Join your guide for a funicular ride that begins near sea level and rises to the summit of 1,050-foot-high Mt. Fløyen. From here, views of the city and the fjord are literally spread out at your feet as are a host of scenic woodland trails that entice you to wander. Take some free time to explore on your own and visit the souvenir shop and restaurant before continuing with the rest of this active half-day excursion. After your funicular ride, you'll board a motorcoach for a narrated drive through Bergen. Situated among the Seven Mountains and facing a lovely fjord, the city, founded by King Olav Kyrre in 1070 A.D., boasts many historic landmarks. Located in the imposing Bergenhus Fortress is the 13th-century King Håkon's Hall, the largest medieval secular building in Norway. It features a defensive tower that was known in the Middle Ages as "the keep by the sea." In the 1560s, it was incorporated by the commander of the castle, Erik Rosenkrantz, into a larger structure that is today known as the Rosenkrantz Tower. Dating to Bergen's earliest days and proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bryggen boasts a number of re-created Hanseatic buildings that today house restaurants, pubs, museums and souvenir shops. Be sure to keep your camera handy as this, and the upcoming open-air fish market at Torget, offer the shutterbug unlimited photo opportunities. To conclude your city tour, learn about Norway's favorite son as you drive by Grieg Hall. This 1,500-seat entertainment venue has been the home of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since the hall's completion in 1978. It is named after local composer Edvard Grieg, who was the orchestra's music director from 1880 until 1882. His most popular works, like the Piano Concerto in A Minor and In the Hall of the Mountain King which was written for Henrik Ibsen's play “Peer Gynt,” are just a few of his famous works.