Bergen, Norway.

The Mountains

There is only one way to start a story about Bergen – on a mountain. Bergen has been romanticised as the city surrounded by seven mountains, it is arguable as to which mountains are counted as the seven. There are actually more than seven mountains. Fløyen, Ulriken and Sandviksfjellet are three of the most central.

  • Fløyen, is visited by most tourists that go to Bergen. There are two ways of reaching the top via the funicular ‘fløybanen’, or with your own two feet. Once at the top, you can see the whole city, or even continue to walk over to other mountains.
  • Ulriken, much like Fløyen, has an easy way to the top – cablecar. One is red and one is yellow, they are very cute and their names are ‘Perle’ and ‘Bruse’. Ulriken is taller than Fløyen so Bergen looks even smaller from the top.  Both mountains have a little cafe at the top, which can be a very nice break from the cold conditions outside.
  • Sandviksfjellet, there is only one way to get to the top of this mountain if you want to do it properly. That is to run up the ‘Stolzekleiven’ path. The path consists of a stone steps laid down by Nepalese Sherpas. The path is not for the faint hearted. The lactic acid will hit you. It will hit you hard. You don’t have to run to the top though, it is also a very beautiful walk. Once at the top you feel like a million dollars. For the descent it is generally recommended to take a smoother route down, as the Stolzekleiven is very narrow.

 

The Food

After walking up mountains in sun, snow, wind and rain, treats are well-earned. For this reason, it is no surprise that Norway know how to make sweet treats. Bakeries are found throughout the city; cinnamon, coconut and saffron common ingredients.

There is one thing that really makes Norway stand out. For some reason it is only those that have been to Norway that know about this fine art. Characterised by yellow packaging, a stork on each block and the phrase “Et lite style Norge” (A small piece of Norway). Freia creates milk chocolate that leaves the Swiss and the Belgians looking like amateurs. If nothing else about Norway appeals to you, the chocolate is a reason in itself.

There’s the sweet, then there’s the weird and wonderful. Whale sausage, lamb head and caviar to name a few… Try it before you knock it.

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The Heritage

The colourful, old, slanted, wooden area of Bryggen brings distant memories of the old Hanseatic city it Bergen once was.

The city was occupied by the Germans during WWII.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl a traditional ship that looks like it came straight of Pirates of the Carribean is often docked in the city.

Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg brought music the the city.

I can’t reveal too much though, you need to plan your own journey and discover your own Bergen.

God tur.

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