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

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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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2018
  • Wandelgids Centraal-Noorwegen | Uitgeverij Elmar
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. Deze Rother gids is vertaald in het Nederlands! De 50 mooiste wandelingen in Centraal-Noorwegen. Zoals gebruikelijk zijn er verschillende wandelingen voor beginnende... Read more
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  • Norway
  • DK Eyewitness Norway will lead you straight to the best attractions this breathtaking country has to offer. Packed with stunning photography, colour illustrations and detailed maps, discover Norway region by region; from the enchanting Northern Lights and beautiful fjords, to the vibrant Oslo nightlife. The guide provides all the insider tips... Read more
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  • DK Eyewitness Norway will lead you straight to the best attractions this breathtaking country has to offer. Packed with stunning photography, colour illustrations and detailed maps, discover Norway region by region; from the enchanting Northern Lights and beautiful fjords, to the vibrant Oslo nightlife. The guide provides all the insider tips... Read more
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2018
  • Reisgids ANWB Ontdek Noorwegen - de Fjorden | ANWB Media
  • Een nieuwe ANWB reisgids: deze titel is een vertaling van de Duitstalige Dumont reeks. Ze staan bekend als zeer degelijke en behoorlijk complete reisgisden in compact formaat. Met zowel veel achtergrondinformatie, maar ook veel tips over bezienswaardigheden en adressen voor bijvoorbeeld eten en drinken. Het boek is ook nog voorzien van leuke... Read more
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2022
  • Wandelgids Zuid-Noorwegen | Uitgeverij Elmar
  • 53 dagwandelingen tussen Oslo - Lillehammer - Bergen - Kristiansand Deze wandelgids is een vertaling van de oorspronkelijke duitse versie. Het zijn klassiekers onder de wandelgidsen. Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende... Read more
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  • Les plus belles randonnées fjord et montagne. 53 itinéraires. GPS-Tracks Rother Guide de randonnées. 1re editions. Read more
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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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  • No Place Like Home, Thank God
  • Amazon UK Bestseller Number 1 in Cycling and Top 3 in Travel and in SportAfter a near fatal brain haemorrhage Steven Primrose-Smith decides that life is too short to hang around. Inspired, he jumps on his bicycle to travel a road that stretches 22,000 miles across the whole of Europe.During his ride through 53 countries, climbing the equivalent... Read more
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2018
  • Insight Guides Travel Map Norway
  • Insight Travel Map Norway:all a person needs to plan routes and navigate Norway· Travel Map Norway is drawn to a scale of 1:800 000 and shows the entire country, complete with a comprehensive index· Ideal for route planning, and on-the-road-exploring· Innovative extra = incredible value, and unique in the market. All Insight Travel Maps come... Read more
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2018
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Travel Map Norway - Noorwegen | Insight Guides
  • Insight Travel Map Norway:all a person needs to plan routes and navigate Norway· Travel Map Norway is drawn to a scale of 1:800 000 and shows the entire country, complete with a comprehensive index· Ideal for route planning, and on-the-road-exploring· Innovative extra = incredible value, and unique in the market. All Insight Travel Maps come... Read more
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2018
  • Reisgids CityTrip Bergen | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Reise Know-How is een duitstalige praktische reisgids voor alle leeftijden, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van budget tot luxe, vervoer en plaatsbeschrijvingen. Kenmerk: brede cultuur en achtergrondinformatie, bondig geschreven. In Bergen, der größten Stadt Westnorwegens, vereinen sich die dramatischen Gebirgszüge des Landes mit dem... Read more
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  • Gaustatoppen Nordeca 2657
  • Gaustatoppen area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:25,000 with cartography based on the country’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. The base map is an enlargement of the standard 1:50,000 topographic survey series. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to... Read more
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  • Aurland Nordeca 10047
  • Map No. 10047, Aurland, 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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  • Børselv Nordeca 10182
  • Map No. 10182, Børselv, 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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  • Sirdal Nordeca 10005
  • Map No. 10005, Sirdal, 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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  • Gullfjellet Nordeca 2713
  • Gullfjellet area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:25,000 with cartography based on the country’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. The base map is an enlargement of the standard 1:50,000 topographic survey series. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to... Read more
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  • Sogndal Nordeca 10055
  • Map No. 10055, Sogndal, 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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  • Berlevåg Nordeca 10190
  • Map No. 10190, Berlevåg, 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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  • Kornsjø Nordeca 10014
  • Map No. 10014, Kornsjø, 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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  • Lom Nordeca 10064
  • Map No. 10064, Lom, 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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  • Suldalsheiene Nordeca 2228
  • Suldalsheiene 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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  • Bømlo Nordeca 10022
  • Map No. 10022, Bømlo, 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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  • Alta Nordeca 10158
  • Map No. 10158, Alta, 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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  • Frafjord - Bjerkreimsheiane Nordeca 2541
  • Frafjord – Bjerkreimsheine 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... Read more
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  • Nordmannslågen Nordeca 10031
  • Map No. 10031, Nordmannslågen, 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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  • Ahkkanas Nordeca 10166
  • Map No. 10166, Ahkkanas, 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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