Are you tired of sitting in your room and looking at this?
Bergen can have the type of weather that makes you want to crawl indoors and get warm. This is certainly one option, and of course there are plenty of cosy activities you can entertain yourself with inside, but first, an appeal for the outdoors:
5 Reasons to go outside, despite the weather.
#5 The days are wet, but they are staying lighter longer
On one hand, the days are wet at the moment. But, getting some daylight helps provide you a little more serotonin, which can also improve your mood during days in which you might prefer to hide inside.
#4 Meet some Norwegians
The Norwegians say “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” for a reason. They love to be outside, and they know if they wait for the weather to clear to go enjoy nature, they will be waiting almost all year long. Apart from the outdoorsy activities discussed below, you may want to find a festival and stalk yourself a Norwegian buddy. This link lists some upcoming festivals in Norway including music and theatre festivals.
Reflecting on the beauty that is abundant here in Bergen and in the surrounding areas is certainly good for the soul. The weather cannot spoil it, and sometimes a little rain makes it shine all the brighter! It may be time to consider gathering some fellow students and renting a mountain cabin through SiB, or taking a day-trip into the mountains for a wet-weather hike (just remember to gear up appropriately)!
Speaking of winter sports, let’s talk exercise. A winter of unrelenting rain can be a challenge. If you haven’t been getting outside you might have have lower energy, or even feel a little down. Exercise helps release endorphins, mood-improving neurotransmitters that help combat the “blah” that can come from no sun!
Photo: Stand Hiestand
#1 Easy Access
The “seven” mountains that surround Bergen are easily accessible (there are more than seven, and supposedly locals argue about which ones are part of the seven – any locals wanna tell me if that’s true? – please, comment below). Gogi, a Georgian (that’s Georgia the country, not the State) student I have interviewed, recommends Fløyen. Easily accessible from the centre, Fløyen has many hiking options. Plus you’ll wanna be in shape for the 7-mountain hike come next spring (a hike that I managed to barely start – you can do better than me!).
The mountains are right there. Just go!
Do you have other reasons that inspire you to get outside? Comment below!