The Skivebakken area – a brief history
Bergen has many scenic lookout points. Some of these have even been celebrated in song – for example, the vistas from Mt. Ulriken and Mt. Fløien. The view from the top of Skivebakken hasn’t been sung about but is nonetheless a local classic, because it has been drawn, painted, and photographed so many times and has often been pictured on postcards.
The name of the lane dates from 1857. The lower part was the first to be called Skiven; the rest was at first called Endregårdsveien and later Skiveveien, until the whole street finally got its present name, Skivebakken (bakken means “the hill”). This is a name that reflects a good deal of history.