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Day Hike Up and Around Mt. Fløyen in Bergen

Wedneday morning, April 17, Stephanie and I hiked up Mt. Fløyen. It was a series of roads that had switchbacks. The individual trails weren't too steep.

The hike started by some parks. One had a fountain. Another had a playground. Then we walked through a wooded, forest area with lots of mossy rocks, at least on some parts of the path. Eventually we got to the top. There were a lot of people around there, including a lot of kids. We had lunch at the restaurant there, then explored the top area, which had goats there to help eat the grass and find any extra sleep that might be might be missing.

As a bonus, I saw Martin, the guy who took our picture the previous night when we were riding the funicular up here. Yes, I met a total of 1 person in Norway and then run into him the next day.

After that, we hiked back down taking a slightly different route, passing through some neighborhoods and eventually reaching the bottom (and a bathroom). We headed towards the Bergenhus Fortress east of the peninsula where we were yesterday, but that's the next folder/album.

2019 Norway pictures
Part 1: To Bergen
Part 2: In Bergen
Part 3: Nordness area in Bergen
Part 4: Mt. Fløyen: Night
Part 5: Mt. Fløyen: Day
Part 6: Bergenhus Festning (Bergen Castle Fortress)
Part 7: Fjords: The Train to Voss
Part 8: Fjords: The Bus to Gudvangen
Part 9: Fjords: Gudvangen
Part 10: Sognefjord by Boat



Part 11: Flåm
Part 12: Brekkefossen Waterfall
Part 13: Flåmsbana: The Flåm Railroad
Part 14: Myrdal to Oslo by Train
Part 15: Exploring Oslo

Part 16: Oslo Palace and Park
Part 17: Oslo City Hall
Part 18: Oslo: A Night on the Opera (House)
Part 19: Oslo: Helsfyr District
Part 20: Oslo, Solo
Part 21: The Trip Home

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The Hike Begins

The Skansen Brannstasjon, which is the old firestation, was the first place we reached. There's a main building and a shallow but fairly wide fountain.

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The old fire station (Skansen Brannstasjon) and fountain.

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The old firestation (Skansen Brannstasjon).

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A few of Skansen Brannstasjon as we started up the Mt. Fløyen trail.

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A bit of silliness with my wide angle lens, the remote shutter control, and an...(more)


Super Fun Happy Slide

We next passed a children's playground. There was a long silver tube that snaked its way downhill and stairs next to it to get to the top. It was a pretty long slide. Stephanie gave it a try, and had fun without injury, so I did the same. Then she did it one more time for good measure. There are some spots where there are panels to let light in, so you're not going through it completely in the dark. And yes, the title of this section is a Simpsons reference.

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The slide!

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Stephanie emerging from the slide.

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Frank heading up the stairs to get to the top of the slide.

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Frank waiting in the distance at the top. I wanted to make sure it was clear...(more)

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The exit-mouth of the slide.

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Fire torpedo tube 2!

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Frank makes his arrival.

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Frank is having fun.

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We have launch of Frank-1.

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Stephanie at maximum muzzle velocity.

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Stephanie emerges from the slide-tube.

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Just beyond the slide was a statue of a reindeer. Stephanie loaned her hat to...(more)

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Bronze reindeer statue with Stephanie's hat.


Forest Area

As we wandered further up the hill, we entered a more foresty area with tall trees and moss-covered rocks. It had a very different feel to the place, some of it seemed almost tundra-like. Some of the shapes and colorings of the rocks and trees put one in the mind of Scandenavian trolls. The giant ones, not the sexy ones.

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Looking down the hill to the bay and southern peninsula of Bergen.

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There were tall trees and some steep rock faces. I guess everything is tall...(more)

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The path winds through the trees going up to Mt. Fløyen.

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Looking out towards Sandviken from Mt. Fløyen.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, moss is green, with a slightly yellow hue.

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A tree grows out of a rock.

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Looking up at the base of a tree and a rock with a tree growing up from its top.

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More rocky moss or mossy rocks!

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This one kind of reminds me of the Swamp Thing. I wanted to see if I could...(more)

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It was surprising how green things became. There was a little water run in...(more)

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One more of Sandviken as we're' pretty high up the mountain.

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A telephoto shot of Sandviken (I think).

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A zoom-in of the port at Sandviken next to Bergen.

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Bergenhus Festning in the center with a large cruise ship docked to the right,...(more)

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The trees are tall and thin. But not blonde.


Reaching the Top

We got to the top. Not more to say.

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Stephanie posed by a weather- vane that looked like a harpoon. Add Photoshop...(more)

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With her Spear and Magic Helmet!

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Bjørn! There was a small teddy bear in a tree. I assume it's a Viking thing...


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A panoramic view of eastern Bergen from Mt. Fløyen.



Facilities at the Top

The top of the mountain is 320 meters above sea level (about 1050 feet, just 50 feet below Ithaca's altitude). We had lunch at the Fløien Folkerestaurant,

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There was some odd caterpillar thing on a playground so I posed riding it. I...(more)

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The viking child seems to think that me riding the caterpillar is an...(more)

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Now where was I...? Or where do I want to go from here?

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Note that everwhere except the Smoking Area is in thousands of kilometers.

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Stephanie's lunch at the Fløien Folkerestaurant. Some kind of vegetarian...(more)

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Frank's at the Fløien Folkerestaurant, a traditional Norwegian poke bowl. ...(more)

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The interior of the Fløien Folkerestaurant on top of Mt. Fløyen.

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There were cool little egg-like-things hanging from a vine-like-thing. I...(more)

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Looking into the dining room from the entry hallway.

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Um...no witching around here?

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Stephanie is breaking the law.

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I wanted to witch up these pictures a bit, but didn't have time.

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A view sort of to the east end of Bergen and beyond.


Goats!

At the top of Mt. Fløyen there was a sign that mentioned how there were a herd of goats there to help keep the grass short. The goats have high tech collars that "fence" them in to certain areas. It gives them a little warning buzz or a warning shock if they stray from the area. I think it gives up after a zap. They quickly learn and usually it doesn't take more than a buzz, and they'll move to a different area. They seem to be pretty mellow goats and don't mind people or being petted and seemed to mostly enjoy taking naps.

While here, I ran into Martin from the visit to the mountain top the previous night. He was here with his wife and child. He had told me he lived nearby and that the funicular was part of his commute. I didn't take any pictures of him, it felt like it'd be rude. But I was amused that I ran into the one person I met in the country. It also made me feel like this place was worth going to twice, day and night, if a local does the same.

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Side view of a goat hanging out on top of Mt. Fløyen in Bergen.

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Front view of a goat.

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Stephanie makes a new goat-friend.

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A black goat and a white goat, hanging out together.

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A goat hanging out in the shade.

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People sitting in front of the Conceptual Telescope enjoying the view of Bergen.

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A plaque that describes the wooden lens-like artwork.

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The disc is a "conceptual telescope" that was a gift to Bergen.

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A goat on Mt. Fløyen just sitting around and goating it up.


Heading Down

After spending a couple hours at the top of the mountain (including lunch and goats), we headed back down.

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A telephoto shot of the top of Mt. Ulriken and the cable-car tower.

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A longer shot of Mt. Ulriken.

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The path back down the mountain.

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The view of Store Lungegårdsvannet, a bay on the east side of Bergen that...(more)

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We took a slightly different way down and wound up at the Skansemyren Sports...(more)


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A panoramic picture of the track and field at the Skansemyren Idrettsplass.



Residential Areas

At some point Stephanie needed to make a pit stop. Early on we couldn't find any restrooms, and even though there were woods, they were fairly sparse and there were a lot of people on the paths. And some of them might be Vikings. We thought the Sports Field might have a bathroom but while the track was open the buildings were not. We continued and got into a residential neighborhood. There were some houses with nice views, but that didn't help much. Eventually we got back down and found a little bar and restaurant that fit the bill. Since I was waiting around, I took some pictures of flowers. For reference, the street was Nordre Skansemyren which is between the sports field and the last station before the top on the funicular.

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Houses with nice views of Bergen.

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With great views come great responsibiilty, and a great many steps.

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This house on the hill had a sort of bridge to connect it to the road.

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This might be one of the funicular stations.

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More or less back in town in a residential area.

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Some magnolias against a very blue sky.

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Flowers with a restaurant (that had a bathroom) in the background.

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Someone saw me taking pictures. He said something to me in Norwegian and after...(more)

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I was here. And gate ("gah-teh") is the Norwegian word for street.




2019 Norway pictures
Part 1: To Bergen
Part 2: In Bergen
Part 3: Nordness area in Bergen
Part 4: Mt. Fløyen: Night
Part 5: Mt. Fløyen: Day
Part 6: Bergenhus Festning (Bergen Castle Fortress)
Part 7: Fjords: The Train to Voss
Part 8: Fjords: The Bus to Gudvangen
Part 9: Fjords: Gudvangen
Part 10: Sognefjord by Boat



Part 11: Flåm
Part 12: Brekkefossen Waterfall
Part 13: Flåmsbana: The Flåm Railroad
Part 14: Myrdal to Oslo by Train
Part 15: Exploring Oslo

Part 16: Oslo Palace and Park
Part 17: Oslo City Hall
Part 18: Oslo: A Night on the Opera (House)
Part 19: Oslo: Helsfyr District
Part 20: Oslo, Solo
Part 21: The Trip Home


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