Bergen, the gateway to the fjords, is Norway’s second largest city, though with a population of under 300,000, it has the relaxed feel of a small town. Before you depart on one of the many fjord cruises that begins in Bergen, you should spend some time exploring the historic port. At the heart of town, Bryggen is a step back in time, with the restored merchants’ homes and warren of medieval streets a reminder of the centuries of Hanseatic presence here. At the end of the same inlet where Bryggen is found, the Fisketorget is a working fish market as well as a great place for a lunch straight from the sea. From the fish market, a five-minute walk will take you to the Fløibanen. The funicular climbs to the peak of Mount Fløyen where you can take in the stunning views of the city and beyond.
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