After: Bergen, Norway
Strikingly set on a convergence of fjords, backed by steeped, forested slopes, Bergen waits to be explored. Even though it is the second largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character, from the fascinating and picturesque quarters with houses clinging to the hillsides, to the narrow cobblestone alleys and world-famous attractions. The UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen, “The Hanseatic Wharf,” is the most obvious remnant from the time Bergen used to be the center of trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. Just a stone’s throw away is the lively fish market, which has been providing the locals with freshly caught treasures from the sea since 1276. Today, it is one of Norway’s most visited outdoor markets, and also offers fresh fruit, vegetables, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Another highlight is the Bergen Aquarium, which boasts more than 50 aquariums and plenty of entertaining sea and land animals. Finally, do not miss the open-air Old Bergen Museum, where you can catch a glimpse of the past. The museum is a reconstructed small town and a reminder that Bergen used to be Europe’s largest wooden city, consisting of around 50 wooden houses dating from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel.