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Arriving in Bergen, Junes grandma greeted us with champagne and strawberries, winning. We settled in for the evening and that was that. Wednesday was a rainy day, which is pretty usual as it rains approximately 250 days of the year here! We went to an aquarium, seeing a sea lion show and plenty of sea life. We walked around a bit, luckily with ...
... the first evening was spent walking around the immediate vicinity, seeing the main shopping area and the city squares.
The following day we took the funicular to the top of the mountain that overlooks the whole city and bays nearby, before walking down and seeing the rest of the city, including the castle and it's most famous attraction - Bryggen, the old Hanseatic port buildings.
On our final full day ...
... we're used to in the States. We all pulled our luggages with us, standing in line. Once we got to the checkin desk, things were quite smooth. We dropped our luggage on the conveyer belt after checkin, then went through a security briefing, which was conducted through a video clip that showed us the emergency siren, the life jacket and thermal suite, the evacuation procedure, etc. Then we boarded the ship. It was about 5:30pm. Even though we were told ...
Official recommendation from the Bergen tourist office: Don't arrive at one of the most touristy places in Norway at 6PM in the height of summer and expect to find anywhere to stay the night.
However, luck came through for us again (the bad luck was building himself up for the days coming up), and there was a space in a christian hostel's garden pretty near the centre of town. We prepped ...
... popularity is probably due in part to there being a train up it and also a cafe on the top. Although the station at the top is a bit of a tourist trap in the worst way (it stopped short of having anything in the shop made of shells), the panoramic views of the city were pretty impressive and a short walk up a path took me into the middle of a pine forest and way from the crowds. I wandered for about an hour - to rocky outcrops with ...