Sunday, 26 August 2012


Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway. There are regular sailings from the UK from Newcastle upon Tyne. It is only by ship that you will get to see the spectacular and dramatic scenery that the fjords offer.

When we visited it rained constantly for 2 days. Apparently it is one of the most rained on places in Europe. Food and drink and particularly cigarettes are very expensive here.

To view the entire city you can take the funicular railroad up Mount Floyen and see some spectacular panoramic views from high up. However, make sure you do not choose a misty dreary day or you will be disappointed.

Bergen used to be a strategically important Viking stronghold until the 14th century. Today its timber walkways and typically Norwegian houses and shops make it an interesting stop over for the visitor.

The fish market is worth a visit although there is a distinct lack of variety with cod and reindeer steaks making up the bulk of what is sold here.

The main source of income for Bergen is tourism. Many large cruise ships use Bergen on route through the fjords and in fact it is one of Europe's largest cruise ship ports of call.


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