Look up to the mountains from the harbour, and you'll spy a radio mast clad in satellite dishes. That's the top of Mt Ulriken (643m) you're spying, and on a clear day it offers a stunning panorama over city, fjords and mountains. Thankfully you don't have to climb it; a cable car speeds from bottom to top in just seven minutes.

At the top, there's an excellent restaurant, Sky:Skraperen, as well as a gift shop and a zipline.

The easiest way to get to the cable-car station is to catch the double-decker shuttle bus which leaves every half-hour from the Torget fish market from 9am to 9pm mid-May to September. Otherwise, it's a 45-minute walk from Bergen's centre.

For locals, a perfect day out is taking the cable car up and then following the marked trail north (four to six hours) to the top of the Fløibanen funicular.