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