Vidden Bergen Hiking Trail – Everything You Need To Know

The Vidden Bergen Trail from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen in Bergen is a must-do for any hiking enthusiast! Offering some of the most unique landscapes close to Bergen city, yet far enough to feel like a true adventure.

Is the Vidden Trail in Bergen worth doing?

As the highlight of my trip to Bergen, I can say absolutely 100% worth it!

The Vidden Bergen trail covers a distance of about 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) and is a moderately challenging hike.The trail offers some of the most stunning panoramic views of Bergen and the surrounding fjords.I found the terrain varies, featuring rocky paths and soft moss, making it a bit of an adventure in itself, for me this involved scrambling at times, but if you have long legs, this may not be necessary. You’ll find yourself elevated around 600 meters above sea level at the highest point, perfect vantage point for some stellar views.It typically takes around 4 to 6 hours to complete, depending on your pace and how many scenic stops you make along the way.

Another thing I would note is that unlike a lot of other hikes in Norway, this felt like it was mostly done by locals and is therefore a lot less touristy and feels less crowded and more off the beaten path. Although we did this Vidden Bergen trail during the fringe season, we encountered several groups of locals and lots of trail runners, but never felt like there were too many people or large tour groups completing the hike.

Vidden Bergen view

Terrain on the Vidden Bergen Trail

As we were taking the cable car up Mount Ulriken and taking the Funicular down Mount Floyen, I assumed the hike itself would be a flat terrain between the two points. Well, I can tell you I was definitely wrong about this! This trail goes into the mountains and is definitely plenty of up and downs an a little bit of scrambling on rocks. Nonetheless the hike is extremely enjoyable and doable, full of amazing views at every corner. I was truly amazed how many mini lakes we encountered at every corner up the mountain, a phenomenon which I have only really encountered in Norway.

Vidden Bergen hiking

Vidden Bergen Hike Trail Map

As with all my hikes, I highly recommend using All Trails for mapping the Vidden Bergen hike and downloading an offline map. Although the hike path had pretty good coverage throughout the hike.

Variation to the Vidden Bergen Trail

As the main hike has the start and end points at two of Bergen’s iconic mountains – Mount Ukriken and Mount Floyen, the hike route can easily be extended should you want to include the climb/ and or descent either of these mountains.

Mount Ulriken hike 

Instead of taking the Mount Ulriken cable car up, the Vidden Bergen hike can be extended to start with the climb of Mount Ulriken itself. The hike itself if started from the Ulriksbanen cable car station, takes about 70 mins, covering about 3.5-4km. This is perfect if you want to extend the Vidden trail, by starting at the bottom of the mountain. 

Vidden Bergen hiking

Mount Floyen hike 

Instead of taking the Mount Floyen funicular down, the hike can also be extended to hike up or down Mount Floyen. The start and end points are the same as the Funiclar. The distance is about 3km and takes 45mins to 1 hour depending on which slight variation of the route you take and how frequently you stop for photos, this is compared to the 8minisutes it would take on the Funcilar.  Expect a descent that’s mostly gentle, with a few steeper sections to keep it interesting. The terrain is mainly gravel paths.

Pro tip: I recommend doing the descent before or during sunset when the sun is low, as you will directly be facing into Bergen skyline while hiking down Mount Floyen! 

view of Bergen

Which way should you do the Vidden Bergen Trail?

There are 2 options, each with its own own advantages.

Option 1: Vidden Bergen Trail from Mount Ulriken to Mount Floyen 

Depending on which way you’re going to hike the Vidden Bergen trail, the experience can vary considerably. More hikers start at the Mount Ulriken and move on to the Mount Fløyen. It usually means a pretty steep initial ascent but then more easily going down toward Mount Fløyen, so pounding on the knees is a bit less. And then you are nearer to the city center of Bergen and can more easily explore more when you finish with the trek.

Option 2: Vidden Bergen Trail from Mount Floyen To Mount Ulriken

Doing the hike in the opposite direction, from Mount Fløyen to Ulriken, is really the reverse of this. You start off with a more gradual incline and save the more challenging, steeper decline for the end. Note that this way is usually less packed than the other, so it is more solitary and peaceful—a plus, if you are really not in the mood to be around hordes on other trails.

Either way, I highly recommend doing this hike!

Mount Ulriken

Mount Ulriken Cable Car 

Getting to the Ulriken Cable car is easy enough from Bergen City centre, Catch the number 2 light rail (5 -10 mins) or even walk from the city center to the cable car station. The station is located at the bottom of Ulriken mountain, just a short walk from the rail stop.  Once at the station you can purchase your tickets directly at the base station counter or inside at the ticket machines or in advance online

Mount Ulriken Cable Car

Tickets are pretty reasonable, costing around 230 NOK for adults, which translates to just over $22 USD. The cable cars run from early morning until the evening. However the opening times vary over summer and winter. As of my visit, the opening hours were as follows:

1 May 2024 – 30 Sept 2024 
Monday –  Sunday 9am – 11pm
1 Oct – 30 April 2024
Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 9am – 7pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9am – 11pm

Once you’ve reached the summit of Mount Ulriken, the panoramic views are nothing short of spectacular. From up here, you can soak in the vistas of Bergen against the backdrop of Norway’s rugged coastline—definitely a photo op that’s hard to pass up.

Mount Floyen Funicular 

The good thing about doing the Vidden Bergen trail from Ulriken to Mount Floyen, is that the hike literally ends at the Mount Floyen Funicalar station and viewing platform.

However should you wish to start your journey from Mount Floyen and hike to Mount Ulriken, you can head to Vetrlidsallmenningen station, conveniently located just a short walk from the Bergen Fish Market and Bryggen Wharf. You can’t miss it!

Mount Floyen Funicular

Grab your ticket directly at the station or skip the lines by purchasing online. A round-trip adult ticket costs about 140 NOK (approximately 15 USD), which is a small price for the big views waiting at the top. The funicular runs every 15 to 30 minutes from early morning until late evening, however I recommend checking out the timetable in advance here. As of my visit, the opening hours were as follows:

2 Jan – 31 Dec 2024
Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 12am
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 12am

Vidden Bergen Trail Hiking Tips

When preparing for the Vidden Bergen Trail between Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen, it’s crucial to consider both safety and comfort to ensure an enjoyable experience. Here are detailed preparation tips to help you get ready:

Dress Appropriately:

  • Layered Clothing: The weather can be quite variable, even in summer. Wear moisture-wicking base layers, an insulating mid-layer, and a waterproof outer layer. This combination allows you to adapt to changing conditions.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Invest in a good pair of hiking boots that offer support and grip. I wore running shoes, and although doable in these, I definitely underestimated how rocky and uneven the trail can be. There are parts of the path on rocks that may be wet or slippery, especially after rain.

Pack Smart:

  • Backpack: A comfortable, lightweight backpack is essential. It should be large enough to carry your supplies but not so bulky that it hinders your movement.
  • Water and Snacks: There are no shops along the Vidden Bergen trail, other than the cafes at the top of Mount Ulriken and Mount Floyen, so bring enough water for several hours of hiking, as well as some snacks or a picnic for the journey. Depending on what time of day you are finishing up the Vidden Bergen trail from Mount Ulriken to Mount Floyen, there are actually plentyr of benches and some picnic tables towards to Mount Floyen end of the hike, so its definitely worth stopping here to fuel up and take in the views.
  • Map and Compass/GPS: While the trail is well-marked, having a map and compass or a GPS device can help you stay on track, especially in foggy conditions or if you wander off the main path.

Weather Considerations

  • Check the Weather Forecast: Always check the local weather forecast before you set out. I found that in Norway weather conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, especially on the Vidden Bergen Trail – one minute blue sky and the next minute you can feel a few drops of rain!
  • Sun Protection: From personal experience, even on cloudy days the Norway sun and, UV rays can be strong. So bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Although I went in May, the weather didn’t seem too hot despite the sun being out most of the day, nonetheless I had to remind myself to apply sunscreen as it was definitely the type of weather where you can easily get sunburnt without really feeling like the sun is beating down on you, given the wind and pleasant temperature.

Safety Gear

  • First Aid Kit: Like other trails in Norway, the Vidden Bergen trail also has first aid stations along the trail. However, its always carry a basic first aid kit that includes band-aids, antiseptic, tape, and blister pads.
  • Emergency Whistle and Flashlight: These can be lifesavers in case you get lost or injured. A flashlight or headlamp is also essential if you find yourself on the trail later than expected. I would highly recommend checking sunrise and sunset times and planning accordingly.
Bergen sunset Mount Floyen

Vidden Bergen Trail Tips

  • The Vidden Bergen trail does not have places to throw rubbish along the way. Carry all your trash out with you, including organic waste like fruit peels or nut shells. Norway’s largely untouched terrain is what makes is to unique, but this also means you definitely will not encounter bins on the path once you start hiking, so make sure you bring spare bags to carry any snack wrappers and rubbish.
  • To protect the fragile mountain ecosystem, avoid straying from established paths too much

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