Awaiting Your Return From Shore
With its spectacular setting among seven hills,
Bergen is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable cities in Norway. Founded
in 1070 A.D. by the illustrious King Olav Kyrre, it became the first capital
of Norway during the 13th century. The city became an important shipping and
commercial center; it was the headquarters for the Hanseatic League, an
association of merchants in northern Europe until the 17th century.
Although the city periodically has been ravaged by fire, many fine examples
of medieval and Renaissance architecture can still be found. The broad
avenues and open spaces are testimonials to the city planners, who used the
thoroughfares as a tool to prevent the rapid spread of fires.
Bergen’s association with the sea has given the city its lifeblood. The
fishing industry has provided the economic backbone for the region for
centuries. Another important source of income is tourism. The main event of
the season is the Bergen International Festival. This festival of music,
drama, folklore, opera and ballet coincides with Fjord Blossom Time, the
period when Norway’s fjord country is radiant with the colors of spring.
The city is second in size only to Oslo. Since there is a relatively compact
town center, the majority of its sites are within an easy walk from the
harbor. From fine surviving medieval buildings to a series of good museums,
Bergen offers a wide variety of attractions. Its scenic beauty, which can
best be appreciated from Mt. Floyen, is captivating.
Enjoy this lovely city by taking a stroll to the old part of town, passing
the impressive 12th-century Bergenhus fortress. The main focus around the
harbor is the old Hanseatic Wharf, called Bryggen, where the reconstructed
gabled buildings house workshops, boutiques and restaurants. The mornings
are especially delightful with the colorful flower, fish and fruit market
along the waterfront. You may want to bring your umbrella as Bergen is the
rainiest place in Norway.
Awaiting Your Return
Return to Your
Suite and Sail Away to The Next Adventure
and Dancing Await You