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...
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