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Preikestolen Preikestolen
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The Navvies Road, Rallarvegen
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Cross-country skiing in Beitostølen, Norway
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Hiking Valdres
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Reindeer on Utvikfjellet
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Majestic mountains

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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.
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Join British actor David Spinx on his hike to Preikestolen

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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