Posted by: danielfee | June 13, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 06-13-2013

Vågen Harbor - Bergen, Norway

Vågen Harbor – Bergen, Norway

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, behind only Oslo, but as you walk around town it has the charm and atmosphere of a small town. It was granted town status by King Olav Kyrre in 1070. At the time it was the largest town and the capital of Norgesveldet, a region that included Iceland, Greenland, and parts of Scotland. The capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, but Bergen remained a trading center and continued to grow. Today Bergen is a World Heritage City. For the best views of the city, Vågen Harbor and the surrounding mountains, take the funicular railway, known as the Floybanen, to the top of Mount Floyen. At the top, 1,050 feet above the city, are fantastic panoramic views. In the city park located at the top of Mount Floyen, there are numerous walking paths and a quiet little lake. As you walk down from the top (you can ride the funicular back down), the footpaths turn into narrow winding streets and cobblestone lanes lined with quaint houses that make the effort of walking down well worth it.



  1. There she is! The one place I went to in Norway over 20 years ago!

    • I know, that is why I posted it for you. I think you should put the Norwegian fjords on your list of places to go. However, a cruise ship might not be your cup of tea (and the Brits drink a lot of tea) on the Queen Elizabeth. But there is plenty of great areas to hike that you and your dad would love.

      • It sounds fantastic! I like the hiking idea! 🙂 We’ll see….

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