a boat trip to see the fjords. The company we chose was Rodne Fjord Cruise (http://www.rodne.no/) and we were happy with our decision! Our inicial plan was to go on a Safari of the fjords but taking into account how bad the weather is in Bergen (13 degrees and heavy rain in July!) I’m glad we chose a boat where you can warm up and drink hot chocolate when it got too cold outside. The trip took around 3 hours and a half and we had the chance to see little villages by the sea, forests, waterfalls, fjords and salmon farms.
The staff were also super friendly and I’d like to thank Oscar for giving me the chance to dress up in waterproof clothing to stand up under a waterfall to get some water in a bucket! It was an unforgettable experience!
Back in town we were hungry so we went to the fish market for lunch. Norway is known for being very expensive but the market is a great place to try some of the local delicacies without spending too much. Something that shocked me is that they sold whale meat but I went for the salmon balls which were delicious!
Once your belly is full head towards Bryggen, the landmark of the city. The houses were the place where the boats left their goods for storage but now there are different shops in there. But there is more to see than the outside of those pretty houses…go into the little streets between them and you will see a lot of balconies, stairs, complicated doors, windows and banisters. Nearby you will also find a fortress and Saint Mary’s church.
Another must see in Bergen is Mount Floyen, one of the most visited mountains in Bergen. If it is not as cloudy as it was when I visited you will get the chance to see stunning views of the city and enjoy a trip up the hill in a funicular. The best part of Floyen was the forest around it. The colours and the nature in it were incredible. Don’t worry about getting lost, there are lots of signs indicating where you are…but there are also some funny signs telling you about witches and baby dinosaurs living there!
If you’ve got some extra time head to the different museums in town. Our favourite was Bryggen museum where we learnt how the city changed over the years and how fire affected it.