Want to enjoy the winter? Here are our tips to excursions in and around Bergen.
Because Bergen is so close to the sea, snow is unusual in the city even during winter. Normaly there are only between 10 - 20 days with snow on the ground. But do not worry - there are plenty of opportunities to experience the Norwegian winter.
Skiing in Bergen
- On the City Mountains surrounding the city, the temperature is normally several degrees lower than in the city center. That means that while it can rain in the city, the precipitation can fall as snow at the mountains. At Ulriken (643 meters) the temperature is often 3-4 degrees lower and at Fløyen around 2 degrees lower than in the city.
- Ulriken and Fløyen are the two mountains best suited for skiing, and are easy to reach because of the cable car (Ulriksbanen) and funicular (Fløibanen). At Fløyen there are lighted trails for cross country skiing, and the hills down to the city center are popular for sleds when the weather allows it.
- You can also find several lighted trails around the city, the most easily accessible is at Gulbotn, a 40 minute bustrip from Bystasjonen (bus station) by bus 925 or 930 (see skyss.no).
Ice skating in Bergen
- There are two indoor ice skating rinks in Bergen: Bergenshallen (next to the stop Sletten at Bybanen) and Iskanten in Loddefjord. Bergenshallen is open Monday - Friday from 10 - 14, and Sunday 12.30 - 15.30. Iskanten is open from Monday - Friday 10-16, Saturday 10-18 and Sunday 12-18.
- There is also an outdoor ice skating rink at Slåtthaug (a 10 minute walk from the Bybanen stop at Skjoldskiftet). Slåtthaug is open from 9 - 22 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 - 16 on Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 - 17 on Saturday and 12 - 20 at Sunday.
- With two ski resorts and long traditions for skiing, Voss is a popular and one of the most established ski destinations in Norway. Voss also frequently hosts World Cup Events. The temperature at Voss is normally several degrees lower than in Bergen. You can take the local train from Bergen to Voss (1.5 hours - see nsb.no) or travel by bus (1.5 - 2 hours - see skyss.no).
- Kvamskogen is the most popular winter destination for the inhabitants of Bergen, in part because it is only a one hour drive away by bus or car. There are two ski resorts and also prepared cross country tracks. Some of the higheste peaks are 1300 meters above sea level, making the area colder and snowier than Bergen. There is a ski bus to Eikedalen, the largest ski resort, and also regular bus to Kvamskogen (bus 925 or 930 - see skyss.no).