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ASK ME any day of the week, and I’ll tell you that Bergen, Norway, is the most beautiful city on the planet. It’s a metropolis squeezed into a glacial valley; a Viking-age port with the humble roots of fishermen; it is the gateway to the country’s iconic fjords. It’s been said that there is a completeness to where the mountains meet the sea, and if that’s true, then Bergen lacks nothing.
When I first visited a year ago, I felt an intense sense of home. These streets I had never walked, these smells my nose shouldn’t recognize, this terra incognita — it all seemed strangely familiar and comforting. But how is that possible? I have Norwegian heritage, sure, but generations back. What makes a foreign place feel like home?
And then I found my answer. I was futzing around Bryggen, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, scoping out the 14th-century merchant houses along the harbor.
Read more from source: Why visiting your ancestral home feels so familiar: It’s literally in your bones.
Bergen is my favorite kind of city, small and beautiful in the center, on the coast, and surrounded by nature. It has everything you need – mountains, ocean, atmosphere, history, beautiful streets and friendly people. A small, hidden place burrowed within the epic nature of Norway.
At times, the nature of Norway seems never-ending. And that’s from the perspective of just one small city in the southwest. The country’s scale is incredible. It becomes truly remote in the north, and yet the south is still almost uninhabitable. For 323,802 km² of land, only 5 million people live in Norway, half the population of London. Due to the sheer and jagged layers of the landscape, with its high mountains and steep fjords, it was always difficult to build large settlements.
The result is almost untouched scenery, raw and wild, and dotted with small villages of red wooden houses beside frozen lakes.
When I was in Bergen, I stayed at Basic Hotel. It was the perfect location in the center of the city. A wonderfully comfortable break from hostel travel, the hotel was an affordable luxury.
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Norway’s second city in size after Oslo, Bergen is known above all for its UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Bryggen, the quayside warehouses, offices and dwellings where for centuries Hanseatic League merchants enriched themselves through the stockfish and grain trades. Today, Bergen is a popular summer cruise stop and launching point for the country’s famous western fjords.
What a surprise it is then to discover that Bergen in winter is practically tropical compared to what you expected, with the Gulf Stream bringing warmth and the city’s seven surrounding mountains blocking winds. All of which makes winter not only doable, but a great time for a visit without crowds. Here are some tips to plan ahead already for next winter.
On a stroll down the passageways between Bryggen’s handsome wooden warehouses—now mostly occupied by clothing boutiques, craft and gift shops and restaurants—the fragility of the structures is readily apparent. As a result of oxidation of the soil, they lean precipitously, and are thus continuously monitored, while their matchbox nature has historically led to numerous destructive fires.
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Headed to Bergen, Norway for the first time? If so, here are all the things to do in Bergen on your first trip, along with some suggested Bergen day trips.
Surrounded by mountains and fjords and filled with colorful wooden buildings, it’s not difficult to understand why the city of Bergen is such a favorite among visitors to Norway. I mean, let’s face it: this city is pretty stunning!
Nevermind that Bergen’s weather is usually pretty wet, or that it boasts the famously high prices of Scandinavia – there’s still something undeniably charming about Bergen.
It took me three visits to Norway to finally visit Bergen, but when I did I finally understood what all the fuss was about.
If you’re visiting Bergen for the first time, here are all the things you won’t want to miss:
Things to do in Bergen on your first trip
The colorful wooden houses along Bergen’s old Hanseatic Wharf are by far the most iconic sight in the city. And it just so happens that this is the most historic part of the city, too.
Bergen is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture so you’ll find tiny gems of museums and architecture dating as far back as the middle ages as you stroll around the streets.
After 6 days of cruising along the beautiful and rugged coasts of Norway with Hurtigruten, we finally arrived in the very beautiful City of Bergen! It was raining and cold when we arrived but the coldness was tolerable that I noticed that my hands weren’t shaking. Haha.
It is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to and I am not exaggerating at all. It is unique and is blessed by such beauty that I really couldn’t fathom how wonderful and amazing our creator is. I’m being dramatic here because the world we live in is just amazing.
We take a look at the best things to see and do in Norway from city breaks to breathtaking landmarks for a European break to remember
With its vast landscapes and vibrant cities, it’s no surprise that Norway has long been a favourite with all types of holidaymakers.
After all, adventurers can go exploring the spectacular scenery, while culture vultures have plenty of landmarks to choose from across the bustling cities and charming towns.
Not to mention it’s home to natural phenomenons from the Northern Lights to the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords.
And with Prince William and Kate Middleton set to visit the European hotspot on a royal tour later this year, no doubt it’s about to enjoy a further boost of tourism.
But what exactly are the best things to see and do in Norway if you’re short on time?
Our trips abroad and in the United States mean we take thousands of travel photos to remember the journeys and experiences. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2017.
It’s a cliche to say that the year flew by, but that’s certainly how we feel about 2017. We’ve been thankful for a year of amazing trips that have had us explore new countries and dig deeper in our own backyard in the US. Some of our adventures were practically impromptu while others had been on our mind for years. No matter where we go, we are always grateful for the opportunity to learn about other people and other cultures. During a year that has brought a lot of challenges and unrest, we continue to believe that travel and keeping an open mind are more important than ever.
In 2017, we flew 40,899 miles and visited 10 countries and 8 states.
Winter is one of the best seasons to vacation in Europe. Wondering where to go? We’ve got some great suggestions collected from the pros.
Traveling in Europe is amazing all year round. Since we began living in Germany, we have been able to check out the best Europe has to offer in winter, and it has become one of our favorite seasons to travel. When choosing a place to go in winter, first you have to decide what you want to do while on vacation. I like to experience snow, skiing, sledding, hot chocolate, fondue, wintery things…usually. I have to admit after a string of German gray days with no snow, I’m also ready to escape the cold and go somewhere warm, but there are not many places that are truly warm in Europe in winter.
In Norway, ancient roots and seafaring traditions create unique national fabric.
Junction City’s annual Scandinavian Festival each summer is a reminder of the northern European roots of many of our local citizens.
Although I don’t happen to share that particular lineage, as a young boy growing up on the seacoasts of New England, nothing could stir my imagination more than visions of Viking ships filled with rowdy Norsemen who, long before Columbus, explored our northeastern shores.
It took me half a lifetime to reach the land where these hearty souls originated and see those awesome ships in person — not re-creations, mind you, but the real deal, for these rough and tumble seamen were softies at heart, carefully burying their honored dead in the actual ships they sailed in, along with all their accoutrements of leadership and wealth.
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The locals call Bergen as Bryggen which literally means quay or wharf. The town traces its origins back to the middle ages when the town was the center of trade and commerce in the region. Like most of the old structures in other featured colorful towns, the buildings now are restaurants serving great dishes made from the freshest catch of the day sold in a fish market nearby.
This place has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old wharf was rebuilt using the old techniques and patterns dating back to 16th century.
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Bergen sits on Norway’s western coast and is the country’s second biggest city but has a small town charm. It is filled with majestic scenery and unique attractions. This area is one of the most unforgettable and beautiful places we have visited during our many years of travel adventures. It has been designated a European City of Culture and a World Heritage City. Here are 15 things to do in Bergen with kids (or without too) that include our favorite ways to explore this city. See why you should put this city on your Scandinavia travel bucket list.
1. See the Fjords!
Bergen is known as the gateway to the fjords of Norway. Many cruise ships dock here on many fjord sailings or leave from here. If Bergen is your base, there are cruises to nearby fjords that range from two hours to a whole day.
The hills, fjords, and harbor of Bergen, Norway, make it the ideal destination for a weekend in this beautiful country. Bergen exudes so much charm and small-town feel, you’d never know it’s actually Norway’s second largest city. For many visitors, a sunny day in Bergen is like a unicorn, but we lucked out and had fantastic weather for most of our time here which allowed us to explore all the great things to do in Bergen. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
Visit the fish market
Of course, given our obsession with markets, Bergen’s bustling fish market was our first stop. From king crab to live lobster to fish and chips, you can find almost anything seafood-related in this harbor-side space.
In the off-season, head inside to wander the displays of edible treats and have a sit-down meal at one of the eateries.
Before my first trip to Bergen I knew that the wooden houses painted in bright colors along the Bryggen are part of Unesco World Heritage List. It’s easy to understand why they are among the most photographed attractions in the world.
What I didn’t know is that Bjørgvin, the ancient name of the city, means “the meadow among the mountains”, or something along those lines. According to the legend, the romantic nickname was forged in 1070 by king Olav Kyrre, who founded the city nestled between the fjord and the mountain. After 200 years, another king commissioned the building of Håkonshallen, the royal palace. At that time, Bergen was the capital of Norway and one of the most important trading centers of the Hanseatic League.
Now Bergen covers an area of about 180 square miles: too big for just one day.