Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
The mountain code was introduced after a number of accidents and deaths during Easter in 1950. After another disastrous Easter in 1967, The Norwegian Trekking Association and The Red Cross launched the campaign "Welcome to the mountains, but be responsible." The mountain code has since become part of the Norwegian cultural heritage.
Much has changed since the fifties. We go on different kinds of hikes with other types of equipment, and the knowledge in the population has changed. Because of this, The Red Cross and The Norwegian Trekking Association have revised the mountain code.
Common sense in the mountains isn't just about what you should and should not do. It is about having a conscious relationship with nature, the choices you make and your actions. This is why the mountain code is laid out as a learning circle: from planning to meeting the group and assessing the current conditions. Then adjust your plans based on what you experience on the hike. Reflection is the most important thing.
There is much to enjoy among the peaks, valleys and plateaus, but the beauty and serenity can quickly turn dangerous. Make sure your training, your knowledge of the area, and your equipment, are all equally well suited for the trip.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and their way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
To an extent, all Norwegians have salt water in their veins, and learn at an early age how to behave in boats and along the shore. Thus it happens that we forget that the same is not always the case for our visitors, who might need some tips in order to stay safe - not to mention dry.
In Norway everyone has the unrestricted right of free access in the countryside, including the national parks.