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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  • 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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  • 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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Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Cruise Hurtigruten | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Handzaam Duitstalig gidsje met gedetailleerde beschrivingen van de bezienswaardigen langs deze mooie route. Verder praktische tips voor het reizen in Noorwegen en het leven aan boord. Die Hurtigruten sind schon längst kein Geheimtipp mehr und ein besonderes Erlebnis für alle Skandinavienfans: Nirgendwo sonst spürt man den Flair des Nordens so... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
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  • Ebbe Stub Wittrup
  • A box of slides from hiking trips in Norway and Switzerland in the late fifties that the artist once found forms the point of departure for the conceptual work by Ebbe Stub Wittrup (*1973 in Aarhus). The color photographs have faded over time, and the patina points towards a distant past. Yet the artist uses these documents without a sense of... Read more
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  • Ebbe Stub Wittrup
  • A box of slides from hiking trips in Norway and Switzerland in the late fifties that the artist once found forms the point of departure for the conceptual work by Ebbe Stub Wittrup (*1973 in Aarhus). The color photographs have faded over time, and the patina points towards a distant past. Yet the artist uses these documents without a sense of... Read more
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Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus Noorwegen | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Prachtige, goed leesbare beschrijvingen die prikkelen! Informatief van hoog niveau. Ook aandacht voor het landschap en flora / fauna. • De fjorden, gletsjers en de middernachtzon geven dit langgerekte land een extra dimensie. • Ook historisch gezien is Noorwegen een... Read more
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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
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  • Norvège Sud
  • Les plus belles randonnées fjord et montagne. 53 itinéraires. GPS-Tracks Rother Guide de randonnées. 1re editions. Read more
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  • Norvège Sud
  • Les plus belles randonnées fjord et montagne. 53 itinéraires. GPS-Tracks Rother Guide de randonnées. 1re editions. Read more
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Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Reishandboek Noorwegen | Uitgeverij Elmar
  • Praktische en culturele reisgids met alle bezienswaardigheden, handig klein formaat met wat kleiner lettertype. Deze reisgids voor Noorwegen laat je kennis maken met de de ongekende diversiteit van Noorwegen: diepe fjorden, woeste bergen, ijzige hoogvlakten, honderden watervallen, machtige gletsjers, nauwe valleien, oneindige taiga's; woeste... Read more
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Maps

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  • Femunden Nordeca 2559
  • Femunden 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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  • Eggedal Nordeca 10033
  • Map No. 10033, Eggedal, 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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  • Øvre Pasvik Nordeca 10168
  • Map No. 10168, Øvre Pasvik, 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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  • Kvayøla - Seiland - Hammerfest Municipality Nordeca 2633
  • Kvayøla - Seiland 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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  • Flå Nordeca 10041
  • Map No. 10041, Flå, 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 and... Read more
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  • Rasttigaisa Nordeca 10176
  • Map No. 10176, Rasttigaisa, 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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  • Lysefjorden Nordeca 2681
  • Lysefjorden 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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  • Fagernes Nordeca 10049
  • 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
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  • Jacobselva Nordeca 10184
  • Map No. 10184, Jacobselva, 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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  • Arendal Nordeca 10007
  • Map No. 10007, Arendal, 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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  • Femunden North Nordeca 2721
  • Femunden North area in eastern 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... Read more
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  • Espedalen Nordeca 10057
  • Map No. 10057, Espedalen, 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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  • Rolsøya Nordeca 10192
  • Map No. 10192, Rolsøya, 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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  • Hjelmeland Nordeca 10016
  • 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
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  • Tromsø Nordeca 10152
  • Map No. 10152, Tromsø, 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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