Bergen is a very old and very beautiful city, surrounded by fjords and mountains on every side. Most everything in Bergen is built out of wood and painted in solid colors.
Marijke in front of the world famous Bryggen (Norwegian for 'The Wharf')
Cooler than your average manhole cover
We took the Fløibanen rail line up the Fløyen Mountain where there is an excellent view of the city, a big goofy troll and a tacky gift shop.
Notice the colors of the buildings (click image to enlarge)
Marijke and the troll
Bergen was a lot of fun. It was nice to just walk around and take it all in.
There was a stave church built by Vikings near Bergen and we really wanted to see it. It was just a few tram stops outside of Bergen but getting there proved to be an interesting experience. The automated ticket machine at the tram station was not very English-friendly, but thankfully there was a bilingual 6-year-old willing to help us. When we got to the tram stop we weren't exactly sure where to go, but we followed the directions we had as closely as we could. We actually passed an LDS church on the way, which we hadn't anticipated. Eventually we found ourselves in a mossy, wooded area. The sun had mostly set at this point, and the thick tree cover further diminished the light. Being there felt a little creepy and eerie, but magical at the same time (if we were going to see a real troll, this would've been the place). We were really impressed by the old wooden stave church.