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:
To enjoy what nature has to offer while treating it with respect, and leaving it as you found it for others to enjoy, is exactly what the right of access is all about.
Even in Norway's national parks you can go just about wherever you like. In fact, as long as the land is uncultivated and you abide by a set of easy rules, you can hike, camp, ride or ski more or less where you want. You may also fish for saltwater species, without a license, as long as it is for your own use.
Take special care, though, not to cause any damage. There are special rules for protected areas, certain species of plants and animals, and with regard to where and for how long you may camp, and where and when you may light a fire, to mention the most essential.
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.
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 their way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
See photos of people exploring Norwegian nature and learn how to stay safe with the Norwegian Mountain Code.
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.