Day 11: Bergen, After Which I Disappear
Today was our day in Bergen and we made the most of it.
First stop was Bryggen, where we went through the shops, picked up some fun souvenirs, heard a military band playing in the castle square, and walked around Bergenhus ( the castle ).
While shopping, I did find the style I want for my new front door.
A lot of the shops in the area were general souvenir shops, but there were two whole rows of shops from local craftspeople. The lace shop pictured above was one, and the leather shop below is another.
My brother wants a Viking nativity scene with sea serpents in it, but the only sea serpent we were able to find was a bit large.
The castle — built in the mid 13th century — was pretty cool from the outside, but we did not bother with a tour through the inside due to price and the fact that we’ve seen quite a few castle interiors in our lives.
After a few hours in the city, it was time to get out of it, so we took a short train to the top of one of the mountains surrounding Bergen.
From the top, we took a short hike to a lake and then decided to walk all the way down. It was pretty light ( just under 3 miles ), and a lot of fun.
Apparently some very rare species of animal still exist in these forests …
A friend and co-worker had advised that we walk barefoot on the mossy ground in Norway, so we did.
Here’s a few more pictures from our hike …
After the hike, it was time to hike back up to our apartment. Which is on top of a large hill. Imagine walking this street several times every day.
This post is my last blog post for at least 2, probably 3–4 days. Tomorrow morning we are heading out to Gudvangen for a three day kayaking trip up a fjord. I will not be bringing my computer along and will be surprised if my phone works the whole time ( in fact, I’ll be switching it to airplane mode to conserve battery for picture taking ).
I’ll come back to blogging and sharing the kayaking trip as soon as possible, at which point I will probably be in Oslo. Have a great and adventurous next few days, I know I will.