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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Books

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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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2021
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2021
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Norway Walking
  • Connie Roos’ Cicerone guide to Walking in Norway explores the best walking areas of Norway ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. 20 walking routes are covered in total, varying in length between a few days to over a week. Norway’s landscape is ideal for walking: there are mountains relatively free from crowds and few roads... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the mains mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Here you will find mountains relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-crossing the remote landscape; within this ideal setting for walkers, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the mains mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Here you will find mountains relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-crossing the remote landscape; within this ideal setting for walkers, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with... Read more
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  • Mit dem Wohnmobil nach Norwegen 02. Der Norden
  • Tourenkarten: ber 8000 km Nord-Norwegen in 15 Touren (rot markiert) zu den bekanntesten und vielen unbekannten Sehensw rdigkeiten. Genaue Markierung vieler Stell-, Bade-, Picknick- und Wanderparkpl tze, Toiletten, Ver- und Entsorgungsstationen, Trinkwasserstellen sowie der sch nsten Campingpl tze. Natur erleben, wandern: Abstecher zu fast... Read more
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  • Mit dem Wohnmobil nach Norwegen 02. Der Norden
  • Tourenkarten: ber 8000 km Nord-Norwegen in 15 Touren (rot markiert) zu den bekanntesten und vielen unbekannten Sehensw rdigkeiten. Genaue Markierung vieler Stell-, Bade-, Picknick- und Wanderparkpl tze, Toiletten, Ver- und Entsorgungsstationen, Trinkwasserstellen sowie der sch nsten Campingpl tze. Natur erleben, wandern: Abstecher zu fast... Read more
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Netherlands
2017
  • ANWB Extra - Oslo
  • Ontdek Oslo met de compleet vernieuwde reisgids ANWB Extra Oslo! In Oslo kan je alle kanten op: 's avonds op hoge hakken en in chique shirts van cocktails nippen in een hippe bar, de volgende dag met wandelschoenen door de uitgestrekte bossen van de Marka lopen. Dit maakt Oslo tot dé bestemming voor een leuke citytrip. De ANWB Extra reisgids... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • ANWB Extra - Oslo
  • Ontdek Oslo met de compleet vernieuwde reisgids ANWB Extra Oslo! In Oslo kan je alle kanten op: 's avonds op hoge hakken en in chique shirts van cocktails nippen in een hippe bar, de volgende dag met wandelschoenen door de uitgestrekte bossen van de Marka lopen. Dit maakt Oslo tot dé bestemming voor een leuke citytrip. De ANWB Extra reisgids... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Oslo | ANWB Media
  • ANWB Extra Oslo beschrijft 15 hoogtepunten: dé plekken die je moet bezoeken om de stad optimaal te beleven. De belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden maar ook suggesties voor unieke ervaringen en ontdekkingen. Op de grote uitneembare kaart staan naast de 15 hoogtepunten ook de bezienswaardigheden, hotels, restaurants en uitgaansgelegenheden... Read more
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  • The Arctic Melt
  • 'The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape' is a brilliant new monograph by universally-acclaimed art and environmental photographer Diane Tuft. Following on the heels of Tuft's previous publication, 'Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land', this new book showcases her breathtaking and visually astounding journey to capture the ice in... Read more
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  • The Arctic Melt
  • 'The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape' is a brilliant new monograph by universally-acclaimed art and environmental photographer Diane Tuft. Following on the heels of Tuft's previous publication, 'Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land', this new book showcases her breathtaking and visually astounding journey to capture the ice in... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2021
  • Wandelgids Norwegen Süd - Noorwegen zuid | 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. In 50 Wanderungen erschließt dieser Führer das südliche Norwegen zwischen Oslo, Lom, Bergen und Kristiansand: Der Bogen spannt sich von den... 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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  • Mit dem Wohnmobil nach Süd-Norwegen
  • Über 5400 km Süd-Norwegen in 18 Touren zu den bekanntesten und vielen unbekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten. Die schönsten Badeplätze an Flüssen, Seen, Fjorden, Skagerrak und Nordsee. Herrliche Stabkirchen, gewaltige Gletscher, atemberaubende Wasserfälle. Fjell- und Bergwanderungen - auch auf den höchsten Berg Norwegens. Fahrt mit der einzigartigen... Read more
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  • Mit dem Wohnmobil nach Süd-Norwegen
  • Über 5400 km Süd-Norwegen in 18 Touren zu den bekanntesten und vielen unbekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten. Die schönsten Badeplätze an Flüssen, Seen, Fjorden, Skagerrak und Nordsee. Herrliche Stabkirchen, gewaltige Gletscher, atemberaubende Wasserfälle. Fjell- und Bergwanderungen - auch auf den höchsten Berg Norwegens. Fahrt mit der einzigartigen... Read more
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  • Lifjell Nordeca 2219
  • Lifjell area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational Turkart 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... Read more
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  • Bømlo Nordeca 10022
  • Map No. 10022, Bømlo, 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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  • Alta Nordeca 10158
  • Map No. 10158, Alta, 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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  • Norefjell - Eggedal Nordeca 2525
  • Norefjell – Eggedal 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... Read more
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  • Nordmannslågen Nordeca 10031
  • Map No. 10031, Nordmannslågen, 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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  • Hedmarksvidda Nordeca 2511
  • Hedemarksvidda 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... Read more
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  • Ahkkanas Nordeca 10166
  • Map No. 10166, Ahkkanas, 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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  • Farsund Nordeca 10001
  • Map No. 10001, Farsund, 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
  • Aurlandsdalen Nordeca 2565
  • Aurlandsdalen 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... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Hardangerjøkulen Nordeca 10039
  • Map No. 10039, Hardangerjøkulen, 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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United Kingdom
  • Lakkonjarga Nordeca 10174
  • Map No. 10174, Lakkonjarga, 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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United Kingdom
  • Indre Sunnfjord Nordeca 2481
  • Indre Sunnfjord area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational Turkart maps at 1:100,000 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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  • Aurland Nordeca 10047
  • Map No. 10047, Aurland, 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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  • Børselv Nordeca 10182
  • Map No. 10182, Børselv, 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
  • Sirdal Nordeca 10005
  • Map No. 10005, Sirdal, 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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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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  • Noorwegen - Hardangervidda en Skarvheimen
  • Volg deze spectaculaire natuurroute - zonder het gesjouw met al je bagage - van het ene sfeervolle onderkomen naar het andere. Van de ruige, kale ’fjellen’ en gletsjers van Hardangervidda en Skarvheimen naar de diepe, groene fjorden aan de kust. Reis met de spectaculaire Flåmsbana, langs één van Europa’s mooiste treintrajecten. De reis eindigt... Read more
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