During my trip to Scandinavia the only coutnry where I ventured outside the capital city. I spent two crazy days on a journey with six different tickets across four forms of viecheles to explore the Norwegian Fjords. From Oslo you have to travel a long way to see the majesty the Western Coast of Norway has to offer so I opted to do what can be a one day journey in two. I started off with a very early morning train that took six ours from Oslo to Bergen that was incredibly picturesuqe.
After many hours and an increasing amount of rain we finally arrived in Bergen – the second largest city in Norway located on the South Western coast. The pretty little costal town has been around for nearly 1,000 years (it was founded in 1070) and even after all that time is only home to half a million people. To give you a sense, that’s roughly the same size as the my Upper East Side neighborhood in New York City. It was a cute little town and definitely somewhere I glad I had the chance to visit but also a place I did not feel as if I needed more time.
I was sad it rained for my entire visit but that led me to shelter under the tents of the fish market where I got to try some of the most delicous food! According to the Fjord Tours team who helped me book my trip Bergen is called ‘the city between seven mountains’ because of the many mountains that surround it including the tallest, Mount Ulriken. As I mentioned it rained the entire time I was there so while I was not really able to see them but I believe it!
The best part of Bergen for me was definitely the fish market! Believe it or not the fish market does make it on to the list of the top things you should do or see while in Beregn but I paid it a visit mainly because it was a under a great deal of tents and I was really tired of the rain. But it only took me a second to realize I hit the jackpot and the decision became quite hard – what to do get! I opted for a two foot King crab leg that had been caught that morning that they cut up right infront of me, threw on the flat top with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of fresh garlic and served me up for dinner!
The 204 written on the piece of paper above indicates 204 Norwegian Krone which roughly equates to $25 which seems a lot for a single piece of fish but let me tell you – it was INCREDIBLE and a very rustic meal, but one I will not be forgetting any time soon. I enjoyed my visit to Bergen and may have had a better time if it wasn’t raining but c’est la vie, I made the most of it! I can’t wait to show you the rest of Norway, especially when I got to the Fjords! Stay tuned!