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Top 11 places with less people, more space

The athlete's sustainable hiking round trip
Outdoor fitness trainer Lasse Tufte seeks out areas of peace and quiet for lots of fresh air, fantastic views, rewarding activities, and fewer visitors.
Lasse Tufte diving into the Hjørundfjord Lasse Tufte diving into the Hjørundfjord
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Lasse Tufte, Hjørundfjorden.
Photo: Kyle Meyr
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Trainer Lasse Tufte loves nature based activities, but ideally without the hordes of visitors that tend to gather around the most well-known tourist attractions. His thing is calisthenics, which is a kind of training without gear, using your own body weight as resistance instead.

He is also the founder of the training parks Tufteparkene, which consist of more than a hundred free outdoor training spots equipped with uncomplicated apparatuses. His four books (Calisthenics volume 1 and 2, and Tren sammen (Training together) volume 1 and 2) are national bestsellers.

Lasse’s main focus on his many travels around Norway is to inspire people to spend more time in nature. His tips for less crowded spots, where you can go practically undisturbed, are where he feels at home. Sometimes these suggestions are alternative paths just a few minutes off the beaten track, in places where you can collect experiences and take photos from a fresh perspective.

1. Sæbø small town

Where: A quiet spot by the Hjørundfjord, with fewer tourist buses than in the rest of Fjord Norway.

Why: “For sure one of Norway's most beautiful, but lesser visited fjords, with alpine mountains and charming towns surrounding the fjord on all sides. Taking a picture here will look like a work of art from any angle. The Hjørundfjord is also good for exploring different activities, like SUP, as shown in the short film clip.”

 

Håndstående i Hjørundfjorden 🏔 📹 Video: @msarmadawy

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2. Rondane national park

Where: A national park easily accessible from Oslo.

Why: “A four and a half hour drive from Oslo will take you to the epicentre of Rondane, where you have 2,000-metre mountain tops on all sides. The area is so huge that it feels like you have it to yourself. Mostly consisting of piles of rocks, Rondane is easy to recognise. Sign up for the Rondane 2k marathon to conquer 10 mountain tops over 2,000 metres. Experienced long-distance runners finish the run in under 24 hours.”

 

Rondane; Stor haug med Stein 🏔 📷 Foto: @thekusk

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3. Laushornet mountain top

Where: If you are in the Geirangerfjord area, go your own way.

Why: “The Geirangerfjord is probably the most famous fjord in Norway, visited by huge numbers of tourists each year. Yet few people know about the hiking possibilities there, which are more accessible than you may think. There are also plenty of short trips available that suit most people. In a few hours of walking you can reach Laushornet, which rewards you with a rare panoramic view of the Geirangerfjord.”

4. Romsdalshorn mountain

Where: The Trollveggen wall seen from the other side of the valley, for the best view.

Why: “When you drive into the Romsdalen valley, your attention is drawn to two things: The impressive Trollveggen, a 1,000-metre high vertical mountain wall, and Romsdalshorn, a peak known as the place to start outdoor climbing careers, with the help of local climbing experts. Whether you make it halfway or go all the way to the top, you will be rewarded with the best view you can get of Trollveggen, not to mention the 360 degree view over the Romsdalen valley.”

Trollveggen fra Romsdalshornet 🏔 📷 Foto: @thekusk

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5. Urke village

Where: A beautiful place by the Norangsfjord, in the area of Ålesund and Sunnmøre.

Why: “The many ferries operating on the Norwegians fjords make it easy to travel between the small towns. Even if you miss the ferry and have to wait for the next one, you always have the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and the possibility to go for a swim – jump off the ferry-port, like I do here!”

 

Perfekt dag ved Hjørundfjorden 👌🏻 📷 Foto: @kylemeyr

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6. Nordmarka and Østmarka forest areas

Where: In the immediate outskirts of Norway’s capital, Oslo.

Why: “Even in the busy capital of Oslo, you have the luxury of exploring forests and numerous lakes just a short trip by public transport from the city centre. In the huge forests of Nordmarka and Østmarka there are a network of well maintained paths where you can go biking, hiking or jogging, or why not try SUP (stand up paddling) on one of the small lakes, with few or no other people in sight.”

Endelig SUP sesong igjen ☀️ 📷 Foto: @fotobakken

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7. Rimstigen natural viewing point

Where: A hidden hike by Norway's second most visited fjord, the Nærøyfjord.

Why: “With a spectacular view over the famous Nærøyfjord, and only a short drive from the equally recognised base-jumping site of Gudvangen in Aurland, Rimstigen is a lesser known hiking opportunity. Ask the locals where to find this spot at the end of a small road. A steep and winding path takes you to the top of the mountain, where you will discover a beautiful, hidden valley.”

8. Gygrestolen mountain plateau

Where: An uncommon rocky landscape in Telemark.

Why: “Telemark has some striking rock formations associated with entertaining fairy tales of how they were created by trolls. Easily accessible, you can usually walk to Gygrestolen within a few hours, depending on your exact location in the region. This area is little known and rarely visited by others than the locals who will be happy to give advice, or even guide you. Some enthusiasts also go climbing on these formations.”

 

Avstanden er hoppbar...

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9. Kattanakken mountain

Where: A lesser known path by the Briksdalsbreen glacier in Stryn.

Why: “Thousands of tourists visit the Briksdalsbreen glacier every year, but very few consider the hiking opportunities in the area. Halfway on the way to the glacier, you can choose to turn right into the woods and hike up to Kattanakken. This is a steep hike, but it is worth it all the way up to the top. Get a spectacular view of Norway’s largest glacier Jostedalsbreen, the Briksdalsbreen glacier and the surrounding mountains, with the added bonus of avoiding the crowds.”

 

Earlybird på 👉🏻 @toppturweekend 👈🏻

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10. Storsteinsfjell mountain

Where: The adventurous parts of Finnemarka in Buskerud, close the city of Drammen.

Why: “There is no need to travel far to be adventurous in Norway. You are always close to a wood and small peaks with nice views, for your eyes only. Climbing trees are not just for kids, it is fun for everyone and if we stop doing it, we will slowly lose the ability. I encourage everybody to make use of the woods, lakes and mountains in a playful, adventurous and sustainable way.”

 

Treetop Handstand 2016 ☀️ 📷 Foto: @kylemeyr

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11. Senja island

Where: Norway’s second largest island (after Hinnøya) in Troms county in Northern Norway.

Why: “Stroll along sandy beaches, go hiking in forests, visit fishing villages, and observe an unusual biological diversity both outdoors and at the restaurant table. On the huge island of Senja you will find nearly all the spice of life that Norway has to offer, just without the crowds that tend to stand in your way when you want to take that special photo.”

Lasse Tufte Lasse Tufte
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Lasse Tufte.
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