Need-to-know before hiking in Norway

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Need-to-know before hiking in Norway

Written by: The Norwegian trekking association / Study Bergen

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Read these useful tips on how to stay safe and get the most out of hiking in the Norwegian nature.

Hiking in the mountains around Bergen is a nice way to get to know the nearby nature and the nearby Norwegians. The Norwegian mountains can be enjoyable and safe if you take the necessary precautions and come prepared.   

Fun Fact: Norwegians do not normally greet people they don't know if they don't have to. This is true most everywhere, except in the mountains. So be prepared to say hello to everyone you meet when hiking. It might turn into a beautiful friendship, or even relationship.

Rules to follow for hiking:

  • Always take extra clothes, food and drink, even for short hikes. 
  • The weather can change rapidly. Dress in layers, and use wool. 
  • Bring a first aid kit with essentials. 
  • Always check the avalanche info before skiing off piste (skiing backcountry)! 
  • Do not go without proper knowledge about conditions, equipment and clothing. 
  • Familiarise yourself with and follow the Norwegian mountain code to stay safe (see below for a link).

Follow The Norwegian Moutain Code (Fjellvettreglene)

The Norwegian Trekking Association wrote "The Norwegian Moutain Code" (1967) to help people stay safe in Norway's natural landscape. The code has become integrated into Norwegian cultural heritage and has been updated as of 2016. The code covers trip planning (inlcuding weather and other conditions), equipment, choosing safe routes, using a map and compass, and other safety tips such as conserving energy, seeking shelter and not being ashamed to turn around if needed. Read the code in full at the previous link or at the Norwegian Trekking Association's website

The right to access

Everyone in Norway has the unrestricted right of free access in the countryside - including the national parks! But please respect Norway's nature.

  • Open fires are not permitted in or near forested areas between 15 April - 15 September. 
  • Do not disturb animals or birds, including nests and nestlings, and do not litter. 
  • Do not camp closer than 150 m from houses/cabins. Respect people's private property. 
  • Do not camp on or near church yards, football fields etc. as this is considered very disrespectful. 
  • And remember to leave the natural environment as you found it! 

More Information 

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Enjoy the hikes, the scenery, and stay safe! 

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