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Hiking in Norway

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We Norwegians walk – a lot. People of all ages head outdoors and go trekking, all over the country. Up small or massive mountains, down deep evergreen valleys, along the coast and into dense forests. In sunny weather or pouring rain. Get inspired and try yourself!

Most popular hiking trips

Family friendly hikes

Hiking with disabilities

Alternative hiking experiences

Practical hiking info and packing list

Accommodation options in the mountains

From popular marked trails and tourist attractions to wild and untamed mythical landscapes, the varied scenery has earned Norway a well-deserved reputation as a major European hiking destination.

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GOD TUR!

... as we say in Norway (meaning "have a nice trip")!

Ever dreamed of climbing some of the most famous hiking destinations in Norway?

National scenic hikes

Pssst... pro tip:

It is a good tip to travel in other seasons than when it's most crowded during summer. The landscapes might be even more beautiful when painted in red, yellow, and orange during late summer and autumn, or when everything is covered in snow in winter.

Norway is an elongated country with vast distances, so when you plan your hiking adventure in Norway, we recommend that you focus on one region or a specific area to explore. Almost regardless of where you go, you have a myriad of paths to choose from.

To give you a sneak-peek of what to expect, we have collected some of the most popular hiking routes below.

The most iconic hikes are visited by people worldwide and might sometimes be a bit crowded during weekends from mid-June to the end of July. However, if you hit the trails during weekdays, you will probably meet fewer people and get more space to yourself.

Not sure if hiking is for you? In Norway, you find hikes that fit for everyone. Some of the hikes are easy to access, others may be more challenging. Many trails are marked according to difficulty, so make sure you pick a route that suits your fitness level.

Find hikes all over Norway

Explore the map and find hiking suggestions in the area you are planning to visit!

Looking for family friendly holiday activities?

Hiking experiences are for everyone.

Family time

Hiking is a great activity for everyone in the family, and you don't necessarily need much equipment or buy expensive tickets. Many Norwegians have grown up with this activity as a natural part of the weekends, where many families like to go hiking on Sundays for example. Then you might also understand why hiking is tightly connected to kos (cosiness) – the unique Norwegian word for having a good time. 

Our 47 national parks, which are free and open to the public all year round, are further playgrounds for recreational adventures.

Disabilities

Exploring nature should be open to everyone, and Norway also still have a way to go to make more nature experiences accessible for everyone.

But some trails are universally designed to be more accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers. In recent years, several outstanding universally designed routes have been constructed, such as the Tretoppveien board walk in Hamaren Activity park in Fyresdal in Telemark and Stovnertårnet in Oslo.

Here are some recommended trails for you to check out:

Want to take hiking to the next level? 

Glacier walks, water paths and via ferrata's are waiting for you!

Next level hiking

If you are one of those craving a proper challenge, there are many was to go hiking. Step it up in one of Norway’s spectacular mountain stairways, or join a guided trip on one of the beautiful glaciers.

If you like airy experiences, we recommend trying one of the many via ferratas? You can also combine the hiking with exploring mighty waterfalls and rivers, on a guided canyoning hike.

If you would like to explore a fjord at the same time, merge it with a hike and try conquering some of Fjord Norway's most iconic mountain formations!

The mountain code

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.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

Practical hiking- and safety tips

Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. But before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the Norwegian mountain code’s nine simple rules to help you stay safe (listed above).

You should also take a moment to ponder the practicalities. A good advice when packing for an outdoor adventure is always: expect the unexpected. Regardless of the conditions when you set off, remember that the weather can change quickly – especially in the mountains.

Where to stay?

In the latest years, sleeping in unique cabins or at cool locations have become very popular in Norway, and you can book a night at such a place all around the country!

The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) also runs more than 550 affordable hiking cabins all over Norway, which gives you ample choice of decent, reasonable accommodation on your hiking holiday. DNT offers three types of cabins: staffed lodges, self-service cabins and no-service cabins. Hike from cabin to cabin along the coast, in the forests, and the mountains.

Numerous private persons also rent out cabins all over the country, offering convenient and affordable accommodation for hikers. Many are of a fairly basic standard, but don’t be surprised if you come across a hiking lodge with a fancy look – ambitious architects have designed quite a few. And if you want a little bit of luxury, there is no shortage of grand hotels to choose from.

Restrictions and awareness

Norway gives you almost unhindered access to the countryside as long as you tread lightly and leave no traces. Check out our guidelines about roaming in Norway.

The nature is also home of many different creatures. Make sure to take care of them and their home while visiting, and try to keep distance when possible. Most animals in Norway are harmless, but some might even be dangerous if you get too close. This particularly applies to bears, wolves and musk ox (the latter only excisting in The Dovrefjell mountains) and sometimes even moose, but all these are rather rare views. If you wish to get close to the wildlife, join a guided wildlife safari!

We understand if you want to capture your memories while you are in the Norwegian nature, it for sure is much beautiful to see! But please make sure you know the Norwegian drone rules, if you are planning on foto shoots like that. A lot of places in Norway have restrictions for the use of drones, and you may be fined heavily if you get caught. Especially in protected nature and national parks.

Last but not least: remember hiking is more than reaching a final destination.

If you manage to stay present and take in the beauty of nature along the way – the sights, smells and small details – you will experience the essence of what we call friluftsliv.

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