One of the nicest places to go hiking in Bergen is up Fløyen. Fløyen is one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, and it is situated right in town. The mountain is 320 meters above sea-level which is a nice, steep hike that takes you 30-60 minutes depending on your speed and how long you spend taking pictures walking up. You can also take the funicular up the mountain. Once you are at the top (see live web camera here), you can continue hiking the mountain side of Bergen. Liz and I spent the first week of 2011 relaxing in Bergen and we used the opportunity to hike to Fløyen. I have put some pictures from one of our hikes online.
We were only in Point Reyes for a few days and it was difficult to decide what to do. I was very impressed with how many trail and possibilities for backcountry and day-hiking the park had to offer. Shirin, Liz, and I did a good day-hike starting at the Laguna Trailhead. From there we followed the Coast Trail to Sculptured Beach (see map here). The hike was about 4 km one way and we timed our arrival to Sculptured Beach at low-tide. Sculptured Beach usually has good tidepools, but we did not luck out with the tides. We could still see some great mussel beds. I created two albums of this day-trip, one black and white album and one color-album.
Spring has definitely come to Bergen so one week ago I decided to go for a hike to enjoy the nice, warm weather. I first went to Fløyen using the funicular, and then I started hiking towards Skomakerdiket. Hikes around Fløyfjellet in Bergen are popular and you are not alone at the mountain. However, around Skomakerdiket i chose to go to Søre Midtfjellet (Southern mid-mountain), which turned out to be a path less hiked. I found myself in a beautiful forest with lots of green moss, pine trees, and once in a while, an overview of the city. I walked higher and higher up the mountain until I reached a desolate cabin called Fjellhytten. I enjoyed the sun in peace and quiet while sitting outside the cabin with a perfect view over Bergen. This trip was very enjoyable and I hope you like the pictures I took.