Wednesday, June 11, 2008

U is for Ulriken in ABC Wednesday


Ulriken I can hear you say? What is that?
Ulriken is the highest of the mountains surrounding the central part of Bergen. According to the official maps it is 643 meters above the sea level, although you may see different figures elsewhere.

The name comes from the old Norse name Aalreken (meaning "The towering one" - Den ruvende). At the foot of the mountain there was in the Viking and Middle ages an estate belonging to the king, called Alrekstadir or later Aalrekstad. These names are preserved in present local names such as Aarstad, Arstadvollen and Alrek.

The mountain may look fairly steep, but it is not especially difficult to climb. Even I have done that - several times! There are several signposted tracks, some more taxing than the others. If you want a longer hike, you can continue further on where there is a plateau called "Vidden".

Nearly at the highest point there is a a large TV tower and a small cafe. You can see some of the view down below. A local newspaper has erected a web-camera here, so that you can have a look at it yourself (the view today probably won't match "mine" since the rain returned yesterday after an absence of more than a month).


There is usually also an easier way to get up to the top. There is a Cable Car (or aerial tramway) called Ulriksbanen that bring you up in a matter of minutes. At the moment it is closed due to several reasons, but will open again next year. If you care to know how such a trip is (or was in 1996), watch the video below. It is a digitalized version of a video taken from the bottom to the top. In my humble opinion well worth both watching and hearing...

video



PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

43 comments:

John said...

Meget flotte bilder og en fin informasjonsrik U post Rune.

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Flotte bilder til dagens bokstav! Fjellturer er veldig fint.

Neva said...

What a great reflection in the water....very nice shots! the things I learn in blogland.
Mine is up here.

Paulie said...

I love the chair vacations I take thru your blogging. Thanks for taking me to your country via your words.

Katney said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the reflection. Hiking that hill (sorry, it is a hill to me) would be delightful.

photowannabe said...

You have captured the most beautiful reflection. Your country is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Picturing of Life said...

beautiful view in Ulriken...

Mine in here Thanks

ArneA said...

Byen er Bergen og laget er ??????
Ulrikken og Rune med kamera, selv om en annen denne gangen må ha brukt shutteren.
Stoltheten i å ha nådd så langt lyser lang vei.
Kom du til toppen på beina? eller med banen
Hva er det grønne du bærer med deg?
Stimerking i naturens farver?
eller er de slik for å holde seg fast til i Vestlandsstormene

evlahos said...

excellent reflection, great panorama. a very beautiful place from this distance

Ackworth Born said...

Snap - you were right - great minds think alike - love the video - at least we didn't have snow although that might have been preferable to the rain. Just checked the webcam and it is thick mist today.

babooshka said...

Excellent choice, excellent images.

Blue said...

Terrific reflection!
Great that you should have a local U to use, so we see a litle more of your lovely country.

Ida said...

Flotte bilder.
Dette er Norgesreklame på sitt beste!

me ann my camera said...

Very beautiful views, I like your Ulriken.
ann at Varying Seasons

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Dette må ha vært en flott fjelltur. Jeg elsker fjellturer. Har ikke slik fart i bakkene, men vandrer i mitt tempo og storkoser meg.
Kjempefine bilder og en flott U-post. Veldig flott info også:)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It's so petty and the view is breathtaking. Sounds like a nice walk on a good day for a bit of exercise... very beautiful photos.
Mountain Retreat

naturglede said...

Nydelige bilder du hadde idag:)

Kelly said...

These are extraordinary! I love the reflection!

Miss_Yves said...

Wonderful photos of landscapes!
I love to learn something about geography and etymology about your country :thanks for sharing
miss Yves

Petunia said...

HA!!!!
Jeg visste det! Jeg srev i en kommentar til Pernille at jeg hadde tenkt å ta ulriken, men at jeg trodde du kom til å velge det også. Hadde planlagt å besitge fjellet på søndag, men siden det var meldt regn, så prioriterte jeg litt beising og plenklipping i stedet.
Flott innlegg og fine bilder. Skikkelig god reklame for byen mellom de 7 fjell.
Jeg er glad jeg ikke valgte det likevel;)

GAWO said...

Uuuufattelig bra!
Alt du vet .. og alt det jeg lærer av deg. Jeg har aldri tenkt over hvor navnet Ulriken, Alrek osv. kommer av, og hva det betyr. Utsiktsbildene er suverene og tenk den Bergensreklamen som du sender verden over.
Og i tillegg så får jeg lyst til å ta turen opp til toppen igjen. Men nå er vel det driftstans på banen? Så da må jeg gå, og det har jeg godt av.

Ser ut til at jeg ikke klarer å henge med på ABC onsdagen lenger. Så det blir U for Uten GAWO. Ha, ha.

ellen b said...

Now there's a great U. Beautiful photos.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. These are quite beautiful photographs.

Truls said...

Veldig bra U, men det er ikke noe U ved den fjelltoppen, eller utsikten derfra.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" enjoyed this very interesting "U" post! And, "Louis" thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

Daryl said...

How beautiful ..


:-Daryl

Middle Ditch said...

Wow what a view from the top. Loved the history too. You live in a beautiful surrounding.

nonizamboni said...

Great post--beauty and information all in one. I appreciate your sharing this.
Happy Wednesday!

Gordon said...

Beautiful views. A good shot of the 'king' of the mountain too.

Baba said...

A wonderful series of photos.
These are delicate and beautiful!
I love the reflection in the water!

Kim said...

beautiful photos. It looks like a really nice place and great views.

Dragonstar said...

Rune, this is such an interesting post, and such a beautiful part of the world. I would love to visit your country one day.
I thoroughly enjoyed the video of the cable-car trip!

mylittlephotonook said...

Vilka reflexer så fina i det första fotot!!! Du är ju bara så duktig att fotografera.Trevlig information. Vi ses nästa vecka.

Dina said...

I love the cable car ride. And the reaction of the kids you can hear when it suddenly goes over the "bump." The soundtrack sounds stirring enough to be the national anthem. Is it?

Andrea said...

I love reflection so these photo's really caught my eye. Great post. I have learned a lot since I took up blogging.

RuneE said...

Dina: It is not the National Anthem, but maybe it ought to be? It is in fact the Anthem of the City of Bergen. The only anthem of a city in Norway which every Norwegian immediately recognizes. It is sung By Sissel Kyrkjebø and is the soundtrack from of her performance in the intermission of the finale in the European Song Contest held in Bergen in 1986.

GAWO said...

Etter å ha tenkt meg om ... og kikket gjennom mine bilder.. ble det ABC Wednesday her i gården også. Kan liksom ikke holde meg borte. Det bringer lykke om du tar en titt. :-)

imac said...

This is a very interesting post, love the 1st photo, its beautiful, the path leads round into the reflections.

Rune my friend I like it - much.

Anonymous said...

gosh!

Alan said...

A great U with a great view. :)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent post.. folowed the link and read more I was shock at the number of visitors it gets each year.. I also watch the video.. ha! I hate these cable cars.. I would have been crying in a corner:O)..
Great views..

Suzi-k said...

A wonderful post, such beautiful views of a stunning place. You are right, the webcam images are not in the same league as yours! By the way, I see it is 9.9 degrees there today, and it is summer! We are in winter, and it is 17 degrees here today, but feels warmer because of the warm North wind that is blowing!

Jerez said...

The video is clearly, well, it choked me up? Am I Norwegian, after all?