Bergen is the second city of Norway and was somewhere I hadn't heard of before visiting, let alone what it was like to backpack there so decided to give it a try. I had a 3-day trip there and was excited to see what was there. The city is on the foot of a mountain which was breathtaking from the moment you arrive in the city you are literally in the shadow of the mountain which was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
For accommodation, there are only 4 hostels in the whole city as it isn't on the typical backpacker route of Europe, but the hostel which I stayed in was called Marken Gjestehus hostel which I would recommend as the location was perfect as you were at the foot of the mountain, plenty of shops nearby but also only about a 20 minute walk to the waterfront. The accommodation was expensive for what it was but was to be expected when travelling in Scandinavia but it is something to bare in mind when booking a trip here.
Bergen has a variety of activities which you can do which include hiking, cruises and exploring the town this intercity gives you an idea of what you can do with your time in Bergen. Explore the Fish markets: This may sound extremely mundane but the fish market is a vital part of Bergen cultural as fishing is a massive form of infrastructure for them, and as someone who doesn't eat fish I didn't think I would enjoy this but I enjoyed it.
Visit the Fjords: This is a must if you're visiting Norway, the Fjords are a natural beauty and are a sight that must be seen. Bergen is the perfect place to explore the Fjords as you have a variety of different Fjords to explore with ease with great variety too. I explored the Mostraumen which I would recommend highly, this was a half-day tour which worked perfectly for me as I was short on time. I plan on doing a full review of my experience of visiting the Fjords.
Head up the funicular (Fløibanen) This was a highlight for me and something which I had wished I had done earlier but I am slightly scared of lifts so was unsure how I would be on a funicular. It cost approx £9 which is 90 Norweigan Krone for a return ticket, you can walk up and down for free but it is incredibly steep. But the views from the top are 100% worth any fear I had and sadly I felt like I didn't have enough time up there, as there are several hikes you can do up at the top which I did not have time for but I still got to explore parts of the troll forest which was brilliant. Furthermore, I would recommend heading up for sunset as the views from the top are breathtaking and felt like something from another planet.
Norway in a Nutshell: Although I did not do this tour I'd spoken to several people who had and highly recommended this to me as it covered both Bergen and Olso and took you via train allowing you to cut through the mountains and wish I had the time to explore Olso whilst in Norway but I will have to save that for another trip. Overall I loved Bergen but is somewhere I would not rush back to as a solo traveller but this will be explained in another post be despite this I would give Bergen an 8 out of 10, as I would love to go back but not on my own. Ashleigh xx Want up to £100 your off next Contiki trip? Use the link below
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