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May 15, 2017 - Bergan

We disembarked in Bergen after visiting Sandnessjoen. While walking through a quiet residential area there, we were very excited to be invited into a Norwegian home . As our tour guide was remarking about the time she met the lady of the house, the lady's son was just finishing a run and stopped to talk to us. He checked with his mother and invited us into his home. Was a nicely appointed residence and gave us a chance to see how comfortable the Norwegians live. Sailing on down the coast we passed Torghatten, the characteristic hat shaped...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Bergen

Bergen is a much larger port than Haugesund and was a German submarine base during WW II. We leave the ship here early in the morning. The ocean voyage is over. I'm sad, our favorite bartender is sad and I'm sure many others were too. The food was excellent and the portions were reasonably small. I now know what it would be like to be a king. We were treated extremely well and with more than one crew member for every two passengers one can easily understand why. We are staying two days in Bergen at a hotel in a building built in the early...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

Dec 29, 2016 - Bumpy end to the cruise - Bergen

On the tail end of the storm we had a few more bumps and potholes before we reached Bergen. Meal time was in between the waves. Chilled out on the Panorama deck as we navigated the return. Quick hotel and luggage drop. Off to walk on solid ground, shopping, hot chocolates at Starbucks and dinner at Dolly Dimples

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Where is Shirley?

Dec 18, 2016 - Bergen to Hurtigruten cruise

Sleep in then lovely stroll to the UNESCO Bryggen district - colourful what's, old wooden houses and some 'nice' shops. Some buildings on a definite lean. Very pretty though. I see some shopping at the end of the cruise. We decided to taxi to the ship instead of further stressing out both the wheels on our suitcases and our bodies competing and manoeuvring on the cobblestones. Cruise check in - very informal, no queues. Security check in - ????? I don't know if our suitcases were screened but our carry on wasn't. Very relaxed over here re...

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Where is Shirley?

Aug 23, 2016 - on our own

We got a call from the shore excursion office letting us know that the tour we had booked for today was cancelled due to low enrollment. Guess our tastes are weirder than we thought. They offered to rebook us on other tours that still had space. We did some research on the web; the wifi hasn’t been too bad on board. And we read the pertinent information on Bergen in the travel book we had downloaded, we concluded that the things we wanted to see in town were doable on our own. We could see where the Serenade would be docked and it all...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Bergen, Norway

Today was another very early morning as we were off to the airport to catch a short flight to Bergen, Norway. Bergen is a charming seaport town on Norway's southwestern coast surrounded by high mountains; and the capital of the majestic fjord region. Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has roots to the Viking Age; as attested to by all the Viking and troll doodah in the shops! Bergen has a vibrant city center with museums, art galleries, craft shops, restaurants, pubs, cable car up to Mount Floyen, etc. The architecture is very...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Dinner with the Chef

Our final port. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. It was founded in 1070 on what once was a Viking settlement. On the Bryggen wharf are historic wooden row houses, now used as shops. We went with 2 other people, the ship's executive chef and a local tour guide/chef to the Torget Fish Market where we sampled cold smoked salmon, hot smoked salmon, a tiny bite of minke whale, We also tried cooked shrimp (my favorite, very sweet) and king crab and stone crab. Chef made purchases for dinner, hot and cold smoked salmon, mountain trout,...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Bergen, Norway

Our train arrived in Bergen around 5:00PM. From the train station we traveled by bus to our Hotel for an overnight stay. Once we were settled in at the hotel we went looking for a place to eat dinner and we were lucky to find a place off the beaten track where the food and service was excellent! On the next day (June 26th) we had access to the ship around noon, but not our staterooms were not ready. Carmen and I decided to walk around town for a while and then we took the popular funicular railroad which climbs 1,000 feet in seven minutes...

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Cruise of the Baltic

Jun 25, 2016 - Train from Oslo to Bergen

On our third day in Oslo, after our Viking bus tour was completed, we headed to the train station for our 7-hour train ride from Oslo to Bergen. Information from the Internet is included below. “The Bergen Line" , also called the Bergen Railway, is a 371-kilometre (231 mi) long standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern...

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Cruise of the Baltic

Jun 6, 2016 - Bergen

Monday June 6 Bergen After an early breakfast in the hotel, we walked to the tourist information office and booked an excursion by bus to Edvard Grieg's home and museum. The tour included a guided tour of his home and the grounds, the museum and a lunchtime concert of Grieg's music. We had time before the excursion was scheduled to leave, so we walked over towards 'Lille Lungegårdsvannet' (yesterday's park) to the train station to make sure we know where to go early tomorrow morning. On the way back we passed the monument to Ole Bull...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Disembark in Bergen

Sunday June 5 We were awake when our early morning coffee room service arrived, and finished most of our packing before going for our last breakfast on board. The weather again was sunny and clear and we strolled along the deck taking our last photos of the ship. Last evening, we had decided not to pack our bags and leave them in the hallway by 10:00 p.m. to be retrieved on shore in the morning; we were happy to walk off the ship with our bags. As planned we met Klaus and Marilyn in the Atrium Lounge and disembarked together. Marilyn and...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Arrive Bergen

Saturday June 4 Bergen Day 1 Overnight, the ship experience a bit of the North Sea on the way from the Sondefiord to Bergen. The sea had some good sized swells; this was the only spell of rough sea that we had felt over the entire trip. Docked in Bergen, we ate breakfast on the outside deck of the World Café and were later joined by Klaus and Marilyn. Our morning tour was a walking tour of Bergen, one of the many organized excursions provided by Viking. Bryggen, the old wharf at Bergen, is an exceptional example of a medieval urban area,...

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