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Hiking in Bergen, Norway: From Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen


Hiking in Bergen, Norway is a must. There is no debate about it.

And specifically, the trek from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen should not be missed.

If you visit Bergen and you don’t hike this legendary trail, then your trip to Bergen will result in complete and utter failure. That is how important it is for you to do this hike; it is simply spectacular, and for as long as you live, you will never forget it.

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Hiking in Bergen, Norway: From Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen

Before hiking in Bergen, Norway, you’ll need to prepare yourself.

Complete these steps before your hike:

  • Start by purchasing good quality, waterproof hiking boots if you don’t already have a pair. I highly recommend these boots for women.
  • Next, purchase your Bergen Card from Visit Bergen, the city’s official tourism board. This card will grant you free access to most of Bergen’s attractions, sights, tours, and more, and is essential for an eventful, cost-effective, and pleasant stay in Bergen. You will need your Bergen Card for this hike.
  • Check the weather, and make sure you plan to go hiking in Bergen, Norway on a sunny, mild temperature day.
  • Pack a backpack with plenty of food and water to last you throughout the day. There will be no place to get food along the journey, though you will find fresh mountain water should you need to refill your bottle.
  • Apply sunscreen all over your exposed skin and bring plenty more to reapply later. Don’t forget your sunglasses too! And perhaps a hat.
  • Dress in sportswear and accordingly for the weather. Bring a lightweight and waterproof jacket, as Bergen is famous for its rain; the weather can change in an instant on Norway’s west coast.
  • Make sure that you’re at least moderately fit. If not, unfortunately, you should just forget about this adventure altogether.
  • Get your map of Bergen’s mountain hiking trails here, just in case you become unsure of your route, as it can be confusing at times.

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Now, once all of those steps have been completed, you’re ready for the hike of your life through tall mountains, past clear blue lakes and gushing waterfalls, overlooking unbelievable views of beautiful cities, fjords, and cliffs.

Please note, however, that this hike is not for wimps.

  • This hike is about 11 miles long (about 18 kilometers).
  • This hike will take anywhere from 5 to 9 hours, from start to finish. But that depends on how fast and skilled you are at hiking.

Surprisingly, we finished the hike from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen in about 5 and a half hours, though we figured we’d be on the tail end of the average time!

How to start hiking in Bergen, Norway:

To start hiking in Bergen, Norway, leave your hotel (which hopefully will be the beautiful Clarion Hotel Admiral) and head to the Fisketorget, or Bergen’s Fish Market, to catch the line #2 bus at the stop Strandkaiterminalen. You will take this bus for about fifteen minutes, until you reach the stop Haukeland Sjukehus S. (These instructions are assuming that you are staying near Fisketorget and/or Bryggen. If not, check out Bergen’s bus schedule and stops here.)

From there, follow the signs and/or the passersby in hiking gear to the Ulriken643 cable car.

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This is now where your Bergen Card will come in handy.

For free with the card, take the Ulriken643 cable car up 643 meters to the peak of Mt. Ulriken. Meanwhile, enjoy the wonderful panoramic views and mentally prepare yourself for the moderate to difficult hike that’s about to ensue.

When you reach the top, make sure that your bottle is filled to the brim with water, and if not, refill it. Head to the restroom for your last chance at a proper toilet for the next few hours.

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We started our hike off on the complete wrong foot, in the complete wrong direction.

If it wasn’t for the kind Norwegian man who showed us the way, we would probably be wandering around somewhere in the mountains right now, trying to find civilization… if we could have even made it this long! Who knows.

Many different trails begin at Mt. Ulriken’s peak and head in all directions, and the vague signs don’t help ease the confusion. If you don’t know which way to go, ask someone. Every single person we encountered in Norway was helpful and friendly, so don’t be shy to ask.

Once you find the right path and get going, navigating the hike will become much easier. Just follow the giant mounds of rocks that serve as trail markers and you’ll find your way!

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While hiking in Bergen, Norway, we climbed up and down snowy mountains, we passed by rushing streams, and we gawked at half-frozen lakes. We proclaimed, “Oh my gosh, this is so pretty!” over a thousand times. Maybe two thousand times, actually.

Surrounded by 360 degree views of small towns along the deep fjords below us, clear blue skies above us, and rugged mountains beneath our feet, we hiked from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen.

We laughed, we sweat, we appreciated Norway’s boundless beauty, and later, we were pretty damn sore.

Hiking in Bergen, Norway is an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives, and for you, I cannot recommend this hike enough.

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As we trekked, we encountered groups of hikers here and there. Some of them were actually cross-country skiing on the flats and downhills and hiking up the steep inclines on foot. If you’re a skier as well, this looked like bunches of fun. Just say, “Hallo!” or “Hei!”, to them as you pass by. They might even mistake you as a local for using their lingo!

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Finally, after what seemed like an eternity of walking through the rocky, snowy terrain, we stopped for some lunch which consisted of croissant sandwiches and fruit which we pilfered from the breakfast buffet at our hotel. Oops!

It felt so glorious to sit down and take a break after about four hours of hiking, but soon after, I realized that it was a mistake.

We only rested for about fifteen minutes, and as soon as I began to hike again, my muscles felt fatigued and stiff. If we’d have ate while hiking, I could have avoided a bit of discomfort, but nevertheless, sitting, after hours and hours of walking, felt so good.

After a few minutes more of hiking, the aching subsided and I forgot all about it, and that’s mostly because the incredible views of Norway distracted me.

Hiking in Bergen, Norway: From Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen

After one more hour of hiking, we reached the summit of Mt. Fløyen and it felt SO GOOD. I can’t imagine a better reward, after an 11-mile, 5-and-a-half-hour hike, than seeing the view from the top of Mt. Fløyen, overlooking all of beautiful Bergen. Except for maybe a huge banana and chocolate fudge ice cream. That would be pretty rewarding, too.

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If you’re feeling even more adventurous after you’ve completed the hike, you can continue on, and hike down Mt. Fløyen and into Bergen.

During the hike, we were like, “Oh yeah, let’s just finish it and hike all the way down!” Nope. Didn’t happen. Not even close.

The hike was absolutely beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but with the Fløibanen funicular at such easy and free access with the Bergen Card, we opted to take the funicular down to rest our weary feet and aching legs.

Hiking in Bergen, Norway: From Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen

Why, hello, Bryggen! It’s so nice to see you again on the ground. And now it’s time for a shower and a nap!

Hiking in Bergen, Norway allowed us to experience Norway as the Norwegians do. We saw the incredible sights from above, we worked off some of the inevitable feasts that always seem to occur while traveling, and we conquered a very difficult hike, up steep and snowy inclines and down icy mountains, just as the Norwegians do daily.

Take my word for it, hiking in Bergen, Norway is an unforgettable experience that you’re sure to enjoy and don’t want to miss!

This post contains affiliate links. Travel Alphas visited Bergen as a guest of both the Visit Bergen tourism board and the Clarion Hotel Admiral. As always, all opinions are our own.


Maddy Cornelius

Maddy is the co-founder and editor of Travel Alphas. Mint tea, handmade pasta, gelato, and red wine are among her favorite treats. New York City, Budapest, Bali, and Florence are a few of her most-loved destinations.

  • Dawn D.

    It looks beautiful! Great photos as usual too. Thanks for sharing!

    April 25, 2015 at 12:19 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Happy to share! We had the best day ever! :)

      April 25, 2015 at 12:32 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    Wow, this looks unreal… Hope to do it one day as well!! :)

    April 25, 2015 at 12:20 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      You definitely should. I can’t speak highly enough of it!

      April 25, 2015 at 12:40 am Reply
  • Lisa Dillman

    Unbelievable! Adding this to the travel bucket list :D Thanks for posting!

    April 25, 2015 at 12:21 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Happy to! I hope you tick it off your list some day!

      April 25, 2015 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Dylan P

    Good shots. My wife and I visited Bergen a few years back but failed to do a hike sadly. Maybe one day if we ever return. It was nice there, so it’s possible!

    April 25, 2015 at 12:23 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      I already would love to go back to Bergen! I hope you and your wife return some day too!

      April 25, 2015 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Nora Buildan

    I can’t think of a better day. It’s so pretty! Thanks for sharing this.
    XXX

    April 25, 2015 at 12:24 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      It was an awesome day! If you ever visit Scandinavia, Bergen is GORGEOUS! Don’t miss it!!! :)

      April 25, 2015 at 12:42 am Reply
  • Emma Bart

    Wow… This looks so incredible !!

    April 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      It really was incredible!

      May 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Kayla M

    Gorgeous hike!!! I’d love to!

    April 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      It is gorgeous! You should!

      May 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Diana

    Simply unbelievable :) I will definitely be going here!

    May 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Why thank you my friend! I’ll go with you!!! :P

      May 1, 2015 at 9:59 pm Reply
  • Kyle Herron

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading it!

    May 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Thanks! I’m glad :)

      May 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Shelley

    Beautiful pics!

    June 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm Reply
  • Jac

    Hi I would love to do this hike! I will be going to Bergen during the end of december. Is it possible to do this hike during the winter?

    October 18, 2015 at 10:41 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately it won’t be possible to hike in December; the mountains will be completely covered in snow by this time. You’ll be able to cross country ski though, if you’re into to that! :)

      October 18, 2015 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Edward

    Hello! Your blog is really inspiring and helpful. I am planning a trip next month to Bergen and because of this post I have included hiking in the itinerary.

    You mentioned that the Ulriken Funicular is included free with the Bergen card, but I cannot find the information form VisitBergen’s site. Just want to confirm that it really is included before I get the card. Thank you again and keep inspiring!

    March 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Hi Edward,

      I’m so glad that you found this post and are now planning to do this hike from Ulriken to Fløyen. It was my favorite thing that we did while in Norway. You will surely love it, too!

      We visited Bergen in April 2015, and at that time, the funicular was included in the Bergen Card. While I can’t 100% confirm that it is still included, I would count on it. There’s a funicular up to Ulriken and also one up to Fløyen, and those are two of the most popular attractions. I can’t imagine that the Bergen tourism board would remove them from the Bergen Card.

      Enjoy your trip! If you have any more questions, please let us know. We are happy to help. :)

      – Maddy

      March 20, 2016 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Ben J

    We undertook this hike yesterday (although we did Floyen-Ulriken, and hiked up Floyen rather than taking the Funicular) and by golly you’re not wrong; It’s simply incredible. Such awe-inspiring views, and whilst on paper it doesn’t appear to cover much ascent/descent as other hikes we’ve completed, the uneven nature of the terrain means you probably cover around 1,000m+ in total. A very rewarding hike, and one that’s so enjoyable that inclement weather doesn’t affect your experience too much! We were caught in a small snowstorm as we hiked along Vidden and up to the Storhauhen Human Rights cairn, which made it feel like full winter conditions, and the views of Folgefonna were not affected in the slightest. Totally recommend this, but definitely get some cardio training in beforehand if you’re not used to the mountains; I consider them home and still found myself sore and aching by the end of it… although I have a tendency to take the hardest path by accident/because they always look more fun!! ;)

    Great article Maddy, hopefully we’ll see you in the mountains one day!

    April 25, 2016 at 1:22 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Awesome! So glad to hear that you loved this hike as much as we did! :)
      Thank you for telling us all about your experience!

      April 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Patricia & Alex

    Ahh we’re gonna do the hike tomorrow.. So excited after reading your experience! Hopefully sun in stead of snow for us since we’re going to sleep in a tent:-D

    August 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Soumitra

    hi Maddy & Mauricio

    Great write up and pictures. We are planning to do the hike on the 12th October and taking quite a bit of inspiration from your blog. Just hope the weather holds. Thanks for taking the time to share your adventure and providing inspiration to others.

    October 5, 2016 at 2:57 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Hi Soumitra!

      We wish you awesome weather! We are having the same problem right now. We are trekking to Machu Picchu in a few days and it’s supposed to rain the whole time! Hopefully you will have better luck.

      Have a great trip. :)

      October 5, 2016 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Nessia Lawrencia

    Hi Maddy & Mauricio,
    I was just looking for things to do in Bergen and found your site. I love how you write details and experience about the hike, very helpful! Do you think it’s possible to do the hike at the end of March?

    Thank you!

    February 25, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Hi Nessia!

      Thanks for your comment.

      It might be tough to do this hike at the end of March. You’ll need to get lucky with the weather while you’re there, and probably during the few weeks leading up to your trip as well — hope for no snow! We did this trek in mid-April, and there was a lot of snow on the mountain then. If there were any more snow, I am not sure that we could have done the hike. The weather changes in Bergen very rapidly, so this hike could potentially turn dangerous if the conditions aren’t good up there. When you arrive in Bergen, I would recommend checking with the tourism office to see what they think. If this hike is not possible, you can take the funicular up to Fløyen, and there you will find a number of other shorter trails that you can walk! Enjoy your trip! :)

      – Maddy

      February 25, 2017 at 11:07 am Reply

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