Blue Bergen

Trip Start May 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 11, 2008

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Flag of Norway  , Western Fjords,
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Our final destination in Norway was Bergen, Norway's second largest city, situated on the west coast of the country. I was surprised by the seemingly instant transition from beautiful wilderness to city upon entering Bergen by train. We arrived around midday, dumped bags and did what we typical do first thing in a new city, get up high. We headed for Floyen, Bergen's 320m hill overlooking the city. Lucky for us there is a Furnicular railway to take one right to the top. It is Scandinavia's first Furnicular railway, Floibanen. It was a superb day with crystal blue skies, and was even a touch on the warm side, a change from the last few days. The views are great, and I could still see the mountains surrounding Bergen, as well as the many islands out to sea. I couldn't see Scotland however!

We wanted to take a look at the Lepresy Museum as it seemed really different and possibly interesting. I was a little bit over the usual museums, and Bergen and few strange ones on offer. Unfortunately the opening times were severly naffed, and we didn't get a look. So we head a good wander around the city taking in all the lovely old wooden buildings, and over on the hill where there are predominantly old wooden houses. I was stranged about by the presence of a 14th century Scottish castle on the waterfront. It seems so out of place! In the later afternoon, the sun was a midday sun and it was a little warm. So we headed to the pub and ended up chatting to a couple of Aussies for a while a few (expensive) pints. It's funny how I can always afford beer when everything else seems far too expensive! They were a good couple of guys, a little on the yobbo side, and we had a good time relaxing.

The city is beautiful, however I enjoyed Oslo more. I think there is just a lot more going on there. Bergen seemed a little sleepy to me. Probably a good thing I guess!

We headed back to Scotland the next day, and had opted for a flight to Aberdeen. Our plane was a small one with propellers, seating probably no more than 40 people. I was dreading the flight, thinking it would be a rough one. However it turned out suprisingly uneventful and smooth. The engines are very loud however. The weather when we arrived in Aberdeen was abismal. Typically.

Norway was a great trip and definitely one of the best places I've been in Europe. The scenery is amazing and I am especially glad we did the train and fjords as the cities were great, but didn't stand out as some of my favourites. The mountains, fjords, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls were amazing and definitely the best part of Norway for me. I'd like to go further north next time I think.
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