This is Rundemannen (literally “The round man”). Because of the maintenance roads leading to all the radio towers and whatnot built there, this is the most accessible of the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen. Visiting tourists normally just take the funicular to and from the vista point Føyen, but if you ever visit Bergen and want to get a feeling for the nature of the northern Atlantic and the mountainous areas of Norway, I suggest you take the road leading up to Rundemannen. There you can view the North Sea, all the islands, and the arcipelago surrounding the city, and see for 100 km in every direction!
In picture 1 the Ulriken and Løvstakken mountains, and Gullfjellet, the Golden mountain, can be seen. The name Ulriken comes from the Old Norse name Alrek, meaning “Towering”. Løvstakken literally means “The leaf stack”. In picture 2 we see the Damsgård and Lyderhorn mountains, and the island of Sotra. Damsgårdsfjellet is named after the Damsgård Manor, a landmark manor and estate in Bergen. The name Lyderhorn is composed of the Old Norse lögð, which means to lay or set, in reference to the mountain being used by sailors to plot the course to Bergen, and horn, as in mountain. The origin of the name Sotra may come from the Old Norse word for seething or boiling, which refers to the treacherous sea currents around the island. The island of Askøy in picture 2 and 3 is named after the farm Ask, where the legendary royal guardsman Hertjov of Hordaland lived in the 6th century. Ask is in turn named after the tree Ash, named for its ashen coloured bark. Picture 4 and 5 point towards north and the borough of Arna, a short days hike away. The origin of the word Arna is the Old Norse word ari, which means eagle. The last two picture shows Vidden, The plateau, the hiking path from Fløyen to Ulriken. Fløyen is a reference to the “vindfløy” or weather vane erected there to signal the wind direction to ships departing Bergen harbour, Vågen (literally The wave). #Bergen #Fløyen #Ulriken #Løvstakken #Lyderhorn #Rundemannen #Askøy #Damsgårdsfjellet #Arna #Hurtigruten #Hiking #VisitNorway #Nature #Spring #Outdoors #Panorama #Etymology #OldNorse #Viking #History #LocalHistory