Lyderhorn (396 meters) is the westernmost of Bergen’s seven mountains. The mountain can be reached from different directions, and at the top you will have a glorious view of the sea and the islands to the west.
According to folklore, Lyderhorn was the place where witches gathered on Walpurgis night. The last person to be accused of witchery in Bergen in 1590, Anne Pedersdotter, was said to have flewn to Lyderhorn on her broom stick to join the ceremony. If you meet any witches on your way is doubtful, but you will meet a lot of hikers, as this is a popular mountain for locals.
The hike has a trail the entire way and can be up to 2.5 km round trip. It is estimated to take about 2 hours to hike and the elevation gained is around 300 metres. During your hike, you may also want to take the time to visit Kvarven, a military fort, located north of Lyderhorn. Kvarven was strategically important fort during WWII. Now Kvarven is part of a recreational area and is an open air war memorial.
How to get there
Lyderhorn is the mountain furthest away from the city center, and it is therefore best to take a bus from the city center. You can search for the best transit options for you on the Skyss Travel Planner. Below are some options for bus routes from the city centre depending on where you plan to start the hike:
Starting the hike from Gravdal/Laksevåg (North-East)
- Take bus number 17 from the city centre (Olav Kyrres Gate, between Galeriet and Exhibition) to the end stop at Gravdal. Follow the road to the NUTEC-institute, pass through the short tunnel, and continue on the gravel road. The hike is easy at the start, and steeper near the top.
Starting the hike from Loddefjord/Kjøkkelvik (West)
- Take bus number 5 or 6 from Olav Kyrres Gate to the terminal at Loddefjord. From the terminal there is a 15 minute walk before you get to the hiking trail: follow the road north, walk by Kjøkkelvik school and go up Lyderhornslien. The trail to Lyderhorn is signposted. This is the steepest and shortest trail to Lyderhorn.