The landmark Fløibanen
is one of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions, and is situated in the centre of Bergen
, only 150 metres from Bryggen.
Fløibanen AS was established in 1912, and the funicular opened on 15th January 1918.
The inspiration originated from similar funiculars in the south of Germany, Switzerland and the north of Italy. The Fløyen funicular resembles the “Merkurbergbahn” at Baden-Baden in Germany.
Once made of oak, the carriages have been updated to meet the requirements of the modern era, and the carriages are respectively coloured blue and red with an impressive 1.4 million passengers each year.
The journey to the top leaves from the station at Vetrlidsalmenning in the centre of Bergen and the duration is about 5 - 6 minutes to travel the 848 metres diagonally to the summit. The two trams are connected to the same cable and there have never been any serious accidents on the funicular. During the ascent to Fløyen there are three stops: Promsgate, Fjellveien and Skansemyren. The local residents also use the funicular as transportation in their daily lives, and the children who attend the kindergarten at the top of Fløyen take the funicular every morning.
The viewpoint at Fløyen is situated at 320 metres above sea level and offers the best view of Bergen. At the summit you will also find a playground, a kiosk, a souvenir shop and the traditional restaurant Fløien Folkerestaurant.
There are several options for hiking at the summit of Fløyen. A typical Sunday outing for Norwegian families is to hike to Brushytten, a distance of 3.6 km return. The hike encompasses multiple options of dirt tracks and trails towards the cottage Brushytten. There are also plenty of options to stop, enjoy the views, rest and also the opportunity to purchase refreshments at the cottage. Normally, the cottage is open on Sundays from 1100 to 1600.