Beautiful Bergen, Norway is the final port of call on this 15
night cruise. Come with me to visit Norway’s 2nd largest city,
and the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway, on the final stop of
Emerald Isles cruise on Viking Sky. Beautiful Bergen...And Beyond By now, I’m sure you’re thinking “Where did the time go? How
can this be the end of the cruise?” The saving grace to the end
of the trip is spending time in Bergen, with our overnight stay
onboard giving us a little extra time to explore. As a UNESCO
World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen
region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting
urban life all year round.
Shore Excursions and Independently Booked tours are the norm for
cruise ship travelers. Let’s face it, cruises are an amazing way
to travel the world, but while in port, your time can be limited.
However, on this particular cruise, the Viking Sky: British Isles
Explorer, you have two fantastic days in Bergen, so let’s make
sure to make the most of it!
The city is known for unpredictable weather which is a strange
concept. (Average number of rain days is 255...so, what’s
unpredictable about that? It’s most likely going to rain!)
Rain is part of the ambience of the city as long as you are
prepared for it. And maybe, just maybe, it's why Norwegians are
the second biggest consumers of coffee in the world. So ‘when in
Rome’-- you mustn’t leave without having had the fabulous creamy
hot drink alongside the locals. Kaffemisjonen claims to have
the best coffee in Bergen. The independently run coffee shop
prides themselves of serving Norwegian coffee brewed by world
class baristas. The coffee shop also hosts weekly coffee tasting
After you have a wonderful cup of joe, where do you head? Explore
the many owner operated shops and boutiques, art galleries and
museums, the historic area of
Bryggen, the historic harbor district in Bergen, one of North
Europe’s oldest port cities established as a center for trade by
the 12th century, tour the famous waterfront fish market, and
explore the city on foot.
And then....like the old beer tag line says “Head for the
Mountains” or the fjords by way of tour, car rental or on
foot. Norwegian Fjords
Arriving in Bergen you will notice one of the most spectacular
allures of the area is all around you: the scenery. There is a
funicular that will take you up
Mount Floyan or you can hike or a combination of both. From
atop this beautiful mountain, you can look down upon Bergen and
see as a whole, the wonder of the city. Amazingly, within a few
minutes, you can leave the thriving city and be in the wilderness
exploring the numerous walking paths. Travel Tip: When I cruise and have two days at the end of the
trip, I schedule a late flight out on the second day and hire a
driver who will pick up at the ship, drop off at the airport and
provide a tour of the city. This takes care of needing to be off
the ship early and the issue of storing luggage. This also has
the added benefit of a private tour by a local and allows me to
stroll around the city on Day 1.
As the gateway to the Fjords, Bergen lies between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord
Fjords. The Norwegian fjords were formed through several ice
ages as the sea carved itself through and across the coastline,
leaving a beautiful landscape with snow-clad mountains, blue
glaciers, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and tiny fertile
villages strung like glowing green pearls along the fjord line.
There is no one best way to experience the fjords.
Your options range from full or half day organized tours, hiking,
biking, kayaking and rafting. However you choose to see the
Fjords, it will be the experience of a lifetime.
Dee shares: A few years I ago, I had the opportunity to cruise
this region and remember waking up and going out onto the cruise
ship veranda to find myself surrounded by the Sognefjord; a
breathtaking experience which I will never forget. Equally
breathtaking, on that same day we were in the mountains and
spotted a beautiful waterfall where a local woman came out from
behind this particular fall and sang (similar to Enya), making
this a very surreal experience. Imagine the roar of the falls and
spray of the mist with what sounds like an angel singing as you
explore this beautiful area off the beaten path. TRAEVL TIP: The best time of year to catch the northern
lights in Norway is from October to March, although you may also
see them as early as August. And now my friends, it's time to explore! Bergen is truly a
breathtaking place, and the vibrant blues and deep greens in the
fjords and all around you will take your breath away! Thanks for
joining me on this cruise. Bye bye beautiful Bergen! Up next, the
Grand European Passage on Regent Navigator! Hasta la bye bye!
Q Dee Serkin is a travel writer who specializes in destinations,
culture, travel tips and advice. She is dedicated to inspiring
travel in all and loves to share her adventures with others.
Contact her at Denyce.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her site at https://travelovers.us
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