The final stop in our very short tour of Norway was a two day visit to Bergen on the west coast. Bergen is a former Hanseatic city with lots of history much of it centred around the trade of stock fish (generally cod that is dried in the wind). The town gets its name from the seven mountains in general vicinity as ‘berg’ is the word for mountain in Norwegian (and Swedish).
Being right on the coast nestled up to the mountains makes for the perfect combination for rain as any Vancouverite will know. We knew ahead of time that rain was highly likely and packed accordingly, but what caught us a little off guard was the speed at which conditions changed. I’ve been to a number of places where the locals will joking say something along the lines of ‘if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes’. In Bergen you can make such a statement in all truthfulness. I lost count of the number of times we’d put on our gortex and/or run for cover and then five minutes later have to dig out our sunglasses and shed a layer.
After one too many downpours we decided to call it a day and made our way to the airport looking like drowned rats where we tried to dry off before our evening flight back to Stockholm. Even though we packed a lot into four days we only scratched the surface of Norway. Hopefully one day we’ll get to go back and explore some more and you should too; just don’t forget your rain gear.