Fløyen

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Fløyen
Funiclular lift up Fløyen, ne Bergen.jpg
Highest point
Elevation400 m (1,300 ft)
Prominence27 m (89 ft)
Coordinates60°23′40.90″N 5°20′36.30″E / 60.3946944°N 5.3434167°E / 60.3946944; 5.3434167Coordinates: 60°23′40.90″N 5°20′36.30″E / 60.3946944°N 5.3434167°E / 60.3946944; 5.3434167
Geography
LocationBergen, Hordaland, Norway
Topo map1115 I Bergen
Climbing
Easiest routefunicular

Fløyen or Fløyfjellet is one of the "city mountains" in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Its highest point is 400 m (1,300 ft) above sea level.[1] The name could originate from fløystangen or a weather vane that was set up to indicate the direction of the wind for sailing ships.[2] The view of the Bergen peninsula makes Fløyfjellet a popular attraction among tourists and locals alike. It has a funicular system called Fløibanen that transports passengers from the center of Bergen to a height of 320 m (1,050 ft) in roughly eight minutes.

Hiking[edit]

There are several hiking options on Fløyen itself, or one can continue further on to Vareggen or over Vidden to Ulriken. Fløyfjellet provides signed hiking roads to Blåmannen, Rundemannen and Sandviksfjellet. At midtfjellet at the foot of Blåmannen there is a kiosk called Brushytten.

The roads and paths down from Fløyen are floodlit in the winter months and are popular for sledding.

Fløibanen[edit]

Fløibanen is an 850-meter (2,790 ft)-long electric cable funicular that pulls two wagons between Fløyen and the station at Vetrlidsallmenningen in Bergen city centre. It also has three stations: Promsgate, Fjellveien and Skansemyren and it was opened in 1918. Since the opening Fløibanen has carried over 48 million people to and from Fløyfjellet. Over the past few years passenger numbers have averaged 1 million per year. Over the years, Fløibanen has cemented its position as Bergen’s most popular tourist attraction and according to the Norwegian Council for Tourism, Fløibanen was Norway’s fourth most visited tourist attraction in the 2001 summer season. Most of the traffic occurs in the summer months from May to September.

Fløyen station is 320 m (1,050 ft) above sea level and it is the last stop at the top. There is also a viewpoint. In 2002 the site was rebuilt for 46 millions NOK, the viewpoint was extended and is called Fløytrappene. This is a broad staircase which goes from the station stop to Fløien Folkerestaurant. There are countless hiking paths, and there is one road intended for cars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statens kartverk. "Fløyfjellet" (Map). Norgeskart. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  2. ^ "Fløyfjellet". Bergen byleksikon. 2009. Retrieved 2018-11-18.

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