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Day 19 & 20 ~ Bergen Burgers

Bergen

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I’ve combined these two days into one blog post as they are both Bergen based. Yesterday was mainly getting here, finding a spot to stay for 2 nights and a quick visit into Bergen, whereas today was a much longer visit.

Yesterday was only a 2 hour drive to get into Bergen. The road got noticeably faster and there were far less places to stop and have lunch with a view. We ended up in a truckers park on the outskirts, but who cares, the cheese toastie was good.

We drove into Bergen but were apprehensive about finding somewhere to stay. In contrast to most of Norway Bergen is quite inhospitable to overnight Motorhomes. We drove into one Motorhome place, but it was unsurprisingly full. We then headed up to another spot just up the road where we were excited to see a big empty car park with quite a few Motorhomes in it. Lyn quickly did a U turn, only to find an apologetic Norwegian blocking the entrance with his car. He was instructed to only let people out, not in, as they were about to start building work. He did give us directions to a nearby campsite though, just 10 minutes up the road.

This is now our home, last night and tonight, before we leave tomorrow. We are basically in the parking area of a motel type place with little chalets, and are paying £25 per night for it. It’s a bit noisy, but beggars can’t be choosers!

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To get to Bergen we have to walk for 15 minutes, then get to the light railway stop to catch the Bybanen into the centre. As in most European cities bar the UK the transport system is second to none. We just downloaded an app, set up a card on it and bought 2 tickets. The trains come every few minutes and are clean, organised and fast, green fuel, with excellent signposting for where to get off. It cost us about £4 each one way to travel the 20 minutes into the centre of Bergen where it terminates.

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Bergen is quite a compact city and easy to get around on foot. I am totally ashamed to say yesterday we got in and headed straight for Burger King as I was so hungry. £27 for two barely warm burger meals. Learn a lesson Luce! I compounded this by needing a loo soon after so dragged Lyn into a pub. £14 for a half a cider and 0.3l of beer. The toilet was good though! You can see from the photo Lyn stepping into the bizarre little toilet. I used the other one as I didn’t think I was tall enough to get my leg over!

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Today was much better. We knew that today was going to be our most expensive day, so had lunch before we went. 2 coffees and 2 cakes cost £18 in a cafe, dinner was a very good pizza and a lasagne, 1 coke and a 0.6l beer which cost a reasonable £37, and we also found a microbrewery, where I had a fabulous cocktail , and Lyn had 3 beers. The barmaid took pity on Lyn when he said how expensive the beers were and bought him a surprise free one! We thoroughly enjoyed our time there; we were the only 2 sat on a tiny balcony overlooking the famous Bryggen and watching the tour boats and ships come in and out.

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Lyn also had a much yearned for fish stew in the famous fish market on the harbour. He has craved a good fish stew ever since he had one in Helsinki. Luckily this one was good too as it cost £15!

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We enjoyed looking around Bergen, and had a good old mooch around. We walked around the lake on the main park, then over to the the cruise ship docks, where there was a huge German cruise ship in. From there we wandered up and down pretty cobbled streets, with colourful houses. This was my favourite part of Bergen.

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From there we went back over to the Bryggen where we had visited quickly yesterday. This is Bergen’s most famous attraction, and is a World Heritage site. Bryggen is “the dock” in Norwegian, and these Hanseatic buildings were built after a fire in the 1700s. The wooden buildings are very distinctive from the front, with little alley ways and tiny shops behind. Lyn convinced me he really really needed a new Norwegian beanie hat to keep his ears warm when he runs, so that was added to our mortgage extension for the day.

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So, tonight is our last sort of night in Norway. I say sort of because we get on a ferry at mid day tomorrow, for 18 hours, until we land at the tip of Denmark. Then it’s a frantic trip through Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands before another ferry to the UK.

Posted by CariadJohn 19:48 Archived in Norway Tagged bergen norway bryggen travelswithharvey

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A fine Viking helmet, Lyn!
Finally caught up on all the days of your travels. Thank you, Luce for hours of enjoyable reading taking part in your travels. It feels like we’re there too!

by Phil

Love the hat!

by Liza

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