Bergen, Norway

Written by Sam Van den Haute aka CheckOutSam

From bus, to the train to the airport. Travelling is fun, but airports are always stressful! There was quite some wind in Copenhagen, this morning. Maybe the airport staff got blown out of their beds with their wrong legs, because they sure aren't very friendly...

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Bergen Noorwegen blogThe more I think about it, the less I like Copenhagen. I must admit that the city itself is gorgeous, but the people are just not very kind… Probably I was just out of luck, because from other people I heard later that they didn’t meet any unkind people in Copenhagen. Anyway… I was happy to go on to my next destination: Norway!

“Byebye Copenhagen and helloooooo Norway!”

The flight and bus trip to my hostel go easy and soon enough I already get a splendid view over the frozen landscapes of Norway.
I get off at the bus station in Bergen and walk ten minutes before I put my backpack away in the cosy hostel where I will stay the next couple of days.

Strange… Here it is -5°C, but it feels a lot warmer than in Copenhagen! I won’t run around in a t-shirt, but I can walk outside without a cap. Something I haven’t been able to do the last two weeks.

Copenhagen had plenty of light in comparison to Bergen. There is a lot less light here, and thus I decided to just rest a little. In the mean time I’ll just do some research and find out what things I should do in Bergen.

bergen schaatpiste noorwegenToo bad that a lot of things are closed from January to February. The famous funicular that brings you to the top of one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen is one of them. Damn it!

Luckily, there still is the Fløibanen, a steep little train that brings you to the top from Mount Fløyen. Then I’ll just do that!

Getting up early is hard! Only around ten o’clock in the morning, the first sun beams start to show through the curtains. I need to encourage myself to get out of my warm and cosy bed to get myself in the necessary five layers of clothing.

Once that happened, I yawn a couple times more, and I check if my camera is okay. I put him in my backpack and start moving to the mountainous landscape of Bergen.

The small, steep streets are filled with typically wooden houses in bright and less bright colours. Cobblestones change into streets and streets change into frozen lawns. Just like in the other Scandinavian cities, there’s a lot less to do. Just as I thought.
Winter in Bergen is the low-season and so there isn’t much open.floibanen noorwegen bergen

Churches, historical buildings and the beautiful harbour can keep me happy for a couple of hours before I go eat unhealthy Burgers at the local Burger King. Ten euros lighter I check Google Maps on how I can get to the Fløibanen.
The small train huffs and puffs while bringing me to the top of the hill. None of the reviews on TripAdvisor lied to me: this really is the best activity in the city.

The ride itself is good fun, but the best part is once you get off and see the beautiful view. For not even five euros for a single ticket, it even isn’t that expensive. Definitely not in Norway.

On the top of the mountain there is a lot more wind. Once my fingers and toes seem half dead, I decide that it might be time to return back to the base of the mountain.
This time, I don’t buy a ticket because I want to walk down. The walk takes about 45 minutes and cuts through the steep forest. The lower I get, the less beautiful the view becomes.
Perhaps it also has something to do with the darkness creeping up on me again…

Bergen, too, is easily seen in one day. Luckily, I already know what I will do tomorrow: a trip to one of the Norse fjords.
bergen floibanen uitzicht

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