Bergen, Norway
My next stop was Bergen. Bergen is the second largest and rainiest city in
Norway. Luckily, on the day I visited there was bright sunshine and, to make
the visit even more enjoyable, the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Race was in Bergen
that day.
I started my day in Bergen by riding the funicular to the top of Mount
Floyen. From the height of about 1,050 feet, I was able to get a great view
of the city. Not only did I get to see the surrounding mountains and fjords,
but in the harbor, the masts of all the tall ships as well.
At the top of Mount Floyen, I met a troll
who lives in the nearby forest. He was a
very friendly troll and we exchanged
pleasantries before I resumed my
sightseeing and he posed with other
tourists. Apparently, I was the first bear
to visit with him that day.
It is fitting that the tall ships came to Bergen because the city has long
depended on sea trade. In the Middle Ages, Bergen was a vital link in the
Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League was a group of German merchants
that traded with foreign lands. Above is a view across the harbor towards the
Bryggen, which was a scene of thriving activity for the "Hansas" up to the
18th century.