Explore Bergen’s highest mountain by foot or cable car
- Destination: Bergen
- Season: January–December
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 460 meters
- Duration: 1.5–2 hours
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Ulriken is the highest of the 7 mountains surrounding the city of Bergen. A cable car also goes to the top, where you will have a full 360-degree view, with no other mountains obstructing the view. Here, you will also understand why locals use these 7 mountains as their adventure destination as much as possible, especially when the sun is shining.
The hike can be done year around. If it is snowy weather, go later in the day so that you have tracks to follow. There are some steep areas that require you scramble over some large rocks, but it is not too challenging! Ulriken is exposed above the tree-line at 643 meters over sea level, so it can become cold and windy. You should wear a windproof and waterproof jacket that can keep you warm and dry. The weather changes quickly on the coast, so check the weather forecast before you go.
Park at Johan Blytts vei (to the right of Bergen Hostel Montana) where the track starts. Parking is free, but be early, as the parking lot quickly fills up, especially on the weekends.
Take bus number 12 at platform B, from “Bergen Busstasjon” towards “Lægdene”. Get off at the bus “Montana” stop.
To the Ulriken Cable Car
If traveling from the city center, take 585 towards “Haukeland sykehus”, turn left just before the tunnel. Then drive up Haukelandsbakken. The address is Haukelandsbakken 40, 5009 Bergen. Please note, the is paid at an hourly rate.
Ulriken Express Bus
The Ulriken doubledecker bus takes you directly from near the tourist information center in the city center, to the cable car. The bus runs in both directions, every day from May until September. Check the website for exact departure times and rates. The pickup address is Torgalmenningen 1, Bergen.
To get to the cable car take Take bus number 12 at platform B, from “Bergen Busstasjon” towards “Lægdene” or bus number 2 or 3 from the city center. Get off at the bus “Haukeland sjukehus N (Bergen)” stop. It is about a 5 to 10-minute walk from the bus stop.
Please note, the cable car is about a 10-minute walk northwest from Bergen Hostel Montana.
There are many trail options for reaching the top of Ulriken. You can start from either the base of the Ulriken Cable Car or Bergen Hostel Montana. We suggest starting your hike at the parking lot Bergen Hostel Montana. Follow the gravel road over the hill until it dead ends where you will have two trail options. We suggest taking the path behind the bench and to the right because it is a bit more challenging. The other and more popular path is directly behind the bench. Despite the challenge difference, the paths are about the same length. You will see views of the city and fjord almost the entire trip.
- The Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker featured Ulriken in his music video, Alone.
- We suggest checking out the Sky:Skraperen restaurant and coffee bar, located at the top!
- Upon reaching the top by foot or cable car, use the free telescopes to enhance your view.
- Toilets (on the top)
- Restaurant and souvenir shop (on the top)
- Mobile phone coverage on the tour
Where to stay
Ulriken is located only 3 km from Bergen’s city center, it is close enough for a day trip from the city. If you prefer to stay in close proximity stay at Bergen Hostel Montana.
Also check out Apartment Ulriksdal, which requires at least a 3 days stay giving you ample time to explore other mountains in the area.