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.

Map

Map of Norway North

Map of Norway Centre

Map of Norway South

Trails

Regions

Books

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United Kingdom
2021
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  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
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
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
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Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Spitsbergen | Odyssee Reisgidsen
  • Handzame reisgids - de eerste Nederlandstalige - over Spitsbergen. Naast veel achtergrondinformatie ook aandacht voor handige praktische tips, zelfs de schaarse accommodatie wordt als zodanig vermeld. Natuurlijk aandacht voor de rijke historie, de geologie en de fauna. Enig nadeel is het wat kleine lettertype, dat maakt het wat moeilijk... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - Noorwegen Zuid
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuidVerken Zuid-Noorwegen op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuid! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals middeleeuwse houten huizen in Bergen en het veelzijdige Oslo niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en wandel over door de tuinen van historisch... Read more
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Belgium
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - Noorwegen Zuid
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuidVerken Zuid-Noorwegen op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuid! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals middeleeuwse houten huizen in Bergen en het veelzijdige Oslo niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en wandel over door de tuinen van historisch... Read more
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Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids ANWB Ontdek Noorwegen zuid | ANWB Media
  • Een nieuwe ANWB reisgids: deze titel is een vertaling van de Duitstalige Dumont reeks. Ze staan bekend als zeer degelijke en behoorlijk complete reisgisden in compact formaat. Met zowel veel achtergrondinformatie, maar ook veel tips over bezienswaardigheden en adressen voor bijvoorbeeld eten en drinken. Het boek is ook nog voorzien van leuke... Read more
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  • The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway
  • Travel hacking describes exploring the world on a budget and using personal connections, social technology and promotions to see more for less. Explore the beauty, culture and events of Norway on a budget with The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway.Combining personal experience, local insight and online resources, veteran tour guide and techie... Read more
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  • The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway
  • Travel hacking describes exploring the world on a budget and using personal connections, social technology and promotions to see more for less. Explore the beauty, culture and events of Norway on a budget with The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway.Combining personal experience, local insight and online resources, veteran tour guide and techie... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Norwegen Mitte - Noorwegen midden | Rother Bergverlag
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. 50 Höhenprofile, 50 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:50.000 bis 1:150.000, zwei Übersichtskarten im Maßstab 1:2.500.000 und 1:4.250.000 Norwegen ist... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stavern Nordeca 10012
  • Map No. 10012, Stavern, 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
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  • Ytre Oslofjord Nordeca 10020
  • Map No. 10020, Ytre Oslofjord, 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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  • Aurlandsdalen Nordeca 2651
  • Aurlandsdalen - Østerbø 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... Read more
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  • Rømskog Nordeca 10028
  • Map No. 10028, Rømskog, 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
  • Støren Nordeca 10085
  • Map No. 10085, Støren, 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
  • Bergen Nordeca 10037
  • Map No. 10037, Bergen, 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
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United Kingdom
  • Glittertinden Nordeca 2757
  • Glittertinden 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
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  • 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
  • Atlantic Road Nordeca Tourist Route 20012
  • This Atlantic Road National Tourist Route Map belongs to a series of 18 map and postcards sets describing popular tourist routes all over Norway. The map set includes a map in 1: 50,000 presenting an accurate topography (based on the Norwegian topographic survey) which describes local footpaths, cycle or ski routes, sport and recreational... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Lillesand Nordeca 10003
  • Map No. 10003, Lillesand, 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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  • Setesdal Vesthei South Nordeca 2797
  • Setesdal Vesthei South 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... Read more
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  • 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
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United Kingdom
  • Skåbu - Espedalen - Fefor Nordeca 2561
  • Skåbu - Espedalen - Fefor 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nabar Nordeca 10169
  • Map No. 10169, Nabar, 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
  • Fallecearru Nordeca 10150
  • Map No. 10150, Fallecearru, 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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