Mount Floyen is one of the seven mountains that surround beautiful Bergen and offers unobstructed views of the city center and neighboring fjords.
It’s a popular attraction for both tourists and locals. Many locals prefer the one hour hike up. Along with the clean mountain air and fresh water, no wonder people in Bergen live longer than average. An active lifestyle is so easy to incorporate in everyday life when you have nature on your side.
My DIY Norway in a Nutshell tour began in the afternoon so I didn’t have enough time to hike up Mount Floyen. I took the Bergen Funicular, which starts near the fish market and Bryggen, and arrived at the top in a a matter of minutes. The ride offers a beautiful view of the city center, the historic Bryggen site and boats sprinkled throughout the surrounding fjords. It’s best to go early if you plan on taking the funicular. The line can be long during the peak seasons.
The Floyen Boys
If you’re lucky, you’ll also come across the mountain’s billy goats! These guys are called The Floyen Boys and they appear every spring and summer. Their job is to clear the vegetation so while they are super friendly, we’re not supposed to feed them. They get all the nutrients they need from the mountain. The goats wear neck monitors that keep track of their grazing activity. It’s also to prevent them from wandering to certain areas with electrically transmitted waves.
If that’s not enough to entice you to visit Mount Floyen, I don’t know what will! Whether you decide to wake up at the crack of dawn to take the funicular or hike up Mount Floyen, you’ll be rewarded with an unobstructed panoramic view of the city below.