BERGEN, NORWAY


(Norway Flag)


(Norway Map)


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2008:

All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

It was an unusually nice day as we transited Hjeltefjorden Fjord toward Bergen with
the sun shining brightly overhead. On average, it rains here more than 300 days per year.
Hjeltefjorden Fjord Ask°y, Norway Byfjorden, Fjord


We sailed under the Ask°y Bridge as we sailed through Byfjorden Fjord which is close to Bergen's city center.
Ask°y Bridge Byfjorden, Fjord Fl°ibanen Funicular


Fl°ibanen is a funicular in Bergen, Norway which runs up the mountain of Fl°yen.
It is one of Bergen's major tourist attractions and one of Norway's most visited attractions.
Fl°ibanen Funicular Bergen, Norway from the mountain of Fl°yen Bergen, Norway from the mountain of Fl°yen


Fl°yen is the most visited of the seven mountains that surround the city center of Bergen.
The views are spectacular.
The Sea Princess from the mountain of Fl°yen Bergen, Norway from the mountain of Fl°yen Bergen, Norway from the mountain of Fl°yen


After descending Fl°yen, I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around this beautiful city of 250,000 people.
The old Brygge buildings in Bergen, Norway The old Brygge buildings in Bergen, Norway Statue of Ludvig Holberg in downtown Bergen, Norway


The city center is divided into two parts: the old Hanseatic town along the wharf area and the modern center
stretching inland from the harbour. It has a pleasant, slow pace and a cultured atmosphere with numerous
interesting museums, galleries, an aquarium and surviving medieval buildings.
Gazebo in Edvard Grieg Park Lille Lungegardsvann Lake The city center of Bergen, Norway


Bergen has a spectacular setting on a sheltered harbor of the North Sea,
situated among seven hills that form a backdrop to the brightly painted
wooden houses along the waterfront, and is one of Norway's most enjoyable cities.
St. John Church, in Bergen, Norway The city center of Bergen, Norway The city center of Bergen, Norway


As we sailed out of Vagen Harbor it began to mist light rain,
so I guess it was one of those 300 rainy days after all.
Vagen Harbor in Bergen, Norway The old Brygge buildings in Bergen, Norway Vagen Harbor in Bergen, Norway


BERGEN, NORWAY VIDEO
29 minute video of my day in Bergen, Norway.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2008
Hallo,

That coin I tossed in Trevi Fountain is really working wonders. Today's port was Bergen, Norway. This is the wettest city in all of Europe. It rains here 300 days per year. But not today, it was sunny and warm. Below is a picture of us sailing through the fjords on the way to Bergen this morning.



The day began as we continued to sail north through the North Sea. At 9:00 we entered Hjeitefjorden Fjord. It was a three hour transit through the fjord ending in Bergen at noon. The picture below is the Ask°y Bridge.



First thing I did here was ride the funicular to the top of Mt. Fl°yen for great views of the city.



You can see my ship docked in the harbor in the picture below.


You can see some of the old Brygge buildings in this closer look from Mt. Fl°yen.



After that I just walked all around this beautiful city. It is not a very big city. They just had a celebration last month celebrating the birth of their 250,000th citizen. Below is another picture of the old Brygge buildings.



Below is the Statue of Ludvig Holberg.



Below is the Gazebo in Edvard Grieg Park in downtown Bergen.



I was going to send some post cards via snail mail from here. I only had dollars, pounds and euros and they take the Norwegian Krone here. So I asked the clerk if they took U.S. dollars and he said yes. So I gave him my 6 small post cards and when he said that will be $15 I told him no thanks. So don't expect any mail from Norway.



As I am writing this we are sailing back out the fjord on our way to tomorrow's port. It has now clouded over and started to rain. So I guess it was one of those 300 rain days after all. But who cares now. Going to really test that coin tomorrow. The Captain says the forecast is for rain tomorrow. But he doesn't know about that lucky coin, so we'll see.

More later,

Tim
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