The Vantage of Bergen
Photographed from the lookout point of Fløyen.
The city of Bergen lies in the SW of Norway and is surrounded by mountains, traditionally known as the 'Seven Mountains', but is now known as a single mountain range. Its population is at 268,900 (2013), making it the second largest city in Norway. Bergen was once the capital city of Norway from the early 13th century up until the reign of King Haakon V (1288-1319), where the functions of new capital city was moved to Oslo. Many of its municipal suburbs are located on islands.
Fløyen or Fløyfjellet is the most visited peak of the 'Seven Mountains'. One of its popular modes of transportation is the funicular system that goes up to a height of 320 metres in about 7-8 minutes. It is said that Fløyen is one of the key attractions of Bergen. It offers a great number of activities ranging from having lunch at the peak and experiencing the sunset (personal favourite) to experiencing outdoorsy stuff like mountain climbing//trekking and other cultural activies (not-so-personal favourite).
Note. A funicular is known as an inclined plane or cliff railway. It work very much like a cable car, utilising a cable attached to a paid of tram-like vehicles on rails.
Some trivia. "During World War II, Bergen was occupied on the first day of the German invasion on 9 April 1940, after a brief fight between German ships and the Norwegian coastal artillery." - Taken from Wiki.
Question. If you had a limited amount of time in a place like this, do you prefer to run around trying capture as many photographs as possible or kickback and relax to a cup of coffee/tea, have a muffin and read a book?
- Jon K. Stoutlager