I am currently on my yearly “pilgrimage” in Bergen, my second home and one of two favorite places in the world so far. Having visited Bergen every year for over ten years now, I still feel excited and more then ever know how many places and people I still have to get to know.
Walking in Norway is nothing that special – it is a way of life, a normal thing to do as the mountains are everywhere. Not so much on the south part of Norway, but still. The difference between walking in Ibiza (besides the temperature) and walking in Norway is that when Ibiza you can just walk without being afraid of getting lost, in Norway, the distances are way longer and tracks way more difficult so you want to know where you are going or have a person with you to show where you need to go. Thus, I found Bergen and Hordaland Turlag Sunday walk from Arna to Bergen with guides. I have hiked with a friend (not local) once in Bergen and we got completely lost from the track.
Sunday on the mountains of Bergen
We started our walk in Arna station and followed – Mjeldheimskleiva – Kvamsdalen – Norhytten – Vikinghytten – Jordalsskaret – Hyttelien – Tarlebø-Svartediksveien.
Alltogether we did 12km in 5 hours with ascent of ca 800m.
As it happened to be, the people walking were mostly volunteers of Bergen Turlag.
“Lazy” Sunday in Bergen, Norway is very different from “lazy” Saturday of walking in Ses Salines, Ibiza. Though the length I took in Ibiza is similar, the heights and speed of the group (which is a normal, easy going speed for Norwegians) make you put some extra effort. But it is all worth it.
So this was my new walk in Bergen. A simple, very Bergen-style walk through beautiful mountains, ascending steadily to the high points with amazing views, mountain lakes and lovely people to share the passion for walking. I feel like home here, since the walks are more to the difficult side for people from flat countries and they are longer. Just my way to make it a bit more challenging.
Walking lifestyle – keeping you fit, mentally and physically
Don’t forget we all need time-off from our daily lives. Walking is the easiest and accessible thing to do that. Go out for a walk, share your thoughts and inspirations with me via e-mail. My aim is to show how easy it is to find little walks, little time-off-chunks in life to keep you mentally and physically fit. Wherever you are.
Liisi Toom is a communication executive and lifestyle coach who spent 9 months in Ibiza walking, doing walking tours and blogging about it. She has also done and blogged about walking in Estonia and Norway. She coaches people on finding their lifestyle. If you wish to find and live your lifestyle, e-mail at liisitoom (at) gmail. com.
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