Considering the number of local events this month, May is probably the best time to visit Bergen, with the summer months of June, July and August almost as good.
In the domestic press, this became known as the Bergen Wave..
Musicians and bands with roots in Bergen include Annie, Burzum, Enslaved, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Erlend Øye, Kings of Convenience, Royksopp, Sondre Lerche, and Datarock..
Bergen was one of the most important bureau cities of the Hanseatic League, interconnecting continental Europe with the northern and coastal parts of Norway, thus becoming a central spot for the vending of stockfish and the commercial hot spot in Norway..
It was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s and has a long maritime history in shipping and finance..
Due to the city's location relatively far north, close to the northern sea and surrounded by mountains, special weather conditions occur, resulting in approximately 240 days with precipitation a year and a mean temperature of 7.6 C (45 7 F)..
In January 2007, a record of 85 rainy days in a row was set.
July has the highest mean temperature, 14.3 C (57 7 F), with August, 14.1 C (57 4 F) following close behind.
May is usually the month with the least precipitation..
Henrik Ibsen, the famous playwright, started his career in Bergen as manager of Den Nationale Scene..