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Best Hiking Trails in Norway

Overview

This ruggedly beautiful Scandinavian country is known for its fjords and magnificent landscapes.  Hiking is pretty much a national pastime in Norway so there is excellent infrastructure to support hiking (well-marked trails, easy transportation access and accommodation is abundant). Explore the Stavanger region, the Lofoten Islands, or around many of the small towns ideally located for hikes into the mountains and fjords. Some of the popular hikes include: Pulpit Rock, Trolltunga, Seven Sisters Hike, Romsdalseggen Ridge, Mount Skåla and Besseggen Ridge. The best months to hike in Norway are June to September (and in some parts it is shorter than that).

Capital: Oslo

When To Hike in Norway?

June – September: This will vary by region; in some areas, it will be a shorter period (ie. July – August)
October – May: Snow; cold

Climate: Norway is a quite a long country so climates range from oceanic (mild winters and cool summers) in the coastal areas to cold continental (cold, snowy winters and cool summers) in the inland mountainous areas.

 

Norway Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Lots of hiking infrastructure.  Base yourself in any one of the little towns/cities, look up the trail on a map and you’re good to go.  Because locals are passionate about hiking, you can usually get good info from asking at tourist office or any locals.

Transportation required: Can access many hikes by public transit, but a car is helpful

Where to stay in Norway for hiking: There are so many towns, only a handful are listed here, more are listed in the map section

  • Bergen
  • Lillehammer
  • Odda
  • Andalsnes
  • Alesund
  • Oppdal
  • Svolvaer
  • Stavanger

Most popular hikes in Norway

There are thousands of km of hiking trails throughout the mountains of this country. Some of the popular areas include Fjord Norway, Lofoten Islands, Jotunheimen National Park and much more. The map shows some of the highlights but is by no means comprehensive. Highest Mountain: Galdhøpiggen (2469 m), in the Jotunheimen mountain area. Norway has 47 national parks

Filter out hiking places of Norway by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Svalbard

  • Island in the Arctic Ocean; need an armed guide (to protect against polar bears), three hour flight from Oslo; Longyearbyen is the administrative centre
  • Hiking in Svalbard
  • 10 Popular Hikes in Svalbard
  • Parks include: Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, Indre Wijdefjorden National Park, Sassen-Bünsow Land National Park, Nordenskjøld Land National Park, Sør-Spitsbergen National Park 

Southern Norway

Rondane National Park

Jostedalsbreen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park

  • Most popular national park and home to the tallest mountains (2000m)
  • Hikes in Jotunheimen
  • Many towns that are good bases in the area, such as Lillehammer

Fjord Norway (Vestlandet)

  • The most popular area for hiking, home to many of Norway’s well-known fjords, lots of national parks – Fjord Norway 
  • Cities/Towns that you can base yourself: Bergen, Voss, Ål, Odda, Loen, Sunndalsora, Hemsedal and Golsfjellet, Andalsnes, many others 
  • One of the most popular hikes in Norway, Trolltunga, is near the town of Odda
  • Hardangervidda National Park – Hardangervidda (largest national park in Norway; a large plateau)
  • Folgefonna National Park – 10 Iconic Walks Folgefanna National Park
  • Hallingsgarvet National Park – 10 Iconic Walks Hallingskarvet National Park
  • Nærøyfjorden National Park – Bakkanosi
  • Innerdalen – considered the most beautiful valley in Norway- Hiking Innerdalen
  • Ålesund – port town so you can access fjords – Alesund Hiking Routes
  • Romsdalen – valley near Aldesnes

Around Oppdal

  • Hiking in Oppdal
  • Trollheimen Mountain Area
  • Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park

Hårskallen

Heilhornet

Helgeland

Okstindan Natur-Og Kulturpark

Saltfjellet – Svartisen National Park

Lofoten Islands

Vesterålen Islands

Senja

  • 2nd largest island in Norway
  • Hiking on Senja
  • Änderdalen National Park
  • Segla hike

Around Tromsø

Long Distance Trails of Norway

  • Rondane Triangle Route
  • Trollheimen Triangle Route
  • Nordkalottleden – 800 km route, also known as Arctic Trail, crosses into Sweden and Finland

Norway's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Norway Hiking Books:

  • Norway South: The finest fjord and mountain walks, by Bernhard Pollmann, 2016, Rother Walking Guide – https://amzn.to/3TV6hPI
  • Lofoten and Vesterålen, by Andrea and Tobias Kostial, 2019, Rother Walking Guide – https://amzn.to/3PGBH9Q
  • Hiking Lysefjord and Beyond: day trips in the Stavanger Region, by Ute Koninx and Rosslyn Nicholson, 2023, iVentureAmsterdam – https://amzn.to/3vvNp0e
  • Hiking in Norway – South: the 10 best multi-day treks, by Ute Koninx, 2021, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/49dQOii 
  • Walks and Scrambles in Norway, by Anthony Dyer, John A. Baddeley, Ian H. Robertson, 2006, Ripping Yarns – https://amzn.to/4cBdcEV
  • Fodor’s Essential Norway, by Fodor’s Travel Guides, 2023, Fodor’s Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3PHqkP0
  • Lonely Planet Norway, by Anthony Ham, Oliver Berry, Donna Wheeler, 2018, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3VD8xwu
  • The Rough Guide to Norway, 2022, by Rough Guides, APA Publications – https://amzn.to/3vyYEoL

 

Norway Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Norway:

There are so many stunning hikes in Norway that it is difficult to pick a handful; these are a small sample of the most popular. You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
  • Kjeragbolten
  • Trolltunga
  • Segla – on Senja island
  • Galdhøppigen
  • Seven Sisters Hike – Helgeland
  • Romsdalseggen Ridge – near Åndalsnes
  • Mount Skåla,- Jostedalsbreen National Park
  • Besseggen Ridge – Jotunheimen National Park
  • Fløya – Lofoten Islands
  • Reinebringen – Lofoten Islands

Easy Hiking Trails in Norway:

  • Ryten – Lofoten Islands
  • Kvalvika Beach – Lofoten Islands

 

Norway Hiking Websites:

 

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Norway Official Tourism Site:  

 

Norway Hiking Apps: 

 

Norway Hiking Maps: 

  • Maps 
  • Nordeca Turkart series maps (all of Norway), in 1:25,000, 1:50,000 and 1:100,000, www.nordeca.com (the most popular brand of maps)
  • Statens Kartverk Nye Norge (New Norway) topographic maps of whole country, 1:50,000, www.norgeskart.no

What Else To Do

  • Skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Seeing Northern Lights 
  • Stave churches (made of pine)
  • North Cape – the most northerly point in continental Europe

Other Important Points

  • Weather in particular is something to pay attention to as it can be quite dangerous in Norway’s landscape