The Seven Mountains

Bergen is known as the city between the seven mountains, so next time the sun is out why not put on your walking shoes and head up to the most spectacular views of Bergen!

If you enjoy hiking, there are plenty of hiking opportunities surrounding the city of Bergen. Bergen is known as the city between seven mountains, but if you start counting, you’ll soon find there are a lot more than that! In some circles, there’s still some debate as to which mountains are the official seven. However the general consensus (and correct answer on a quiz) is that the seven official mountains of Bergen are: Ulriken 643 m (2110 ft), Fløyfjellet 400 m (1300 ft), Rundemanen 568 m (1684 ft), Sandviksfjellet 417 m (1368ft), Damsgårdfjellet 317 m (1040 ft), Lyderhorn 396 m (1299 ft) and Løvstakken 477 m (1565 ft). 

If you want to test your endurance, get a real sense of achievement, have something to boast about to your friends, and claim an honorary citizenship of Bergen, you can join the annual Norwegian Trekking Association 7-mountains hike. You’ll need to be physically and probably mentally fit to complete the route, as it’s over 30 km long, has an elevation of 2200 metres and attracts some 8000 thousand participants, (give or take a few hundred depending on the weather on the day of the hike). There is a participant fee, but upon completion you get a t-shirt and a diploma.

If you’re not sure you have the stamina to hike all the mountains on the same day, or would prefer to avoid the queues, why not explore them individually? Keep reading to learn more about hiking the seven mountains of Bergen.

Please be familiar with safe hiking practices while in Norway. If you are new to hiking, make sure to go with experienced hikers or join an a group that offers experienced tour leaders, such as BSI. For more information about hikes in the Bergen area, you may also wish to explore the Hiking around Bergen, Norway Facebook page.