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24 Hours in Bergen Norway

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

Cross your fingers and say a prayer to your favorite Nordic God.

With viking luck on your side, here’s to hoping your own personal 24 hours in Bergen Norway will produce the same kind of weather laboratory dreamscape my family reveled in on March 27th of this year.

Mouse in Bergen Norway

Driving west from our peaceful 3-night stay in Herand, we entered something akin to a snowglobe upon entering Bergen city limits.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

By the time we parked, pre-checked into the modern urban Citybox hotel, and walked a few blocks to the Bergen tourism office along the city’s famous wharf, the snowflakes were the size of butterflies and falling every bit as gracefully.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

I’d never seen baby-fist-sized snowflakes before nor have I never experienced a snow falling this slowly as what was occurring in Bergen on that Tuesday morning.

It was cinematic and I didn’t want to move. The smile frozen on my red-cheeked face.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

The trees on the slopping hill behind the clapboard wooden buildings of burgundy and mustard yellow were dusted with white, powdered sugar atop a crêpe, an artificial Dept. 56 landscape on a suburban mantlepiece back home. I was transfixed.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

We couldn’t stand statue still forever, much to my chagrin; I think you need a license to be that kind of statuesque street performer.

So we shuffled around, wandering deliberately like the falling snow, like it was our job, but the boss man was out of the office; we had all the time we wanted and we bathed in it. Our mouths hung agape in wonder and in hope of consuming as much fresh white snow as possible.

My only rush was to photograph the girls in the snowglobe before it vanished.

After lunch, it did just that. Poof.

After lunch, the sun was out, the sky blue, the trees made green of whole cloth.

After lunch, it was springtime in Bergen Norway. Beautiful still, but in a totally different way.

I thankfully got in a few portraits before the seasons shifted.

That lunch, oof man, it was one of the finest meals I’ve ever enjoyed.

We ducked into an Italian place called Olivia, right there on the water, looking out at the crayon box of the wharf, a few steps behind where I stood making a few perfect Bergen Norway moments last forever.

I ordered the mushroom ravioli.

I don’t even like mushrooms but there’s this place called Trio in Rhode Island that makes a Mushroom and Lobster Tortelloni in a Limoncello cream sauce, and that’s my all time favorite meal. All time. Yeah, I have a list. I’ve gone back to Trio a few times, before and after Newport Folk Festivals, to have it. That dish is worth the 5 hour drive alone, the music was gravy. So the ravioli at Olivia in Bergen Norway, genius flavor.

It was so fantastic that we returned to Olivia for dinner.

With only two meals to be had in Bergen, a lunch and a dinner, we went back to the same place. That’s not something we do but we were transfixed again.

In between bowls of ravioli, we strolled into and out of the KODE art museums, leaning into Picasso’s Girl With The Ponytail that we knew from a superb children’s book we’d read aloud daily nearly a decade prior. We had no idea this sketch was at KODE. Happy accidents are the best.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

We laughed at ducks sashaying on an iced over pond and at pigeons sitting high atop an oxidized bronze man’s 3-pointed hat.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

While the girls dozed off back at the hotel, I laced up my boots, grabbed the camera and walked with the goal of getting lost in Bergen. I was gone for a couple of hours and saw a handful of miles worth of Norway’s 2nd biggest city, each mile more darling than the last.

I was in love with everything about this big little city, it’s tranquil busyness, it’s side streets and street art, it’s stray cats, it’s cobblestone hills, it’s rainbows of colors. I was more than enjoying my 24 hours in Bergen Norway.

After dinner we bundled up and rode the funicular up Mount Fløyen. Sweet jesus the temps change dramatically 400 meters above sea level. We didn’t bundle up enough and by this point in the night, the teen was feeling pretty terrible. Lil’ sis tried to comfort her which produced possibly my best photograph from the entire Norway trip. This one here.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

Here’s a heavily edited look at Bergen from the top of Mount Fløyen at sunset.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

Here’s the mayor of this tiny city, the tween, acting like she owns the place after the sun has gone below the horizon from the top of Mount Fløyen.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

And the ride down is pretty stellar too, as you watch Bergen come back within your reach.

How To Spend 24 Hours in Bergen Norway

We say often that we could return to here and there but rarely do we ever actually plan to come back for seconds; there are just too many places to see, taste, experience, get lost within. But Bergen man, I think I need another 24 hours in Bergen Norway.

Okay, maybe 48. See you again someday soon, beautiful Bergen.

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