We spent one sunny day in beautiful Bergen. The city occupies most of the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen with the city center surrounded by the Seven Mountains. According to tradition, the city was founded in 1070 by King Olav Kyrre and was named Bjørgvin. It served as Norway’s capital and from the end of the 13th century became a bureau city of the Hanseatic League. Until 1789, Bergen enjoyed exclusive rights to mediate trade between Northern Norway and abroad and it was the largest city in Norway until 1830 when it was overtaken by the new capital Christiania (Oslo). We walked the whole afternoon around Bryggen which is one of Bergen’s main attractions. It was built after the great fire in 1702 and is included on UNESCO World Heritage List. The very first buildings in Bergen were situated at Bryggen, which has been a vibrant and important area of the city for many centuries.

Bergen – parking location: 60.3515420N 5.3605650E