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Bergen 7 mountains

Løvstakken
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. It is known for its 7 surrounding mountains and it’s the best location to visit the fjords in the country. In fact, there are more mountains around the city, and many of them are on the same massif. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to hike a lot during your Erasmus in the town!

Here is an article presenting these mountains and also their means of access and my opinion about them.

 

Note : Durations given are for a one-way trip: from the base of the trail to the top of the mountain

 

Ulriken-Rundemanen-Fløyen massif :

This massif includes the best-known Fløyen and Ulriken, but also Rundemanen in its centre.
Other mountains, such as Blåmanen or Storfjellet, also occupy the massif. They are often crossed during the great Vidden hike.

Ulriken topUlriken


Ulriken is the highest of the 7 mountains of Bergen. It is also the second touristic mountain of the city, where you will find at the top a restaurant, toilets, a zip line  and the possibility of paragliding for adventurers. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful view on the space arranged accordingly for it.

⛰️  643 meters | Difficulty: 4 out of 5 |  ⏱️ Duration: 1 to 2 h (depending on the route).

How to get there?

  • 🚠 Cable car: Ulriksbanen (125 NOK ≈ 13€).
  • 🚶🏽‍ Hiking trails: Start at Montana (bus 12). Two main walking routes are available: one with steps leading to the summit (1 hour) and another, longer (2 hours) where you can enjoy several viewpoints.
  • 🏔 From other mountains: Nattlandsfjellet near Fantoft (3 h), or Fløyen (5 h).

When to go there?

All year round. In winter, with the snowpack in altitude, it is a great place to cross-country ski. On the other hand, when hiking, it is better to wear spikes on your shoes to avoid falls or instability when walking.

Review: This is my second favourite mountain in the city! I prefer the second walking trail. First of all, for the different magnificent viewpoints it offers, but also because you’ll appreciate the final reward even more at the end of the hike from the highest view of Bergen.

 

FløyenFløyen


Also known as Fløyfjellet, it is the first mountain in the city to visit. But even the most touristic! At its top, restaurants, playgrounds, toilets and souvenir shops share the space. Its funicular in the city centre next to the harbour makes it a perfect place to visit for cruise passengers stopping by Bergen.

⛰️ 320 meters | Difficulty:  1 out of 5 | ⏱️ Duration:  50 min.

How to get there?

  • 🚠 Hiking trail: Fløibanen near Bryggen (50 NOK ≈ 5€).
  • 🚶🏽‍♀️ Hiking trail: Behind the Fløibanen, up the stairs and then along the path (50 min).
  • 🌊 Svartediket: an artificial lake located between Ulriken and Fløyen (50 min).
  • 🏔 From other mountains: Sandviksfjellet (30 min), Ulriken (5 h).

When to go there? 

All year round.

Review: The view from Fløyen is absolutely gorgeous, although the various paths leading to the top are quite monotonous. Easy to access and the starting point for many hikes, it is undoubtedly the mountain you will hike the most often. Nevertheless, I find that it is the mountain where you feel the least immersed once you arrive.

Tip: Take advantage of its accessibility to enjoy sunsets or sunrises anytime you can. You will never be disappointed!

Did you know that?
The mountains in Bergen act as a barrier, preventing the cold winds from the North and East from entering the city. That’s one of the reasons why the climate inside the city is temperate.

Also read :  Is it cold in Norway?

 

Rundemanen

Rundemanen


The 106-meter radio antenna (now closed) that you can see from Ulriken and many other mountains makes this one easily recognisable. Rundemanen is the second highest mountain in Bergen.

⛰️ 568 meters | Difficulty: 2 out of 5 | ⏱️ Duration: 1 h 30.

How to get there?

  • 🏔  From other mountains:  Sandviksfjellet (35 min), Fløyen (40 min), and Ulriken (4 h). Signs will lead you to Rundemanen.
  • 🌊 Svartediket : (1 h 30).

When to go there?

All year round, except in winter if you don’t have skis. There is too much snow; it will be tough for you to reach the top.

Review: This hike is not challenging in itself, but it is a bit long. Indeed, to get there, you will first have to go to one of the mountains of the massif. The view is entirely different, but it is worth going there. It’s delightful to land there, and it feels like you’re at the top of the city.

Did you know that?
The choice to officially declare that 7 mountains surround the city instead of 9 was the idea of Ludvig Holberg. After being inspired by the 7 hills of Rome in the 18th century, the writer also wanted to refer to this figure in his hometown. Even today, people in Bergen still disagree about the identity of these seven mountains.

 

Further north:

The further north you go, the more breathtaking the views of the downtown fjord. Here is the mountain that will give you the experience of one of these remarkable landscapes.

SandviksfjelletSandviksfjellet


With its 722 fearsome steps to its highest point, Sandviksfjellet will offer you a splendid view of the city and the fjord facing you. You can continue your journey further north and choose to climb one of the other peaks along the Storevatnet Lake to take more height.

⛰️  392 meters | Difficulty: 3 out of 5 | ⏱️ Duration:  40 min.

How to get there?

  • 🚶🏽‍Hiking trail: Stairs from Stoltzevein (40 min) or Skredderdalen (40 min).
  • 🏔 From other mountains: Fløyen (35 min).

When to go there?

All year round.

Review: Review: This is my favourite mountain! The happiness you feel when you see the fjord after climbing the stairs is indescribable. In addition to this, it will work your thighs and buttock muscles. However, beware of sore muscle in the following days!
There is also a quite-popular path to walk to reach Mount Fløyen, where you will feel as if you were in the middle of nature. It’s lovely and soothing. You will have a white landscape covered with snow during winter and discover a lake bordering the peaks during other seasons.

Warning: This hike can be dangerous in winter, especially if you go down the stairs. Spikes are strongly recommended!

Further South:

This side of the town will give you access to the 3 other mountains of the city that do not share the same massif, but are located one after the other. They provide a different view of the city. You cannot access them by cable car or steps leading to their peaks; therefore, there will be fewer tourists and more “wild” trails.

LøvstakkenLøvstakken


On the summit, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a 360° view of the city. You will have the opportunity to land on different spots to enjoy the landscape. In addition to that, you will have a unique view of the other side of Bergen opening onto another fjord.

⛰️  477 meters | Difficulty : 3 out of 5 | ⏱️ Duration :  1 h.

How to get there?

🚶🏽‍♀️ Hiking trail: bybanen stop (tramway) “Danmarksplass” continue towards the Southwest towards the mountain (which you will see in the distance), until you reach the Matroken supermarket. Signs will lead you to the route until the start of the hike.

When to go there?

All year round; however, there is often too much snow in winter.

Review: The hike to Løvstakken is magical because all along the way you can enjoy charming views. Moreover, in this area, the relationship with nature is quite strong, and the effort required is significant, but you can overcome it. Indeed, the first third of the hike is quite intense because the slopes are very steep.
Many people favour this mountain! It is one of the best for enjoying a sunset or sunrise.

 

Damsgardfjellet
Bergen from Damsgårdsfjellet by Stian Eikeland @ Flickr.

Damsgårdsfjellet


The smallest mountain in the city, it faces Fløyen and offers a similar view to Løvstakken for less effort and height.

⛰️ 284 meters | Difficulty: 1 out of 5 | ⏱️ Duration: 30 to 40 min.

How to get there?

🚶🏽‍♀️ Hiking trail: Start at Melkeplassen (Bus 19). Follow the path up Hamrehaugen Street on the mountain side. Signs will then indicate the direction of the trail that begins near a small basketball court.

When to go there?

All year round; however, there is often too much snow in winter.

Review: I found it to be the easiest mountain to climb with Fløyen. However, the trail is more interesting. If you are new to hiking, this is an excellent option. A hike to do especially in winter because, with the snowy landscape, the view is even more beautiful!

Did you know that?
Damsgårdsfjellet, Fløyfjellet, Sandviksfjellet: You may have noticed that most mountain names end with “fjellet.” It simply means “mountain.” ⛰️

 

LyderornLyderorn


Lyderorn is the farthest of the 7 mountains from central Bergen. It is the starting point of the 7 mountains hike organised every year in the city. Thanks to its visibility from the seas in the distance, it served as a landmark for sailors.

⛰️ 396 meters | Difficulty: 3 out of 5 | ⏱️ Duration: 1h.

How to get there?

🚶🏽‍♀️ Hiking trail: At Skålevik turning space (bus 45) or at the Loddefjord terminal (many buses go there). You can also start from the path on Banuren Street in Låskevag (bus 17, Gravdal terminus).

When to go there?

All year round; however, there is often too much snow in winter.

Review: Due to its distance from the city centre, it is quite tricky to get there as quickly as for the other mountains. However, the bus ride is enjoyable. At the end of the hike, you will have some climbing to do.
Don’t miss the magnificent lake Skåleviksvatnet on your road!

 

Also read : 5 useful mobile apps to download.

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The highest mountain in the municipality:

GulfjelletGullfjellet


Located on the border between Bergen and Samnanger, Gullfjellet is the highest mountain in the municipality. Its peaks are visible from Ulriken, especially on the Vidden hike. “Gul” used to mean “strong wind” so, “Gullfjellet” simply means “Mountain with strong winds”. Its rivers provide much of the region with running water.

⛰️ 987 meters | Difficulty: 5 out of 5⏱️ Duration: 2 h.

How to get there?

🚶🏽‍♀️ Hiking trail: At Gullbotn (bus 925 or 930 every 2 hours). It will take about 40 minutes to get to the beginning of the trail. Stone cairns will guide you along the route.

When to go there?

From May to September.

And here’s a video that could also make you want to go.

Warning: This hike can be dangerous due to strong winds or other bad weather to which it is highly exposed. Besides, unlike other mountains, network coverage is minimal. You will still find an emergency radio in the Redningshytten cabin.

 

If you go to Bergen, you will no longer have any excuses not to go hiking. And whatever the time of year you go to Erasmus in the city, you will have the chance to rediscover nature in a new way with each change of season. The best time, in my opinion, to go to the top of the mountains is during sunrise in winter (quite late: at around 8 am), with a magnificent snow-covered view. You’ll be amazed every time!

 

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Sources : Erasmus Bergen (my own experience, Norwegian classes), westcoastpeaks, visitBergen Google Maps, Student Bergen, outtt et Wikipédia. 

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