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  1. Grandpa
    September 19, 2013

    You are sowing my seeds of discontent! Another life list hiking destination.

  2. Dave Walker
    September 19, 2013

    Yes, Norway is on my list for sure. We’re hoping to add walking holidays to Norway to our website as well soon.

  3. Maurik
    September 19, 2013

    I live in the Netherlands and have been in Norway a couple of times. One of the most beautiful countries for “outdoor” and really really nice people. Everybody speaks English so that makes things much easier. You can easily go unguided, but conditions can be really harsh. So prepare for all conditions. One thing to remember…It ain’t a cheap country.

  4. Philip Werner
    September 19, 2013

    I like the idea of pre-provisioned huts. What kind of food to they have and how expensive is it to buy? I assume payment is based on the honor system, but how does it work?

  5. Erik Haaland
    September 19, 2013

    Hi!

    There are two main types of cabins. Fully staffed or no-catered self-service.

    For info on the fully staffed; http://www2.turistforeningen.no/files/DNT-Oslo/PriserEngelsk2013_print.pdf

    Prizes quoted are in Norwegian “Krone” (10 NOK is about US $1.72)

    For the no-catering selfservice cabins, which there are the most of, the food is sold at whatever they buy it in for more or less. It is your basic spreads, jams and crisp bread, sometimes soups, butter and juice for dilution.

    Also, if you do not have any money with you there is always the possibility to pay with a credit card. Either way (cash or card) you fill out a form with info about your type of stay (day or overnight, with/without food) and drop this in the safe in the cabin.

    You can also google translate the following cabin guide (with video in Norwegian also):

    http://www.turistforeningen.no/hytteguide/

    Erik

  6. Ole Askheim-Thygeson
    September 20, 2013

    Hiking in Norway is every hikers dream, almost. You can walk anywhere you like (not in gardens or farmed fields), you can camp anywhere you like (as long as you are at least 150 meters away from any house), and the water is drinkable without any need of purification.

    Hiking in Norway is expensive. Norwegians have high wages, so the price of everything is tuned to that fact. A liter of milk is about 2 dollars, half a liter of beer is about 7 in the shop, double that if you are in a restaurant. If you plan to make a longer hikingtrip, bring your own gear, and your own freezedried food (check for tollclearence and rules for import of food).

    The times given for walking paths on the pages Erik referes to, are based on steady walking at 3,5 km/hour without breaks. The real time you use will be longer. You should also always have clothes with you (when on multidaytrips in the mountains) that can handle tempratures down to freezing (O C)even in high summer. Also know your map and compass skills.

    If you use the huts, you are expected to take part in the chores like washing up, cleaning the place before you leave etc.. In fully staffed and self-service huts you will only have to bring a liner for sleeping, no sleepingbag is required.

    Be openminded and ask for help, and you shall get it! Pick the right spot and you can be alone for days in a row, no sound apart from what nature gives you and an amazing landscape.

    Welcome!

    P.s. (please excuse my spelling, I don’t usually write in english)

  7. Erik Haaland
    September 20, 2013

    Excellent additional info Ole – Thanks!

  8. Tim M
    September 22, 2013

    Great guide, Erik! Norway is a must-visit destination for hiking. Are there any long distance trails similar to America’s Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail?

  9. Gaute
    September 22, 2013

    There are a few trails…

    St. Olavs ways, a pilgrimsroute from the middle ages from Oslo to Trondheim http://pilegrimsleden.no/en/
    The Rondane path from Oslo to Rondane http://ut.no/tur/rondanestien
    The Jotunheimen path from Oslo to Jotunheimen http://ut.no/tur/jotunheimstien

    and the real big one, Norway from the southernmost point Lindesnes to the northermost point Nordkapp (Cape North) or Kinnarodden
    (Kinnarodden on Norkyn is the northermost point of the European mainland but as wikipedia points out “Nordkapp is, however, the northernmost point to which one can drive a car.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordkapp)

    Willem has a great tripreport here http://transscandinavia.wordpress.com/trip-report/

    James Baxter did a two way trip and skied from Lindenes to Kinnarodden, then biked to the russian border
    and kayaked back down the Norwegian coast to Oslo http://www.skipaddlenorway.com/

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