Mount Floyen stands just behind Bergen and is a relatively straight forward walk from the city centre. The funicular railway runs regularly – you can see it snaking up the hillside.
After the multitude of people wandering around the centre of Bergen for the Tall Ship Races, we found comparative solitude of Mount Floyen a welcome relief. Just behind the top funicular station the slopes are wooded and lush, with all sorts of paths and tracks running through them. We went and lost ourselves in the trees for a while.
It was during this quiet moment of respite, when we were at one with nature and not with the city, that something spectacular happened. It was something we had given up on. Something that made us stop dead in our tracks and smile and laugh: after over a week of 30°C heat and scorching sun, it suddenly started to rain. I cannot tell you how good that made us feel, although perhaps this photo will give you the general idea.
Points in this post (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Narrow Bergen Streets: N 60° 23.734 E 005° 19.775
- Funicular Railway (Bottom): N 60° 23.767 E 005° 19.875
- Funicular Railway (top): N 60° 23.687 E 005° 20.575
- Walking on Floyen: N 60° 23.800 E 005° 20.930
- Date of Walk: 25 July 2014
- Walk total distance covered: 4.23 miles
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