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.
Stay safe in the mountains by adhering to these simple rules of thumb:
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.
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.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and their way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
You are in Norway, therefore no reason to stay indoors. Here are some fun things to do, whether you're visiting the coast, the mountains or somewhere in between.
Whether you want a challenging slog up a mountain top or a gentle trip between pretty small towns, the varied landscape in Norway will provide you with a suitable challenge.