Surrounding areas, Bergen
The snow has laid a blanket over the landscape. It really lightens your mind as it lightens up the dark months of winter. Some times I feel it's a shame the snow doesn't last longer, but on the other side we do have a mild climate here on the coast
View over the "Grimstad Fjord" from the Mountain "Knappen" a short walk from my home.
Driving home from Geilo to Bergen.
Hardangervidda is the mountain crossing between East and West Norway. The snowploughs do a magnificent job keeping the roads open! The weather is often rough and can change in seconds. It is however one of my favourite stretches to drive!
It’s all part of Christmas
We tried to do it all in one day. The Christmas shopping. Each year we say the same thing and each year we fool ourselves. Who ever managed all the Christmas shopping in one day?
Anyway...the worst is over LOL
So far December has given us bare frost with no snow. Most unusual weather here. We usually have rain or snow now.
Favorite thing: The fall has arrived and it is almost winter now. The car windows have to be scraped of ice almost every morning. There are only a few hours of daylight, and even though the sun shines it never manages to really warm up. It’s dark when you drive to work and dark when you get home. But is this a reason to get depressed? Nah.... There is always a bright side! Every season has its charm. Here in West Norway we have a saying, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing”. When most yachtsmen pack in their boat for the winter, I still go out with my sailboat. Nature is dramatic also in the winter season. So I sweep the snow off the deck and set sail. Some ask me if I don’t get cold? My answer is simple. Only if I bring along too little or the wrong type of clothes.
If you come by car you should visit the many surrounding islands near Bergen. Many are connected by bridge and worth the trip. Bus connections are also good.
On the west there is Askøy and Sotra/Øygarden. To the South there is Austevoll, Tysnes and Stord (all these by ferry). And to the North there is Meland and Radøy. To the Northeast there is actually an island too called Osterøy. If I am correct this is Europe's largest inland island!
The "Lyderhorn" is one of the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen. This mountaintop is also the mountain the witches have gathered on since ancient times - and still do!
Must have been quite a sight, seeing them all fly up there in true Harry Potter style :-)
Fondest memory: As you arrive in the city by ferry you are met with some of the most fantastic scenery. The ferry weaves its way up the coastline through small thoroughfares and under several bridges. You are left wondering just how did you manage to fit under the bridges.
Favorite thing: This country is just crammed full of tunnels. I guess when you've mountains, fjords, and rivers as the majority of your terrain you have to make do. On our trip from Bergen to Oslo, we drove through probably 15 tunnels, but the most impressive was the world's longest tunnel measuring just short of 25 kms, or around 15 miles! It's so long that they put different colored lights inside to prevent the onset of vertigo in the drivers.
Favorite thing: Another view of Aurlandsfjorden from the Norway in a Nutshell tour while on the cruise part of the trip...