Norway is my favourite place so far. It managed to over take Northern Italy and Finland in terms of natural beauty, and Bergen is a gem of a city. Ringed by it’s famous 7 mountains I can’t remember a more quaint city. I didn’t enjoy Oslo so much, but that is because I was only there for one night and that night was spent in the worst area in the city. The things you do for cheap accom… I’ll refrain from judging too hard until I spend more time in better areas. It was salvaged somewhat by meeting the lovely Lea in the hostel room and becoming instant short term friends – although she and her boyfriend are welcome to my place anytime they wish! We went exploring around the local parks and annoyed locals with our ridiculous antics.
There are videos, but they refuse to upload!
The only negative is the cost. At certain times this place is a joke. You have to laugh to stop yourself from either fainting in shock, or crying in terror. That also goes for things from the area, there’s no escaping it. Though I am told the wages are really high so I hope living here is a little more achievable with a job. Right now it genuinely feels like extorsion. They know you need to eat and so the price is the price. You either starve or pay it. Simple.
The train ride here to Bergen was nothing short of spectacular. It was spacious, clean, comfortable, and you couldn’t peel your eyes away from the window from start to finish – which by the way was 8 hours long. Utterly stunning, and each region completely different. We’re talking forests, mountains, lakes, lakes near mountains, forests with lakes, hills with colourful houses, hills with colourful houses on mountains, or near lakes, and so on and so forth.
The hike I did up a path the locals simply call Stolzen was gruelling for 20 minutes, but wonderful for 4 hours afterwards. I couldn’t take my eyes off the city and bay below. The icing on this cake was the lakes and forests that made up the remainder of the trail. Mesmerising.
It was made even more sweet when I arrived at Floyen which is a famous area for tourists and saw just how busy it was!!!!! Here is a picture of the peace I had
And here is a picture of what your typical tourist deals with
Trust me when I say there are way more people to the left and right of this shot. I know which I would prefer!
My final night was made memorable by being invited to drink and play cards with two local ladies just further cementing the friendly nature of Norwegians and how fantastic this place really is.
Overall, I had a blast in Bergen. It was sad to say goodbye, truly. I will be back!!!!
Photos of train ride in:
And my hike…
and from puttering around town
Thank you to everyone who helped make Norway so special. My bank balance is crying, but I’m truly happy.