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Hiking/walking in Jotunheimen, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Innovation Norway
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Hiking/walking in Jotunheimen, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Innovation Norway

Hiking and walking in Norway

There is a network of well-maintained, marked paths all over the country. If you want to see Norway at its best, put on your walking boots.
Quote start It was not me that started climbing, it was you that quit. Quote end
Arne Næss, famous Norwegian climber and poet

Norway's mountains and forests tend to be less crowded than those in Central Europe.

Walking in Norway is undoubtedly characterized by simplicity, peace and easy access to nature. This is an environmentally friendly and active holiday. With your rucksack on your back, you become an explorer – examine the birdlife, flora and fauna of Norway, or get to know your fellow walkers. The stories of Norway's contrasting landscape will reveal themselves to you.

Norway can facilitate many types of hiking and walking trips, whether it is a multi destination hike you are looking for or you want to stay in one place and plan daytrips from there. Or maybe you fancy walking on a glacier? You can for example go walking on the Folgefonna Glacier and the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

Hiking offers and suggestions

Whether you are an experienced mountain walker or a beginner, young or old, you will find something new and challenging in Norway. Hiking suggestions include fjords and mountains, waterfalls and canyons, wildlife safaris and guided tours: See some of Norway's hiking offers and suggestions.

Hiking trails and maps

Norway's hiking trails are typically marked at regular intervals by cairns. Most junctions are marked by signposts, some of which have stood for many years and are on the small side, making them hard to spot. There are also red T symbols painted on rocks – these are welcomed route markers when the weather is poor, as they are visible from farther away than the signposts. Although waymarking is quite good, you should always purchase hiking maps.

Season and climate

As a general rule, the walking season starts when the snow disappears in May and finishes at the end of October when the first snow falls in the mountains.

In low-lying areas, and by the coast, it is often possible to go walking throughout the year.

The autumn and late summer are popular for walking, as nature is at its most colourful and intense.

The season varies according to geographical location, height above sea level and proximity to the coast.

Many tourists believe Norway to be colder than is actually the case. The Gulf Stream ensures a more clement climate, as it heats the sea along the Norwegian coast, keeping it free from ice even in the winter. In the summer, temperatures may reach 68 to 86 °F, even in Northern Norway.

Organized walks and hikes

For a special experience, why not book a guided trip? A guide will take the pressure off organising, share local information and enable you to try trips that are a bit out of the ordinary. Both the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) and the event supplier Norske Bygdeopplevelser organize rambling tours.

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Last updated:  2013-01-28
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Hiking/walking in Jotunheimen, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Innovation Norway

Hiking and walking in Norway

There is a network of well-maintained, marked paths all over the country. If you want to see Norway at its best, put on your walking boots.

Hiking and walking in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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