After the rainy day start in Norway this was a welcoming site the next morning. A bit chilly but after a couple of minutes of brisk walking you were warmed up to continue on. The beautiful town of Bergen in Norway is a must see. I swear you could even breath better there, fresh clean air. The water was crystal clear and just down right beautiful.

Stave Church

A medieval-style Fantoft Stave Church in Fana. The church was originally built around the year 1150 at Fortun in Sogn, a village near the inner or eastern end of Sognefjord. In 1879, the new Fortun Church (Fortun kyrkje) was constructed as a replacement for the medieval stave church. Fantoft Stave Church was threatened with demolition, as were hundreds of other stave churches in Norway. Fantoft Stave Church was bought by consul Fredrik Georg Gade and saved by moving it in pieces to Fana near Bergen in 1883. Outside the church stands a stone cross from Tjora in Sola.

Many of Norway’s magnificent stave churches are difficult to visit without a car. Traditionally built outside of villages, many of the stave churches still standing are in rural locations around the fjord region.

Simply put, stave describes the architectural style whereby the walls were constructed of upright planks, or staves. They are an instantly recognisable icon of rural Norway, so much so that they were part of the inspiration for some of the settings in the Disney movie Frozen.

This was was within walking distance although it was closed for the season and we only got to take pictures of the exterior.

Magic Ice

Several of us had heard of these Ice bars and even a couple had been before, but we all wanted to go as a group. Our tour guide arranged for us to go to this one in Bergen, Norway!

Everything was made of ice! They did put the ice glass with our drinks in it into a real glass so it wouldn’t slip out of your hand.

A few candid shots of everyone being crazy and don’t even ask what the drink was because I don’t remember!

And that is our group on ICE!

A Meal in Bergen

I wished I could tell you what each dish was they way the chef came out and told us, but I can tell you that each dish was very delicious and were favorites of Norwegians.

The main entree was fish with a melody of fresh root vegetables and the salad was fish also with a side of pear.

The dessert was a spice cake with fresh berries and cream.