Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is located on a peninsula surrounded by seven mountains and numerous islands, buffering the city from the North Sea. The harbor contains serious fishing and processing ships, along with well-preserved old houses and a fabulous fish market. Many of the nearby towns are located on islands and there is a thriving ferry business. Bergen is considered the gateway to the Norwegian fjords.
Bergen has Europe's largest collection of wooden houses and the colorful ones at the port are still in service as shops and restaurants.
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.
We soon head down, finding new views as the city reappears from the clouds.
Back at the harbor, we explore the shops located in the old wooden houses, full of fabulous needlepoint, sweaters, blankets, and furs.
We truly enjoy the feel of this great little town.