Hiking in Norway

Hike under frozen waterfalls, sleep in ice caves and wild camp on the banks of prehistoric fjords in the wild yet sophisticated Norway.

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The deep inlets of ocean that snake between towering mountains, otherwise known as the fjords, are home to some of the Europe’s most dynamic hiking routes.

During the Norwegian summer, you can skirt the banks of the deep-blue fjords or trek through forested mountain plateaus in the midnight sun.

As auroras start to illuminate the Norwegian night’s sky, a hiking adventure in the Norwegian winter turns into a serene, arctic expedition. Snowshoe across the northern tundras, sleep in ice caves and ice-fish for dinner before spotting the elusive Northern Lights.

Norwegian law allows anyone the right to wild camp anywhere and the network of rustic, wooden cabins means that there is a serious variety of hiking adventures around Norway.

Here are some of our favourite spots to hike in Norway.

Preikestolen

Vistas don’t get much more dramatic than this. Towering a dizzying 604 metres over the Lysefjord, Preikestolen, or ‘Pulpit Rock’, is an ancient, vertigo-inducing, 25 by 25-metre mountain plateau that was carved out in the most recent ice-age.

The trail ascends 350 metres and takes around four hours to complete. Once you reach the top, you’ll see for yourself why this spot frequently features on lists of the world’s most spectacular viewing points.

Trolltunga

Jutting out 700 metres above lake Ringedal, this dramatic rock formation is located deep in the fjord heartland, 170km east of Bergen. In English, the name translates as ‘troll’s tongue’. Legend has it that a cheeky troll didn’t believe he would turn to stone when he stuck his tongue out to make fun of the rising sun.

The popularity of the hike to this ancient cliff has skyrocketed. The 27km round-trip from Skjeggedal is now one of Norway’s most popular hiking trails. But be warned, the route takes around 12 hours and has 1,000 metres of ascent. However, the view when you get there will be more than worth it.

Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen is the highest mountain in southern Norway at 1,883 metres above sea-level. At the peak, there’s a cafe located in a 100-year-old stone cabin, and you can get your own stone stamped as proof that you’ve conquered the mountain.

But the trek is only around eight kilometres and can be done by both adults and children, as long as they are in decent shape. The route, which takes around four to five hours to complete, starts at Stavsro, 16km south-east of the town of Rjukan. This is an ideal hike for first-time summit reachers who want a taste of remote Norway.

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