Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. However, on a global scale, the city is more comparable to a charming small town. Surrounded by mountains and full of colourful wooden houses, Bergen is the picture image of city life in Norway. Although this destination is likely to be high up on peoples bucket-list, most people will choose to spend just a few days in this fairytale town whether that’s due to time constraints, wanting to cram in more Norwegian locations or budget. Luckily, the compact nature of Bergen makes it the perfect place for a one-day adventure.
Therefore, I have collected some of the essential parts of Bergen which allows you to experience its culture, nature, history and food – all in one day.
At nearly 400 meters above sea level, Fløyen is one of the seven peaks which surrounds the city. It also happens to be the most accessible of the seven mountains due to the highly popular Fløibanen funicular. At the top, you can take in an unbeatable view of the city from the viewing platform. Mount Fløyen is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in Bergen (and therefore highly busy). To beat the crowds I suggest that you start your day there. This also gives you a higher chance of running into local hikers who are making their way to the top. If you are not a morning person, do not worry. Fløybanen runs every 10 minutes and you are therefore unlikely to be stuck in a queue for long.
Quick recommendation: Take Fløybanen to the top and walk down. Some people might be daunted by the thought of hiking to the top of Mount Fløyen. However, hiking down allows you to take in beautiful views of the forest and the quaint houses located at the foot of the mountain.