Thursday, June 27, 2024

2024 Viking Homelands - Day #5 - Bergen, Norway

Contrast the Bergen of old with the elegant modern-day city on an enlightening tour, highlighted by insights from your local guide. Step behind the walls of the medieval Bergen Fortress and visit the well-preserved 13th-century Håkons Hall. Pass the Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the more modern section of the city, view two beloved musical theaters: the National Stage and Grieg Hall, named for the famed Norwegian composer. After your tour, enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Again, Sharon and I were both up very early. Sharon was excited to see that her big bag was now at the Bergen airport eight miles away. I was shocked that they got it moved there overnight.

The excursion for the morning included tours of Håkon's Hall and the Galme Museum. Built between 1247 and 1261 by King Håkon Håkonsson, Håkon's Hall was the largest building in Norway during the 13th century. It served as a royal residence and a venue for important events. It is part of the larger Bergenhus Fortress complex, which includes Rosenkrantz Tower, the King's Barracks, and the Koengen Fortress.

The Galme Museum is an open-air museum that showcases wooden houses relocated from central Bergen. These houses were built between the 18th and 20th centuries. The museum offers a glimpse into Bergen's architectural heritage and daily life from these periods.

When we got back to the room after the excursion, Sharon bag was in the room!

Casting around for somewhere to get lunch and a glass of wine, we ended up at Fish Me. We had first sat down at a table in the fishmarket, but they didn't serve wine. Fish Me was way too touristy. Sharon had a shrimp caesar salad, while I had an ahi tuna salad.

After lunch, we took the Fløibanen, a funicular railway, up Mount Fløyen. It has stunning panoramic views of Bergen, the surrounding harbor, and the nearby mountains. The Fløibanen has been operating since 1901, making it one of the oldest funicular railways in the world. We hiked two miles back down into the city center.

We had a late dinner at the Unicorn. I had the five course fixed menu, including: Carpaccio of Whale [Smoked whale from Loften]; Scallops with dill oil, trout roe and mussel sauce; Oven baked Monkfish with tomato salsa; Norwegian Cheese with compote, and; Cheesecake with rhubarb and strawberries. Sharon had Fresh Asparagus with shrimps and hollandaise and the Fish Duo [salmon and Halibut with two sauces]. She shared my second, fourth and fitth courses. I thought that the food was good. Sharon was dissapointed. We are already debating where it falls in the list of dinners on the trip.

We crashed back in the room about 10:30 pm. It is very light most of the night!

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