When it comes to hiking, the Norwegians know what they are doing, the turquoise culture is deeply rooted in the Norwegians who have been hiking for over 200 years. Norway has dramatic nature with deep fjords, high mountain peaks and barren wilderness. Here you will find unbeatable nature experiences to discover for those who like hiking. Stay in mountain huts along the joints, in genuine hotels with modern amenities or bring your tent.
Among these ten Norwegian favorites, Besseggen and Romsdalseggen get my wandering heart to hump extra hard. Views of mountain peaks and fjord landscapes are the best possible reward after a long hiking day.
1. Reisadalen in Finnmark
The travel valley stretches from Kautokeino in Finnmark to Saraelv in Troms. Finnmark largely consists of plain land but Reisadalen is a part that has canyon-like landscapes, steep mountain sides and lush greenery of birch and pine forests. To the east you will find the 269 meters high waterfall Molissfossen and through the valley Reisaelva flows as the valley is named after.
2. Dronningruta in Vesterålen
Vesterålen is an island group located northeast of Lofoten. One of the most beautiful tours is the Queen’s Route which takes hikers past small picturesque communities, the coast and dramatic mountains. Here you can experience the midnight sun and follow along on a whale safari out on the Norwegian sea.
3. Romsdalseggen in Møre och Romsdal
The Romsdalseggen is designated to be one of Norway’s most beautiful and easily accessible places to walk on. The hiking trip across Romsdalseggen gives you a view of the fjord, mountain peaks, waterfalls and mountains in all directions. The trail has an increase of 800 meters and takes between six and eight hours to hike. The tour begins in Vengedalen near Molde in northern Fjord Norway. The best time to hike is between July and September.
4. Slogen in Vestlandet
Slogen is one of the most dramatic hiking trails, with steep terrain and beautiful views, in Sunnmørealpene, which is located in northern Fjord Norway. For those who want, you can book in at Hotel Union Øye, a wooden hotel from the beginning of the 19th century down by the fjord. The hike has an increase of 1,500 height meters right up from Hjørundfjord, expecting the hike to take a full day.
5. Triangeltur in Rondane
The Triangle Tour is a Norwegian classic that is great for beginners. The trip takes four to five days and starts most easily from one of the mountain huts at Dørålseter, Bjørnhollia or Rondvassbu. The walk goes around the largest mountains in the Rondane mountain massif, in the Norwegian eastern Norway. In the area there is still the ice sheet.
6. Galdhøpiggen in Oppland
In northern Jotunheimen lies Galdhøpiggen, Norway and Scandinavia’s highest mountain, with its 2,469 meters above sea level. From the top you have unparalleled views of the Jotunheimens National Park. Galdhøpiggen can be reached via three different routes, the easiest can handle children while the toughest trail goes over the glacier and requires climbing knowledge.
7. Besseggen in Jotunheimen
One of Norway’s most visited hiking tours is Besseggen in the National Park Kingdom. Many hikers start the day by taking the boat from Gjendeheim to Memurubu where they then begin the 8 hour long walk over steep trails overlooking the landscape of Jotunheimen.
Jotunheimen is a high mountain area in Norway that has Norway and Scandinavia’s highest mountain. The area is 3,500 square kilometers large and has its name with the meaning “The Home of the Giants”. Here are over 400 kilometers of marked trails and 40 cottages to stay overnight.
8. Aurlandsdalen in Sogn och Fordane
The Aurland valley is called Norway’s response to the Grand Canyon. The hike starts in Geitrygghytta or Østerbø and continues to Vassbygdi. You walk by bit along the cliff and have steep mountain sides around you.
There is a mountain cottage in the area that has roots from the 17th century. It is restored and has modern facilities and is well worth a visit. In the area around Østerbø it is possible to fish in mountain lakes, hike in unmarked terrain, carry out trips on the high mountain or any of the area’s glaciers.
9. Gaustatoppen in Telemark
Gaustatoppen in Telemark is often called Norway’s most beautiful mountain. At the top 1 883 meters above sea level, you can buy coffee and waffles in DNT’s 100-year-old stone hut. From the top it is possible to see the Swedish border in the east and one sixth of the whole of Norway.
This has been a popular destination for Norwegians for over 200 years. Here you can walk most conveniently between June and September, the hike starts at the parking lot in Stavsro, is 8.6 kilometers long, takes five hours to complete and fits both adults and children.
10. Preikestolen in Rogaland
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway is the Pulpit Rock at the Lysefjord in Stavanger. The mountain plateau is 604 meters high and is visited by more than 100,000 people every year. Lonley Planet has ranked this one of the world’s 10 most spectacular vantage points.
The best time to visit is between May and September, you get to the starting point which is about an hour’s drive from Stavanger by bus or ferry. The hiking tour itself is four kilometers simple road so expect that you will need about four hours for this tour. Save the day’s picnic to the view from Preikestolen.
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