Day 7: Finishing Bergen

We had a jam-packed day (again) as we tried to get as much sightseeing in as we possibly could. I started the day with a 4 mile run. I didn’t find Bergen the best city for running, there are bills, construction and cobblestones. The stones especially didn’t mix well with the Vibram Fivefingers I was wearing.

First destination this morning was a ride up the Flobanen Funicular. The funicular takes you straight up the side of a hill that offers a spectacular view of the city. We took a walk up at the top, finding a peaceful lake that featured the blondest little boy (maybe 2 years old?) playing with his mom, as she taught him how to throw stones. Kept us entertained watching him and hearing him giggle.

After we came down, we got on a light rail train to go a about 7 kilometers south of town. At first we got off and walked to the Fantoft Stave Church. It had been built in the 12th century, but was burned down in 1992 by a heavy metal Satanist. It’s been rebuilt, but it isn’t the same.

Back on the light rail for 2 more stops, the next destination was the composer Edvard Grieg’s home. It was a 25 minute walk from the train. Hard to see Americans visiting somewhere that required that kind of walk. The museum was interesting, Grieg was important in the time Norway was becoming independent and looking for things uniquely Norwegian.

Upon returning to Bergen, we went to the Bergen Museum to see Viking artifacts and original carvings from stave churches.

We dined casually tonight, sharing pizza and pasta at Pasta Sentral near our hotel. We then took one last walk past the fish market and by the shops of Bryggen. Some soft serve ice cream and we were ready to call it a day.

We made a slight change of plans with the itinerary. Originally we were looking to break up the drive from Bergen to Lillehammer by staying a night in Voss. But Voss is just one hour from Bergen, so it wouldn’t help much. So we’ll stop in Voss for a short visit (Ellen for some reason is excited that Voss is the birthplace of Knute Rockne), and drive to Lillehammer tomorrow. That will give us a full day Saturday to see the Olympic site and other destinations.

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