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There is no Bad Weather, only Bad Clothing

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:

 

 

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Eivind Senneset, Photographer

 

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.

 

Even getting out into what I like to call "greylight" (it's daylight - sorta) will revive you!

Even getting out into what I like to call “greylight” (it’s daylight… sorta) will revive you! Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

#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.

 

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Get outside and find a Norwegian, a fellow student, or some form of human life. (Eivind Senneset, Photographer)

 

#3 Beauty

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)!

 

 

IMG_8511Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

#2 Endorphins

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!

 

 

IMG_7364Photo: 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!

 

 

View from Ulriken (definitely one of the 7) Photo: Stand Hiestand

Do you have other reasons that inspire you to get outside? Comment below!

8 comments for “There is no Bad Weather, only Bad Clothing

  1. 'Yemi Thomas
    20. January 2015 at 10:45

    Oops! Winter out there sounds scary to me (my fright can be excused cos I’ve lived in temperate and high temperatures all my life!).
    Thanks for making it sound like fun could be made out of it, but it’s really going to be quite challenging for someone who has not experienced or seen a snow before to acclimatize to such conditions.
    Asides avoiding “bad clothing” in the “bad weather”, I’d like you to discuss practical ways one could manage the extreme cold and it’s consequential toll on one’s health, mobility and the like.
    Great Job you’re doing Stand! Do relish the winter……..

    • khi005
      20. January 2015 at 16:18

      Hey Yemi, thanks so much for your comment. Your interest in managing extreme cold, especially as someone from a more temperate or even a hot climate is completely understandable. Actually Bergen’s climate, while probably a dramatic difference for someone from a hot climate, is still considered temperate and is not extremely cold. In winter it is much warmer here than in much of Norway. This link has a interesting academic discussion about (much more) extreme cold adaptation. As far as practical recommendations go for Bergen, proper attire (raingear, water proof shoes with a good tread, and lots of warm layers that you can put on or take off as needed), getting as much light and as much exercise as possible, taking vitamin D if necessary (talk to your doctor), and making sure you’re socializing are probably my highest recommendations. While seasonal affected disorder (SAD) may affect some people – it can be mitigated for many using these techniques, for more extreme situations, a doctor would need to be consulted.

  2. Karim
    31. January 2015 at 20:11

    Thanks for your precious advice.

    • khi005
      4. February 2015 at 11:04

      You’re so welcome!

  3. 11. August 2016 at 13:54

    Thanks Stand! 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      13. August 2016 at 14:53

      Most welcome 😀

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