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Walks in Norwegian forests

8 nature hikes
With good footwear and some food in your backpack, you can head for a tranquil area where all you hear is your own heartbeat. These are Norway’s peaceful green lungs.
To persons hiking in a forest landscape in Vinddalen
Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Visitnorway.com

Do you dream of lying on the forest floor amongst the heather, moss, and ants, and taking a mental plunge whilst hearing the wind whistling in the trees?

Norway is best known for its great mountain hiking possibilities – above the treeline. But according to the Norwegian state-owned land and forest enterprise Statskog, 43 percent of Norway’s land area is actually covered by forest and trees.

In these forests, a criss-cross of trails can lead you far into the wilderness – and to peaceful oases you can have more or less to yourself.

Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com

As long as you act considerately and cautiously, the Norwegian right of access gives you the freedom to roam in the outlying areas all year round. Whether the goal is to pick berries or mushrooms, fish, go camping in a tent, or hike from cabin to cabin, the Norwegian forests welcome you with open arms.

    Eight nature walks in Norwegian forests

    If you are wondering where to go, the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) has prepared a helpful overview of nice alternatives for forest hikes that range from easy to more demanding routes.

  • The triangle in Vassfaret

  • Duration: 3 days, 67 kilometres
    Difficulty: Moderate

    Take a trip to the wild and beautiful Vassfaret valley and experience an area that ties together wilderness, history, and the Norwegian author Mikkjel Fønhus.

    The route goes from Bogbrua via the Storekrakkoia cabin over Mount Sørbølfjellet and on through Vassfaret up to the Fønhuskoia cabin.

    Fønhuskoia, Vassfaret
    Fønhuskoia, Vassfaret.
    Photo: Marius Dalseg Sætre / Den Norske Turistforening
  • Easily accessible in Finnemarka

  • Duration: 1 day
    Difficulty: Moderate

    Finnemarka north of Drammen has forest terrain and many cabins. If you choose to hike between the DNT cabins Eiksetra and Goliaten, you have numerous opportunities to extend your trip with routes such as those to the cabins Svarvestolen or Garsjøkoia.

    The route between Eiksetra and Goliaten is a varied hike in beautiful, open, and partially fairly high-altitude terrain.

    Goliaten, Finnemarka
    Goliaten, Finnemarka.
    Photo: Tore Haare Vestfossen / Den Norske Turistforening
  • The train to Romeriksåsen

  • One of the most easily accessible forest areas in Norway is located just outside Oslo, not least because the train passes right by it.

    The cabins and trails on the Romeriksåsen are visited less frequently than the cabins in neighbouring areas, so you are likely to find peace and quiet there.

    Photo: Lene K. Jonasson / Visitnorway.com
  • Easy weekend hike in the Krokskogen forest

  • Duration: 3 days, 20 kilometres
    Difficulty: Easy

    The Krokskogen forest stretches to the east and north from highway E16 through Bærum, over Sollihøgda and all the way up towards Jevnaker.

    This easy weekend hike starts at Kleivstua and takes you to the cabins Myrseter, Presthytta, and back to Kleivstua. The short legs give you a lot of time to relax and have a look around.

    Vesleflåtan, Krokskogen
    Vesleflåtan, Krokskogen.
    Photo: VISITOSLO / Tord Baklund
  • Hike along the Refugee Route

  • Duration: 2–4 days, 38.5 kilometres
    Difficulty: Moderate

    The World War II refugee route Spiker’n goes from Namnå in Grue to Sweden over Baksjøberget at border marker no. 90. The route was never discovered by the Germans and was used until the end of WWII.

    At Finnskogen, you will encounter both rolling, wooded hills with river valleys and large and small lakes and marshlands. All along the way you’ll come across old cultural relics dating from the Finnish immigration in the middle of the 1600s. You can still see traces of the Forest Finn culture in building customs, cultural monuments, and geographic names.

    There are several accommodation options along the way, such as the cabins Bjørsjøtorpet, Grusetsætra, Konttorpet shelter and the Rotberget chapel. There are also good opportunities for pitching a tent.

    Flyktningeruta, Finnskogen
    Flyktningeruta, Finnskogen.
    Photo: Sindre Thoresen Lønnes / Den Norske Turistforening
  • The popular Nesvatn triangle

  • Duration: 3 days, 59 kilometres
    Difficulty: Moderate

    The route from Nesvannsdammen to the cabins Granbustø, Hengeltjønn, and Mjåvasshytta/Vindil is a popular hiking route through Norway’s marvellous southern forests. The more than 100-year-old cabin Mjåvasshytta in Austheiene is beautifully situated on a small hill overlooking Mjåvatnet lake.

    There are canoes available for use free of charge, and the lake which is teeming with fish. Several other lakes in the area also have good fishing opportunities.

    Photo: Aust-Agder Turistforening
  • Swedish fling in Femundsmarka

  • Duration: 6 days, 122 kilometres
    Difficulty: Moderate

    Go hiking towards the Swedish parts of Femundsmarka and get a rich wilderness experience in lush wooded terrain. The daily legs are roughly equal distances, and you arrive at comfortable cabins on both sides of the ‚border.

    Suggested route: Elgå – Rørvollen – Skedbro Fjällstuga – Rogen Fjällstuga – Storrötjärn Fjällstuga – Grövelsjöen Fjällstation – Svukuriset – Elgå

    Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Visitnorway.com
  • Get that wilderness feeling in Dividalen

  • Duration: 4 days, 59 kilometres
    Difficulty: Demanding

    Dividalen in Troms county is a good starting point for hiking trips. In the surrounding valley and mountains you will find exciting terrain made up of forests, plains, and mountains. Large parts of the area are protected in the Øvre Dividal national park, which was established in 1971.

    The area is known for its magnificent scenery, good fishing, and varied wildlife that includes wolf, wolverine, lynx, and bears.

    Start the trip by hiking from the cabin Ventebu in Dividalen to the Dividalshytta cabin. From there, you can hike to Vuomahytta cabin, and then to the Gaskashytta and Askahytta cabins. Large parts of the hike follow the routes of the E1, Nordkalott, and Grensesømmen hiking trails.

    Photo: Magnus Beyer Brattli / Den Norske Turistforening

Find your favourite hike

8 walks in Norwegian forests
Take a trip to the wild and beautiful Vassfaret mountain valley and experience an outdoor excursion that ties together wilderness, history, and the… Read more
The Triangle at Vassfaret
Goliaten, Finnemarka
Easily accessible in Finnemarka
Finnemarka north of Drammen has great forest terrain and many cabins.
Easily accessible in Finnemarka
The Train to Romeriksåsen
One of the most easily accessible forest areas in Norway is located just outside Oslo, not least because the train passes right by it.
The Train to Romeriksåsen
The Krokskogen forest stretches to the east and north from highway E16 through Bærum, over Sollihøgda, and all the way up toward Jevnaker. Read more
Easy weekend hike in Krokskogen forest
The World War II refugee route Spiker’n was never discovered by the Germans and was used until the end of the war. Read more
Hike along the Refugee Route
The more than 100-year-old Mjåvasshytta cabin in Austheiene is beautifully situated on a small hill overlooking Mjåvatnet Lake. Read more
The Nesvatn Triangle
Hiking over to the Swedish parts of Femundsmarka offers you a rich wilderness experience in lush wooded terrain. Read more
Swedish fling in Femundsmarka
Dividalen in Troms county is a good starting point for hiking trips. Read more
Get that wilderness feeling in Dividalen
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