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?
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.
A paraglider, who launched from the top of the peak.
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.
A look across at snowy peaks.
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.
One of the towers that holds up the lines for the cable car.
Trails at the top of the peak.
Selfie of the four of us!
View from the top.
Norwegian flag flying at the top.
At the base of the TV antenna.
Heading back down after spending a bit of time at the top.
Flowers along the path.
More paragliders. I wish I could have seen them launch from the top!
Back below the treeline.
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.
Pigeon coops near the start of the trail.