Views atop Ulriken Mountain
Bergen is know as the city between seven hills, the highest being Ulriken. Sitting 643 meters above sea level, it offers incredible panoramic views over the city and beyond. To reach the summit, you can choose one of the many trails over the plateau from Fløyen, the city’s funicular railway. Alternatively, you can opt to take the cable car, Ulriksbanen, directly to the summit. At the top, your efforts will be rewarded with a stop at the café and restaurant. It is also the perfect place for a picnic with a view.
Taking the cable carLet the brightly colored cable cars guide you to the plateau. Starting at Haukelandsbakken near Haukeland University Hospital in the city, the cable car makes the ascent to 643m, taking just 7 minutes. With a capacity of 25 people, the gondolas will take you to the summit as you sit back and relax, taking in the views that unfold before your eyes. Make sure you bring your camera, as these are some memories you will want to take home with you. It is not without good reason, that this is one of Bergen’s most popular attractions.
Hiking Bergen’s 7 peaksIf you want to try something different during your holiday and challenge yourself, then the 7 hills race may be just the thing. If you prefer, you can choose the shorter 4 hills version. This event, which takes place in late spring, has showcased these peaks since 1948 and is now one of the most established mountain races in Norway. The route takes participants to the summits of all the peaks surrounding Bergen, including Ulriken.
Norwegians love hiking and the great outdoors making Ulriken a popular day trip destination for locals. You can attempt to climb the mountain directly or cross the plateau from Fløyen, easily accessible from downtown. This is a trip that is well marked but takes you across alpine terrain so warm clothing and nice weather are recommended. This certainly is special way to experience the second largest city in Norway.
It is easy to reach the cable car and funicular railway, as well as the hiking trails, from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen. The hotel also offers a central location on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bryggen, meaning you are not only surrounded by nature, but history too.