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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.

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The right of access

Roam if you want to

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.

 

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