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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Books

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2021
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Norway - Noorwegen | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor Europese landen en steden meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! The Rough Guide to Norway is the most comprehensive guidebook to this spectacular country. From... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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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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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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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Fjordruta - Wandern in Norwegen | Edition Elch
  • Fjord Ruta, meerdaagse huttentocht van 153 km. Ook kunt u etappes hiervan als dagtocht lopen. Wandelgids Noorwegen - geschikt voor gezin - met praktische informatie, vaak gemarkeerde wandelpaden, hutten aanduiding. Heel afwisselende paden : over de eilanden, de schiereilanden, het vaste land en langs de kust. Kaartmateriaal is mager tot niet... Read more
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2018
  • Reisgids Insight Pocket Guide Norway - Noorwegen | Insight Guides
  • De pocket guide serie van Insight Guides is een zeer compacte reisgids die makkelijk in een jas- of broekzak past. Veel informatie over bezienswaardigheden, maar ook praktische zaken als vervoer, accommodaties etc. Insight Pocket Guides: ideal itineraries and top travel tips in a pocket-sized package. Now with free eBook, and a pull-out map. -... Read more
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2015
  • Reisverhaal - Reisgids Het hoge Noorden | Louis Beyens
  • In de Arctis leven al vele duizenden jaren mensen, dieren, planten en microben. Ze hebben zich aangepast aan de extreme omstandigheden, het is hun 'thuis'. Maar hun thuis heeft een dynamisch en kwetsbaar ecosysteem dat door klimaatverandering - die zich daar meer manifesteert dan elders - wordt bedreigd. De noordpool is geen geïsoleerd gebied,... Read more
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  • Dividalen Nordeca 10144
  • Map No. 10144, Dividalen, 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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  • Finnbuliin Nordeca 10098
  • Map No. 10098, Finnbuliin 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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  • Vikna Nordeca 10106
  • Map No. 10106, Vikna, 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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  • Røros Feragen Nordeca 2720
  • Røros Feragen 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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  • Sandane Nordeca 10062
  • Map No. 10062, Sandane, 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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  • Vistfjellan Nordeca 10114
  • Map No. 10114, Vistfjellan, 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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  • Glittertinden Nordeca 2757
  • Glittertinden 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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  • Tafjord Nordeca 10071
  • Map No. 10071, Tafjord, 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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  • Fugløya Nordeca 10126
  • Map No. 10126, Fugløya, 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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  • Oslo Vestmark Nordeca 2795
  • Oslo Vestmark 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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  • Oppdal Nordeca 10079
  • Map No. 10079, Oppdal, 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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  • Kebnekaise Nordeca 10136
  • Map No. 10136, Kebnekaise, 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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  • Romsdalsfjella North Nordeca 2821
  • Romsdalsfjella North 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... Read more
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  • Kyrksæterøra Nordeca 10089
  • Map No. 10089, Kyrksæterøra, 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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  • 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
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  • Volg deze spectaculaire natuurroute - zonder het gesjouw met al je bagage - van het ene sfeervolle onderkomen naar het andere. Van de ruige, kale ’fjellen’ en gletsjers van Hardangervidda en Skarvheimen naar de diepe, groene fjorden aan de kust. Reis met de spectaculaire Flåmsbana, langs één van Europa’s mooiste treintrajecten. De reis eindigt... Read more
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  • Noorwegen - Jotunheimen
  • Een trektocht door de Jotunheimen met overnachtingen in traditionele Noorse fjellstue, berghotel en berghutten. Je volgt de routes over de Bessegen en het Svatsdalen, die de eerste Noorse bergbeklimmers in de 19de eeuw namen en hoort de bijzondere verhalen van deze pioniers en je slaapt in de oudste Noorse berghut Gjendebu. Dit alles in een... Read more
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  • 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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