We flew in to Oslo and stayed there the first night at the Bristol Hotel. The next morning when we checked out, the Viking representative got all the pre-cruise tour group onto the coaches for a brief morning tour of Oslo before heading to the main rail station to catch the train to Bergen where we would meet our ship, the Viking Sky. The train trip from Oslo to Bergen is a 7-hour scenic ride, as the train climbs through the high mountains, crossing the 4,058 ft Hardangervidda mountain pass with a view of the large Hardanger Glacier. After our early evening arrival in Bergen we checked in to the Radisson Blu which is in the historic Bryggen waterfront area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). After a quick bite at a nearby pub we then walked around the charming waterfront. It was cold and damp, so we stop at the hotel bar to "warm up" before we called it a night.
The next morning we joined the coach tour of Bergen. We stopped and explored the Old Bergen Museum, then toured the city, stopping for a walking tour of the Bergenhus Fortress. The Fortress is one of the oldest and best preserved stone fortifications in Norway dating back to the 1200's. Once we completed the tour it was time to check-in on-board the Viking Sky.
After the check-in formalities at the Bergen Cruise Terminal we boarded the Viking Sky where the familiar welcome aboard greeting awaited (since we have done several Viking cruises, we know what to expect). The staff was lined up at the end of the gangway to give us a very warm welcome, hot towels, and champagne. Our staterooms weren't ready, so we were sent up to the World Cafe where we had lunch. It wasn't long before the announcement was made that the rooms were ready and we got settled in to our new home for the next 10-days.
Bergen Street Views
Old Bergen Museum
The Old Bergen open-air museum is a collection of traditional wooden houses from the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s.