A Great Day For Panoramic Views In Bergen Norway
As we arrived at the harbour, we saw there were panoramic views in Bergen we didn’t want to miss. We were greeted by colourful buildings along the shore and in the old town. There were lots of tour options in Bergen. But we wandered the town. And then hopped on the Floibanen funicular for a ride to high above the city. It was definitely worth it for the views.
The Bergen Harbour
As we travelled through the Norway fjords, we made sure to be on deck as we came into port. The city was spread out in front of us and climbed up the hills. On our visits to the scenic small towns in coastal Norway, we loved the colourful houses that greeted us. And Bergen was yet another treat for us.
The Oceania Cruises Marina docked right close to downtown. So it was an easy walk into the old town. On most of our stops in Norway, we were the only ship in port. But on this day we docked right next to the Viking Sky ship.
We always loved the variety of ships we found in the harbours. Such a fun mix of pleasure craft and working boats. In Bergen, we were entranced with the large tall ship Amerigo Vespucci that was tied up along the quay. This ship belonged to the Italian navy and was used for training.
We had a picturesque start when we visited Bergen.
Sightseeing Options In Bergen
There were many options for tours in Bergen. The ship had a whole list of tours to book. A Hop-On-Hop-Off bus provided a route to many of the local tourist spots.
There were also harbour tours available for a different perspective on the city. We saw the ferry pull into Bergen. So we knew there were lots of other day trips to take on the water from Bergen.
On our walk, we passed a bike rental stand. This was an option to explore the flat roads at water level. But I was not sure I wanted to head up the hills around Bergen on bike.
In the end, we chose to wander in Bergen. We had one main destination in mind as we headed for the panoramic views in Bergen.
Sights Along The Way
As we walked along the water, we saw yet more of the colourful houses we saw in the small scenic towns on the Norway coast. Decorative buildings were everywhere we looked. And as we wandered higher in the city, we got a great view over the colourful roofs.
We passed the Bryggens Museum with the statue of Snorri Sturluson beside it. St Mary’s Church was in the main area. But was not open when we went past.
As we walked along the cobblestone streets at the higher level, we could not pass the sign at the Bar Barista without a picture.
We enjoyed our walk through the older part of town. But as the skies cleared, we wanted to make sure we did not miss our panoramic view over Bergen.
Heading High Above Bergen
We loved to use funiculars for panoramic views when we visited cities. One of our favourite ones gave us an amazing view down onto the Douro River in Porto, Portugal.
From the ship we saw the observation platform high above the city. It was easy to find the station at the bottom of the funicular for the Floibanen in Bergen. The funicular went 320 m (about 1,050 feet) up Mount Floyen.
We did not get tickets before we arrived and were not there with a group. But it was easy to buy a ticket online while we waited in the line. We were certainly glad we had cellular data coverage while cruising. Even without lining up for tickets, it was well over 30 minutes before we got on the funicular.
With a standing spot by the window, we got a great show as the funicular climbed up the mountain. When we exited at the top, we looked back down at the path we came up.
When we visited the small scenic towns along the coast in Norway, we were always delighted when we found a spot for a panoramic view. So we were delighted with our first view out over Bergen.
Amazing Panoramic Views In Bergen Norway
There was much to do when we reached the top of Mount Floyen. There were 10 different hiking paths. And there was even a hike to Lake Skomakerdiket. A children’s playground drew the families. But we were concerned about timing and chose just to wander close to the station.
Our first view out over Bergen confirmed why we chose to head high on this visit. Far below we saw our ship in harbour. We slowly moved around and got views of new sections of Bergen.
There was a small restaurant at the top. We found a spot by the railing and enjoyed a snack and glass of wine with the most amazing view. We would have gladly stayed there for hours.
It was definitely worth a trip up on the funicular for the stunning panoramic views.
Some Time With The Goats
When we walked along the paths at the top, we saw the sign for goats. After some time with no sight of the goats, we thought we missed them. But then we saw a group of goats head out of the woods as their bells jangled.
It was clear that the goats were used to people being close. They wandered where they went with groups following. David set up several times for a close up view. I tried not to comment about “old goats”.
Our patience paid off. We saw the goats and the panoramic views in Bergen.
Glad We Went For Panoramic Views In Bergen Norway
There was a lot to see and do in the colourful city of Bergen. On a short day in town, a trip up the funicular provided such panoramic views in Bergen. We saw some of old town as we wandered. But it definitely was just a small taste test.
We cruised out of Bergen and under the big Askoy Bridge. We had such an amazing time as we visited the Norway fjords. But this was our last Norway port. So it was time to head to the second part of our cruise through the Nordic countries.
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