Norway's Top 4 Hiking Trails

From challenging mountain ridges to serene fjord side vistas, these Norwegian trails offer a unique experience for hikers of varying skill levels
A stunning shot of Norway. Photo Credits Vidar Nordli-Mathisen, Unsplash
A stunning shot of Norway. Photo Credits Vidar Nordli-Mathisen, Unsplash

Located in Northern Europe, Norway stretches along the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Countless fjords carved by ancient glaciers indent its extensive coastline. The country experiences a varied climate, with coastal areas influenced by the temperate Gulf Stream and inland regions experiencing colder winters. These diverse climatic conditions contribute to the remarkable landscapes awaiting hikers. It also has a rich history that spans over a thousand years. Historically, the Norwegian people have deeply connected with their natural surroundings, and hiking has been an integral part of their cultural heritage for centuries. Today, Norway celebrates its heritage and offers a well-preserved network of hiking trails that cater to adventurers of all levels.

Besseggen Ridge Trail

The Besseggen Ridge Trail is renowned for its challenging experience, making it a favourite among seasoned hikers. This advanced-level trail takes you through the Jotunheimen National Park, where you'll be surrounded by majestic mountains and deep glacial lakes. The landscape is characterized by rugged terrain, with sparse vegetation and scrubland dotting the trail. As you ascend, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the sparkling Gjende Lake and the vibrant greenery of the Bessvatnet Lake. As you trek, watch for Arctic foxes, reindeer, and golden eagles that call this remote wilderness their home.

Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) Trail

The Pulpit Rock Trail, or Preikestolen, is for beginners to intermediate hikers. Starting at the Lysefjord, this trail takes you through lush evergreen forests, where sunlight filters through the trees and leaves shuffling shadows behind. Along the way, keep an eye out for peregrine falcons soaring overhead, mountain hares darting through the undergrowth, and seals basking on the rocky shores. As you ascend, the trail leads you to the iconic Pulpit Rock, a sheer cliff rising 604 meters above the fjord. From the precipice, you'll be treated to stunning views of the fjord and surrounding mountains.

Romsdalseggen Ridge Trail

This intermediate to advanced trail takes you through the stunning Romsdalen Valley, famous for its dramatic mountain peaks and deep gorges. As you traverse the trail, you'll pass through birch and pine forests, their fragrant scents accompanying your journey. Keep your eye out for muskoxen, lynx, and red deer that roam this rugged terrain. The hike's highlight is the ridge view, where you can marvel at the grandeur of the Trollveggen (Troll Wall), Europe's tallest vertical rock face.

Trolltunga Trail

The Trolltunga Trail is a challenging trek for advanced trekkers. Trekking through alpine vegetation and Arctic tundra, you'll encounter various landscapes, from beautiful valleys to majestic mountain peaks. The highlight of this trail is the legendary Trolltunga, a massive rock formation jutting out horizontally above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. From this point, you can also check out the surreal views of glacial valleys and distant snow-capped mountains.

Being a Responsible Hiker

As you venture into Norway's pristine wilderness, it's essential to leave no trace of your presence, respect the local wildlife and their habitats, and follow designated trails to minimize environmental impact. For challenging hikes, consider hiring a local guide who possesses invaluable knowledge of the terrain and weather conditions. As you head out, carry a map, appropriate gear, and sufficient provisions to ensure your safety and well-being.

Getting There

The best way to reach Norway is via air travel. Accordingly, you can fly to Oslo Gardermoen Airport, a well-connected international airport.

Cover Photo Credits&nbspVidar Nordli-Mathisen, Unsplash

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