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Top iconic hikes

The Norwegian Trekking Association presents their favourite iconic mountain hikes in Norway.

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Safety in the mountains

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Stay safe by following these simple rules of thumb:

  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.

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The right to roam

Guidelines to roaming where you want

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.

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Leaving it as you found it

Take only pictures, keep only memories

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.

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