July 2015


With all the charm and attractions of a small town, Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s spectacular fjords. Viking marketing executive, Sarah Adwalpalkar reveals why she loves this historic Norwegian coastal city.

The first thing that strikes you about Norway’s second city, Bergen, is the crisp mountain air and the fresh native birch trees. Viking Star was docked adjacent to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen – meaning you could be in the heart of the city within a few minutes.

Bergen’s iconic Bryggen has an array of shops selling crafts and traditional Norwegian fare. As soon as we stepped foot into the darkened recesses of the large wooden complex, it was as if stepping through time. I imagined that the area had maintained many original features from the 18th century. Our guide painted a vivid picture of everyday life and the more adverse aspects of living and working in the Bryggen.

A highlight was taking the funicular railway up to the top of Mt. Fløyen, which was an exhilarating experience as we zoomed up, watching Bergen (and Viking Star) disappear beneath us.

If you ever visit Bergen, be sure to visit the Fisketorget, or Fish market, where we sought sustenance with a fresh and delicious fish soup served with crusty white bread. The market itself is a bustling and lively place, where people can dine alfresco along the harbourfront on fresh seafood.

Bergen is an ideal destination for a taster of Norwegian culture in a most picturesque setting.

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