After a mixture of sunshine and showers on the journey from Haugesund, the sun was thankfully shining bright when I arrived in Bergen. I’d been thinking about getting a city bus up to Hostel Montana, after reading it was up a mountain 5km (3.5 miles) outside the centre, but had also written out a rough map copied from the hostel website.
Bergen Mountain Houses Shine in Afternoon Sun
After seeing the colourful mountain houses circling the city centre shining in the late afternoon sun, as I’d seen in many photos, I felt like walking. So I headed south. After feeling a bit lost, I saw a #12 bus, which is the bus to the hostel.
So I followed the bus route up to the hostel, which was not a light stroll in the land of the troll.
Bergen Sunset Lights Fjord and Houses
While the walk had been quite tough, I was glad I was staying on the mountain when the sun set; which on that April 30th night I was surprised to see was already quite late at about 10.30-11; about the same time as British midsummer.
The fjord lit up like a real fire, and the mountain houses like precious topaz.
Arriving in Haugesund, there’s a bus waiting for Ryanair‘s cheap flights. You can buy an inclusive ticket from there to the city centre and on to either Bergen in the north or Stavanger in the south. I headed north, and the scenic journey included a ferry ride on the Hardangerfjord. Here’s some photos from the ferry:
My twenty-fifth anniversary tour of Europe was completed in the past month, April 30th to May 11th, when I flew to Bergen in western Norway and flew back from Stockholm in eastern Sweden.
Final Journey Mirrors Planned First
I had originally planned to travel by ferry to Bergen to start my first jaunt around Europe in 1987, but in the end headed straight south from the U.K., after delaying departure until late August to attend that year’s Monsters of Rock festival.
I had wanted to visit the fjord region ever since, as well as Stockholm, which was said to be a beautiful multi-island city. So I bought cheap single flights from London Stansted to Haugesund and Stockholm to Stansted with Ryanair.
After making the short journey north from Haugesund to Bergen I planned to travel across Scandinavia, from the western coast to east. It would be the first border I’d cross outside the U.K. for about fifteen years.
Flying into Haugesund
My flight from Stansted to Haugesund went smoothly. Leaving England I could see the Scroby Sands Windfarm off Great Yarmouth. Then it was all sea until reaching the fjords of Haugesund, Home of the Viking Kings. Here’s some photos: