A Week in Norway The Vidden Hike (Ulriken to Fløyen)

A Week in Norway  The Vidden Hike (Ulriken to Fløyen)

Bergen is known as the city of seven mountains.
It looks like no one knows exactly which mountains are included in this mountain group. It definitely
includes the largest four: Ulriken, which is the highest, Fløyen, Løvstakken and Damsgårdsfjellet.
In this TranslatorsCafe.com Channel video I will tell about the Vidden hike.
I grew up in Crimea, Russia and what I miss most are the mountains and the sea. Here,
in Bergen, we have both. Surrounded by mountains, this city is a paradise for those who love
nature and hiking. The mountainous landscape somewhat resembles
that of the Russian city of Severomorsk where I served in the Northern Navy when I was much younger… We started our 15-kilometer hike between Mount
Ulriken and Mount Fløyen by taking the Ulriken Cable Car. To get there, we took the double-decker
bus just behind the corner of the Tourist Information Center. The cable car gets you to the top of Mount
Ulriken, 2110 feet or 643 meters above sea level. On a sunny day like today, you can
see the sea, the city, fjords, mountains, islands north and west of Bergen and small
lakes reflecting the blue sky above. What I like in Bergen most is that it takes
only 10 minutes of riding a cable car and you are in the wilderness! You can walk the
Vidden Trail both ways: from Mt. Ulriken to Mt. Fløyen or from Fløyen to Ulriken. The
first way is easier. The trail offers plenty of views of the city far below as well as
dramatic scenery of mountain lakes. The Ulriken TV tower was built in 1959 and
is used for radio and TV broadcasting and telecommunications. The map will show the route of our trip. You can view and download this map if you click on it. The link is available in the description
of this video. The paper map is available in Bergen Tourist Information Centre. Of course,
a better choice is a smartphone with a map application and a downloaded map of Norway.
Though many people say that the Vidden trail is pretty hard going, I can say that an unprepared
person like me can walk this route without much difficulty with a 10-kilogram backpack
and a 4-kilogram camera with the camera stabilizer. It was a wonderful experience for both of
us to walk this route. It took us 9 hours to complete the route instead
of usual 5 hours because we often stopped to shoot this video, to take pictures, to
enjoy viewing the lakes and mountains or just to rest in the shadow of one of numerous stone
cairns. In June there is still melting snow in some
places and you need a good pair of waterproof shoes and wind and waterproof clothing. Every now and then we saw sheep with their
bells echoing around the mountains. The route is called “Vidden”, which is
the mountain plateau to the east of the city of Bergen between the two mountains: Ulriken
and Fløyen. When I say “we”, I mean my wife Victoria
and myself. We did not bring any substantial lunch, only
a couple of salty almond and chocolate bars and we drank cold and tasty water from lakes and streams. Like in childhood. We had a lot of breaks like this one along
the way and walked quite slowly. Our aim was to enjoy the hike. This cabin is open to hikers
from 11 am till 3 pm only on Saturdays and Sundays. We were here on Friday and it was
closed. On some parts of the route these stone cairns
marking the trail appeared every 100 meters (I checked with the map). They provide shadow
and when there are many people on the route during weekends sometimes it’s hard to find
a free place with shadow to rest. Here the trail crosses a canyon. The descent
is so steep that I had to put my camera and the camera stabilizer into my backpack to
free hands. After a long gradual ascent the trail begins
steep descent. The trail grows rockier and eventually comes to a small bridge over the
stream that connects two drinking water reservoir lakes, which supply fresh water to the city. That’s another gradual ascent before the
final descent to the upper funicular station. Many runners passed us or ran in the opposite
direction. From here we will climb 300 feet or 100 meters
to the communication tower. After the tower there will be a continuous 700 feet or 250
meters descend. For adrenaline-seekers, there are paragliding
facilities. If you want to experience a tandem paragliding, all that is necessary to do is
dropping an email to the paragliding instructor. Here the landscape started to change. Boulder
stones gave way to trees and what had once been an uneven rocky path became a wide gravel
road used by people and cyclists. These lakes supply water to Bergen. Swimming
and other activities are prohibited. From this point the road is wide and easy
to walk. This is our starting point. It seems that it is
not very far away. We were tired and took the funicular instead
of walking down. The viewing platform of the upper funicular station allows a good panoramic
view of the city, ocean and mountains. It is situated at 320 meters above sea level.
The lower station is near the Fish Market and Bryggen wharf. A journey from the Fløyen
to the lower station takes 5—8 minutes depending on the number of stops on intermediate stations.
There are two carriages driven by a cable, two large pulleys and the motor located at
the upper station. Fløibanen was opened in 1918 and the last time of the total renewal
of the cars and all machinery was in 2002. Fløibanen is used not only by tourists, but
also by people living on the mountainside of the city and by children who attend the
kindergarten at the top of Mt. Fløyen. We took this hike during our visit to Bergen.
In this video we will show Bergen as seen by tourists as well as only by people who
live there. Thank you for watching and I hope you’ve
enjoyed our tour and found it interesting. Until next time. If you liked this video,
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