Bergen is based on the South-West coast on Norway, surrounded by the fjords and mountains. As our cruise was in September, I wasn’t holding out much hope for the weather as Norway is a pretty wet and windy country (although still very beautiful) but to my surprise, we had full sunshine all day which made for amazing views from the high points and at one point I was even feeling a little hot.
Plenty of activities were available, organised by the cruise ship but we decided to just ‘wing it’ as we had no idea what to expect. We jumped on a city seeing bus for an tour of the city which takes an hour to do the entire route. The best thing about the bus is that you get to see all of the important sights and hop on and hop off whenever you feel like it and go round as many times as you like, just be sure to keep your bus ticket safe. It was perfectly reasonable too, working out at around £25 per person. I’ll definitely be using this bus company again as they’re available in most cities around the globe. Wifi was also available on board the bus, nuff said.
We added a trip on the Floibanen Funicular which heads up the Floyen Mountain to witness the breathtaking views of the fjord and city below. The blue skies meant the view was crystal clear and picture perfect. At the top, there was a cafe, posh restaurant and tourist shop for all your shopping needs. We picked up some beautiful post cards to send off to our families. The ice-cream on offer looked super tasty but it wasn’t quite warm enough for me for that.
I would absolutely love to see this view in the winter but it sounds like the mountains are pretty difficult to get up during the snow but I’m sure it would be a spectacular scene. Back in the main town of Bergen, beautiful colourful buildings similar to those you’d see in Copenhagen lined the street with cafes and independent stores. During our visit there was also a fish market however I have a feeling it is a permanent thing so if your into fish, that’s your place. Although they did have Dolphin on offer which was a little unsettling.
I would have absolutely loved to spend more time in Bergen but I am glad I managed to visit even if it was just for a day!