Snapshots from Bergen

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Seamen's Monument Fountain in Bergen city centre

Seamen’s Monument Fountain in Bergen city centre

In March, Eirik and I spent a weekend in Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. There is no doubt that this small city holds a rich cultural heritage — many internationally acclaimed Norwegians, including composer Edvard Grieg, violinist Ole Bull, painter Johan Christian Dahl, and (more recently) comedic duo Ylvis, all hailed from this “city of the seven mountains”.

Statue of Edvard Grieg outside Grieghallen in Bergen

Statue of Edvard Grieg outside Grieghallen in Bergen

As you can tell by its nickname, Bergen is surrounded by mountains. The most popular vantage point is atop Mount Fløyen, accessible by taking the Fløibanen.

Fløibanen station in Bergen city centre

View of Bergen from Mount Fløyen

View of Bergen from Mount Fløyen

The colourful city centre is especially great for a leisurely stroll, with its many boutiques, cafés, restaurants, and museums. If you plan your trip in advance, you can definitely see all the highlights in a weekend.

View of Bryggen in Bergen, Norway

Things to keep in mind:

  • Over the course of one day, I experienced rain, hail, snow, and sun. Fortunately, my hotel had umbrellas that I could borrow during my stay. Check the weather and dress accordingly!
  • The best way to get to and from the airport via public transportation is by bus, which takes about 20 minutes. The tram (Bybanen) also goes between the city and the airport, but takes twice as long.

Highlights aside, I would love to visit Bergen again in the future — via train. Stay tuned for a more in-depth travel guide when I get around to it! 😉

Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

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