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Cruising Article – 2011-04-14

Sail on a fjord in Bergen, Norway

World Cruise Destinations

You'll experience scenic beauty of all different varieties while on your world cruise, but the majestic fjords seen in Bergen, Norway, will measure up with the most memorable sights from any of the continents that you visit.

Start out with a ride on the funicular, ascending up the nearby Mt. Floein. From this vantage point, you'll be able see the fjords and sprawling city below. Then head back down to explore the city of Bergen proper. Be sure to visit the "old city" section of town, known as Bryggen, which has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic architecture style here is endemic of the Hanseatic people, a collection of Germanic merchants who used the city of Bryggen as a major port. Nowadays, these buildings house shops and restaurants that you'll want to make time to explore.

Exploring the city of Bergen is great fun, but you shouldn't pass up this opportunity to visit an actual fjord. From Bergen, you'll be able to book a trip to Hardangerfjord, the second largest mountain lake in Norway and the third largest in the entire world. Be sure to bring your camera, because between the snow-capped mountains, shimmering water and glimpses of a massive glacier, you won't want to stop shooting pictures.