Bergen – Gateway to the Fjords
According to the kings’ sagas, the port city of Bergen was founded in 1070 as Björgvin (Mountain Meadow) by King Olav Kyrre. Located on the mainland side of the Byfjord along the western coast of Norway, it is the country’s second-largest city. Population: 270,000. Bergen is especially known for the Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 60 buildings are an important example of Hanseatic architecture.
The view shown here is from Fløyberg, one of the seven mountains surrounding the city. This plateau is located above the city center at an altitude of 399m and offers a spectacular view of the city, the fjord, the mountains and the open sea.