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Safety tips for summer hiking to Trolltunga Trolltunga
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Safety tips for summer hiking to Trolltunga.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Iver Bostad / Bleed / visitnorway.no
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Weather conditions in the mountains

Even if sunshine and fair weather are forecast, the weather conditions can change quickly. Always check the weather forecast before you start your trip, and talk to the locals about what kind of weather to expect. They will often know if there is risk of rain and windy conditions, even when the weather forecast predicts nice weather.

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Summer hiking packing list.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com

PACKING LIST FOR YOUR SUMMER HIKE

With a good backpack filled with the right equipment, you have a great base for a wonderful experience in the mountains. Choose a backpack with a volume of 30 litres to be sure to have enough space for everything.

CLOTHING

  • Hiking boots
  • Wind- and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Wool underwear and a wool sweater
  • An extra set of clothes and socks
  • Cap, scarf and gloves or mittens

​EQUIPMENT

  • Enough food and drinks for the whole trip
  • A fully charged mobile phone in a plastic bag to avoid water damage
  • A small headlamp and extra batteries
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Plastic bags for garbage and other things
  • First-aid kit and extra blister plasters
  • Map and compass
  • Pocket knife
  • Nordic walking poles - for maintaining your balance in rough terrain

 

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Top mistakes tourists make.
Photo: Film production: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com

DO'S & DON’TS

Every year, Norwegian volunteer rescue crews go into the mountains to find tourists who have lost their way, are tired or injured, or have encountered problems after dark at night. These tourists are often dressed in everyday clothes and lack suitable equipment. Here are a few things you should know before hiking in the Norwegian mountains.

 

Have a safe hike to Trolltunga!

DO THIS:

  • Research the length, duration and recommended physical condition for the hike you want to do.
  • Check the weather conditions and always listen to the advice of the local mountain residents.
  • Buy or rent the right equipment for your trip.
  • Always bring enough food, drinks and an extra set of clothes in your backpack.
  • Check out the possibility of joining a guided tour.

AVOID THIS:

  • Do not wear jeans, trainers or other everyday clothing.
  • Do not start your trip too late in the day, as you might risk having to hike in the dark.
  • Never start a mountain hike if you are not in good enough physical shape.
  • Do not depend on a map on your mobile device, as there is not always coverage in the mountains.
  • Pack it in, pack it out - don't leave anything, including trash, behind.

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