Wooden houses at the harbor
At the end of the harbor, the Bergen fish market has existed since the 1200s as a focus of trade between fisherman, farmers, and the residents of the city. Fishermen who lived outside the city used to row in to the fish market, sell their catch, and row home. Now, we can all buy fish to take away or have it cooked there for us to eat at the tables behind each stall.
Bergen fish market
From the fish market, we walk up the hill to the Bergen Funicular, which travels 320 meters (1050 feet) up to Mount Fløyen, where there are restaurants, walks, and fantastic views across the city. We walk up alongside the funicular, first on city streets that cross back and forth over the funicular path, then a nature trail the final way up the hill. The views get better and better as we climb.
We walk up
One great surprise along the way is that the residents have decorated their trees on their streets by wrapping them in multi-colored yarn blankets, adding festivity to the walk up (and later down).
On top of Fløyen
We soon head down, finding new views as the city reappears from the clouds.
Back on the harbor, we explore the shops located in the old wooden houses on the harbor, full of fabulous needlepoint, sweaters, blankets, and furs.
We take one more walk down the harbor and enjoy the feel of this great little town.