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Five secret hiking trails you can have all to yourself

In these mountains you hardly meet anyone else

When the winter finally release it’s grip on the Norwegian mountains, outdoor enthusiasts can’t wait to put on their trekking shoes and take off.

Famous trails like Besseggen and Galdhopiggen, and popular attractions like the Pulpit Rock, Kjerag and Trolltunga, lures tourists in great numbers every year.

It can be crowded at the most famous sites during the high season, but there are alternatives if you’re looking for genuine experiences in areas you can almost have all to yourself.

Here’s five hiking trails from The Norwegian Trekking Association you probably haven’t heard of.


1. The triangle in Valle and Bygland

Oyuvsbu - Gaukhei - Tjonndalen - Oyuvsbu

Duration: Three days
Length: 50 kilometres
Level: Medium, suitable for adults

Setesdal Vesthei in southern Norway is a beautiful undulating terrain with tiny sparkling lakes and small streams.
Here you’ll still find sheep grazing, preventing the landscape from overgrowing.

You will need three days on this classical hike between cosy self-service cabins, which offers plenty of space.

Gaukhei
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Gaukhei.
Photo: Per Roger Lauritzen

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Gaukhei.
Photo: Per Roger Lauritzen

2. The taste of Sunndalsfjella

Aursjohytta - Reinsvassbu - Raubergshytta - Aursjohytta

Duration: Three days
Length: 55 kilometres
Level: Demanding, suitable for adults

Sunndalsfjella between Dovrefjell and Eikesdalen offer magnificent views with its high peaks and lush valleys.

The staffed lodge Aursjohytta offers great service and a three course dinners, while Reinvassbu and Raubergshytta are self-service cabins equipped with all you need for cooking and sleeping.

In Sunndalsfjella you will not only find the most diverse mountain flora throughout Scandinavia, it’s also possible to find plant species that normally only grow in northern Norway, on Svalbard and Greenland.

Reinsvassbu
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Reinsvassbu.
Photo: Anne Olsen Bolsønes

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Reinsvassbu.
Photo: Anne Olsen Bolsønes

3. No limits in Sylan

Nedalshytta - Sylarnas fjallstation - Storerikvollen - Nedalshytta

Duration: Three days
Length: 60 kilometers
Level: Medium, suitable from twelve years and upwards

During these three days you’ll get around the whole incredible Sylmassivet, with the great Storsylen as the highest peak in the mountain range.

Trondhjems Trekking Association operate the cabins at the Norwegian side of the border, while the Swedish Trekking Association operate Sylstationen in Sweden. The terrain is easy to walk, with great plateaus and a wide horizon.

Storerikvollen
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Storerikvollen.
Photo: DNT

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Storerikvollen.
Photo: DNT

4. The fertile Etnefjellene

Rullestad - Simlebu - Sandvasshytta - Akrafjorden

Duration: Three days
Length: 25 kilometres
Level: Medium, suitable from twelve years and upwards

You’ll pass through forests and walk over bare mountains to get to the self-service cabins Simblebu and Sandvasshytta.

The beautiful view of Akrafjorden and the glacier Folgefonna is revealed on the last day of the trek.

When arriving at Markhus, you’ll walk the old road toward Akrafjordtunet where you can take the bus Haukeli Express back to Oslo or Haugesund.

Remember to check the bus timetable in advance.

Simlebu
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Simlebu.
Photo: Christian Reutter

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Simlebu.
Photo: Christian Reutter

5. Sulitjelma to Saltfjellet

Sulitjelma - Coarvihytta - Balvasshytta - Arggalajhytta - Trygvebu Graddis

Duration: Three or four days
Length: 50 kilometres
Level: Medium, suitable from twelve years and upwards

This trek is perfect if you wish to see a lush area of the northern Norway and at the same time experience the trail called Grensesommen.

On day two you get to Junkerdalen National Park with its rare habitats. A great proportion of the plant species you’ll see here are only found further north or on other continents.

Remember that exploring the great wilderness of Norway is not completely risk-free. Check out Visit Norway’s #besafie, a campaign to help tourists to think safety first, before venturing out into the wilderness.

Grensesømmen, Finnmark
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Grensesømmen, Finnmark.
Photo: Julie Maske

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Grensesømmen, Finnmark.
Photo: Julie Maske

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