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​The city between seven mountains

Blog post   •   Aug 20, 2019 11:15 UTC

Text: Nils Haugene Photo: Max Igland

There’s a lack of consensus as to which of the mountains surrounding Bergen actually belong to the “seven mountains”, but everyone can at least agree that Ulriken and Fløyfjellet are two of them, so we decided to take the kids on a hike ‘across Vidden’, as the locals say. This walk is around 15 kilometres, and can comfortably be done in a day, even with a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old in tow. However, it’s also possible to camp out and extend your trip by a day or two.

Photo: Max Igland

After breakfast at the hotel we took the Ulriken Express bus from the city centre to Haukelandsbakken and the bottom station of the cable car up to the highest peak. There was a short queue, but 15 minutes later we were on board. The children found the cable car exciting, and once at the top we took some time to enjoy the spectacular view before setting off. Luckily the notorious Bergen rain stayed away.

Photo: Nils Haugane

It wasn’t far to the first summit of the day, Ulriken, at 643 metres above sea level. After Ulriken the terrain would be more open. We strode out. Jumping over tussocks of grass and stones and dashing across any wet, boggy patches, we soon reached the cairn marking the highest point among Bergen’s mountains. Before turning west back to the main path again, we made our way to Hauggjelsvarden (673 MASL) for the view down towards Espeland and Indre Arna. There was also a post box at the cairn containing a tattered visitor book, to which we added a few words before continuing.

Photo: Nils Haugane

We decided to stop for a picnic at the top of Vardegga (637 MASL), where there was a stiff wind. We ate most of the food from our bags, but saved a few goodies for the final summit on our outing, Rundemanen, at 568 metres above sea level.

Photo: Nils Haugane

As we reached Fløyen, Frida and Julie showed that they still had some energy to burn. They sprinted off to the large playground, where they spent a good while having fun climbing high and low. It was 6.30 in the evening by the time we took the Fløibanen (funicular railway) back down to the city.

Photo: Nils Haugane

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