Norway gives you free access to the countryside – as long as you tread lightly.
In Norway, you can walk nearly anywhere you want. Outdoor recreation has become a major part of national identity, and is established by law. You are free to enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in as much of the fresh air as you want – as long as you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature.
The few rules and regulations are there to keep the unique right of access enjoyable when many people go to the same places.
The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful. Don't damage nature and other surroundings. Leave the landscape as you would want to find it.
The right to roam, also called the right of access (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times, and from 1957 it has also been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. It ensures that everybody get to experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.
Nothing beats the utter exhilaration of succeeding a climbing route. However, the dizzying heights of Norwegian mountains and frozen waterfalls are not for the squeamish.
Go hiking in Norway and discover why the locals can’t get enough of nature. Our most scenic landscapes are definitely best enjoyed on foot.
Fishing in Norway is a way to embrace the local lifestyle. Countless lakes and rivers and an extensive coastline means outstanding opportunities to catch a big one.
By all means, enjoy Norway to the fullest, but be careful while you do so. After all, we'd like you to come back and see us again, and enjoy the rest of what we have to offer.
Norway is a country of natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, and majestic mountains and glaciers. Preserving this landscape and its communities is essential for locals and visitors alike.
To use something is not the same as consuming it, as prominent Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss once said. Norway’s national parks provide a perfect example of this.
We want you to be happy in Norway, and enjoy your time here as much as you possibly can. Happy guests come back, and before you know it we have made friends for life. Makes sense, then, to share our best tips to make your stay a good one.
Many people think Norway is an expensive country, and to an extent they’re entirely correct, but chances are they haven’t really tried to save money.