We flew to Bergen.
Why Bergen? Well partly due to Astrid's gorgeous photos, partly because I've always want to visit Norway, partly because we've been listening to the Steig Larsson books (there is logic there, promise) and partly because, why the hell not?
Getting up at 4.40am for our flight, I almost thought we's made the wrong decision. Maybe staying in bed would have been better? Three days in bed instead of Norway? But it's hard to be a grumpy cow when you look out of the plane window and see this:
We got to Bergen having done our research. The weather, they said, is changeable. And wet. We were prepared. Within 10 minutes of landing, there was a massive hail storm. Then sleet. Then rain. Then snow. They weren't kidding!
1) Get cheap flights. And enjoy the delusion of those flights making it a bargain getaway.
2) Stay in an apartment. This means you can make packed lunches/have somewhere to drink alcohol from the supermarket/hide from the pretty stuff you want to buy.
4) Plan one night out for dinner, somewhere really good, with yummy food.
( I can highly reccommend Jacobs. Lovely food, awesome staff, free sake and orange wine!)
5) Savour the time you spend in cafes. (Kaffemisjonen is a lovely one). Order a hot chocolate and a piece of cake (to share, of course) and make it last as long as you possibly can.
Bergen is beautiful. It's compact and pretty, and quiet in Winter. It's very hilly though, so take some shoes you can walk in. A note here - the women of Bergen have the most stylish winter footwear I have ever seen (barely an Ugg in sight). If I went back, I'd rob a bank first so I could buy me some good boots.
(View of Bryygen)
(The views from Mount Floyen)
The old part of Bergen, Bryggen, is full of brightly coloured woden building that overlook the water. We sat in a small cafe here, and just watch the weather roll over whilst eating a cinnamon roll. YUM.
(The fjords and mountains in all their glory)
So yeah. My love affair with Norway is well and truly lit of fire. Who knows, maybe one day I'll win the lottery and manage to go back....