Bergen, Norway

Friday, 20 May 2022

Probably for the first time in Bergen’s history, the sun came out!

After breakfast, we took the “Panoramic Bergen” tour, a drive around the town with a few photo-stops. At the first, planned for views across the harbour, an imaginative Norwegian with a sense of humour and righteous indignation had used their skills to portray what Norwegian birds think of Tsar Putin. Notice the olive branch it carries. Truly, a work of art!

At the end of the tour we were dropped off in the harbour area and decided to take a trip on the funicular railway to the top of Fløyen, one of Bergen’s seven mountains. We’d skipped it last visit because of low cloud and heavy rain! Well worth the trip.  Another phenomena on a dry day in Bergen is the number of school groups out and about. They were at the top of Fløyen, in boats fishing and doing all sorts of other fresh air activities. School looked like fun in Norway.

We returned to the ship for a quiet afternoon, still recovering from yesterday’s journey. One forgets that air travel is exhausting: we’d only come from Wales - most of the American “Vikings” looked shattered.  I guess we’re all out of practice!

The cruising started this afternoon, with 6pm departure for Eidfjord.