Having previously gone up one of its seven hills by way of the Fløibanen Funicular and enjoyed the scenic vistas of "the gateway to the fjords of Norway" and its surrounding areas from up Mount Floyen, my mother and I decided to reacquaint ourselves with this charming city by taking the Ulriken643 cable car ride named after the highest of Bergen's septet of hills and its height in meters. And yes, we were indeed treated to some spectacular sights up on Mount Ulriken on a spring day which a Norwegian man (who had hiked up the mountain with a baby on his back and his wife for company!) told us was the most beautiful it had been in his home city thus far this year! :)
A view of Bergen from the MS Richard With that includes
the TV tower-topped Mount Ulriken
The cable car system that took us
both up and down the mountain
An alternative way to come down Mount Ulriken
that we saw a number of people opting for!
The most popular option that day appeared to involve
hiking up the mountain and then taking the cable car down! :b
What splendid views that paraglider and his fellow
extreme sports enthusiasts must have enjoyed that day...
There's no two ways about it: Norway is home to
some really incredible natural scenery
While humans definitely have left their mark on the landscape,
nature's beauty remains highly visible
Puppet Ponyo on a cliff -- but not by the sea this time! ;b