Bergen, Norway – Back to the Family

Linda’s extended family all live in Bergen and we haven’t been there in 10 years, so this year we decided to rectify that by jumping on a plane and visiting Cousins, Uncles and God-mothers…

Exploring the farm on Day 1
Exploring the farm on Day 1

We flew into Bergen and drove to Osteroy where Linda’s Uncle lives. It is a beautiful place that I have been to twice before and loved every minute of it. This was Tomas’ and Charlottes first time to Norway, and really it was Oskars as well, seeing as he was 15 months old the last time we were here.

This is a one of the videos i shot from the Mavic Pro while we were at the Farm.

We had every bit of weather you could possibly imagine in our week in Bergen. We arrived in rain, but by the afternoon it was just overcast and warming up when we explored the farm and Linda showed us lots of little places she used to play.

On our second day we went up the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen it was foggy and wet, so we didn’t have many crowds to deal with. But we didn’t mind, its still a great spot to look about even if you cannot see the whole of Bergen.

Waiting for the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen
Waiting for the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen

We needn’t of worried, after about 30 minutes the skies cleared and we were able to get great views of the whole of Bergen, we even got some sunlight, so we had our coffees in the sun. We had a great time walking around, taking photos with trolls and spending a load in the gift shop – which seems to be the normal course of action with Charlotte.

No hot dogs up there to be found in April though – which was a shame and Linda was getting serious hot dog withdrawal.

Top of Mount Fløyen - foggy
Top of Mount Fløyen – foggy

Mount Fløyen - clearing up
Mount Fløyen – clearing up
Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen
Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen

The trip down was great and we stopped for hot dogs soon after. We had a walk around the rest of Bergen and then headed home, the kids tired but happy.

We were taken cross country skiing one day with the family, something that only Linda had done previously – well the kids took to it like ducks to water.

Charlotte having fun Skiing
Charlotte having fun Skiing

Oskar Skiing for the first time
Oskar Skiing for the first time
Tomas skiing like a pro with Morten
Tomas skiing like a pro with Morten

We all had fun, with an added bonus of BBQ hot dogs half way which were very warming and fully required after all the exercise we had done.

The next day, as if we hadn’t done enough exercise the day before we were invited to a short mountain walk and then Sunday lunch at Linda’s cousins. Well a short mountain walk means something completely different in Norway as it does in England. Two hours to get to the top and they had nearly killed me. The three kids basically sprinted up to the top with the Norwegians, leaving myself and Linda to follow behind with the two 70 year olds!

near the top of a mountain
near the top of a mountain

We went to Bergen Zoo with Linda’s other cousin the next day and then we went to visit her God mother in Central Bergen, then visiting an old family friend near where her Morfar lived for dinner. We really did have a great time there and Linda and I laughed so much with them all.

As we drove back it started snowing, which was not really settling, but was impacting our ability to see through the windscreen. As we arrived in Osteroy and through the Tunnel, just past the bridge, it was a different matter, it was settling quite a lot. So after 30 minute very careful drive home I welcomed the glass of brandy from Alf-Henning. He then explained the reason it has snowed is because he took off his winter tyres that afternoon!

Us at the farm
Us at the farm

The next day the snow had settled and the kids got kitted up for a good play in the snow – Seeing the farm in snow, was something different, it looked magical.

The kids had a great time with snowball fights, sledging, snow angels and I even got to fly the Mavic Pro a couple or three times. However, I did manage to fly it into a tree – yep – what a Muppet. Then to add insult to injury, after I retrieved the drone and replaced all the blades, I took it up and crashed it into a completely different tree – Double MUPPET! although it did survive the second crash – I did send Oskar up a 30 foot tree to get it.

Here are some shots I got before I crashed it!

Well all in all – we had a great time with great family that were very welcoming, showed us nothing but kindness and showed us sights and allowed us to do activities we had not done before.

The family on the last day
The family on the last day
Having fun on the farm
Having fun on the farm
Falling over in the snow
Falling over in the snow

We will be going back there and not leaving it 10 years this time.

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