Finnmarksvidda, in Norwegian Lapland, is a vast highland plateau with many lakes, rivers and mosquitoes. With an average height of 300 - 400 meters, and a few mountains only, this is real Tundra. The lower valleys are overgrown with beautiful and light birch wood. On the higher elevations one has to deal with stiff bushes, marsh, and many streams. On the whole, hiking is easy.

From mid April onwards, there is daylight around the clock. A great time for a ski tour. The walking season is best at the end of the summer, from August onwards. The billions of mosquitoes are still happy at work in August. In september they are less annoying, but then you might come across the first night frost allready. Do not expect reindeer herds: in summer they have migrated far north. Do expect a good catch though: the lakes and rivers are full of fish.

Walking is excellent in Finnmarksvidda. The area offers several types of cabins. The so-called mountain huts, or Fjellstue, are run by Sami families. They offer simple but good accomodation. There are several self-service huts in the area, where you can buy some food. And finally you will find quite a number of unstaffed huts.

What to take along? Insect repellent of course, boots instead of shoes, a stick to keep your balance when wading the rivers, a sleeping bag and good rainwear.

The most obvious walk starts in the Sami village of Karaksjok and runs northwest to Alta. This trail will cost you 4 to 5 days to finish. There are some variations to consider. From Alta take the bus to Narvik and then the train to Stockholm.


Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 1. in Norway
  • Henk Nouws September 1981
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Empty wilderness. Good for fishing: take a rod!
  • Joke ter Weele August 1981
  • Rate 9
  • Positive The wildness and remoteness
  • Negative Very wet in some places
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  • Wandelgids Dominicus Bergtochten in Noorwegen | Gottmer
  • In dit boek worden elf berggebieden beschreven: van het lieflijke Oslomarka in het zuiden tot aan de eindeloze Finnmarksvidda in het noorden. Klassiekers als Jotunheimen en Hardangervidda zijn opgenomen, maar ook minder bekende berggebieden als Sunnmore en Lyngen Alpen. Naast de uitgebreide informatie over elk gebied worden speciale tochten... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Nordskandinavien wanderfuhrer - Noord Scandinavië | Edition Elch
  • Uitvoerige wandelgids - duitstalig - over een aantal lange afstands wandelpaden in het uiterste noorden van Zweden en Noorwegen. Goede beschrijvingen met veel praktische details als afstanden, route, dag tot dag, hutten etc. De wandelpaden zijn: Nordkalottleden, Kungsleden, Padjelanta Aktualisierte und erweiterte Neuauflage: Dieses Buch enthält... Read more
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  • Reisgids Norwegen: Nordkap-Route - Noorwegen Noordkaap | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Goede beschrijving van deze (auto)route door heel Noorwegen; van Oslo tot de Noordkaap. Met alle benodigde praktische informatie, tips en foto's. Die Europastraße 6 ist die nördlichste Traumstraße Europas. Sie führt zusammen mit der E 69 von Oslo zum nördlichsten Punkt des Kontinents, zum Nordkap. Mehr als 2.000 km geht es auf der gut... Read more
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