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Nature guide Johannes at Preikestolen in Fjord Norway
Safety first.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / Visitnorway.com

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Safe summer hikes

Essential tips for a successful mountain hike

Norwegian nature is world famous for its majestic mountains and beautiful fjords. However, hiking in the Norwegian mountains is a serious matter and can be challenging even for the fittest amongst us.

Dress appropriately and be prepared

Always bring rain and windproof outerwear that can help you adapt to changing weather conditions. It is a good idea to wear wool as your inner layer so that you keep warm even if you get wet. Leave your jeans and trainers at your base, they are not suitable in the Norwegian mountains. Be sure to keep a first-aid kit easily accessible in the top of your backpack. With good preparation and the right equipment, you’re all set and we wish you a wonderful experience.

Check the weather forecast

Even if the sun is shining at the start of your hike, it can be cold and raining or even stormy when you reach the top. We recommend that you stay for at least two days at your destinations to increase the chances of enjoying a hike in nice and safe weather conditions. Talk to the locals and ask if there is anything you should be aware of.

Guided hikes

If you are inexperienced or feel unsure about doing a trip, we recommend that you join a guided hike. A good guide can turn a bad day into a fantastic experience. Never leave the main trail if you are hiking without a guide.

Take care of nature

Norwegian nature is accessible to everyone. But although it is free to enjoy, it is still vulnerable. Make sure you bring back everything that you take with you including all garbage and always leave nature the way you found it. Stay on the marked trails and show respect for plant and animal life. This way, you’re helping to ensure that the mountain landscape is preserved for the future. If you also make yourself familiar with the tips below, you are good to go.

Destination guides

Find useful information about some popular destinations where it is important to think about safety first. If you follow our advice, you will be better prepared for a safe hike.

The mountain code

If you are going to hike in the Norwegian mountains, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Norwegian Mountain Code. The code applies all year round and makes sure that you are well prepared if something unexpected happens on an excursion.

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  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

Lysefjorden
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
  • reflexive vest in case you need rescuing
Tourists hiking in the mountains with umbrellas
Top mistakes tourists make.
Photo: Film production: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com
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