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.
Surrounded by craggy peaks, Molladalen is both a paradise for climbers and a varied hiking destination, at the same time as being exciting for families who want to go camping, fishing or just enjoy the surroundings.
Take the hike up to Bakkanosi and enjoy the view to Nærøyfjord 1,300 meters below. It will be easy to see why it is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The road up Jordalen is partly through a steep tunnel where glimpses of the gorge below will take your breath away. And when you have wandered through the thriving cultural landscape of Slettedalen, there is nothing wrong in staying a few steps back from the edge of the precipitous cliff down to the fjord
Hurrungane is the birthplace of alpine mountain sports in Norway. Here in Western Jotunheimen you are just a stone’s throw from the inner parts of the Sognefjord. This is where you will find the huge contrasts, from the fresh green water of the world’s deepest fjord, to fairytale views from one of the many alpine peaks 2,000 meters above. One of them, Fannaråken (2068 meter) has Norway’s highest Mountain Association cabin. A day of hiking in this area is a memory for life. From Hurrungane, with the help of a guide, you can conquer “Storen”, Norway’s third highest mountain. Base yourself at Turtagrø Hotel and you will have the best starting point for your very own ascents.
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.