Mount Floyen is found in Bergen, Norway. The mountain provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking. Mount Floyen is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway.
About Mount Floyen
Mount Floyen is a city mountain found in Bergen, Norway. The peak is 399 meters above sea level with summits overlooking the city center of Bergen. Tourism rapidly increased on the mountain when Floibanen, an electric cable funicular that ran 850 meters up the mountain, opened in 1918. More than 48 million people have been able to climb the mountain on the funicular wagon with an average of 1 million people visiting annually. The heaviest traffic occurs in summer months from May to September.
Floibanen and Mount Floyen are two of the most popular visitor attractions in Norway. The city mountain is an ideal place for people wanting to adventure outdoors but also have luxury accommodations in the metropolitan city to go back to.
Floibanen- The funicular railway in the only one in Norway and offers a 5-8 minute journey up and down the mountain to the Floyen Summit where breathtaking views of Bergen offer amazing photo opportunities. This ride is open all year, everyday but has special hours for holidays that can be found online. No reservations are needed as the cars seat up to 100 people with two cars that run around the clock making wait time minimal.
Group Hiking- Guided tours of Mount Floyen are available for groups of 10 or more. These walking tours take visitors along easy paths and trails through the forest with overlooks of lakes and the city of Bergen. These guided hikes last for two hours and begin at the upper station of Floyen Active. Tours are offered in both English and Norwegian with other languages available by advance request.
Public Hiking- There are 10 different hikes suitable for individuals or families on Mount Floyen. These hiking trails range from 1.5-6 hours estimated time to hike. Most of the trails at Mount Floyen are easy to moderate difficulty level with only two difficult trails.
Cruise- Multiple cruise ship docks are found at Jekteviken and Dokken. The walk to Mount Floyen is only 20 minutes. There are also ports at Skolten, Festingskai, and Bontelabo which are closer to Mount Floyen. Shuttle busses from Mount Floyen to the ports are available depending on your booking options.
Canoeing- The canoeing season is short at lake Skomakerdiket with rental available from June 23rd to August 26th each year. Equipment is offered free of charge and there is no fee for canoeing. All canoers must where lifejackets however. Age and weight limitations are in place and can be found online.
Mountain Biking-Mountain bike rentals and bike tours are available for leisurely or adrenaline rushing tours. Bikers can choose between Hardline and full-suspension bikes for their ride.
Playgrounds- Several public playgrounds are open with facilities and shelters.
Zip Line Park- At the zipline park, 5 lines send kids zipping through the trees on the Mountain. Online reservations are suggested for the zipline which is accessible from Floyen Active at the top of Mount Floyen. Visitors can hike or take the funicular railway to the top. Height and weight restrictions apply.
Visit the Billy Goats- Mount Floyen is home to 9 Billy goats that help to clear the mountain of unwanted vegetation. The goats are kept in a confined area that visitors to the mountain can spend time at. Feeding the goats is not allowed but the goats are very friendly and enjoy being pet.
Dining and shopping
Taking Floibanen to the summit, visitors will find two dining options. Because Mount Floyen is a city mountain, there are many metropolitan areas surrounding the mountain that can provide additional dining and shopping opportunities.
Floien Folkerestaurant- this lunch and dinner restaurant can accommodate group tours for dining as well as individual tourists.
Floistuen Shop and Café- serving as the gift shop, visitors can find souvenirs in the shop and enjoy pastries in the café. Take out and dine in options are available.
In addition to these dining options there is a small hot beverage cabin that is open on Sundays. Brushytten cabin is found at the end of an 11 mile hike from the uppermost station. The path to the cabin is gravely and traverses through hilly, mountain terrain. Resting cabins are located along the way. Hikers that want to continue past Brushyttem cabin can reach the Blamanen and mountains and the Rundemanen mountains.
Fløibanen, Vetrlidsallmenningen 21, 5014 Bergen, Norway, Phone: +47-55-33-68-00