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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Map

Map of Norway North

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Map of Norway South

Trails

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • Guidebook includes 20 walking and trekking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway from the Far South to the sub-Arctic regions. Includes Hardangervidda, Aurlandsdalen, Rondane, Jotunheimen, Alvdal Vestfjell, Tafjord, Douvre, Trollheimen, Sylene, Femundsmarka, the mountains of Narvik, Troms Border Trail and Finnsmaksvidda. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
eBooks.de
Germany
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Cicerone Wandelgids Walking in Norway - Noorwegen |
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the Far South to the Arctic regions. Chosen because they are of particular interest to the visiting walker, all trips described are accessible by public transport. Many of the mountain areas are close to one another, making it easy to connect different... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Buch.de
Germany
  • Kanu Kompass Südnorwegen
  • Südnorwegen – Ein Paradies für Outdoor-Fans, für alle, die gern draußen unterwegs sind und die unberührte Natur lieben. Keine Region Skandinaviens hat ähnlich viel zu bieten: Die Fjorde im Westen, die liebliche Südküste mit ihren Schärengärten, im Zentrum die Hardangervidda, Jotunheimen, Rondane und das Dovrefjell, um nur einige der Highlights... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
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Germany
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • Fjordruta - Wandern in Norwegen
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Fjordruta - Wandern in Norwegen | Alexander Geh
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
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2010
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2010
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Femunden
  • Femunden area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:100,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fagernes
  • Map No. 10049, Fagernes, 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jaeren Tourist Route
  • This Jaeren National Tourist Route Map belongs to a series of 18 map and postcards sets describing popular tourist routes all over Norway. The map set includes a map in 1:50,000 presenting an accurate topography (based on the Norwegian topographic survey) which describes local footpaths, cycle or ski routes, sport and recreational facilities,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stabbursdalen
  • Stabbursdalen area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lygna
  • Lygna area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lifjell
  • Lifjell area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Evje
  • Map No. 10006, Evje, 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Trondheim
  • Trondheim area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Trondheim
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Senja Hiking Set
  • Senja Hiking Set with two maps at 1:50,000, Senja North and Senja South, from the Turkart series covering Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hjelmeland
  • Map No. 10016, Hjelmeland, 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fredrikstad
  • Fredrikstad area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hemesdal South*
  • Hemesdal South area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rjukan
  • Map No. 10025, Rjukan, 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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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Espedalen
  • Heerlijk wandelen in het lieflijke Noorse Espedalen, het lege land van Peer Gynt. Over zacht glooiende berghellingen, langs kristalheldere meren, door lichte berkenbossen naar de ruige, verlaten toendra's bovenop de plateaus. Overnachten in zeer rustig gelegen, comfortabele fjellstues. Eén nacht verblijven in een eenvoudige hut: zelf de kachel... Read more
Sawadee
Netherlands
  • Walking the Fjords
  • Fjord Norway is a landscape born from violence; yet the artistry of nature leaves a world etched with beauty, carved by centuries of grinding glacial arms. The thunder of cascading waterfalls remains a constant companion as we set off on foot to explore birch forests, climb to panoramic views and immerse ourselves in one of the most beautiful... Read more
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