Breathtaking landscapes and pristine nature
The freedom to roam.
On nature's own terms.
Norway's national parks are our most important natural treasures.
You are welcome to visit, but remember that you need to show extra consideration in these protected areas.
While hiking spectacular trails, like Kattanakkjen in Jostedalsbreen National Park ...
When you visit one of Norway's 47 national parks, you should leave no other trace behind than your gentle footsteps.
...and a big hug.
The national parks are a sanctuary for many rare plants, reindeer, birds, and other species …
... and some very strange animals.
The big patch of white you see in the middle of a map of Norway is Jostedalsbreen National Park.
It's mostly covered by the Jostedalsbreen glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe.
Make sure to plan well before you go. Most national parks only permit bikes on designated trails.
Do you dare to cross the bridge suspended above it?
Go salmon fishing, cross-country skiing, or hiking, and admire the beauty of the elevated land that stretches for miles and miles.
Explore nature, but remember that you are not always able to call your friends from these remote areas.
Norway’s national parks
Norway has 47 national parks, and more than 3,000 protected areas. Seven of the parks are located on the Svalbard Islands.
National parks are found both on land and sea.
The parks exist to ensure the preservation of different types of nature for future generations.
The mountain safety code
1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
2. Adapt your planned route according to your ability and the conditions.
3. Pay attention to the weather forecast and avalanche warnings.
4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
5. Bring the necessary equipment, so you can aid yourself and others.
6. Choose safe routes. Recognise avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
8. Don’t be ashamed of turning around and going back.
9.Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
Where nature comes first
The area you are entering is home to nature and its creatures. Consideration for animals and plants come first. Explore large and rare ecosystems, unspoilt nature, watch wild animals from a safe and respectful distance, and enjoy the tranquil scenery.
National parks are found throughout Norway. You can often find one relatively close to where you are.
Nearly 85 percent of Norway’s national parks are in the mountains, from gently rolling high plateaus to sharp peaks, ravines, and glaciers. Four national parks are defined as marine, which means that 98 percent of their conserved area is underwater.
The right to roam
Outdoor activities are an important part of our national identity. The right to roam (allemannsretten, in Norwegian) has been enshrined in the Norwegian Outdoor Recreation Act since 1957. It stipulates that everyone can freely explore Norwegian nature. You are free to walk almost anywhere in the Norwegian countryside, as long as you follow a few basic rules.
The right to roam also applies to most national parks, although certain areas in some parks may have restricted access when species are nesting and breeding, or stricter rules for camping, fishing, hiking, etc. It' therefore a good idea to familiarise yourself with local rules before visiting. You can read more on Norway's official website for national parks.
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