In Fjord Norway, the mountains attract all the attention. If you want to experience them at their very best, you have to put your boots on and get out there. There are a multitude of paths throughout the region. There are few places in the world that have such varied scenery in one region. You can climb mountains right by the coast or mountains that rise straight up from the narrow fjords, or join a safe walk on the blue ice of one of several glacier arms.
Beautiful, varied scenery
There are vast, untouched mountain areas all over Fjord Norway that are perfect for hikers. There are wonderful walking areas along the largest fjords. Several national parks offer great walks in everything from barren glacial landscapes to lush forested areas. Eleven of Norway’s 20 largest glaciers are situated in Fjord Norway.
Hikes for all
You do not have to be super fit to go walking. There are many short, gentle paths that are perfect for families with children. But if you are seeking bigger challenges, you’ll find them too. The area offers some of the most fantastic multi-day hikes in Europe. These hikes take you from cabin to cabin on the Norwegian Trekking Association’s network of trails.
On your own or with a guide
In many places, you can go for walks on your own following clearly-marked paths and using good maps which are available from your accommodation, the trekking association or at the tourist information office. The season will vary from year to year depending on the weather. If you really want to get the most out of a walking holiday in Fjord Norway, we recommend joining a guided walk. Then, you will also learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.
Here are some of the best hikes in Norway
The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), on the Lysefjord in Ryfylke not far from Stavanger, is one of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions. More than 100,000 people hike up to the breathtaking mountain plateau every year. You can combine a hike to the Pulpit Rock with a boat trip on the Lysefjord to make it an extra special experience. The hike is about six kilometres (four miles) and takes around four hours there and back. Season: May to October.
Mount Kjerag soars majestically over the Lysefjord in Ryfylke. With a perpendicular fall of 1,000 metres, the wild Kjerag plateau towers innermost in the Lysefjord. Most people are content to enjoy the view across the Lysefjord from the plateau, but the highlight for some is capturing the moment they stand on the Kjerag Boulder – a round block of stone wedged in a crack in the mountain. Mount Kjerag has also become a popular destination for mountain climbers and base jumpers. The hike is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) and takes around five to six hours there and back. Season: June to September.
Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga), one of Norway’s most spectacular hikes is located in Hardanger. The hike is around 20 kilometres (12 miles) and takes 8 to 10 hours there and back. The difference in altitude is around 800 metres. It is possible to walk out on the Troll’s Tongue ledge but be careful. The hike to Trolltunga is in a high mountain area with no mobile phone reception. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, and bring a map, compass and food and drink. Contact the tourist information in Odda for information and a map.
The hike starts in Skjeggedal and there are lots of attractions along the route, including the Ringedal Dam, potholes and the Troll’s Tongue itself. Those who are feeling adventurous can also take the via ferrata climbing route to the Troll’s Tongue with a guide from OpplevOdda. Season: From mid-June to mid-September.
Across the plateau from Mount Ulriken to Mount Fløyen in Bergen. The walk across the mountain plateau is one of the best known walks in the mountains that surround Bergen. These high mountains are easy to get to from both Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen and can be enjoyed in all seasons. Set aside plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and the fantastic views. The route makes for a great ski trip when there is snow. The walk from the Ulriksbanen station to the Fløibanen station is around 15 kilometres (9 miles) and takes approximately five hours up and two to three hours down. Season: All year.
The Aurlandsdalen Valley will take your breath away, with the wild river gouging its way through the landscape and the fantastic views. The valley is wild and beautiful, and it is rich in history and culture. You can hike for days and stay in Trekking Association cabins, or go on shorter walks combined with bus trips or take your own car. Season: June to September.
Mount Skåla, 1,848 metres. Kloumannstårnet (Kloumann’s Tower) on the top of Mount Skåla is without question Norway’s most unusual cabin. The view from the top across glaciers, fjords and mountains is fantastic. Mount Skåla is considered to be the highest mountain in Norway with a “foot in the fjord” (in this case the Nordfjord). An uphill race to the top is held every year in the middle of August. It is a 16-kilometre hike up and down and takes about five hours up and two to three hours down. Season: June to September.
Romsdalseggen Ridge. The hike across the Romsdalseggen Ridge is in the heart of the most beautiful mountains in Norway – with views that will take the most seasoned mountain hiker’s breath away, and with fjords and mountains, peaks and waterfalls everywhere you look. From the Romsdalseggen Ridge, there are spectacular views of Åndalsnes, the capital of Norway’s mountain peaks, to the Rauma River on the floor of the Romsdalen valley, to the Trollveggen cliff and the Trolltinder peaks – and all the way to Molde and the ocean to the west.
There are three different routes: an easy one, one of medium difficulty and an extremely challenging route that requires a mountain guide. It is a 10-kilometre (6-mile) hike and it takes around five to seven hours. The hike starts and finishes in Åndalsnes. There is a bus from Åndalsnes to Vengedalen where the hike over the Romsdalseggen Ridge starts. Daily bus from Åndalsnes bus station, from 1 July to 30 September.
Skageflå. The trip starts with a fjord cruise on the famous Geirangerfjord. Skageflå is an abandoned mountain farm perched on a mountain ledge around 250 metres above the Geirangerfjord with a view of the Seven Sisters (de Sju Søstre) waterfalls and the mountain farm Knivsflå on the other side of the fjord. The hike up to Skageflå takes roughly an hour. You can choose whether to go back down to the boat or hike back across the mountain to Geiranger. Season: May to September.
Try a summit walk or try climbing in spectacular surroundings.
Go for hikes and walks over several days in the mountains, and take advantage of the unique network of cabins and trails operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). DNT is Norway's biggest outdoor activities organisation, with over 225,000 members. DNT has 55 local branches, which together maintain one of Europe's largest marked hiking trail networks. You will also find more than 450 cabins in the networks across the country. More information on DNT.
Book hiking packages with or without a guide and read more about hiking and walking in Fjord Norway at fjordnorway.com/hiking.
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