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

Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Reise-Taschenbuch Norwegen - Der Süden, Noorwegen zuid | Dumont
  • Über das Buch Eine Landschaft, die süchtig macht! So geht es uns immer wieder, wir sind überwältigt, wenn wir von der Fähre aus den Hardangerfjord betrachten. Die steil aufsteigenden bewaldeten Felsflanken, die bunt blühenden Ufersäume, die gletscherweißen Abbruchkanten und tosenden Wasserfälle. Neben der atemberaubenden, intakten Natur bietet... Read more
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Netherlands
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - Noorwegen Zuid
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuidVerken Zuid-Noorwegen op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuid! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals middeleeuwse houten huizen in Bergen en het veelzijdige Oslo niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en wandel over door de tuinen van historisch... Read more
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Belgium
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - Noorwegen Zuid
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuidVerken Zuid-Noorwegen op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids Noorwegen zuid! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals middeleeuwse houten huizen in Bergen en het veelzijdige Oslo niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en wandel over door de tuinen van historisch... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Mit dem Wohnmobil nach Norwegen 02. Der Norden
  • Tourenkarten: ber 8000 km Nord-Norwegen in 15 Touren (rot markiert) zu den bekanntesten und vielen unbekannten Sehensw rdigkeiten. Genaue Markierung vieler Stell-, Bade-, Picknick- und Wanderparkpl tze, Toiletten, Ver- und Entsorgungsstationen, Trinkwasserstellen sowie der sch nsten Campingpl tze. Natur erleben, wandern: Abstecher zu fast... Read more
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Belgium
  • Mit dem Wohnmobil nach Norwegen 02. Der Norden
  • Tourenkarten: ber 8000 km Nord-Norwegen in 15 Touren (rot markiert) zu den bekanntesten und vielen unbekannten Sehensw rdigkeiten. Genaue Markierung vieler Stell-, Bade-, Picknick- und Wanderparkpl tze, Toiletten, Ver- und Entsorgungsstationen, Trinkwasserstellen sowie der sch nsten Campingpl tze. Natur erleben, wandern: Abstecher zu fast... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • WF5980 Norwegen Süd, von Oslo bis zum Geirangerfjord,mit Karte Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar... Read more
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Belgium
2017
  • WF5980 Norwegen Süd, von Oslo bis zum Geirangerfjord,mit Karte Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken; naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld; openbaar... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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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Bol.com
Belgium
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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Belgium
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Netherlands
  • Scorpion Intrusion
  • A high-tech machine is stolen from a research laboratory in Oslo, Norway. A Stanford University sophomore from a normal middle-class family blows up himself and a hundred fellow students during a pre-med chemistry lecture. The country’s top aeronautical engineer and his family are kidnapped from their luxury yacht while cruising to Bimini... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Scorpion Intrusion
  • A high-tech machine is stolen from a research laboratory in Oslo, Norway. A Stanford University sophomore from a normal middle-class family blows up himself and a hundred fellow students during a pre-med chemistry lecture. The country’s top aeronautical engineer and his family are kidnapped from their luxury yacht while cruising to Bimini... Read more
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Netherlands
  • 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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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Beitostølen Nordeca 2375
  • Beitostølen 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Njullosavzi Nordeca 10163
  • 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
  • Atndalen Nordeca 10066
  • Map No. 10066, Atndalen, 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Haukeli Nordeca 10024
  • Map No. 10024, Haukeli, 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
  • Karasjohka Nordeca 10171
  • Map No. 10171, Karasjohka, 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kirkenes Nordeca 10179
  • Map No. 10179, Kirkenes, 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hammerfest Nordeca 10187
  • Map No. 10187, Hammerfest, 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
  • Farsund Nordeca 10001
  • Map No. 10001, Farsund, 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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