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One of the best hiking regions in the world is
As a hiking destination, Norway is as astonishing: steep-sided fjords; jagged coastlines; snowy mountains; otherworldly coastal islands; bleak Arctic landscapes.
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.
WHY WE LIKE THIS REGION
- the Lofoten archipelago is fantastic. Famed Reinebringen, for example.
- 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
- 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
See our Norway BEST HIKES on our Europe page.