Forget palm trees and tropical beaches. Scandinavian cool is hot and Norway is no exception. Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s rugged fjords, but it should be considered more than a stopping-off point — it’s a destination unto itself. This charming city grew up around its harbour, as a hub of commerce, seafaring and craftsmanship. Surrounded by seven mountains, the city’s colourful red-roofed wooden houses cling to the mountainsides, linked by steep, narrow streets (berg is an old Norse word for mountain).

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