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.
Late spring in Norway: Rays of sunlight are finally showering the landscape, forcing the snow in the mountains to a silent retreat, and waking the flowers after their winter sleep. Enter the start of the hiking season. After a long winter, people of all age groups and social backgrounds head outdoors and go trekking in the mountains, along the coast or in the forests. And you are more than welcome to join us in our unashamed love affair with nature.
The varied scenery, from popular marked trails and tourist attractions to wild and untamed mythical landscapes, has earned Norway a well-deserved reputation as major hiking destination in Europe. A few examples of classic (and challenging!) hiking routes are Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Galdhøpiggen, Besseggen and Romsdalseggen. Softer options are available of course – most trails are marked according to difficulty, so make sure you choose a route that suits your level. For your safety and comfort, please see our hiking tips and safety advice below.
Many people choose hiking as a way to explore the Norwegian fjord landscape or take a guided tour on a glacier. Our 44 national parks, which are free and open to the public all year, are further playgrounds for recreational adventures.
Numerous wooden cabins all over the country offer convenient and affordable accommodation for hikers. Many are of a fairly basic standard, but don't be surprised if you come across a hiking lodge with a fancy design - quite a few have been designed by ambitious architects. If you worry that even a basic cabin is beyond your budget, you will be pleased to hear that it is allowed to pitch a tent in most places for free, as long as you follow the few simple rules outlines in the so-called right of access. On the other hand, if you want a little bit of luxury, there is no shortage of grand hotels to choose from. Scroll down for more information about hiking accommodation.
Whether you have decided where to go or are still looking, you will find all the information you need about Norway's main hiking destinations through the map options below.
Head to Fjord Norway if you've got your mind set on classic hiking adventures like Preikestolen or Trolltunga.
See gems like Vesterålen or the North Cape in a new light by going hiking under the midnight sun.
In Southern Norway, both Telemark and Setesdal have a varied landscape with hiking options for the whole family.
In the Jotunheimen area, the National Park Region and Valdres offer easy access to classic routes like Besseggen.
Explore our top hiking tips in the mountains around Hemsedal, an area known as "the Scandinavian Alps".
Experience Norwegian culture and history, and take part in a European tradition – a pilgrimage is a journey in more than one sense.
After conquering a mighty mountain, you will appreciate a good rest. There are accommodation options to suit everyone's preferences in Norway – pick your lodging wisely to make sure it meets your needs before another day in the wilderness. Start by deciding whether you want a comfortable hotel, a practical cabin or a tent.
The hotel network De Historiske includes many of Norway's most charming historic hotels and restaurants. What they have in common is a well-earned reputation for quality, style and friendly service.
As an extra plus, they happen to be excellent bases for hiking in the surroundings.
The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) runs over 550 affordable hiking cabins all over Norway. Comfort levels vary, but you may be surprised – some cabins have been built by first-rate architects.
Hike from cabin to cabin along the coast, in the forests and in the mountains.
In Norway, you can hike and camp more or less where you want, as long as you follow a few easy rules.
Make sure you know where you may camp and light a fire. There are also special rules for protected areas and certain species of plants and animals.
The Norwegian Trekking Association presents their favourite iconic mountain hikes in Norway.
With all due respect to grand views and fresh air, hiking can be more than enjoying the scenery. For many people, it is a way to get in shape. Others set out on a spiritual journey of self-discovery and reflection through cultural and historical landscapes.
Hiking is not just about fun and fabulous views, it is also great for burning calories. Here are four wonderful routes that will get your heart rate going.
What drives three blokes to take themselves off on an adventurous wild-camping pilgrimage?
Experience a sublime encounter with nature.
Sweat trickles from sunburnt foreheads as we climb the last, rocky slope of the Romsdalseggen ridge, feet already sore inside the hiking boots.
Before you embark on a trekking adventure in the Norwegian wilderness, take a moment to ponder the practicalities. Be prepared, stay safe and pack your bag like a hiking pro.
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.
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 the way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Enjoying nature and the outdoors is considered a national pastime, and this is reflected in our attitude towards the preservation and use of the wilderness.
Whether it’s hiking in the mountains or biking on an idyllic forest road, Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of whether you are a guest in nature or in a small fishing village.
Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well. It’s about recognizing that everybody else are just as important as ourselves, and taking steps to implement that thought in all aspects of life. It’s neither easy nor quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.
It is wise to consult the experts when planning a hiking trip. Discover Norway has tour suggestions and packages for every taste and level.