Vidden - The Mountain Plateau of Bergen

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Vidden, the trip over the mountain plateau between Ulriken and Fløyen, is a popular hike for Bergenserne (the Bergen-citizens) especially on Sundays.

About Vidden

You can start and finish this trip at either Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken, which enables the use of Fløibanen or Ulriksbanen for a slightly shorter alternative. 

The trip across Vidden is approximately 15 km and you should count on it taking at least 5 hours alone. It may take up to a couple hours longer if you plan to hike up and down from Fløyen and Ulriken. Thirty-five cairns regularly spaced over the plateau mark the route, however foggy conditions can be extremely disorientating, so check the weather forecast before you set out. This trip is across a plateau. It is therefore mostly a relaxing hike offering great views when the weather cooperates, however the following should be noted: 

  1. Most of the path is over rocky terrain, but there are sections where it can be quite wet and muddy, so waterproof shoes are sensible. 
  2. There are also steep sections, this, coupled with the length of the route, means that you ought to be active and relatively fit to undertake this trip.

How to get there

Ulriken

Fløyen

The hike

Please practice safe hiking practices while in Norway. If you are new to hiking, make sure to go with experienced hikers or join an a group that offers experienced tour leaders, such as BSI. For more information about hikes in the Bergen area, you may also wish to explore the Hiking around Bergen, Norway Facebook page

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