The journey from Bergen to the top of Mt. Fløyen takes under ten minutes, but rewards you with an exciting and scenic climb to 320 m above sea level. The Fløibanen Funicular slowly goes up the track, with views across Bergen and the surrounding mountains and fjords getting more incredible the higher you climb. Once you reach the top, the panoramic view over Bergen and the surrounding landscape is nothing short of magnificent.
I loved the trip on the Fløibanen Funicular so much, I did it twice. Once during a lucky sunny morning and another time as dusk came slowly over the landscape, the lights illuminating the shadowy mountains above them. The trip was by far my most favorite experience in Bergen, an adventure full of nature and scenery that is so breathtaking the word isn’t even cliché when used to describe it.
The journey on the Fløibanen Funicular begins at Fløibanen station, only a ten minute walk from Bryggen Wharf. You can purchase your ticket at the ticket office before departure, and with most funiculars leaving every 15 minutes the wait is not too long even during the busier peak periods.
The funicular has large (clean) windows making it easy to take pictures or video on the way up or down. I recommend sitting in the very front to get the best view of the track as you go.
When you reach your final ascent, there is a a huge viewing platform called the Fløytrappene, which stretches from the station platform to the other side near the Fløien restaurant. As you look over the sprawling landscape before you, it is easy to see why the the trip to the top of Mt. Fløyen is one of Norway’s biggest attractions.
There are a multitude of hiking trails, activities, playgrounds for children, and a restaurant and cafe which offer food and drinks. I enjoyed getting lost along the trails in the dense forest of Mt. Fløyen, and would recommend taking an entire day if you have it to fully enjoy the experience. The Fløibanen Funicular has put together an awesome brochure on the different walks and hikes you can take, you can check it out here.
As the sun began to set, the view took on new life. I am so grateful I was able to see the spectacular fjord landscape under the shadows of the surrounding mountains. I stood there completely in awe of this beautiful world we live in, just amazed that places like Norway exist on this planet.
Check out my not-so-professional video of the Fløibanen Funicular ride!
Taking the trip up to Mt. Fløyen with the Fløibanen Funicular is not to be missed, it is also possible to walk to the top if you are feeling especially adventurous. If you are visiting Bergen from January 1- April 30 or October 1 to December 31, you can take a free return journey with the Bergen Card. Otherwise an adult ticket will cost you NOK 85 (£8.50, $14) , and NOK 43 (£4, $7) for children over 4, with a 50% discount for Bergen Card holders during peak seasons.
My travel on the Fløibanen Funicular was complimentary through the Bergen Card provided by the Bergen Tourist Office. All opinions are my own.