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Running

Bergen is a beautiful city on foot whether walking, running, or hiking. Take a look below for resources to local running routes, groups, and races.

Store Lungegårdsvannet

A pleasant and flat trip around a lake. 

  • About
    • Store Lungegårdsvann (literally "large lung farm's water", but actually named after the estate of a Danish nobleman, Vicens Lunge) is a bay connected to Puddefjorden (one of the branches of Byfjorden, or "the City Fjord", that creates the pennisula of Nordnes). It used to connect directly to Lille Lungegårdsvannet (also called Smålungeren by the locals), the small pond near Festplassen in the city centre, but it was partially filled in in the 1950's. These days the two bodies of water are still connected, but now it is via an underground channel. This, along with a few bridges, makes strolling around Storelungegårdsvann easy. The route around Storelugegårdsvannet is mostly flat.
  • Getting there
    • You can easily walk or run to Store Lungegårdsvannet from the city centre. If you need to use public transit to get into the city centre, search for the best transit options on the Skyss Travel Planner. The Bystasjonen and Florida bybane stops are good places to begin or end your run.
  • The route
    • Here is one option for a route, starting and ending at Bystasjonen, 5.1 km.
    • Here is another route option including Nygårdsparken and Store Lungegårdsvannet, 4.5 km. This link, from UT.no, is only available in Norwegian. The map is useful to look at and you can copy and paste text into a translator, such as google traslate, as needed. This is recommended over having the webbrowser translate the whole page as it will often incorrectly translate the names of local places which may cause confusion when you are looking for the correct sign on a trailhead or a bus, for example.
    • Check out the interactive map at UT.no to search for more options. In order to limit searches to running/walking/hiking trips, select Torforslag (tour suggestions) and Sommerstier (summer trails). Under Turforslag, enter Vestlandet and under Type tur (Type of tour) enter Fottur (Tours on foot). Under varighet, you can select the length of tour: Dagstur (day tour) by timer (hours) or Flere dager (2 or more days). You will also have to zoom in on Bergen in order to search for routes. 

Fjellveien

Stretches 4,6 km from Amalie Skramsvei in Sandviken to Bellevue.

About Fjellveien

The fjellveien path is mostly flat but getting up to it on foot is reasonably steep. The 4632 meters long path offers panoramic views over Bergen. Fjellveien is a favourite running route of many locals. From Fjellveien you can access other trails that take you further up onto Fløyen, Sanviksfjellet, or Rundamanen. 

How to get there

  • To run/walk there, follow this route from Byparken. Once you've reached the water fountain (called Hesten trenger hvile, or "horses need rest"), Fjellveien extends out both to the north and south. There will be a sign that indicates Fjellveien as well as routes up Fløyen.
  • It is also possible to take the Fløibane Funicular to the mid-station and walk to Fjellveien from there. However, not all departures stop at the mid-station so check with the front desk if you choose this option.  
  • If you need to use public transit to get into the city centre, search for best transit options on the Skyss Travel Planner. Input ‘Bergen Sentrum’ as your destination to get the most options for transit to the city centre.

The route

 

Tveitevannet

A small lake near Fantoft that offers a convenient short loop route. 

About

Tveitevannet is a body of water between Løvstakken and Ulriken. There are footpaths hugging one side of the lake and a street running along the other side. Many people stroll or run around the lake among ducks, the occasional swan, and children playing. 

How to get there

  • From Fantoft, Tveitevannet can be accessed by a short walk or run.  
  • If you are not living at Fantoft, you can search for the best transit options to the Fantoft or Sletten Senter stops on the Skyss Travel Planner

The Route

  • Here is a walking or running route from Fantoft around Tveitevannet, 3.3 km. 
  • Or, try this Tveitevannet route starting from Sletten Senter, 2 km. The map is useful to look at and you can copy and paste text into a translator, such as google translate, as needed. This is recommended over having the web browser automatically translate the whole page as it will often incorrectly translate the names of local places. This can cause confusion when you are looking for the correct sign on a trailhead or a bus, for example.
  • You can also check out the interactive map at UT.no to search for more route options near Fantoft.  In order to limit searches to running/walking/hiking trips, select Torforslag (tour suggestions) and Sommerstier (summer trails). Under Turforslag, enter Vestlandet and under Type tur (Type of tour) enter Fottur (Tours on foot). Under varighet, you can select the length of tour: Dagstur (day tour) by timer (hours) or Flere dager (2 or more days). You will also have to zoom in on Bergen in order to search for routes.

 

Nordnes

The peninsula near the centre. Nordnes Park is located at the tip.

About Nordnes

Nordnes is the name of Bergen's characteristic central penisula that features a neighborhood full of narrow, windy streets as well as a park and aquarium. The Pennisula of Nordnes is surrounded by the bodies of water known as Vågen, Puddefjorden and Byforden. A walk or run from the Sentrum (city centre) through the neighborhood of Nordnes to Nordnes park and back is a popular running/walking route. 

How to get there

  • If you need to use public transit to get into the city centre, You can search for the best transit options for you on the Skyss Travel Planner. Using " Bergen Sentrum" will offer the largest number of options for routes to the centre.

The Route

  • Click here for a walking or running route from Byparken to the tip of Nordnes and back, 3.4 km. 
  • You can also check out the interactive map at UT.no to search for more route options in the Sentrum. This website is only available in Norwegian. In order to limit searches to running/walking/hiking trips, select Torforslag (tour suggestions) and Sommerstier (summer trails). Under Turforslag, enter Vestlandet and under Type tur (Type of tour) enter Fottur (Tours on foot). Under varighet, you can select the length of tour: Dagstur (day tour) by timer (hours) or Flere dager (2 or more days). You will also have to zoom in on Bergen in order to search for routes via the map.

 

Gamlehaugen

Since 1925, Gamlehaugen and its surroundings have been a public park, museum and royal residence. 

About Gamlehaugen

Gamlehaugen is a picturesque mansion that looks like a tiny palace and is located nex to the scenic banks of a fjord. In the summer time, the grounds of Gamlehaugen are popular for picnics and fjord swimming. You can read more about Gamlehaugen here

How to get there

  • From Fantoft, Gamlehaugen is a short walk or run.  
  • If you are not living at Fantoft, search the best transit options to the Fantoft bybane stop on the Skyss Travel Planner. Or, enter the Gamlehauvegen stop at your destination and walk or run from there. 

The Route

  • Click here for a walking or running route from Fantoft to Gamlehaugen, 1.6 km one-way. 
  • You can also check out the interactive map at UT.no to search for more route options near Fantoft. Check out the interactive map at UT.no to search for more options. In order to limit searches to running/walking/hiking trips, select Torforslag (tour suggestions) and Sommerstier (summer trails). Under Turforslag, enter Vestlandet and under Type tur (Type of tour) enter Fottur (Tours on foot). Under varighet, you can select the length of tour: Dagstur (day tour) by timer (hours) or Flere dager (2 or more days). You will also have to zoom in on Bergen in order to search for routes via the map.

 

More running options

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Stay inside

  • The Bergen weather can be rough sometimes. If you would like to run indoors, the Sammen gyms have treadmills.

Get competitive

If you are an avid runner, you may like to join a running event or race. Here are a few to get you started. Many of the links are only availalble in Norwegian so copy and paste text into a translator, such as google translate, as needed. This is recommended over having the web browser automatically translate the whole page as it will often incorrectly translate the names of local places. This can cause confusion when you are looking for the correct sign on a trailhead or a bus, for example.

If you are interested in other routes, check out the Bergen running suggestions on Mapmyrun.