Moody Bergen, Norway

It does look to be a moody day on our early morning arrival in Bergen, Norway! But, this is exactly what I pictured in my mind for most of the previous month on board the ship and luckily this is the only day we have arrived in a port in the rain! No worries here, we are prepared with rain coats and umbrella and a good attitude (as I’m sure the folks of Bergen have, since it rains 260 days of the year here) I love getting up early to see the first glimpse of each new port! Let’s get on with it, because we have a full, planned day ahead……

When King Olav Kyrre founded the city in 1070, there was already a thriving trade site here. Seafaring people from all over the world, passing through Bergen, left traces of their time here as evidenced in the buildings, names and traditions of the city. As we sail up the Byfjorden, we are entering a new port, but one also with a long seafaring tradition, framed with seven majestic mountains and highlighted by the beautiful fjord! The old wooden warehouses are from the Hanseatic period………..

Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View

The colors of the warehouses along the shore are just vibrant, even in the rain!

Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View

It looks like most of the action is right along the coast…………..

Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View

There is a modern area too…………

Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View

and a very curvy street! Just like San Francisco!

Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View

Our buses are waiting to take us on various tours. We have two scheduled for today………..but first let’s get into port.

Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View
Bergen, Norway, Bay Harbor View

This is going to be a fun day, I can tell……our first tour will be a ways out of the city….on to the suburbs and Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg, can’t wait to see that………Then we will come back to Bergen and get a closer look of the old fish market and the ancient buildings now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. See you tomorrow! Lots more to see !

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I am surprised any of them were any good! It was pouring!

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  2. Jo Shafer says:

    Moody, indeed. How I would love to be sitting in one of those tall narrow houses facing the quay, steaming mug of coffee, gazing at rain pockmarking the bay’s surface. Reminds me of watching rain drops plop into the large puddle outside our dining room window of my childhood home during a long spell of rain. Even then, I was contemplative, enjoying the quiet of a long afternoon, before the sun came out just before sunset.

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  3. Oh, my. Those colorful houses along the waterfront — so wonderful. It’s the quintessential view of Norway that I have in my head. Maybe, just maybe, I still have time to get there if the world ever opens up again.

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