Need-to-know before hiking in Norway
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.
Rules to follow for hiking:
- Always bring 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 (see below) to stay safe.
Follow The Norwegian Moutain Code (Fjellvettreglene)
The Norwegian Trekking Association wrote "The Norwegian Mountain Code" (1967) to help people stay safe in Norway's natural landscape, and has become integrated into Norwegian cultural heritage. 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.
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!
For more information and tips visit:
- The Norwegian Trekking Association. Information in English, German and French.
- UT.no. Information on where to hike (only in Norwegian. Also available as an app on google play and applestore).
- Kartutskrift.no (only in Norwegian). Print out your own map.
Enjoy the hikes, the scenery, and stay safe!