Hiking in Norway
There are many reasons why Norwegians love hiking and have the traditions for doing it - it`s because of their amazing nature.
Norwegians are in love with nature and very keen on outdoor activities. More than half of all Norwegians have access to a simple cabin in the woods, where they can go on the weekends and during the holidays.
Nature right of access
Norwegians also enjoy “right of access”, which means that everyone has legal access to open country (uncultivated land), even if it is private property. It offers unbeatable access to the country's natural beauty, without crowds or cost.
There is a network of well maintained, marked trails and cabins all over Norway. You will also find local inspirations tour operators offering amazing and interesting hiking tours.
Recommended hiking trails
The Pulpit Rock by the Lysefjord in Ryfylket, close to Stavanger. The Pulpit Rock is one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations, and around 300,000 walkers are expected to do the walk in 2015. The walk is about six km and takes approximately four hours there and back. Season: May–October
Trolltunga rock – is in the Hardanger region. It is one of the most spectacular walks in Norway. The walk is about 20 km and takes eight to nine hours there and back. The walk starts in Skjeggedal, and there are plenty of great nature experiences along the way. Walking season approximately from 15 June to 15 September. You can also reach the summit on a Via Ferrata on skis or snowshoes.
The Aurlandsdalen Valley is wild, beautiful and rich in culture and history. Aurlandsdalen and the Nærøyfjord, located innermost in the Sognefjord, offer excellent walking opportunities, whether you want to do walks that can be done in a day or longer hikes where you stay overnight in a trekking association cabin. The season is June–September.
Mount Skåla is considered to be the highest mountain with its foot in the fjord. From the summit of Kloumannstårnet tower, the views are spectacular as you overlook the glacier, fjord and mountains. The walk up takes about five hours, while the descent takes two to three hours. The season is from June to September.
Romsdalseggen is one of Norway’s most beautiful and easily accessible summit walks, offering spectacular views of the Romsdalsfjellene mountains. From Romsdalseggen you can see the Trollveggen cliff, but also as far as the town of Molde and the Norwegian Sea. The walk is about 10 km, and it takes between five and eight hours. Season: June–September