The 3/4/7-Mountains Hike

The 7-mountains hike.
The 7-mountains hike. Foto: André Marton Pedersen

The 7-Mountains, 4-Mountains Hike and 3-Mountains Hike, Sunday 31st of May 2020.

Bergen Trekking Association invites you to take part in The 7-Mountains,  4-Mountains Hike or 3-Mountains Hike. An unforgettable introduction to the Norwegian's love for outdoors recreation and their hiking tradition. If you love walking and hiking and would like to experience Bergen, the fjords and the west coast of Norway, then participating in this trekking adventure might be an experience worthwhile.  

The 3/4/7-Mountains Hike is an annual event and has become the biggest hiking event in Norway. Participants from Europe and countries further away are travelling to Bergen in order to participate. About 8000 participants take part in this one day organised hike over the 3/4/7- mountain tops of Bergen. 

The 7-Mountains Hike starts at Gravdal between 6.00 a.m. and 9 a.m. The entire trail is well marked and proceeds up to the first top of Lyderhorn at 396 metres above sea level, then onwards to the top of Damsgårdsfjellet (elevation 350 m), the top of Løvstakken (elevation 477 m), the top of mount Ulriken (elevation at 640 m), the Mount Fløyen (elevation 400 m), the Brushytten kiosk and Rundemannen (elevation 560 m), and the last of the 7-mountains is Sandviksfjellet at 417 meters above sea Level. From here on downwards  and back to the Bergen Trekking Association's Headquarter in Marken (Tverrgaten 4 - 6) in the city centre. See topographic view of the trail. You may spend the whole Sunday to get thorugh the approximately 35 kilometres of the marked trail, which involves a total ascent of 2,400 metres. Yes, it is a test piece of strength and stamina, but also an unforgettable experience you will share with other committed hikers of all ages. Watch the 7-Mountains Hike Movie and get inspired to participate! 

The 4-mountains Hike starts at Årstad and you walk over Ulriken, Fløyen, Rundemanen and Sandviksfjellet. The family friendly 3-Mountains Hike starts at Fløyen.  

Participants' registration card must be punched at all summits and handed in upon arrival in Marken when finnished.

Who can participate?

You need to be in good physical condition to complete the 7-Mountains Hike. If you keep fit through regular walks and hikes, you should be able to complete the hike without any greater problems, other than stiff legs the day after completion :-) The hike was organised for the first time in 1948. The last few years it has experienced a renaissance with an increasing number of participants. It is the hiking event with the highest number of participants in Norway.  

The 7-Mountains Hike in Bergen. Hikers on their way down from the top of Mount Løvstakken in Bergen, Norway.
The 7-Mountains Hike in Bergen. Hikers on their way down from the top of Mount Løvstakken in Bergen, Norway.

Food and drink

A snack and fruit juice will be served free of charge at Årstad secondary school (Årstad videregående skole). Fruit juice will also be served between Mount Fløyen and Rundemannen. It is essential that you bring enough food and water/drink for an all-day walk. Something warm to drink may also give som energy along the way. 

Start and trail description

The 7-Mountains Hike starts at Gravdal (beside Nutec) between 6.00 a.m. and 9 a.m. The whole route is well marked and proceeds up to the top of Lyderhorn at 396 metres above sea Level, then onwards to the top of Damsgårdsfjellet (elevation 350 m), the top of Løvstakken (elevation 477 m), the top of mount Ulriken (elevation at 640 m), the Mount Fløyen (elevation 400 m), the Brushytten kiosk and Rundemannen (elevation 560 m), and the last of the 7-mountains is Sandviksfjellet at 417 meters above sea Level. From her on downwards  and back to the Bergen Trekking Association's Headquarter in Marken (Tverrgaten 4 - 6) in the city centre. See topographic view of the trail. Participants' registration card must be punched at all summits and handed in tupon arrival in Marken when finnished. In return you will receive a T-shirt and a diploma to show all your friends what a fit and happy rambler you are!

Bus departures

Buses will depart from Nygaten near  Bergen Trekking Associtaion's Headquarters in Tverrgaten 4 - 6 to Gravdal. The buses start running from 05:30 a.m. until 8.30 a.m. The bus ride is free. It is not possible to embark en route.

Abandoning the Hike

It is important to notify the organisers if you are not able to finnish the hike. Tell one of the stewards and hand in your registration card. The organiser accepts no responsibility for participants who leave the track.

It is advised not to start the ascent of Mount Ulriken after 4 p.m.

Safety

The Bergen branch of the amateur radio association Norsk Radio Relæliga has communications stations on all the summits as well as at the finishing point. They are in continuous contact with The Bergen Trekking Association. There are Red Cross personnel stationed several places along the track to attend to the participants safety. A backtroop follows behind the participants to make sure no one isleft behind and all participants get thorugh, or are taken care of. Therefore stay on the marked trail, rather then leaving, if you need assistance.

Trophies

On completin all participants receive a diploma and a T-Shirt. If you are over 65 years of ages or below 12 years of age, the 3/4-mountains hike counts as a 7-mountains hike towards plaques and statuettes.

After completing the 7-mountain hike you have earned/can buy:
1st time = 7-mountain plaque in bronze
(can be purchased at the finishing point for NOK 200)
7th time = 7-mountain medal in silver
14th time = 7-mountain medal in gold
21st time = Rambler statuette in bronze
28th time = Rambler statuette in silver
35th time = Rambler statuette in gold

If you are entitled to one of the above trophies, ask for the special form when finishing the hike. Hand in the completed form to our secretariat. Your trophy will be presented at the Association's members' meeting in the autumn.

The 4-Mountains Hike

This hike is intended for everyone who finds The 7-Mountains Hike too long. The 4-Mountains Hike starts at Årstad Upper Secondary School at Danmarksplass between 7 and 10 a.m. The route is Mount Ulriken, Mount Fløyen, Rundemannen, Sandviksfjellet, finishing at The Bergen Trekking Association's Headquarters in Tverrgaten 4 - 6, Marken. On completion all participants receive a diploma and a T-shirt. 

The 3-Mountains Hike

this is the most child-friendly version of the hike, starting at the lower station of the Fløien train. You will go from Fløien to Rundeman, Sandviksfjellet and back to Marken. On completion all participants receive a diploma and a T-shirt. 

Tverrgaten 4-6 Bergen og Hordaland Turlag opening hours:

NO-5017 Bergen
Man.- Fri. 10.00-16.00
Thurs. 10.00-18.00
Sat. 10.00-15.00

Tel.: (+47) 55335810

Everyone who completes the hike gets a diploma and a T-shirt to show off their great adventure.

The route
The route

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