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Typical Bergen Weather by ChimeraDragonfang Typical Bergen Weather by ChimeraDragonfang
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For :iconpremiummembers:'s "Show Us Your Home" photo contest.

Okay, so Bergen technically isn't my hometown. My hometown is over in Canada on the other side of the Atlantic, but my current home, as in 'place where I live', is Bergen, Norway. My dad's family lived here when he was in his teens. I have dual citizenship between Canada and Norway, so I decided to live over here for a few years, in my ancestral homeland if you will, because I can. :dummy:

This here is Bryggen, the historic part of the city and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. To the far left and right you can see some of the more modern parts of the city, as well as a little bit of the harbour, and behind it all is Fløyen, one of the Seven Mountains of Bergen. Ulriken, the tallest of the Seven, is hidden by the fog and clouds at the right side of the photo. This weather is pretty typical for the city. :B (My dad loves to tell me about the one summer where there was a grand total of three days without rain.) My grandfather worked awhile in the stone building with the green copper roof over to the far left. Beyond that you can see a bit of the old military fort, Bergenhus Festning.

Either about a half-hour's walking or a much faster ride on the Fløibanen funicular (you can juuust about make out the tracks for it leading to/from the building at the far right of Fløyen), and you're up on top of Fløyen, and from there it's easy access to a whole lot of hiking/skiing trails crisscrossing all over the mountain plateau not visible from here. Pity this and the past winter have been crap for snow. I wanna use my skis, dammit. :shakefist: It doesn't take long to get out of view of the city, to the point where it almost feels like you're the only person on the planet. I love that about this city. The country as a whole, really. No matter where you are, there is easy access (read: escape) to the wilderness, and we have Right to Roam, meaning you're allowed to go pretty much wherever you please once you're out there.

Here's what it all looks like as seen from Ulriken, by the way: [link]

There are flags everywhere and people dressed in traditional bunad garb because this was taken on May 17, Norway's constitution day. Everybody in every city and town and hamlet goes out to their local celebration, but no one knows how to party quite like Bergen. :party:

Especially come summer. Nothing says "party" quite like setting shit on fire. It's that Viking blood.

I love it here.
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echic10 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sorry I missed this earlier, this is a really great shot! I used to live in Stavanger, and also have family south of Oslo that I lived with for a time. Stavanger's weather is about the same: wet and dreary in the summer, and wet, dreary and cold in the winter. But I quite fondly remember the bonfires on the beach for the summer solstice celebrations, so much fun!!! Party and dance (and other things) all night, doesn't get any better!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
The whole southwest coast seems to get this kind of weather (and sometimes the northwest too, if my road trip up to Vesterålen back in 2011 is anything to go by), but Bergen is the most known for it. Nothing brings the people of Bergen out of the woodwork quite like a sunny day. :sun:
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great pic!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thanks :)
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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zaccool14 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
so nice Rain and lovely ambiance
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IsaRat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome picture! I have never been in Bergen, should probably stop by one time :XD:

Altho, I really agree on you description on our way to "party" :D Altho, anyone south of Bodø docent quite have the VIKING touch we have in the great North :XD:
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
The desire to torch things is strong all across this country, if the midsummer bonfires are anything to go by. :onfire:

My dad hails from Stokmarknes, in fact. :D I was finally up there in July of 2011. Bonfires are fun all year round, but they look more impressive when it isn't the oh-god-why-won't-the-Sun-set time of year. Though continuous daylight does have its own strange appeal. *Needs to get up north during the winter some time.*
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IsaRat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stokmarknes born and raised here :D
Altho I am not made to be here :XD: the midnight sun is just a bastard to me, I never sleep during the summer unless I seal off my apartment for the light. My brain keeps thinking "oh well, its light outside, so its about 7-8 in the evening." and my clock goes "hahaha, nah, its 4-5 in the morning, have a nice day at work today."
Altho we have the best winters here :D and the good old storms that shakes the mountains :la:
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Awesome. :highfive: If you saw a girl with ridiculously pink hair wandering around back in July 2011, that was me. :D
The midnight sun was pretty crazy. It gets super light here in Bergen too, but not to nearly the same degree, and where I was staying up there didn't have decent blackout curtains like I've got in my own place. Not that it mattered much; I do a good enough job of screwing up my sleep schedule even without weird daylight hours. :B (I was awake until 05:00 last night/this morning. :dummy:) All in all though, I prefer winter and the dark.
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IsaRat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't remember, but I think I was in Olso around that time visiting friends :P altho I had purple/blue hair and worked in a bookstore so maybe you saw me ;P I was kinda stressed about figuring out my job at that point (I was actually boss there, for a few months, with NO training -.- never got any but it somehow managed :XD: )

Darkness is my best friend, until I remember slender man :la:
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TypoSvima Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm south of bodø and I feel very Viking-ish :D
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IsaRat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Try coming to Vesterålen once :XD:
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TypoSvima Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
x3 will do
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IsaRat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... Altho :3
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Middernachtlopper Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice pic :)
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks :D
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Schnaupps Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Bergen Now has officially made it on my 'must visist' ancestor list. Thank you.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Even if you had no ancestral roots here, it's still a great place to visit. Norway in general is a pretty neat place.
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Schnaupps Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks for the advice and the location. I will most certainly pay a visit.

(Always wondered why I liked overcast/ rainy weather...)

Now I just need to learn to speak Norwegian...

Tusan takk!
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Aederith Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Ignoring that little hint of sunshine to the far left, this weather looks extremely familiar indeed. :B
Seriously though, it looks like a lovely place. :> One of these days I must visit. One of these daaaaays.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
It's more like a slightly thinner patch of cloud. It didn't last long.
Yes. Definitely. You're already prepared for the weather. :dummy:
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