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  • Day43

    Bergen - Night Lights

    September 12, 2015 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    After our failed attempt to see the Northern Lights in Oslo, I made another attempt in Bergen. Still knowing nothing about Aurora-seeing techniques, but seeing the forecast was for strong activity and not too cloudy, I decided to go up the nearest hill from my hostel: Mt Fløyen. There was a handy cable car (funicular) up the hill, so I jumped on on a whim (yay, it runs late at night and was just about to leave!). Turns out that this is one of Bergen's top (daytime) attractions, the Fløibanen! (There's a huge line in the day, none at night!)

    Even at night the hilltop provided panoramic glowing views over the city. Very nice!
    It just so happened that a group of other people going up were also trying to see the Aurora, so I walked with them along some (very tame) hiking tracks to escape the light. It was very nice walking around at night, but no luck once again :'(

    Eventually the clouds moved in in force and it started raining, marking the end of my super-lucky-weather streak this trip. We walked back down the hill in the rain (the funicular had finished for the night by then) and it felt like a accurate Bergen experience (it rains about 200/365 days here, totalling 2,250mm per year!).
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  • Day6

    Floyen and the Trolls'forest (Bergen)

    August 28, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I get in front of the funicular very early, but unfortunately just after a group of 50 tourists. I line up thinking about the rankings of “worst tourists by nationality”. Top 3 is clear but cannot decide who’s first. I remind myself these are shallow thoughts and concentrate back on the reasons why I am there: wilderness love! 💚

    As I start walking, again a maze of trails overwhelms me. The map of the trail I want to walk is really clear, conceptually, but practically I am terrible at orienteering.
    I feel a strong humidity but I am properly dresses, very proud of my increased packing skills 💪🏽 Everything around me is covered with musk: fluffy green thick layers. I wouldn’t be surprised to meet a Troll anytime soon.

    I get lost, happily this time, in the magic of the place. I finally find what I was looking for: wandering safely in silence in nature. I breath full lungs and close my eyes. In the ghost trail, I find an amanita muscaria: one of the most hallucinogens species in the surroundings. Big and beautiful, never seen it before.
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