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Mount Floyen via Floibanen Funicular

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Published July 17th 2018
95 NOK for a panoramic view of city within the fjords
Bergen, cityscape, night, night photography, norway
The view of Bergen from Mount Fløyen as the sun sets


The cobblestoned city of Bergen, like many Norwegian cities, is built on mountainous terrain. This is fairly unavoidable, in a country where flat land is as evasive as an arctic fox.

Bergen has harnessed its hilliness, with the Mount Floyen via Floibanen Funicular scaling the steep Mount Floyen to afford a panoramic view of the city.

For just 95 NOK, you can take a return ride up rails to the top, in a clean glass cabin. Once you're up top, there's a viewing platform with multiple levels. This is ideal because it allows the platform to accommodate large numbers of people without ruining photo opportunities.

On a clear day, the view of Bergen is astounding. In the immediate foreground is the green forestation, including pines, that cling to the side of the mountain, along with a few brave houses in traditional Norwegian style of block-painted wooden panels.

The view then extends to the city, which is built on the sea; some of the suburbs are on islands, interconnected with bridges. Bergen is dense, with a mix of architecture ranging from homes to skyrises. The complex artificiality of the city contrasts with the simplicity of the water, still and calm within the fjords.

On the far side of the city, the mountains rise up. In winter, they'll be snow covered; coming out of winter, they'll be speckled with snow. It's a quaint vision of a busy city buried and protected within the fjords.

Although the trip up Mount Floyen is bound to pay off at any time of day, we timed our trip with the sunset. This was doable because we were there in April, when the sun actually sets. A little earlier in the year, it mightn't have come up at all; a little later in the year it wouldn't have gone down.

The smooth water reflects the many changing colours of the sunset and the lights, as they come on, are beautiful. As it gets really dark, and the ocean disappears into blackness, the random patterns of crammed lights where the land creates a unique visual effect.

Bergen, cityscape, night, night photography, norway
The view after the sunset, once the city lights start to glow


The blue tinge of late dawn also makes for great viewing. Although, it's getting pretty cold by this point, so make sure you dress appropriately, with gloves, headwear, thermals and a warm jacket.

There is a restaurant, Floien Folkerestaurant, if you are hungry. Otherwise, heading back down is a pleasure in itself, with the smooth ride and alternative viewing angles of the city.
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Why? Panoramic views of a unique city
When: Sunset
Phone: 47 55 33 68 00
Website: floyen.no/en
Where: Vetrlidsallmenningen 21, 5014 Bergen, Norway
Cost: 95 NOK
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