The Norwegian Trekking Association presents their favourite iconic mountain hikes in Norway.
Small-scale hiking advocate Torbjørn Ekelund suggests five day trips for friends and families who want to go easy and take their time.
The I have been there program® (IHBT) is for anyone who, through his or her own physical activity, has arrived at an exotic travel destination.
Stay safe by following these simple rules of thumb:
In Norway, you can walk nearly anywhere you want. Outdoor recreation has become a major part of the national identity, and is established by law. You are free to enjoy the great outdoors – as long as you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature.
There are a few rules and regulations to keep the unique right of access enjoyable for everyone. 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 (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times, and since 1957 it has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. It ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.
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 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 the landscape or 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 not easy, nor is it quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.
You are in Norway, therefore no reason to stay indoors. Here are some fun things to do, whether you're visiting the coast, the mountains or somewhere in between.
Whether you want a challenging slog up a mountain top or a gentle trip between pretty small towns, the varied landscape in Norway will provide you with a suitable challenge.