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The area you are entering is the kingdom of nature and its creatures. The concern and respect for animals and plants come first. Explore large and rare ecosystems, unspoilt nature, and natural habitats for wild animals.
The harmony of nature makes its beauty, and its fragility is preserved through the huge national parks. Endangered animals and rare plants have optimal premises for survival.
As the national parks are scattered all over Norway, you will often find one relatively close to where you are.
Nearly 85 percent of Norway’s national parks are mountains, from gently rolling high plateaus to sharp peaks, ravines, and glaciers. In contrast, four of the national parks are defined as marine, which means that 98 percent of the preserved area in these parks are underwater. People have been exploring many of these areas for about 10,000 years, and now it's your turn.
There are always room for more people to discover the beauty of the national parks. Exploring them helps build awareness of their existence and the importance of preservation. The famous Norwegian right to roam also applies to the national parks, although some areas may have restricted access in the season of nesting and breeding.
Your contribution to the preservation of the harmony of the national parks is to remember to leave nature as you found it.
Today there are 46 national parks in Norway, seven of them located on Svalbard. Many offer arrangements for outdoor activities with a network of marked paths and trails and overnight accommodation in either staffed lodges or self-service cabins.
More than 10% of mainland Norway is covered by national parks.
All of Norway’s 46 national parks are suitable for hiking.
Other popular activities are skiing, kayaking, fishing and hunting.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra - Take only pictures, keep only memories.
Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well. It’s about recognizing that everybody else are just as important as ourselves, and taking steps to implement that thought in all aspects of life. It’s neither easy nor quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.
As long as you understand and follow a few basic rules and regulations, you are free to walk almost everywhere in the Norwegian countryside. Outdoor recreation is an important part of the national identity, and access to nature is considered a right established by law.
The so called right of access (“allemannsretten”) has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act since 1957, it ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.
The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful. Make sure you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature and people – leave the landscape as you would want to find it.
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.
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