Today I’m sharing the last of the Norwegian ports of call on our recent Holland America cruise, Bergen!
Bergen is known for being one of the rainiest cities in Europe. Everything we read about this city said to be prepared for rain, and so we were … and it didn’t rain at all. It was a bit overcast in the morning, but it cleared up after noon and was perfectly lovely.
Once again our ship was docked in the most convenient location just across the street from the Bergenhus Fortress.
We walked around the fortress and admired the grounds a bit.
Then headed out the other side to walk toward Bryggen.
Bryggen is the old Hanseatic Quarter of Bergen. The oldest wooden buildings date from the early 1700’s and were built by the German merchants and traders who established a Hanseatic trading post here.
This area continues as a ‘trading post’ and was filled with touristy shops and tourists.
Next we hopped on the Fløibanen, or the funicular, to ride up to the top of Mount Fløyen to check out the views.
I have to admit, Mr. Q and I are not big fans of the ‘view panoramica’. I guess we just prefer seeing things up close and personal rather than viewing sweeping vistas from on high.
So, after enjoying a cup of coffee with some friends from our ship, we didn’t linger long at the top. We decided we’d prefer to walk back down, but we weren’t sure just how intense a walk that was going to be, so we took some advice from our Rick Steves’ guidebook and we took the Fløibanen halfway down, got off at the mid-way point and walked the rest of the way (note: if you are ever in Bergen and want to do this, only the funiculars that leave on the hour and half hour stop at the halfway point, Promsgate, the others do not stop).
As it turned out, we could easily have walked the entire way down. It was a very lovely walk through a wooded area …
And then a really charming residential area.
I loved the profusion of flowers along these cobblestone lanes. Despite the almost total lack of garden space, there were still flowers everywhere. They were even growing out of the crevices in the rock walls …
I recognized this corydalis right away, I have these in my own garden …
After making our way back to sea level, we headed out to the fish market. I didn’t take a single photo there. It was just so touristy and honestly, kind of lame. We wandered around it for a few minutes, but then after hitting a couple of shops back in Bryggen we headed back towards our ship.
Along the way I spied this lovely azalea in front of the Domkirke, Bergen’s main church that is dedicated to St. Olav the patron saint of Norway.
We had a beautiful sunny evening for sailing out of Bergen. Mr. Q and I enjoyed it from our balcony.
And alas, this was where we had to say goodbye to Norway, the land of my ancestors. Our next stop, the Shetland Islands!
Be sure to stay tuned!