Surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen is one of Norway’s best cities for a walking holiday.
Whether you want an easy ramble around the city or a full-day weekend hike in the mountains, Bergen is a great location for walking. The downtown area is perfect for casual strolls, most notably at the Bryggen wharf and around the lake by the buildings of Bergen Art Museum. Beyond the city centre, here are some of our favourite places for hiking in Bergen.
Hikes from Mount Fløyen
Easily accessible from city centre thanks to the Fløibanen funicular, Mount Fløyen is the starting point for many of Bergen’s best-loved hikes. Allow a little extra time here to take in the view of the city below and enjoy a browse around the gift shop. The aroma from the freshly baked sweet buns in the adjacent cafe is hard to resist!
The Brushytten cabin is a popular destination for beginners as it’s well-signed and only a 2km walk from the top of the funicular. During the summer season the kiosk may well be open and serving up coffee and hot chocolate to fuel you up for the return walk.
Don’t miss the great viewpoint a few hundred metres before the cabin. To continue hiking, you could return to the city centre via one of three well-marked paths, or continue on to the west to the top of Mount Blaamanen and Mount Rundemanen, or to the south towards Mount Blaamanen.
Mount Fløyen is also the start or end point of the famous hike between the top of the Fløibanen funicular and the cable car over on Mount Ulriken. This hike is not for the inexperienced, but it offers tremendous views across the city and its surroundings. Much of the hike takes place on fairly exposed ground, so consider the weather before making the trip. A map is recommended, and you should allow at least five hours for the one-way hike.
To the west of the city, Lovstakken is a quieter option yet still offers stunning views of the region. The hike was rumoured to the the favourite of the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. There are various routes depending on whether you are walking from the city, arriving at the foot of the mountain by bus, or driving.
The most commonly used walking route from downtown Bergen is from Danmarksplass, but you can also walk over Puddefjorden bridge and up from Gyldenpris. The mountain hike itself is around 2.2km, but you can double that distance if you start the walk from the city centre.
Another of the seven mountains surrounding the city, Mount Damsgård is a fine alternative to Lovstakken to the west of central Bergen. At just 317 metres above sea level it is the lowest of the seven. The shortest hike is from Melkeplassen. From Olav Kyrres Gate you can take bus number 19, or you can walk from the city centre in about 45 minutes via the Puddefjorden bridge. The hike itself is around 5km.