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The Bushwhacker’s Guide to Mount Ulriken

Can't find the trail?  make one! One of my favorite parts of Bergen, Norway, is that city sidewalks lead right to trailheads.  No orchestration of transport needed!  Two great spots to start hiking the Bergen area are Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken.  Information about Mt Fløyen can be found HERE, and read on for my inventive way of climbing Mt Ulriken and some tips on what to expect.  Even though I ~may have~ lost the trail, Ulriken is my favorite hike in Bergen…

Take the Scenic Route: Hiking Mt Fløyen in Bergen, Norway

Seven mountains surround beautiful Bergen. The fabulous Norwegian city of Bergen sits in a peaked bay on the west coast of Norway, and I can't get over how lovely it is to hike right outside my hostel here.  As much as I appreciate working hard to get somewhere, hiking on Bergen's seven mountains is perfect for travelers like me because the views are rewarding, trailheads are close, the terrain varies in difficulty, and it's not so remote that I feel…

Visiting Bergen: 9 Ways to Not Break the Bank & Other Helpful Tips

It's tough, but there are a few ways to not blow your budget on a trip to Bergen, Norway. Set in a mountainous nook on the coast of western Norway, Bergen beckons travelers who want outdoor adventure with the reliability and activity of a city.  Besides being a destination on its own, Bergen is a jumping off point to dramatic fjords in the surrounding region.  Whether passing through or staying for a week, here are some tips to do Bergen on…

Biking to the Vikings: Touring Oslo in 1 Day

Oslo is a metropolitan hub of Norwegian culture & natural beauty. Situated at the head of beautiful Oslofjord, Norway's capital makes for a rewarding visit of both nature and city life.  There's loads to see and do here, and it's my favorite kind of town- you can walk or bike all over!  Only have a day or two?  No problem.  Since Oslo is easy to get around, anyone can catch a bunch of highlights in a short amount of time.…

Bygdøy: Oslo’s Nexus of Norwegian Heritage

The Bygdøy Peninsula is an awesome place to spend an afternoon, or two. Just northwest of Oslo's city center, Bygdoy is a beautiful piece of land that is home to beaches, paths, woods and eateries and home to 5 excellent museums on Norwegian history and culture.  The main bike path crosses through fields and pastures of flowers, cows and sheep on the way to the museums- the perfect place to get your countryside fix! Once through to the developed side,…

Discovering Nærøyfjord: Kayaks, hotdogs & rainbows

Discovering Nærøyfjord: Kayaks, hotdogs & rainbows Norway’s entire coastline was cut by glaciers and it is full of left-behind beautiful scars to hike, climb and paddle. There are bunches of ways to get out there, and finding the right avenue took a good bit of thought.  It's a trek to get inland to this area from Bergen or Oslo, but great things are worth the work.  I decided to explore one of the most locally loved fjords, the Nærøyfjord, with…