Norway, Part I: Bergen

This past weekend, because it was Easter, George had both Friday and Monday off from work. So we decided we wanted to go somewhere a little farther with our extra time! We chose Haugesund, Norway because it was the cheapest place to fly over the holiday weekend. I have always wanted to see the fjords and George was excited because it was something totally new. 

Our first day there, we drove straight up to Bergen and arrived early Friday evening. After dropping some things off at our hotel, we set out on one adventure before calling it a day. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at a seafood place right on the water and then walked up the hill to the Fløibanen funicular station. The sun was just beginning to set as we rode up to the top of Mount Fløyen and when we reached the top, the view was stunning.

The next morning we explored the historic wharf, Bryggen, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. The Hanseatic League was an association of market towns that dominated commercial activity in northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century. The buildings are all made of wood and although there have been several fires, their rebuilding has traditionally followed old patterns and methods in order to maintain its integrity.

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