Looking across Byfjorden, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Looking across Byfjorden, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

The day that I chose for a hike around Bergen's hill country stayed dry even if clouds robbed me of the sunshine that accompanied me from Bergen to Munkebotn. That proved less of a disappointment than the numbers of folk coming against me on the track that I followed as far as Storevatnet. Unless they were coming up on the Fløybanen, I struggled to work out what brought them the way they were going. It almost felt like a charity even but might have more got to with enjoying a dry Sunday.

My yearnings for a little more in the way of solitude took me off that track to follow boggy paths that took me past more lakes before pottering over a few hilltops around Rundemanden. Those were the quieter reaches that I so craved and meeting more folk on the trail down by Blåmanen and Fløyfjellet did not bother me that much. In any case, there was something that I needed to do that evening so that busied my mind. As if to show how well I had done, it rained for a few hours after my walk before cheering up again at sunset.

There plenty of other trails to explore should I ever return to Bergen and I hope to have some sun while up around those quieter places. The introduction was good and highlighted how little time I had allotted. There is enough around here to occupy a week long stay. Much like Britain or Ireland, there may be rain but us islanders know how to deal with that. It makes it all the better when the sun gets to shine.

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