As a city surrounded by seven mountains, with the nickname “Gateway to the Fjords,” you would expect some stunning viewpoints in Bergen, right? Well, we’re glad to tell you that Norway’s second largest city doesn’t disappoint.
Situated between the country’s longest fjord, Sognefjord, and the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Bergen is a popular starting point for exploring Norway’s famous fjords and rugged coastline. Where better to get an overview of these spectacular landscapes than with a trip up to one of the city’s hilltops?
Fløibanen, the funicular railway up Mount Fløyen, is well worth the trip for the incredible views over the city and surrounding landscapes. While the view from the top is the main attraction, the journey itself is thrilling as the funicular climbs 320 metres (1,050 feet) up the steep track, making Bergen’s colourful patchwork of houses appear smaller and smaller during the 8-minute journey. Expect some oohs and aahs on this ride!
Up on top of Mt. Fløyen, you can relax on the viewing platform and enjoy the expansive scenery, or even do a bit of hiking on the well-marked network of trails in the surrounding forest. If you work up an appetite, you can take advantage of the restaurant and gift shop right next to the viewing platform.
The Fløibanen station is easy to find in the Bergen city centre, just a 150-meter walk from Fisketorget (the fish market) and Bryggen Wharf. There are several departures daily, from early morning to late evening, all year-round. While you don’t need to buy tickets in advance, you may wish to pre-purchase tickets to avoid queues in the summer high season.
Pro tip: If you have a whole day or two to explore Bergen, our Nordic Visitor travel experts recommend buying a Bergen Card. This pass gives you free bus and light-rail travel within the city, free entrance to many museums and discounts on various attractions, including the Fløibanen funicular (50% off in summer and free trips in selected winter periods). You can purchase a card at tourist information centres, the central station and some hotels.