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Mount Ulriken - Direct Ascent

The shortest, steepest ascent of Mount Ulriken from Bergen.

Hiking Severe

4.9 km
564 m
565 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
96 m
High Point
612 m
Mount Ulriken - Direct Ascent Map

Towering over the beautiful city of Bergen is Mount Ulriken: the tallest of Bergen’s 7 mountains. With a plethora of trails climbing from the outskirts of Bergen all the way to the summit of Ulriken, this is a popular hike that VisitNorway.com describes as “fine for all ages.”


Take that assessment with a grain of salt, however, as even the easiest and most popular route up Ulriken requires 589m of vertical gain and covers 6km of distance. The route mapped here, on the other hand, is the most direct route from Bergen to the summit of Ulriken. It gains 565m of elevation in just 5.2km.

Unlike the well-developed trail that serves as the primary ascent up Ulriken, the route mapped here consists of a natural singletrack trail filled with rocks, rock slabs, and wet, boggy areas. This more authentic and challenging hike will definitely appeal to hikers looking to challenge themselves, while simultaneously escaping the crowds of the more popular trails.

Once at the top of the cable car, a small web of singletrack connects to the summit of Ulriken. With the final summit in view, navigation here is also relatively easy. However, the trail tread is much rougher and unmaintained, and some scrambling may be required.

Despite the ease of navigation, the views from this hike are absolutely stunning! Even though you left from the outskirts of Norway’s second-largest city, the alpine tundra on top of Ulriken feels wild and remote, especially as you gaze down on the hustle and bustle of the city far, far below.

While you can easily return the way you came, or even take a different route down, if you’ve decided you’re done hiking, the Ulriken Cable Car offers a fast return to the city. A one-way ticket on the cable car costs NOK 115 for an adult.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel up to this entire hike but you still want to take in the epic views from the top of Ulriken, you can purchase a round-trip cable car ticket for NOK 175 (for an adult) and simply complete a short hike to the ultimate summit.

Sources: https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/fjord-norway/bergen/listings-bergen/hike-up-mount-ulriken/180806/ https://www.fjordnorway.com/things-to-do/ulriken643-ulriken-cable-car-p824813



Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between June and September


  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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