There are few places in the world like Bergen, where you can be in the heart of the center, wandering through the busy Fish Market, and in a matter of minutes be in the mountains or chilling by the wharf with your toes in the sea.
In the summer months, city dwellers and visitors flock to the peaceful parks and swimming areas at Verftet and the Nordnes peninsula. If you are brave enough for a swim, the best way is to do as the locals, just jump in and don´t take too much time to ponder over the temperatures! Right between the landmark Bryggen and the Fish Market lies the starting point for the road up to Mt. Fløyen. The Fløibanen funicular is the shortcut to the top, or you can follow the winding road past villas and pine trees to the viewpoint at the top.
Right next to HI Bergen Hostel Montana is the starting point for the hike to Mt. Ulriken, the highest peak in Bergen. Resting at 643 meters above sea level, from the viewpoint at Ulriken the 15km Vidden hike leads you over the long-stretched plateau with beautiful views back to Mt. Fløyen.
It´s easy to link up with fellow hikers and nature lovers at Montana, and the staff at the hostel with a view arrange free hiking tours, city tours and even fishing trips when the weather allows it (even though some locals claim that rainy weather increases fishing luck). After a long day of exploring everything Bergen has to offer, you can pick up some supplies for a barbeque party and sunset-watching.
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(photo top: Sara Caballero Navarrete)