Hiking in Norway
We can promise you that hiking in the Fjords of Norway cannot be compared to other hikes you have done. The views are extremely scenic but the trails might have steep ascents and descents, are rocky and uneven, and the trails are not always well marked either. We have had many experienced hikers with us on our guided trips and all of them admit that hiking in the Fjords is heavier than they expected.
In Norway, we have a saying:
‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. Here you will read what to do.
Norwegian summers are famous for the variety of weather. From very warm to cold, from the sun to rain and even snow (depending on how high up in the mountains you are), from a breeze to a storm. Be prepared for all of this, especially when hiking or paddling.
In Norway, they have a saying: ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. So now you know what to do.
Pack smart & check out our hiking pack list for a 1 day hike.
We also have a packinglist for multi day hikes and trekking expeditions.
If you choose to hike on your own be prepared and do it safely.
Please take the time to read the following articles:
Visit Norway has made a list of essential tips for successful and safe mountain hikes in summer in Norway, also including destination guides for the hikes to Pulpit Rock, Besseggen, Trolltunga, etc.
To help hikers find their way in the Norwegian mountains and forests, and to ensure they choose the hike that is best suited to their ability, Norway uses a shared standard for grading all its marked paths. The trails are color-coded to let hikers know what to expect.
Green trails: Easy
Suitable for beginners. These are mainly short hikes, and no special skills are required.
Green trails are no longer than 5 km (3.1 mi) and have less than 300 meters (985 ft) of elevation change.
Blue trails: Medium
Suitable for beginners, although some fitness is required, as well as some basic skills. They are similar to green trails, with some challenging sections and moderate ascents.
Blue trails are no longer than 10 km (6 mi), and have less than 600 meters (1970 ft) of elevation change.
Red trails: Challenging
Suitable for experienced hikers with good stamina. Good equipment and proper hiking boots are also a must. These trails have challenging sections with steep ascents and crossing streams.
Red trails typically are no longer than 20 km (12 mi), and have up to 1000 meters (3200 ft) of elevation.
Black trails: Expert
Suitable only for experienced hikers with good stamina, equipment, and knowledge of maps and use of a compass. These trails can go to the summits of high mountains, leading you across exposed sections. Narrow ridges and smooth rocks are also common.
Black trails have no maximum in length and altitude, and should only be done by confident, experienced hikers.