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5 city hikes with incredible views

From concrete to trails
Norway’s biggest cities give you the best of two worlds – urban life and unspoilt nature. Take your holiday to the next level with these scenic hikes.
A man and a woman enjoying the view at Mount Fløyen in Bergen
Fløyen, Bergen.
Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / fjordnorway.com / Visit Norway
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    The cities are also home to a wealth of steep hills and viewpoints, with popular hiking trails that suit all levels. Every day, Norwegians of all ages juggle between urban activities and nature adventures. For many locals, this is simply a way of life.

    Join us on concrete and trails this summer and explore our biggest cities on both high and low altitudes. Here are five easy mountain hikes located in the most popular cities (on visitnorway.com) – all recommended by our destination offices.

  • Oslo: hike to Vettakollen 

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  • Bergen: hike on Mount Fløyen

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  • Tromsø: hike to Mount Fløya

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    Believe it or not, but the picture below from Fløya in Tromsø is actually captured at night. Every summer, the mountain draws visitors who want to witness the midnight sun.

    “The view from Fløya is formidable. You can spot every part of Tromsø and the surrounding islands. This is also the city’s best place to experience the midnight sun”, says Anne Marit Vik of Visit Tromsø.

    There are several ways to get to the top. Some choose to ride the cable car to Storsteinen and then walk further up the hill. Others climb the 324 steps of the “Sherpa staircase”, which starts close to the lower station, located on Tromsø’s mainland.

    Read more about the trip on Northern Norway's official website.

    Tromsø
    Tromsø.
    Photo: Knut Hansvold / www.nordnorge.com/Tromsø
  • The Stavanger region: hike to Dalsnuten

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    Discover some of the underrated views of the Stavanger region. This part of Norway is known for attractions such as Preikestolen (“the Pulpit Rock”) and Kjeragbolten, but the varied landscape of this area offers many other picturesque alternatives.

    Dalsnuten viewpoint, which is located in Sandnes, is an ideal choice if you are looking for an easy hike close to Stavanger.

    The route includes everything from marked trails and steep hills to small lakes suitable for swimming. Don’t forget to bring a “matpakke” (packed lunch). Nothing beats a snack after a successful hike.

    Trondheim: hike to Storheia

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    Planning a trip to Trondheim? In addition to charming shopping streets and trendy eateries, Norway’s third largest city is home to scenic recreation areas ideal for trekking. The hike to Trondheim’s highest point Storheia is a popular choice amongst the locals.

    The trip is suitable for all levels, and when you make it to the top, you are rewarded with a jaw-dropping view of the Trondheimsfjord and the Fosen peninsula.

    Read more about the trip on UT.no.

    Storheia, Trondheim
    Storheia, Trondheim.
    Photo: Martin Ystenes
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