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For an unbeatable view of the city, ride the 26-degree Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mt Fløyen (320m), with departures up to every 15 minutes. From the top, well-marked hiking tracks lead into the pristine forest; the possibilities are mapped out on the free Walking Map of Mount Fløyen, available from the Bergen tourist office.

Track two makes a 1.6km loop near Skomakerdiket lake while track one offers a 5km loop over hills, through forests and past several lakes. For a delightful 40-minute walk back to the city from Fløyen, follow track four clockwise and connect with track six, which switchbacks down to the harbour.

It can get very busy; buy a ticket online to jump the ticket office queue and, if you can, go early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the throng.