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4 hikes that will get you fit

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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.
Two people hiking in the mountain landscape by the Hjørundfjord
Trail hiking at the Hjørundfjord.
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson / Visitnorway.com

If you want to get fit, plan a hiking holiday. On a hiking trip you work out for hours every day, often without even thinking about it. It boosts your general fitness and strengthens the large muscle groups in the thighs and buttocks. It’s also great for getting rid of those extra kilos. How many calories you burn depends on how fast you walk and how steep the route is. As a general guide, a woman of 65 kilos will burn 400–450 calories per hour when going uphill.

Apart from giving you a good workout, hiking is also an activity that practically everyone can do. And best of all, hiking is a lot of fun and a great experience.

When it comes to stunning views in accessible terrain, Norway is hard to beat. You can find walking trails for every ability, even though some of the most famous viewpoints are fairly challenging and require a decent fitness level.

Hjørundfjorden
Hjørundfjorden.
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson / Visitnorway.com

Four safe bets

Here are four destinations with trails for everyone in decent shape, beginners as well as more experienced hikers. All routes are colour coded, so it’s easy to choose a suitable level – light, medium, challenging, or expert.

Hikes that will get you into shape
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. Read more
Preikestolen
The most beautiful hike in Norway! The trip across the Romsdalseggen ridge is to be found in the middle of the most stunning mountain area of Norway!… Read more
Hike the Romsdalseggen ridge
Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres. The top is easy to reach and offers at great view of about… Read more
Gaustatoppen - the highest mountain in Southern Norway
The Queen’s Route is a marked hiking trail between the historical fisherman’s villages Nyksund and Stø in the Vesterålen archipelago. The route is a… Read more
The Queen's Route
9 hikes for everyone
You don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the Norwegian mountains. There are numerous family-friendly walking excursions that are suitable for beginners.
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If you park at Vinddalen, it only takes just over an hour in easy terrain to walk to Skåpet. Read more
Vinddalen
The Hedmarksvidda plateau has many short hiking routes, which makes it a great area for families who want to have a go at their first cabin to cabin… Read more
Hedmarksvidda
A weekend at Skrim lets you enjoy short distances and pleasant cabins. Read more
Skrim
The trail network in Kjekstadmarka offers varied terrain with everything from open and airy pine forest to exciting ravines. Read more
Kjekstadmarka
If you’d like a taste of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau combined with short day-walks and absolute relaxation, the hike to Sandhaug is… Read more
Hardangervidda
Femundsmarka is a place where you get to walk through fairy tale primeval forest with an infinite number of trees and boulders to climb. Read more
Femundsmarka
The terrain in Langsua is easy to walk in, and the legs are short if you start your hike from the north. Read more
Langsua
Fjordruta goes around Vinjefjord in Nordmøre and includes a total of 13 tourist lodges. Read more
Fjordruta
Use the self-service Gullhorgabu cabin, especially designed to accommodate families with children, as a starting point for nice hikes in Bergsdalen. Read more
Bergsdalen
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Pilgrimage on the St. Olav Ways
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In the Jotunheimen area, the National Park Region and Valdres offer easy access to classic routes like Besseggen. Read more
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Gaustatoppen
In Southern Norway, both Telemark and Setesdal have a varied landscape with hiking options for the whole family. Read more
Hiking in Telemark and Setesdal
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    1. 1. Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)

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    3. 2. Romsdalseggen

    4. Romsdalseggen is located near Molde in the northern part of Fjord Norway. The hiking trails take you across the mountains overlooking fjords, mountain peaks, and waterfalls. You have three routes of varying difficulty to choose from, all of which start in Vengedalen.

      Spend the day walking across the mountain ridge and the evening relaxing in front of the fireplace.

      Hikes at Romsdalseggen take between six and nine hours depending on the route you choose. You are rewarded by open views of the Romsdalsfjord, the sea, and the mountain peaks Trollryggen and Romsdalshorn. Read about how to stay safe on your Romsdalseggen hike.

    5. 3. Gaustatoppen

    6. On a clear day, you can see one sixth of Norway from the top of Gaustatoppen, an easily accessible mountain in Telemark. From the parking at Stavro between Rjukan and Tuddal it takes around three hours to reach the summit and two to walk back down again, so you need around five hours in total.

      The height difference is 700 meters, and the hike is relatively easy. Close to the top, there is a mountain lodge where you can have a meal or spend the night – just remember to book in advance.

    7. 4. Dronningruta (The Queen’s Route)

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    Safety in the mountains

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    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.

    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.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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