Europe Trip 2015 – Day 36 – Bergen, Norway

Day two of good luck in Bergen, with another day of sun on the forecast. In order to one-up the hike we’d done the day before, we decided to hike to the top of Ulriken (coined “death mountain” by Rebecca and Daniel, which should have been a sign of what was in-store). The peak is the highest of the mountains that surrounds Bergen, and is home to a concrete TV antenna tower, along with a restaurant and trails at the top. Similar to our hike from the day before, a cable-car is available to take people to the top of the peak. But hiking is more fun, right?

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Looking towards the TV antenna from the bottom of the trailhead. There are many paths that lead up to the top, but we chose the most direct.

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A paraglider, who launched from the top of the peak.

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Once you get past the treeline, it’s easy to see the line of hikers scrambling up the rocks to the top. While a handrail is installed, it’s only useful in a few places.

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A look across at snowy peaks.

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Back towards Bergen, with a steady stream of hikers taking advantage of the sunny day. Believe it or not, it’s much more vertical than it looks.

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One of the towers that holds up the lines for the cable car.

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Trails at the top of the peak.

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Selfie of the four of us!

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View from the top.

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Norwegian flag flying at the top.

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At the base of the TV antenna.

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Heading back down after spending a bit of time at the top.

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Flowers along the path.

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More paragliders. I wish I could have seen them launch from the top!

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Back below the treeline.

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A friendly cat decided to pay us a visit near the end of the hike. She seemed well cared-for, so we figured her home was nearby.

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Pigeon coops near the start of the trail.

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