Planning a hiking holiday can be a hefty task that involves numerous Google searches, saved bookmarks, price comparisons, map scrutinizing, time estimations, contact form submissions and emails. It is almost more exhausting than the hike to the top of Galdhøpiggen.
Alternatively, you can find a tour operator and let them do the hard work for you. This can be a smart move if you are new to Norway or if you simply don't have hours to spend in front of the computer. After all, they probably know pretty much everything you need to know, in one place.
Founded by outdoor enthusiasts in 1988, Discover Norway base their hiking packages on first-hand experience. They take great pleasure in spending time in nature and have tested most of their offers themselves.
This means that they can give you both their personal opinions and detailed information about the trips, including the level of difficulty and accommodation, making it easy for your to decide if your dream destination is the Lofoten archipelago, the pointy peaks of Jotunheimen, or the national parks Rondane or Dovrefjell.
Find a guided or self-guided hiking package that suits you here. Order your trip before 1 June 2017 for a NOK 250 discount.
Enter the fairytale-like landscapes of the Lofoten archipelago. This 7-day tour takes you to craggy mountains, Arctic fjords, white beaches and quaint fishing villages. You will also experience local food and accommodation in a traditional rorbu (fisherman’s cabin).
The first three nights are spent in Stamsund, where your guide Hilde will show you some of her favourite places with astonishing 360 degree views. The last three days will be spent in the charming village of Reine. The tour is suitable for people of average or good physical shape who are accustomed to walking in the mountains.
Price from NOK 12,950 per person in a double room. Available 19-25 June and 14-20 August 2017.
Walk along the old pilgrim paths of Dovrefjell national park, surrounded by beautiful and varied high mountain terrain. The tour, which follows the old travel route between Oslo and Trondheim, goes back to medieval times so it is literally a journey through Norwegian history.
Dovrefjell is also famous for its rich flora and fauna. After three days of hiking, you end your pilgrimage with a five-hour musk ox safari. The tour combines long walks (5/6 hours per day) with a high level of comfort. Accommodation is arranged in private guesthouses, including the historic Kongsvold Fjeldstue. It is suitable for people in average or good physical shape who are accustomed to walking in the mountains.
Price from NOK 9,100 per person in a double room. Self guided tours including luggagetransport are available every Sunday from 30 July to 20 August 2017. Guided tour 16-21 July from NOK 10,400.
The tranquil mountains south of Rondane National Park has a soothing effect on both mind and body. You will stay at Venabu Fjellhotell, a family-run hotel with a friendly, informal atmosphere and hearty food.
Every day, local guides will take you through fascinating landscapes with plains, peaks, gorges and waterfalls. Along the way you will have ample time for reflection – experience nature to the full and enjoy the diversity of the mountains. You will cover 12-20 kilometres per day.
Price from NOK 5,590 per person in a double room. Available every Sunday from 11 June to 1 October 2017.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable hiking stay at the mountain lodge Grønolen Fjellgard, known for its hospitality and lovely homemade food.
Your hosts at Grønolen have created an full, varied program that includes everything from summit hikes in Jotunheimen and canyoning to farm visits and sourcream porridge at Grønolen. Accompanied by local tour guides Øyvind and Tor Erik, you will experience some amazing places off the beaten track. The offer is suitable for people in average or good physical shape who are accustomed to hikes of around 6-7 hours every day.
Price from NOK 6,750 per person in a double room. Available 16-21 July, 23-28 July and 30 July to 4 August 2017.
Norway's mightiest mountain massif Jotunheimen is full of towering peaks, sharp edges, screes and glaciers. On the other hand, there are also lots of good hiking paths, clear lakes and swirling streams.
The tour starts with the legendary hike to Besseggen, from east to west. This is followed by a day's march to Glitterheim and further on to the Glittertind summit and Spiterstulen. There you will climb Norway's highest mountain Galdhøpiggen (2,469 metres above sea level) and finish with a night in Lom.
You will spend 8-10 hours of trekking per day, and some parts go through steep and rugged terrain.The tour is suitable for people in good physical shape who are used to mountain hiking with a backpack (up to 8 kg).
Price from NOK 11,900 per person in a double room. Available 27 August to 1 September 2017.
Rondane was Norway’s first national park. Many Norwegians have discovered their love for the outdoors at this cherished mountain massif.
On this tour, you will stay at Mysuseter for three nights and at Høvringen for three. Mysuseter is a great base for excursions to several magnificent summits like Storronden, Rondeslottet and Veslesmeden. At Høvringen, you can join an exciting excursion to see the musk oxen in Dovrefjell national park. Luggage transport is included, so you will only have a light backpack to carry on the hikes.
Price from NOK 8,950 per person in a double room. Available 16 July to 27 August 2017.
The combination of lush valleys and mighty mountains makes the island of Senja a prime destination for all kinds of hikers. The tour is intended for those with some experience, but the hikes will be adjusted to suit the level and preferences of the group.
Your base will be the picturesque town Hamn i Senja, from where local tour guides will introduce the magic of the island to you. The hikes go to places like Ånderdalen national park, Svandalen, Husfjellet and Sukkertoppen.
Price from NOK 13,200. Available 18-23 September 2017.
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.
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.