NORWAY

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One of the best hiking regions in the world is
Norway

As a hiking destination, Norway is as astonishing: steep-sided fjords; jagged coastlines; snowy mountains; otherworldly coastal islands; bleak Arctic landscapes.

Bunes Beach

AT A GLANCE

    • Norway is expensive. Very expensive.
    • we love allemannsretten (pronounced ALL-eh-mahns-ret-en), Norway’s Freedom to Roam law:

Anyone 164 yards from an inhabited dwelling can camp there for up to two days. Free.

  • well marked trails
  • superb tourist infrastructure
  • network of 500+ hiking cabins run by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT in Norwegian) available at reasonable cost
  • great hiking for all levels of ability
  • best weather July-Sept. Some lower hikes are advised May-June, as well.
Freedom to Roam. Free tenting.

 WHY WE LIKE THIS REGION

  • the Lofoten archipelago is fantastic. Famed Reinebringen, for example.
photo by Cody Duncan – 68 North
  • easy to get into wilderness
  • very little crime
  • hiking in Norway is excellent, but comparatively few foreigners will be found on all but the most famous day hikes
  • the Outtt app – hikes in Norway offline with premium membership

CONSIDERATIONS

  • some of the most popular trails are crowded high season
  • accommodation may be full
  • rain, rain, rain
  • in fact, be prepared for all weather every day of the year. That includes snow.
  • keep a dry set if clothing, including footwear, in a waterproof bag
  • travel in Norway is expensive. Everything is expensive aside from hiking and tenting.
  • getting to the trailhead can be challenging and expensive, but there are many domestic flights, rent-a-car locations, trains and buses. Bicycle is your best inexpensive transportation.  Auto or motorbike the most convenient.
  • many areas have no mobile phone service
Trolls Tongue (Trolltunga) Norway

See our Norway BEST HIKES on our Europe page.