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Take a walk on the wild side

Exploring the mountains and embracing nature and the outdoors is a way of life for most Norwegians.
And our most scenic nature is definitely best enjoyed on foot.

Late spring in Norway: The rays of sunlight are finally showering the landscape, forcing the snow in the mountains to a silent retreat, and waking the flowers after their winter sleep. Enter start of the hiking season. 

Summer and autumn is when we Norwegians find our walking boots, and head outdoors. Winter can be long in Norway, and when it is finally over, locals of all age groups and social classes go hiking. In the mountains, along the coast or in the forests.

Luckily, visitors from other countries often join us in our unashamed love affair with nature.

Norway is a country with a lot of spectacular scenery, from wild and untamed mythical landscapes, to popular marked hiking trails and well­known tourist attractions. Among the most popular spots are Preikestolen, Galdhøpiggen, Besseggen and Romsdalshornet.

Cabins, quite a few of them designed by ambitious architects, offer convenient refuges for hikers. And we highly recommend tasting the many local culinary specialties along the way.

Besseggen, Jotunheimen National Park
Besseggen
Chris Arnesen / Visit Norway
Preikestolen, The Pulpit Rock
Preikestolen, The Pulpit Rock
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Gullhorgabu cabin, Hordaland
Gullhorgabu cabin, Hordaland
Toril Refsdal Aase / Bergen og Hordaland Turlag
Camping in the Norwegian mountains
Norwegian mountains
CH/Visit Norway

Your grades to the top

Some of us have leg muscles that start protesting after a five minute walk, while others want only the toughest challenges.
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Top iconic hikes

The Norwegian Trekking Association presents their favourite iconic mountain hikes in Norway. 
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Safety in the mountains

Return to hike another day

Stay safe in the mountains by adhering to these simple rules of thumb:

  1. Do not embark on a trip you're not qualified to complete.
  2. Leave word of your route and planned arrival.
  3. Listen to the forecast and respect the weather.
  4. Equip for bad weather and worsening conditions, even on short trips.
  5. Listen to experienced hikers who know the local conditions.
  6. Bring navigation aids, and know how to use them.
  7. Do not go alone.
  8. Turn around in time - there's no shame in returning to base.
  9. Conserve your strength. Make a snow shelter before you are exhausted.

The right of access

Roam if you want to

To enjoy what nature has to offer while treating it with respect, and leaving it as you found it for others to enjoy, is exactly what the right of access is all about.

Even in Norway's national parks you can go just about wherever you like. In fact, as long as the land is uncultivated and you abide by a set of easy rules, you can hike, camp, ride or ski more or less where you want. You may also fish for saltwater species, without a license, as long as it is for your own use.

Take special care, though, not to cause any damage. There are special rules for protected areas, certain species of plants and animals, and with regard to where and for how long you may camp, and where and when you may light a fire, to mention the most essential.

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Leaving it as you found it

Take only pictures, keep only memories

Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone's responsibility. Enjoying nature and the outdoors is considered a national pasttime, and this is reflected in our attitude towards the preservation and use of the wilderness.

Whether it's hiking in the mountains or biking an idyllic forest road, Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of whether you are a guest in the landscape or a small fishing village.

Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well. It's about recognizing that everybody else are just as important as ourselves, and taking steps to implement that thought in all aspects of life. It's not easy, nor is it quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.

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