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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Map

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Trails

Regions

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Norway Bed & Breakfast Book
  • This guidebook lists, in Norwegian, English, and German, the bed & breakfasts of Norway. It is a key to vacation sites in private homes, townhouses, farms, and mountain dairies. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Norway Bed & Breakfast Book
  • This guidebook lists, in Norwegian, English, and German, the bed & breakfasts of Norway. It is a key to vacation sites in private homes, townhouses, farms, and mountain dairies. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
  • Nordskandinavien - Der Wanderführer
  • Aktualisierte und erweiterte Neuauflage: Dieses Buch enthält die erste vollständige Beschreibung des 1993 eingeweihten, sehr populären Nordkalottleden. 800 Kilometer führt dieser schönste und längste Wanderweg Nordskandinaviens durch die Berge Norwegens, Schwedens und Finnlands, überquert dabei 15 Mal die Grenzen und führt auch über den... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2010
  • Nordskandinavien - Der Wanderführer
  • Aktualisierte und erweiterte Neuauflage: Dieses Buch enthält die erste vollständige Beschreibung des 1993 eingeweihten, sehr populären Nordkalottleden. 800 Kilometer führt dieser schönste und längste Wanderweg Nordskandinaviens durch die Berge Norwegens, Schwedens und Finnlands, überquert dabei 15 Mal die Grenzen und führt auch über den... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Reise-Taschenbuch Hurtigruten - Noorwegen | Dumont
  • Michael Möbius und Annette Ster arbeiten als Reisejournalisten, denn Reisen und Schreiben sind ihre großen Leidenschaften. In den vergangenen 30 Jahren haben sie Dutzende Länder auf allen Kontinenten kennengelernt, doch ihren Ruhepunkt fanden sie auf den Lofoten im Norden Norwegens, dem in ihren Augen schönsten Land auf Erden.DE Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Insight Guide Noorwegen | Cambium
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Noorwegen is een van de mooiste landen van Europa, met een gevarieerd landschap van bergen, fjorden en bossen. De auteurs en fotografen laten u op de bekende, onovertroffen en veelvuldig bekroonde Insight Guide-wijze kennismaken met dit boeiende... Read more
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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Bol.com
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids 5980 Wanderführer Norwegen süd - Noorwegen zuid | Kompass
  • Wandelgids van 75 dagwandelingen in het gebied tussen Oslo en Geirangerfjord. De routes zijn goed beschreven, voorzien van praktische informatie en op een bijgevoegde kaart op schaal 1:50.000 goed weergegeven. De kaart is dus niet een grote kaart van het hele gebied, maar uitsnedes die betrekking hebben op de betreffende wandeling. Die KOMPASS... Read more
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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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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
2018
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
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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Finnemarka Nordeca 2221
  • Finnemarka area in 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 and more... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Etne Nordeca 10023
  • Map No. 10023, Etne, 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
  • Karlsøy Nordeca 10159
  • Map No. 10159, Karlsøy 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
  • Årdal Nordeca 2531
  • Årdal 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
  • Kalhovd Nordeca 10032
  • Map No. 10032, Kalhovd, 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
  • Gossjohka / Galmmatskaidi Nordeca 10167
  • Map No. 10167, Gossjohka/Galmmatskaidi, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jølster Nordeca 2568
  • 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
  • Geilo Nordeca 10040
  • Map No. 10040, Geilo, 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
  • Øvre Stabbursdalen Nordeca 10175
  • Map No. 10175, Øvre Stabbursdalen, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bardu Nordeca 2599
  • This collection of national walking maps covers the mostpopular walking and hiking areas of Norway. The maps are Adapted for each specific area, and Contain hiking trails, cabins and local touring information. The maps are available in the following scales 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1: 100 000. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hemsedal Nordeca 10048
  • Map No. 10048, Hemsedal, 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
  • Ifjordfjellet Nordeca 10183
  • Map No. 10183, Ifjordfjellet, 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
  • Evje Nordeca 10006
  • Map No. 10006, Evje, 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
  • Bigdin Nordeca 10056
  • Map No. 10056, Bigdin, 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
  • Hamningberg Nordeca 10191
  • Map No. 10191, Hamningberg, 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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Walking holidays

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Netherlands
  • 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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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
  • Noorwegen - Hardangerfjord
  • Wordt de Sognefjord in Noorwegen gezien als de koning onder de fjorden, dan is de Hardangerfjord met zijn 179 km lengte de koningin! Verken al wandelend en varend over de een na langste Noorse fjord,  het majestueuze landschap aan de rand van de Hardangervidda en geniet van de watervallen in het Husedalen en de Vøringsfossen. Overnacht in fraai... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Met de tent
  • Avontuurlijk kamperen zonder zorgen in de mooiste streken van Noorwegen. Noorwegen geldt qua natuurschoon als een van de mooiste landen ter wereld. Rust, ruimte, frisse lucht en ongerepte berglandschappen doorsneden door diepe fjorden en rivierdalen. Tijdens deze actieve kampeerrondreis met eigen auto of optionele huurauto zie je het allemaal.... Read more
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