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Bergen, Norway

You simply can’t reach Bergen by sea without first passing through incredible fjords that lead your ship to the town’s harbor. And maybe you didn’t know that the city’s name means “the green meadow among the mountains,” but one look is all it takes to believe it — Norway’s second-largest city and one-time capital welcomes you with a harbor of colorful buildings called Bryggen, a World Heritage Site, that’s nicely backdropped by a lush tree-lined mountain. But don’t just gaze at the mountain… get up there! Mt. Fløyen is where folks flock, thanks to the easy “climb” — just ride the funicular train that takes you right to the top. Back down at sea level is a deliciously welcoming fish market and the region’s own Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second-largest fjord.