Norway – the land of fjords and mountains. I am lucky to live here and try to enjoy our natural environment to the fullest by hiking as much as possible. And if you want to hike in Norway, I will try to give you a little info on where to start and what to do.
The Norwegian Trekking Organization
Founded in 1868, Norway’s largest outdoor organization, The Norwegian Trekking Organization (DNT) has more than 240,000 members in 57 local member “chapters” across the country, from Kristiansand in the south to the North Cape in the north. These local chapters operate cabins, mark routes and arrange trips, tours (more than 4000 each year) and different courses so there is something for everyone, at all ages. They have senior, junior and childrens groups as well.
DNT has a website called www.Ut.no. Here you will find all the info you would need to plan a trip in the area of Norway you would like to hike (route, cabin info etc. etc.) . Google Translate should work, and the site is pretty straightforward to navigate in, giving you a map with suggested routes, areas to hike in, cabins as well as the difficulty level of the route. The cabins are spread around all of Norway and are, for the most part self-service, in which you pay a small fee. So if you are not into tenting and would like a little more comfort, it is both convenient as well as cheap. They are also usually stocked with some food so if you do not have your own, you pay for what you use. Many people in Norway plan hikes over several days going from cabin to cabin.
Now, the good folks at ut.no have been smart enough to also put their website in an app for smartphones. With this app you can get driving directions to the start of a route, as well as a map that can be used for navigation. Or you can let the app search for routes near your location. Unfortunately it is only in Norwegian but I believe they are in the process of updating this (don’t hold me to it though!).
All the local DNT chapters also arrange many guided trips, all from simple day trips to ones that run over several days. My local chapter is the Stavanger Trekking Association and a click on their page gives me all their upcoming and planned activities. As a “tourist” you are welcome to join in!
I will be happy to help any of you that are considering hiking in Norway. Send me an email to post (at) norhiker.com and I will to try and answer any questions you might have.
About Erik Haaland
Erik Haaland lives in the coastal town of southwest Norway called Stavanger. Married with two children, he works in the drilling industry and tries to hike every weekend. You can follow his adventures at his hiking blog, www.norhiker.com