Floyen is a city mountain found in Bergen, south west Norway. It is home to the Floibanen Funicular which gives panoramic views over Bergen and a number of small hiking trails. This summer we spent a really nice half day catching the funicular up the mountain and hiking down.
In the interests of promoting peace we decided it was easiest to catch the funicular up the mountain. By this stage, we’d hiked twice in two days and our children weren’t necessarily in the best frame of mind when we suggested another one! On the other hand they were very excited about the train – especially as we could watch it from the kitchen window in our rental apartment in Bergen.
Bergen is busy
Bergen is a hot spot for tourists; mostly large numbers of coach tours coming to visit the fish market and because of its proximity to the funicular there was a big queue. We decided to buy our tickets and just hang back and wait until we could grab a prime spot. We wanted that first seat!!
Prices can be found here. We paid 150.90NOK which is equivalent to about 16 euros. It doesn’t take long to reach the top, probably 10 minutes maximum. This is the view from our window seat almost at the top.
Foolishly I forgot to check my camera before I left the house. What an idiot I am and I didn’t take another battery so my beloved Nikon died. The below shot is the ONLY camera shot I got. Taken with a Nikon D800.
Thank goodness for my trusty old GoPro Hero 3+!! All photos from now taken with the GoPro.
After admiring the view and the goats who were busy eating all the vegetation, we walked down the mountainside and headed for Bergen. It isn’t a challenging walk but there is a little bit of rock climbing. It was perfect for tired legs that still needed to expend some energy!