In 2015, I spent my Erasmus semester in Norway or more precisely in Bergen. Initially, I chose Norway because of the beautiful landscape, the university and I wanted to get a better chance to see the Northern Lights. However, I wasn’t so sure about the city of Bergen. It has a reputation for being one of the rainiest cities in Norway, if not the rainiest city. Would it always be raining? Is the city too small? But all my doubts were proven wrong. I loved Bergen and it was perfect for my semester abroad!
With around 270.000 inhabitants, Bergen is Norway’s second biggest city and it’s definitely worth a visit. If you do visit Bergen, you should bring a good pair of hiking boots and hike up the seven summits of Bergen (or at least one of them). The highest of them is Mount Ulriken with 643m. The others are Lyderhorn, Løvstakken, Fløyen, Rundemannen, Sandviksfjellet and Damgårdsfjellet. It was my goal to reach the top of all seven of them. Even though I had been a complete newbie to hiking, I still made it to the top of all of them. I have to say, however, that it wasn’t always an easy walk up and sometimes it was quite exhausting (maybe we weren’t the fittest hikers).
I have to say that hiking is probably the best activity in Bergen if the weather is nice, which it was quite often while I had been there. This is probably why I went hiking so much. When you are in Bergen and it’s sunny outside, you have to seize the day and make the most of it. Everyone keeps telling you that the weather will change soon, thus you get a bad conscious if you stay inside.
If hiking is not for you, you should explore the hanseatic wharf Bryggen. Especially when the sun is out, it looks stunning and the colours of the tiny houses shine even brighter. You can stroll through the small alleys between the houses and check out all the little shops, that over typical Norwegian things, like cosy Norwegian sweaters. Take in the scent of the old timber of the contorted houses and enjoy the special atmosphere.
But Bergen has so much more to offer, which you should experience yourself. I had a wonderful time in Bergen and I can recommend everyone to visit it themselves.