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03/12/2014 // 32 comments

Travel: Exploring The Hues of Bergen, Norway

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Last month I travelled to Bergen in Norway for what was my third time in the country but first to the city which is known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’. I totally lucked out with the weather: the city encounters more rainfall annually than the UK but the three days of my visit offered up clear blue skies, crisp cold, snowy weather and bright winter sunshine. I first fell in love with Norway’s breathtaking nature on my visit to Oslo last year, so it was a treat to see another slice of this country’s outstanding natural beauty.

Bergen is a small city surrounded on one side by snow-capped mountains laden with dense forest, and calm-as-a-millpond waters on the other – it’s a combination that makes for a soothing experience, to say the least. The town itself is a quaint series of cobbled streets, pastel painted houses and wooden clad buildings. I enjoyed very tasty lunches at both Bastant Stølegaten and Da Stefanos, but as I rented an incredibly stylish and comfortable Air BnB apartment (full home tour coming soon!) I decided to enjoy taking time to cook and eat at the apartment in the evenings. One of my favourite things to do was hike up Mount Fløyen to take in amazing views over the city, as well as to take long walks through the forest and around beautiful ice-covered lakes – this really is a great city if you like a main course of countryside with a side order of city! The golden hour I experienced one afternoon in the forest was like nothing I have seen before – it was nothing short of magical. If you’re not keen on hiking up the mountain, you can also ride the Funicular up and down, too. Have you ever been to Bergen, Norway? What inspires you about these pictures?

// Photography by Will Taylor

James

12 / 12 / 2014

Great vista from the top of the mountain. Very tempted to book a trip here for the summer. Thanks for the idea.

Virginia

12 / 12 / 2014

My mouth is open!! I can’t get over how beautiful it is everywhere in this city. Need to show my husband!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@James – Experiencing Mount Fløyen was one of my favourite parts of the trip. Well worth a visit!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Virginia – That sounds about right – I walked around most of the trip like that! ;)

gudy herder

12 / 12 / 2014

I totally see you living there one day, Will. There is not one pic more inspiring than the others but the combination of all of them is fascinating. Thank you for another great travel post! xo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Gudy – Thank you. It was a very ‘Bright.Bazaar. kinda town! ;) Big hugs xx

Bridgee

12 / 12 / 2014

Gorgeous photos Will – very you ! :-) xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Bridgee – Thank you so much! xx

SWEPTCRAZY

12 / 12 / 2014

Gorgeous pictures! But nex time come to visit us here in Portugal ;)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Sweptcrazy – Yes, that’s totally on my must-get-back-to list! :)

Molly {Dreams in HD}

12 / 12 / 2014

such stunning pictures will! i have never visited norway but it is definitely on my list. and those photos at golden hour…WOW!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Molly – You won’t regret visiting, it’s a beautiful country! :)

Asta

12 / 12 / 2014

Bergen and the surrounding areas are so beautiful. We visited Norway in 2012 during the Oslo Marathon & then flew to Bergen to see the fjords. So magnificent ;) Thank you for sharing your photos

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Asta – I would love to return in the summer to visit the fjords – they look stunning.

jillian

12 / 12 / 2014

GORGEOUS photos!! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Jillian – Thank you so much! :)

andrew joseph

12 / 12 / 2014

These colors are breath taking and send you to a fantasy land that I can stay at forever! Thanks so much for this post!

geraldine@littlebigbell

12 / 12 / 2014

Beautiful photos Will. Love them for the tranquility and colour. You always have a great eye for taking these shots. Always a pleasure seeing your photos. x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Geraldine – That’s so kind of you to say, thank you. It was a magical city and it’s natural beauty made good shots quite easy to find! ;) x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Andrew – If you ever get the chance to visit, you must – a simply magical place.

aurelia-m

12 / 12 / 2014

Gorgeous pictures!!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Aurelia – Thank you!

Doris

12 / 12 / 2014

Your Photography is always so beautiful Will. I really love how you started the collage of images with the colourful buildings and then took us into the frozen forest and lakes. I could stare at that last picture all night. xD

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Doris – It’s so lovely to read that you appreciated the journey through the picture layout. Thank you! :) x

latteLisa

12 / 12 / 2014

I have never been to Bergen but I do hope I will visit it one day (hubby is Norway obsessed – he lived there when he was younger). Lucky you, getting such beautiful weather!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

12 / 12 / 2014

@Lisa – Oh, you must if you can. It’s a treat for the senses!

Tzevai

14 / 14 / 2014

Such a colourful place! Norway is firmly on my places to visit list – I’ll make it there one day!

Jo

14 / 14 / 2014

I love all the beautiful colour and the amazing landscapes myself. Plus I am dying to know how you put the text and other extras on your pictures. What tools do you use Will?
Jo x

domestikate

15 / 15 / 2014

Such beautiful photos! I visited Bergen once in my early teens and would LOVE to go back.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

15 / 15 / 2014

@Kate – I totally fell in love with it – a beautiful city in a beautiful country!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

15 / 15 / 2014

@Jo – Thank you! I use iPhoto and Photoshop! x

VOilabergen.com

17 / 17 / 2014

Nice article!
I invite you to read my blog in English on daily life in Bergen, with posts on restaurants, sights, leisure, etc.
Hope you like it!