Never pick the wrong clothes again. And what exactly is the right to roam?
This week, the organization Norsk Friluftsliv (Norwegian Outdoors Life) released a brochure about outdoor life in Norwegian culture. It includes a couple of handy graphic illustrations of the Norwegian year outdoors – a perfect starting point for anyone new to the Norwegian nature.
“Whether you are from Pakistan or Great Britain, not every place has the same traditions for outdoors life, so we saw the need for a simplified guide”, project head Tonje Refseth of Norsk Friluftsliv says.
According to her, the biggest challenge for people coming to Norway is picking the right clothing.
“If you’ve been raised here, you know it by heart already. A layer of wool underneath your other clothes and the saying ‘There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’. For other people, that is not the case.”
To help with this, Norsk Friluftsliv have made a poster so handy it should be on the wall of every Norway-bound tourist out there.
And yup – those are the Norwegian words for things like mitten and wool cap – in case you want to practice.
Even though the poster and brochure are directed at immigrants and multicultural Norwegians, it is well suited for tourists as well – especially on the topic of the Norwegian “allemannsretten”, or the right to roam.
The right to roam was put into law all the way back in 1957, and states that in open country, any person may enjoy unlimited access to the great outdoors.
This right does come with some duties – mainly to be considerate and thoughtful, do no lasting damage and leaving the landscape as you would want to find it.
“That way, it will be a nice place to come back to. Someone might be used to throwing away a banana peel because they know someone else will pick it up. That’s not how it works in Norwegian nature”, Refseth says.
Though the part about roaming free is common knowledge in Norway, some other rules seem to have passed even the locals by.
“People don’t know enough about the campfire regulations”, Refseth says.
Here are her do’s and don’ts for not burning down the Norwegian countryside:
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