Oh Lord what a day we had yesterday! We were propper tourists and did all the amazing and beautiful sights of Bergen city in absolutely lovely weather. I am amazed we got through so much actually! We went to the classic sights (that I highly recommend if you should spend a day visiting Bergen): Old Bergen, The Bryggen, the Fish Market, Bergen Fortress and Fløyen! Also, apart from parking, lunch and the ticket for Fløybanen, it was a reasonably cheap and budgeted way to see Bergen.
We started the day by driving to Sandviken to go to the open air museum of Old Bergen. This museum is a reconstruction of Bergen with about 50 houses from the 17-, 18- and 1900-hundreds. It was a cute little village, with private houses, shops, and workshops, all characterized in the classic wooden style and colour that is so wonderfully Scandinavian. Walking around the area was lovely, and we also discovered a public bathing area for the use of the public. It looked really nice and clean, perhaps I will go there myself for a swim soon 🙂
After this we headed back into town for lunch and to see the one of the UNESCO world heritage sites! Bryggen is of course perhaps Bergen’s most famous attraction, which I think it deserves. Particularly as it is astonishing it is actually still standing, as Bergen has been damaged and lost a lot of it’s building through the ages due to fire. Not surprising when most of the houses where made out of wood and are stacked back to back to eachother! Set one alight and you pretty much get a domino effect! Anyway, David and I had lunch on the Bryggen at one of the Cafés called Baker Brun (which I think is perhaps the nicest place to eat of the selection of restaurants and cafés on the Bryggen as it is fairly ok prices and good quality food). I had a lovely smoked salmon and egg sandwich with coke, and it was delicious! Afterwards we wandered around the Bryggen having a peak in some of the nicer tourist shops to see the lovely woolen jumpers that are so typically Norwegian, and in one of the shops we had a great surprise. I little moggy was sleeping ever so quietly on a lovely wollen blanket in the middle of the shop! Most adorable site I have ever seen! Very dosile and not at all bothered by the customers around.
Next on the agenda was a quick walk through the famous fish market! This site is again, highly recommended by the tourist companies, but as a local I know the market has suffered a lot of discussion and controversy. I have for a long time thought it has been over rated, over priced and lost it’s direction, but yesterday I was pleasantly surprised! We walked through and talked with the salesmen, tried tasters of both whale meat, fish cake and elk meat, and even bought a little treat (elk sausage). The atmosphere was pleasantly bustling, and the fish tanks with the live crabs and lobsters were quite fun! In the knick knack stores across the road we saw raindeer skins and antlers, troll statues, tacky t-shirts and flags! David bought a huge one he intends to put on his wall next year at university!
Our next attraction was Bergen Fortress which we walked to along the docks! We didn’t go inside the buildings, but just had a quick stroll around the grounds. The canons were perhaps a favourite.
Lastly we couldn’t give Fløyen mountain a miss! it is such a great way to get a view of the city, and it is also such a lovely walk to the top! Yes, indeed, we weren’t lazy like all the other tourists! We did it properly and walked up! At the top we enjoyed the view, took some photos, bought return tickets for the Fløybanen and treated ourselves with a little melkesjokolade bar (best chocolate in the world). After this we headed home and had the most delicious, heavenly Mexican meal. Literally.. mouthgasm.