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Bergen Harbour

Old houses

Bergen

Lake in town

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Bergen


A day in Bergen today. Bergen which is nearly 1000 years old is Norway's second biggest city. Everything seems to be centred around the fish market There was plenty of fresh seafood available here. There was a couple of large passenger ships in town plus a couple of navy ships (one Russian) so the town was quite busy. Being Sunday most of the "normal" shops were closed, but the tourist and food places were doing a great trade.

Bergen's first buildings were erected along the old, Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen, which has been a lively and important part of the city through the centuries. This site, which features on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, comprises the remains of the old harbour buildings and is one of the best known medieval city settlements in Norway. There are heaps of museums around town including the Edvard Grieg Museum. Grieg lived here for 22 years and composed many of his best-known works in the little garden hut by the shore of Lake Nordås.

Another popular spot was the Fløibanen Funicular which leaves from the city centre to the top of the Fløien Mountain (320 metres above sea level), where you get a fabulous view of the city, the mountains, the fjords and the sea.

Tonight we are catching an overnight train at 22:58. I notice sunset is at 22:59 today. Officially dawn is at 2:37am and dusk is 00:41 (daylight saving time! as if they need daylight saving). That gives us daylight for just over 22 hours. Even when it is night it is not that dark and we haven't seen stars since we left home.

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