BEHIND THE SCENES: Just me, my Platypod, a camera and my 16-35mm f/4 lens, on the rocks.
BERGEN IS NOT WITHOUT ITS BEAUTY
If I had it do to over again, I'd do things differently. (1) I wouldn't do five straight flights. I would have given up a day and stayed in Oslo (though everybody told me to get out of Oslo as fast as you can; they said besides a very modern opera house, there's nothing there). (2) I would have gone to Bergen first — I would have liked it better because I wouldn't have been spoiled so much by the Lofoten Islands.
Bergen itself is no slouch — it's a modern, clean, beautiful city with an old section with lots of charm and lots of tourists. It's SUPER expensive (we had lunch there — Kalebra had Fish Soup and Muscles, our daughter had a Salmon plate, I had a hamburger – we had soft drinks [no liquor], and it was $170 US. Yeouch! The food was delicious, and the restaurant was charming, but $170 is a lot for lunch. Everything is expensive in Norway (everything!), but prices in Bergen stood out to me.
BUT IF YOU'RE WILLING TO DRIVE JUST A LITTLE BIT…
…a few hours outside Bergen are more Fjords and beautiful scenery. We were pretty beat (and our body clocks a bit messed up), so we didn't get to do much shooting outside of Bergen, but we did get a chance to pull the car off the road now-and-then, and that's when I got this shot after 10:00 am at night in the Hardangerfjord area. There was a lot to see there, but we got there too late, and it was storming so, we headed back into town (some things are open late in Bergen).