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Bergen?

Norway is a beautiful beast of a country. These Nordic lands are perhaps most known for their unique fjords, which make up the majority of its coastline. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, following Oslo, with a population of just over 280,000 people. City Center, also called Byfjorden, which translates to “the city fjord,” boasts a port that served as a trading hub all the way back in the 1020s.

Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeSadly, many fires have damaged Bergen over the centuries. But each time, the city has rebuilt. Yes, the structures you see below are old (especially by American standards), but perhaps not as old as you’d think. These brightly painted wooden shops are reconstructed Hanseatic buildings, and a World Heritage Site. Of course you should walk along the main drag, but don’t overlook the tiny allies between the buildings. You’ll find even more shops tucked away and stacked on top of one another. Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeWe stayed at the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret on two separate occasions, and I really enjoyed it. The rooms had a very old world feel luxurious feel. They also provided a whole lotta free food. Europe, you do free hotel breakfasts right every single time! If you do stay at the Clarion, make sure to climb up to the tower for some cool views of the harbor and some stunning tile work. Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nike

Bergen, Norway / for the love of nike

the cutest manhole cover you ever did see

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Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeToday, Bergen is a tourist hotspot, with one of Europe’s largest ports of call for cruise ships. However, Bergen’s economy is diverse. Time magazine called it one of Europe’s “secret capitals” because of their extensive maritime business and marine research. Bergen, Norway / for the love of nike

 

Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeThe sun doesn’t show its face for long in Bergen, but when it does, it’s worth all the rain.

Bergen, Norway / for the love of nike

yes, that is one of the best looking McDonald’s you’ve ever seen on the lower right

Below, you’ll see views from Mount Fløyen. You can hike up or be lazy like me and take the Fløibanen funicular. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset. Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nike

 

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inside the funicular, glass ceiling and all!

Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeAlso, don’t miss the Fish Market on the harbor. You can get some very fresh caviar for a good price! Bergen, Norway / for the love of nikeBergen, Norway / for the love of nikeStay tuned. We rented a car and headed to Trolltunga next!

 

11 comments

  1. Great photos. The painted houses are beautiful. So much wood! I hope you get to see a good stavekirke. The one in Trolltunga Roldal is fairly unassuming. Here is an information link. I think I saw 6 or 8 when I drove through part of Norway.

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