Norway

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Jotunheimen - by Henk

Being the most beautiful country in Europe, Norway is as rich in unspoiled wild nature as it is in oil. The rugged mountains are interspersed with endless plateaus full of lakes. Impressive fjords (sea inlets) and glaciers ornament the long coastline. The unforgettable spectacle of a thunderstorm drifting by, the sun breaking through, the rain drifting away in the distance. In the Home of Giants (Jotunheimen) you will feel tiny as a dwarf. North of the polar circle there are several splendid areas like Troms and Finmark. Do bring your fishing gear if you go there.

Norway does not have long distance trails, but for some exceptions. Wherever there is wilderness, there are  mountain huts interconnected by trails marked with a red "T". Often these are painted high on heaps of stone, in order to stick out above the snow. The majority of huts are exploited by the DNT. Others by local hiking organisations. Some huts are private. Some of the huts are staffed and meals are served. Others are self-service huts: there is food in store, you take what you like, write down what you ate, and leave money for it in a special box. The third type of hut is the no-service hut. Here, you have to carry your own food. Generally they are equiped with gas, firewood, kitchen utensils, and blanks. Often, you will need a key to get in. The standard DNT key, which you can arrange in advance, fits on all huts.

All this means you can leave your tent at home, unless you prefer to camp in the wild clear light summer nights, and wake up to find yourself surrounded by a herd of ruminating reindeer.

A beloved national park is Rondane. Also, of course, Jotunheimen with Norway's higest mountains Galdhøpigen and Glittertind, is very popular. South of Jotunheimen is the vast plateau of Hardangervidda. The main hiking area's are situated in the south of the country. Turning north, the mountains are less well serviced by huts, and consequently hiking is more adventurous. Head north if you're looking for silence and real wilderness. A part of Lappland is in Norway and you can go there and sleep in reindeer farms: Finnmarksvidda.

Be aware that in Norway as in every country the Long T(r)ail theory is valid: most of the hikers go to 10% of the area's. But other area's may be more beautiful and in any case more quiet. In the north for instance, you will encounter a string of intensely beautiful mountain plateaus and ranges: Okstindan in Nord-Helgeland, Saltfjellet, Sulitjelma, and more. If you don't mind carrying your own food, meeting few people and 24 hours light a day, this is the place to go. Between simple but well furnished huts, cairned routes are laid out, leading up all the way to Lapland, even to Kautokeino via the Nordkalott trail and the Nordlandsruta. You can walk for months. Check out the DNT website, your most important source of information.

The season for walking the mountains is short. In June you will still sink down deep into the snow in the mountains. And again in September fresh snow is likely to blow you right off the fjell. Hiking in Norway is not without risk. River crossing and extremely bad weather take their toll. On warm days with no wind, the notorious midges will attack relentlessly.

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Map

Map of Norway North

Map of Norway Centre

Map of Norway South

Trails

Regions

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Climbs, Scrambles and Walks in Romsdal
  • Revised edition of this guide to over 300 walks, scrambles and rock climbs in Romsdal, including the famous Trollveggen. Introductory sections cover background geographical and historical aspects, and also general travel, equipment and preparation matters. Diagrams, ridge maps and informative photographs accompany the descriptions. Includes a... Read more
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United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Norway Bed & Breakfast Book
  • This guidebook lists, in Norwegian, English, and German, the bed & breakfasts of Norway. It is a key to vacation sites in private homes, townhouses, farms, and mountain dairies. Read more
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Belgium
  • Norway Bed & Breakfast Book
  • This guidebook lists, in Norwegian, English, and German, the bed & breakfasts of Norway. It is a key to vacation sites in private homes, townhouses, farms, and mountain dairies. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Dominicus Bergtochten in Noorwegen | Gottmer
  • In dit boek worden elf berggebieden beschreven: van het lieflijke Oslomarka in het zuiden tot aan de eindeloze Finnmarksvidda in het noorden. Klassiekers als Jotunheimen en Hardangervidda zijn opgenomen, maar ook minder bekende berggebieden als Sunnmore en Lyngen Alpen. Naast de uitgebreide informatie over elk gebied worden speciale tochten... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Reise-Taschenbuch Hurtigruten - Noorwegen | Dumont
  • Michael Möbius und Annette Ster arbeiten als Reisejournalisten, denn Reisen und Schreiben sind ihre großen Leidenschaften. In den vergangenen 30 Jahren haben sie Dutzende Länder auf allen Kontinenten kennengelernt, doch ihren Ruhepunkt fanden sie auf den Lofoten im Norden Norwegens, dem in ihren Augen schönsten Land auf Erden.DE Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Het Olavspad - Van Oslo naar Trondheim | Op Vrije Voeten
  • Wie begint aan de 643 kilometer lange pelgrimsroute van Oslo naar Trondheim, treedt in de voetstappen van de middeleeuwse pelgrims die op weg waren naar het graf van de heilige Olav. Nidaros, de oude naam van Trondheim, behoorde met Santiago de Compostela, Rome en Jeruzalem tot de vier belangrijkste bedevaartsoorden van de middeleeuwen. Sinds... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Cruise Hurtigruten | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Handzaam Duitstalig gidsje met gedetailleerde beschrivingen van de bezienswaardigen langs deze mooie route. Verder praktische tips voor het reizen in Noorwegen en het leven aan boord. Die Hurtigruten sind schon längst kein Geheimtipp mehr und ein besonderes Erlebnis für alle Skandinavienfans: Nirgendwo sonst spürt man den Flair des Nordens so... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • WF5980 Norwegen Süd, von Oslo bis zum Geirangerfjord,mit Karte Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • WF5980 Norwegen Süd, von Oslo bis zum Geirangerfjord,mit Karte Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids 5980 Wanderführer Norwegen süd - Noorwegen zuid | Kompass
  • Wandelgids van 75 dagwandelingen in het gebied tussen Oslo en Geirangerfjord. De routes zijn goed beschreven, voorzien van praktische informatie en op een bijgevoegde kaart op schaal 1:50.000 goed weergegeven. De kaart is dus niet een grote kaart van het hele gebied, maar uitsnedes die betrekking hebben op de betreffende wandeling. Die KOMPASS... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Ebbe Stub Wittrup
  • A box of slides from hiking trips in Norway and Switzerland in the late fifties that the artist once found forms the point of departure for the conceptual work by Ebbe Stub Wittrup (*1973 in Aarhus). The color photographs have faded over time, and the patina points towards a distant past. Yet the artist uses these documents without a sense of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Ebbe Stub Wittrup
  • A box of slides from hiking trips in Norway and Switzerland in the late fifties that the artist once found forms the point of departure for the conceptual work by Ebbe Stub Wittrup (*1973 in Aarhus). The color photographs have faded over time, and the patina points towards a distant past. Yet the artist uses these documents without a sense of... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Fjordruta - Wandern in Norwegen | Edition Elch
  • Fjord Ruta, meerdaagse huttentocht van 153 km. Ook kunt u etappes hiervan als dagtocht lopen. Wandelgids Noorwegen - geschikt voor gezin - met praktische informatie, vaak gemarkeerde wandelpaden, hutten aanduiding. Heel afwisselende paden : over de eilanden, de schiereilanden, het vaste land en langs de kust. Kaartmateriaal is mager tot niet... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hjørundfjorden Nordeca 10070
  • Map No. 10070, Hjørundfjorden, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Graddis Nordeca 10125
  • Map No. 10125, Graddis, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oslo Østmark Nordeca 2794
  • Oslo Østmark area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:25,000 with cartography based on the country’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. The base map is an enlargement of the standard 1:50,000 topographic survey series. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sunndalsøra Nordeca 10078
  • Map No. 10078, Sunndalsøra, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stange Nordeca 2818
  • This collection of national walking maps covers the mostpopular walking and hiking areas of Norway. The maps are Adapted for each specific area, and Contain hiking trails, cabins and local touring information. The maps are available in the following scales 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1: 100 000. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Smøla Nordeca 10088
  • Map No. 10088, Smøla, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Trondheim Nordeca 2665
  • Trondheim area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing between easy and more difficult... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fedje Nordeca 10045
  • Map No. 10045, Fedje, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Halten Nordeca 10097
  • Map No. 10097, Halten, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eidfjord Nordeca 2677
  • Eidfjord area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing between easy and more difficult... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Askvoll Nordeca 10053
  • Map No. 10053, Askvoll, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gäddede Nordeca 10105
  • Map No. 10105, Gäddede, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gullfjellet Nordeca 2713
  • Gullfjellet area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:25,000 with cartography based on the country’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. The base map is an enlargement of the standard 1:50,000 topographic survey series. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Florø Nordeca 10061
  • Map No. 10061, Florø, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens Kartverk... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Brønnøysund Nordeca 10113
  • Map No. 10113, Brønnøysund, in the new topographic survey of Norway at 1:50,000 covering the country on 195 double-sided sheets and first published by Nordeca in 2011 - 2012; fully GPS compatible, indicating waymarked footpaths, campsites, tourist huts, illuminated ski runs, etc.The maps, now published by Nordeca, the successors to Statens... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Een trektocht door de Jotunheimen met overnachtingen in traditionele Noorse fjellstue, berghotel en berghutten. Je volgt de routes over de Bessegen en het Svatsdalen, die de eerste Noorse bergbeklimmers in de 19de eeuw namen en hoort de bijzondere verhalen van deze pioniers en je slaapt in de oudste Noorse berghut Gjendebu. Dit alles in een... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Spectaculaire fietstocht door Jotunheimen, het 'huis van de reuzen'. De Mjolkevegen ontleent zijn naam aan de vele koeien in het gebied, maar is wel degelijk eveneens een hemelse route. Fiets over gravel langs ijskoude meren waarin besneeuwde toppen worden weerspiegeld. Maak panoramische tochten langs lieflijk boerenland en kronkelende... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Fantastisch en sneeuwzeker winteravontuur in de Jotunheimen. Op sneeuwschoenen loop je door het mooie Sjoadalen en naar de toppen van de Stuttgongkampen, de Rundhöi en de Grinningsdalskampen, met uitzicht op de ruige Jotunheimen. Je kan eindeloos genieten van de Noorse winterwildernis en 's avonds van de warme gezelligheid en de luxe van een... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Cross-country over een glooiend en imposant arctisch toendralandschap met uitzicht op de hoogste toppen van de Jotunheimen, op sneeuwschoenen of langlaufski's. Vanuit het knusse en comfortabele Hindsaeter hotel maak je dagtochten in de omgeving van Hindsæter. Je kan ook op stap met een lokale gids in de Ice-canyon van de Sjoarivier. Een zeer... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Sognefjord
  • Reis per boot door de imposante Sognefjord. Overnacht in fraai gelegen en comfortabele hotels aan de oever. Maak wandelingen naar mooie uitzichtpunten, hoog boven het water. Fiets ontspannen langs het heldere water. Loop vanaf de fjord naar de rand van de Hardangervidda, door een groen dal vol watervallen. Maak een panoramische treinrit naar... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Zuid-Noorwegen
  • Ontdek al het moois dat Noorwegen te bieden heeft: imposante gletsjers, diepe fjorden, spectaculaire watervallen en uitgestrekte fjells. Wandel boven de boomgrens in Rondane. Neem de boot over de machtige Sognefjord. Stijg met de beroemde Flåmsbana naar bijna 1000 m hoogte. Fiets langs het Telemarkkanaal. Overnacht in typisch Noorse... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen Besseggen
  • Het vele kilometers lange Gjendemeer, dat zich als een groenblauw fjord tussen de rotswanden van de Jotunheimen uitstrekt, vormt de leidraad voor deze reis. Schitterend wandelen door het imposante gebergte en natuurlijk wandel je over de Bessegen, terwijl je jouw bagage door de boot laat vervoeren. Tijdens deze reis overnacht je in sfeervolle... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Hardangerfjord
  • Wordt de Sognefjord in Noorwegen gezien als de koning onder de fjorden, dan is de Hardangerfjord met zijn 179 km lengte de koningin! Verken al wandelend en varend over de een na langste Noorse fjord,  het majestueuze landschap aan de rand van de Hardangervidda en geniet van de watervallen in het Husedalen en de Vøringsfossen. Overnacht in fraai... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Peer Gynt
  • Langlaufen over de bergplateaus ten zuiden van de Jotunheimen, tussen Gudbrandsdalen en Valdres. Je maakt afwisselde dagtochten op de Peer Gynt Loipe, over glooiend terrein met dennen- en berkenbossen, over zomerweiden en fjells. Na een mooie dag langlaufen wacht je de sauna, het zwembad en een heerlijk maal. Verblijf in het uitstekende Wadahl... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Met de tent
  • Avontuurlijk kamperen zonder zorgen in de mooiste streken van Noorwegen. Noorwegen geldt qua natuurschoon als een van de mooiste landen ter wereld. Rust, ruimte, frisse lucht en ongerepte berglandschappen doorsneden door diepe fjorden en rivierdalen. Tijdens deze actieve kampeerrondreis met eigen auto of optionele huurauto zie je het allemaal.... Read more
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