About a month ago we went to Fjell Festning, a military fort built by the Germans in 1942 during their occupation of Norway. They used Russian POWs for labor and it also served as a POW camp. The main feature was underneath where the triple gun turret set that could shoot out towards the North … Continue reading Fjell Festning
Vidden Vidden is the name given to the 8 mile hike between the mountains Ulriken and Fløyen. Originally we were going to take the cable car up Ulriken, but we couldn’t get the free tickets for that from the university and it’s pretty expensive even just one way for a family of 4, so we … Continue reading Vidden & Troldhaugen
May 17th is Norway's Constitution Day (kind of like America's Fourth of July). Norwegians start celebrating early by having a big breakfast together, and then they head to the parades in the city center, as well as celebrate with their child's school with a neighborhood parade and party there. Norway is a very casually dressed … Continue reading May 17th
Spring has officially come to Bergen and it is gorgeous! Although, we had mostly amazing weather during the month of April, I felt like the flowers and trees were a little slow to bloom, compared to when I'm used to them blooming in the U.S. (Even John Hayden felt they needed a boost and was … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung!
God Påske! Happy Easter from Norway! Celebrating holidays for the first time in a different country that has their own unique set of traditions and customs has been interesting. For Christmas, I felt like we really had no problems keeping our American traditions and mixing in some Norwegian ones, but Easter has been a bit … Continue reading Easter in Norway
Bergen is often referred to as the Gateway to the Fjords, and even though we've taken a fjord cruise before on one of the smaller fjords outside of Bergen, Osterfjord, it didn't really sink in how much beauty surrounded Bergen until we set out on a little road trip. A friend we met here (from … Continue reading A Road Trip + Hardangerfjord
On Monday we took the Stoltzekleiven trail (which includes almost 800 steep stone steps, plus some wooden ones) up to Sandviksfjellet, which is one of the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen. We chose to walk all the way from our apartment to the trailhead, which was about 3.5 miles, then proceeded on after we got to … Continue reading Sandviksfjellet Hike