Please note that these lists are intended for summer hikes. They are based on the Norwegian Trekking Association’s list of essential summer hiking gear. If you stick to forest and/or coastal trails, you can get away with a lighter load.
Remember to bring extra warm clothing if you are going any other time of the year – please check out the Norwegian Trekking Association’s list of essential winter equipment.
Please note that these lists are intended for summer hikes. If you stick to forest and/or coastal trails, you can get away with a lighter load. Remember to bring extra warm clothing if you are going any other time of the year. The lists are based on the Norwegian Trekking Association’s list of essential summer hiking gear.
Going hiking in winter? Check out the Norwegian Trekking Association’s list of essential winter equipment.
Expect the unexpected. This may be the most important advice when packing for an outdoor adventure. Regardless of the season and the weather when you set off, remember that the weather can change quickly – especially in the mountains.
Wear proper hiking boots – regular trainers don’t have a good enough grip for hiking, especially if you are going up in the mountains.
Dress in layers to make it easier to control your temperature. And as we say in Norway: Wool is cool. As opposed to cotton and polyester, wool breathes, isolates, keeps off moisture, and is temperature regulating and self-cleaning. Fleece is also acceptable, especially in winter.
Use sunscreen – the sun can be deceptively strong, even in the winter and when it’s overcast or windy
We would like to tell you that it’s always sunny in Norway, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Always, always, always check the weather forecast before you go.
The good news is that the summer climate here can be very good, with temperatures up to 25 degrees Celsius. However, the weather can change rather fast, also in the summer.
At altitudes of 1,000 metres or more, daytime temperatures are often around 15 to 19 degrees Celsius during summer, or a bit cooler when it’s raining. The spring and autumn months are chillier, but worth it – spring in Norway is beautiful when nature comes back to life, while the autumn colours are magnificent.
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.
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”) is a traditional right from ancient times. Since 1957, it has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. 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 – in other words, leave the landscape as you found it.
The right to roam applies to open country, also known as “unfenced land” – land that isn’t cultivated. In Norway, the term covers most shores, bogs, forests, and mountains. Small islands of uncultivated land within cultivated land are not regarded as open country.
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