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According to the WikiVoyage page on Bergen, The city center is surrounded by a group of mountains and peaks known as the Seven Mountains. I've read that the most central of the mountains, Mount Fløyen, has both a funicular railway and well signed paths, so walking up that one should be fine.

What about the other of the seven mountains? Do they have well signed walking paths too? Or is the situation with those more like hiking most of the Munroe Mountains in Scotland, where you really need to buy the appropriate 1:25k hiking map?

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See also The Great Outdoors. –  gerrit Jun 27 '13 at 20:29
@gerrit My thinking was to ask there for advice on maps if one was needed, routes to take if it's hard etc, where as here seemed the place to ask if it's something simple or something TGO worthy! –  Gagravarr Jun 27 '13 at 21:27
Well, I didn't say that the question is off-topic here (I'm not sure, it probably fits on either), but I just figured that anyone browsing this question may also be interested in The Great Outdoors. Just trying to get a little bit more publicity for the latter. –  gerrit Jun 27 '13 at 22:03

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According to one of the local companies, Fløibanen:

The directional signs on the Bergen mountains show the main trails, which are clearly labelled on tour maps. Be aware that recent storms, snow and ice, or vandalism, may turn these signs. This makes it especially important to show respect for the weather – and fog and weather changes can come suddenly in the mountains. It’s always wise to bring a good map and compass.

This would seem to indicate that Mount Fløyen is not alone in having its walking routes well signposted.

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The main set of mountains for hiking when starting from the city centre are the 2/3/4 (depending on how you count!) to the north-east of the city centre, including Fløyen (the one with the funicular railway) and Ulriken (with the cable car). There are a decent number of proper walking trails up and around these.

The trails are largely divided into "green" ones, which are well made paths and quite flat (I believe which often get used for cross country skiing in the winter), and dotted black ones, which are often quite steep and not made up.

Two things to be aware of navigation wise - there aren't that many map boards posted, and while there are proper signs at each junction they are by name but without distances. Unlike similar paths in America, there aren't distance markers as you go, and unlike similar ones in the UK there aren't distances at the junctions. Map boards were a lot less common than in similar areas in other countries I've hiked in.

If you just want to hike up Fløyen, I'd say you're fine with just a local tourist map - they normally go to about there and have most of the walking routes. For a bit more than that, you might be fine with using a local tourist map to get you to the start of a trail, then take a photo of one of the big board maps you find at the start. For anything else, get yourself a map before setting off. There are some great hikes very close to the city, some lovely lakes for swimming in, stunning viewpoints etc, and it'd be a great shame to miss out on any of them through not having a map to find them!

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Good answer! I'd probably add that the trails at the top of Ulriken are much more "rugged" and over more broken ground than the Fløyen trails which are much smoother, something which caught me out slightly when I visited! –  Richard Jul 17 '13 at 7:46

It is true that there aren't distance markings on the trail junction signs, but I find it difficult to get truly lost on any of these trails. If the weather is just semi-nice, there will be tons of people out, and still some out in the rain, which you can follow or ask. One of the popular, longer hikes people do around here is called "Vidden", which is a plateau between Fløyen and Ulriken and takes about 4-9hrs depending on your speed, etc.

Two great resources for all trails, cabins, and outdoor things: UT.no & DNT

If you'd like to get a map of the mountains and their trails as well as get suggestions and answers to questions, you can buy one at the DNT storefront on Marken (near the train station; google map "DNT, marken, bergen"). Though, I don't have one and haven't found it necessary for trails around Fløyen and Ulriken.

Here is a link to the map.

God tur!

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