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Bergen, the main city along Norway’s western coast provides a great intro to hiking in the region. The city of 265,000 inhabitants sits tightly between what the local people call the Seven Mountains. In Bergen you are never far from the nearest trail and there are some really great options very close to the city center.
The mountain peaks included in the Seven Mountains is often debated, but all locals include the well known Ulriken, Fløyen and Løvstakken. These mountains peaks surround Bergen and are very popular with the locals.
Fløyen is a fairly easy hike as the trail up is wide and easy going, but you need to take into consideration that the trails ascend 300 meters. Ulriken is a much more demanding hike as it brings you up to 600 meters above sea level, but it also gives you much wider views of the area. Alternatively, Fløyen and Ulriken can be both be accessed by cable cars and you can choose to hike down instead.
The cable cars also make it easier to reach other hiking trails up in the mountains. The hike from Fløyen to Ulriken is a particularly popular choice on sunny days. If you are looking for lighter options then a hike to Brushytten, Rundemanen or Blåmanen from Fløyen are all good choices.
Looking for more of a challenge? Then try running up Stoltzekleiven with the locals or hike the demanding trails up to Gullfjelltoppen or Bruviknipa. The latter one is often considered to be the finest mountain in the larger Bergen area.
Snow is fairly rare in Bergen and you can mostly hike all year round. But remember that in an average year Bergen gets rain 242 out of 365 days, so if you get a ray of sunshine, then make sure to hit those trails!