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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Trails

Regions

Books

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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
eBooks.de
Germany
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Wandelgids Walking in Norway | Cicerone
  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
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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
Kompass
Germany
  • Norwegen DuMont Wanderführer EBOOK (Format: PDF)
  • Herrliche Gipfeltouren, Panoramawege über den Fjorden und Wanderungen auf weiten Hochebenen erwarten Sie in Norwegen, sei es in Jotunheimen, auf der Hardangervidda oder beim Gletscher Jostedalsbreen. Jede der 35 Touren ermöglicht einen perfekten Wandertag: Exakte Wegbeschreibung, Karte und Höhenprofil sind jeweils durch die zugeordneten... Read more
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Het Olavspad – Van Oslo naar Trondheim | Op Vrije Voeten
  • Wie begint aan de 643 kilometer lange pelgrimsroute van Oslo naar Trondheim, treedt in de voetstappen van de middeleeuwse pelgrims die op weg waren naar het graf van de heilige Olav. Nidaros, de oude naam van Trondheim, behoorde met Santiago de Compostela, Rome en Jeruzalem tot de vier belangrijkste bedevaartsoorden van de middeleeuwen. Sinds... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
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Germany
2012
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Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Noorwegen - Norwegen | Bruckmann
  • Wandelgids met 40 wandelingen over heel noorwegen, nadruk op zuiden onder Trondheim. Ook 4 wandelingen op de Lofoten. Goede informatie met schetsmatige gedetailleerde kaarten. Fjorde, Seen, Gletscher, Polarlichter, Einsamkeit – wenn diese Begriffe für Sie wie Musik in den Ohren klingen, dann sind Sie in Norwegen goldrichtig. Von Touren entlang... Read more
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Germany
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eBooks.de
Germany
2015
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Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Traumtreks Norwegen - Noorwegen | Bruckmann
  • Norwegen, das faszinierende Land der Fjorde, Gletscher, Gipfel und Hochebenen ist das Paradies für Trekker. In diesem Buch werden die schönsten Treks vorgestellt zum Nachwandern und Träumen. Mit einem einleitenden kleinen Kompendium, das alle Infos zum Wandern in Norwegen enthält. Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
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Netherlands
eBooks.de
Germany
2014
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Noorwegen Zuid - Norwegen Süd | Rother
  • 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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Germany
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stjernøya
  • Map No. 10180, Stjernøya, 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
  • Moss
  • Moss 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 difficult... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Øyer
  • Map No. 10058, Øyer, 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
  • Lygna
  • Lygna 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 difficult... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jølster
  • Jølster 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 difficult... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Njullosavzi
  • Map No. 10163, Njullosavzi, 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
  • Rolsøya
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sunndalsøra
  • Map No. 10078, Sunndalsøra, 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
  • Trondheim
  • Trondheim 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 difficult... Read more
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  • 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
  • Nordkapp
  • Nordkapp area in northern 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nordkapp
  • Map No. 10193, Nordkapp, 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
  • Harøyfjorden
  • Harøyfjorden 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Svanvik
  • Map No. 10173, Svanvik, 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
  • Snåsa
  • Map No. 10099, Snåsa, 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
  • Imingen Uvdal
  • Imingen Uvdal 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Saltfjellkartet
  • Saltfjellkartet 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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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Oslo to Bergen: Rail & Hike
  • A rail & hike holiday from Oslo to Bergen. Travel on one of the world’s most scenic railways from Oslo to Bergen, hopping off to enjoy fantastic walking along the way. With stops in the mountains at Finse and Geilo, the Flåm valley by the picturesque Aurlandsfjord, and the famous Hardangerfjord, this is a journey which captures the true... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Fjell & Fjord
  • Wandeltrektocht van de toendra op de Hardangervidda en de fjell van de Hallingskarvet naar de diepe Aurlandsfjord . De wandelingen worden afgewisseld met enkele schitterende treintrajecten zoals de Flåmsbanen en de trein naar Finse. Op de Hardangerjökulen maakt u een gletsjertocht en op de Auerlandfjord maken we een boottocht. De reis eindigt... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
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  • Noorwegen - Spitsbergen
  • Unieke expeditie met stoere tweemaster de Noorderlicht naar Spitsbergen. The Arctic ontwaakt net uit een lange winterslaap. Op sneeuwschoenen ontdekt je haar besneeuwde kusten, ruige gletsjers en bevroren fjorden. Met een zodiac ga je aan land en ziet ijsberen, walrussen, poolvossen, baardrobben, rendieren en talrijke zeevogels. Een arctische... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
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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Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Cross-country over een glooiend en imposant arctisch toendralandschap met uitzicht op de hoogste toppen van de Jotunheimen, op sneeuwschoenen of langlaufski's. Vanuit het knusse en comfortabele Hindsaeter hotel maak je dagtochten in de omgeving van Hindsæter. Je kan ook op stap met een lokale gids in de Ice-canyon van de Sjoarivier. Een zeer... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Een cross-country skitocht voor de beginnende toerlanglaufer die wil genieten van de vrijheid buiten de geprepareerde loipe en houdt van de eindeloze winterse wildernis van de ruige Jotunheimen. Sneeuwzekerheid lijkt gegarandeerd, evenals onvoorspelbare sneeuwstormen, strakblauwe vriesluchten en ijzige kou. Vanuit berghut Gjendesheim verken je... Read more
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Netherlands
  • 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Zuid-Noorwegen
  • 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Trollen en Fjorden
  • Rondreis met eigen auto langs Espedalen, Rondane, Trollstigen, Aurland en Telemarken. Wandelen, kanoën, mountainbiken, varen en lekker spelen bij de hut. Zeer gevarieerde kennismaking met de ruige bergwereld van de Noorse fjell en de spectaculaire fjorden en activiteiten voor het gehele gezin.  Ook geschikt voor trollenvangers… Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Lofoten
  • Sneeuwwandelen op de Noorse archipel van de Lofoten ten noorden van de poolcirkel is een wintervakantie met bijzondere ingrediënten. Wat te zeggen van het noorderlicht, de grillige Lofotentoppen, de kabeljauwvisserij , de stokvisrekken en natuurlijk het spectaculaire kustlandschap van Svolvaer en het uitzicht over de Vestfjord. Een historische... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Lofoten
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Snp Wandelreizen
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  • Noorwegen - Lofoten
  • De Lofoten, waar bergen loodrecht uit zee oprijzen en talrijke pittoreske vissersdorpjes de fjorden kleuren. Het 'paradijs' van het noorden waar in de zomer de zon niet ondergaat. Dit gebied vormt het decor voor onze wandelreis naar de Noordelijke archipel boven de Poolcirkel. Ervaar de ongerepte natuur en landschappelijke pracht vanuit twee... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
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  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen, Gjendevatn
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Snp Wandelreizen
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  • Noorwegen - Osdalen
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