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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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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2016
  • Reise Know-How CityTrip Bergen
  • Inhalt In Bergen, der gr ten Stadt Westnorwegens, vereinen sich die dramatischen Gebirgsz ge des Landes mit dem Blau des Meeres. Farbenfrohe Holzh user, alte Kirchen und breite Pl tze pr gen die einzigartige Atmosph re Bergens. Bei einem Rundgang durch die verwinkelten Gassen der Altstadt, einer Bootsfahrt durch den Hafen und Wanderungen ber... Read more
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Belgium
2016
  • Reise Know-How CityTrip Bergen
  • Inhalt In Bergen, der gr ten Stadt Westnorwegens, vereinen sich die dramatischen Gebirgsz ge des Landes mit dem Blau des Meeres. Farbenfrohe Holzh user, alte Kirchen und breite Pl tze pr gen die einzigartige Atmosph re Bergens. Bei einem Rundgang durch die verwinkelten Gassen der Altstadt, einer Bootsfahrt durch den Hafen und Wanderungen ber... 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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Netherlands
2018
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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
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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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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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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
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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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Maps

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  • Skarverennet Nordeca 2703
  • Skarverennet 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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  • Førde Nordeca 10054
  • Map No. 10054, Førde, 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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  • Hopseidet Nordeca 10189
  • Map No. 10189, Hopseidet, 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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  • Hvaler Nordeca 10013
  • Map No. 10013, Hvaler, 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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  • Rendalen Nordeca 2753
  • Rendalen 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 more... Read more
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  • Sandane Nordeca 10062
  • Map No. 10062, Sandane, 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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  • Trolltunga - Odda - Ullensvang Nordeca 2825
  • 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
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  • Store Le Nordeca 10021
  • Map No. 10021, Store Le, 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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  • Nordreisa Nordeca 10157
  • Map No. 10157, Nordreisa, 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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  • Tafjordfjella Nordeca 2533
  • Tafjordfjella 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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  • Austevoll Nordeca 10029
  • Map No. 10029, Austevoll, 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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  • Guovdageaidnu Nordeca 10165
  • Map No. 10165, Guovdageaidnu, 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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  • Trondheim Nordeca 10090
  • Map No. 10090, Trondheim, 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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  • Sigdal - Rollag Nordeca 2571
  • Sigdal - Rollag 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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  • Voss Nordeca 10038
  • Map No. 10038, Voss, 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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