Seven Mountains, Bergen

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The Seven Mountains (Norwegian: De syv fjell) surround the city centre of Bergen, Norway. The mountain group includes at least Ulriken (the highest), Fløyen, Løvstakken and Damsgårdsfjellet, plus three out of Lyderhorn, Sandviksfjellet, Blåmanen, Rundemanen, and Askøyfjellet. The definition presently used by Bergen Mountain Hiking Association, which organizes an annual 7-mountain hike, is Lyderhorn, Damsgårdsfjellet, Løvstakken, Ulriken, Fløyen, Rundemannen, and Sandviksfjellet. Which mountains belong to the group is unclear, due to its origin (based on the mythical status of the number seven), and the fact that several of the mountains are part of the same mountain massif.

Bergen is often called 'the city between the seven mountains'. It was the playwright Ludvig Holberg who felt so inspired by the seven hills of Rome, that he decided that his home town must be blessed with a corresponding seven mountains – and locals still argue which seven they are.


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