The University Gardens
Visitor Information

Things to do at the Arboretum & Botanical Garden

There are many opportunities for outdoor activities in the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens all year round, including a cafe mostly on Sundays during the summer.

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The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are not just plant collections. There are hiking routes, nature trails, and an adventure playground. From Easter 2021 onwards there is also a 'pole hunt'. At Grønevika and Sandholna there are good swimming areas run by the Bergen and Omland outdoor councils.

There are regular themed events at all three gardens throughout the year.


Blondehuset with its historic garden is a popular gathering place for visitors to the Arboretum. On Sundays and holidays in the summer season (from Easter to the end of September) there is a cafe run by volunteers at Blondehuset. It is open between 11:00 and 15:00, selling ice creams, coffee and soft drinks, and home-made waffles.

In the botanical garden, opposite the alpine garden, you can find the Icookpopup café selling a varied selection of warm food and baked goods (including gluten free). From May onwards it is open daily (except Mondays and in stormy weather), during the winter season mostly only at weekends.


Toilets can be found at Blondehuset and Grønevika at the Arboretum, and at Lønningen Lysgård and Litle Milde in the Botanical Garden, as well as at the main parking at Dalsmyra. 

Visitor information brochures

The main brochure is available as pdf in Norwegian, English, German, and French. Brochures have been placed in post boxes at central locations in the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Those in German and French are available from the boxes at Dalsmyra and the southern entrance of the Botanical Garden. A brochure for the Japanese Garden is available from a box close to the garden's entrance. Guided tours can also be arranged.