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The currency of dried cod

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While by today’s standards Bergen is a small town, it was the largest city in the Nordics for centuries and a busy, international trading harbour from the year 1070 onwards.

Everything is within walking distance, but hopping aboard the Beffen ferry to access parts of the city by water gives a different perspective of the city’s seafaring history.

It may also bring a new understanding of just how important dried cod was to all the European exploits at sea during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and a key to deciphering the simultaneously grandiose and down to earth character of Bergen and its people.

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