Photos of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city

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Bergen, Norway’s second largest city

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway in Vestland county on the west coast, with almost 300,000 inhabitants. The city occupies most of the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen and is surrounded by mountains; its centre is on Byfjorden (the city fjord). It has Norway’s busiest port, both for trade and tourism.

Wooden houses, Bergen
View to Vågen, Korskirken and Fløyen
Warehouses, Bryggen
Alley between Hanseatic warehouses
Wooden façades, Hanseatic warehouses
View from Fløyen
View of Bergen, with Lille Lungegårdsvannet
Upper town of Bergen
Lille Lungegårdsvannet, with Fløyen
Sprøytegutten, Lille Lungegårdsvannet
Hanseatic warehouses
Vågen harbour
Fishmarket, Bergen
Sale of reindeer fur
St. Hansstredet, Bergen
View of Nordnes Sjøbad,
Narrow street, Bergen
In Bergen Storsenter

It was founded, according to tradition, by king Olav Kyrre in 1070 and named Bjørgvin. In the 13th century, it was Norway’s capital and became a trading post of the Hanseatic League, dominating trade in the Baltic region and northern Europe’s coasts. It was Norway’s largest city until the 1830s and until 1789 had exclusive rights to mediate trade between Northern Norway and other countries. The quays that date from this period, Bryggen, are well preserved and the city’s main sights.