country´s expansive mountain ranges and high plains make ideal walking
terrain. You could choose either to carry your own tent, stay in youth
and family hostels, or ramble from cabin to cabin.
popular areas include the Jotunheim mountain range; the Rondane and
Dovrefjell mountains; the Hardangervidda plateau, the Trollheimen
district; and the eponymous plain Finnmarksvidda.
The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association, runs about 300 guided
hiking tours of varying difficulty during the summer, including glacier
walks and around 100 in the winter. Most cabins are open from end-June
until mid-September, in addition to Easter. Some cabins are open all
Parts of Jotunheimen National Park are in Vågå
district, including Lake Gjende, which is an ice-green pearl almost a
thousand metres above sea level. Along the banks of the Gjende there is
a rich selection of wild flowers, including many typical lowland plants
found here well over 1000 metres avove sea level.
Gjendineggen Ridge, which is today known as Besseggen, famous from Henrik Ibsen´s Peer Gynt, makes up part of the most-used footpath in the Norwegian
Tourist Association´s network. Over 30,000 people walk the route
between Gjendesheim and Memurubu during three months in the summer part
of the year. The walk takes about six hours, with its highest point at
1,743 metres above sea level. Besseggen itself is a part of this walk.
The sharp mountain ridge cuts its way west towards Bandet, a flat
plateau between Gjende and Bessvatnet lake. You will go past the
water´s edge at Bessvatnet lake, whilst Gjende, which is 984 metres
above sea level, is 400 metres below on the opposite side!
phenomenon that we will draw your attention to here is that Bessvatnet
lake is crystal clear and blue in colour whilst Gjende shines through
with its characteristic emerald-green glacial colour. The reason for
this is Memuru, the river which brings large quantities of earth, clay
and stone from the glacier in to the lake.
This gorge, where the River Sjoa
gushes round whirlpools and rapids, is well known in legend. The name
"Ridderspranget" means "Rider´s Leap", and is derived from the story of
the Valdres horseman Sigvat Kvie, who, after stealing a bride at Sandbu
in Vågå, fled over this gorge with the beautiful maiden "Skårvangssola"
in his arms. The Sandbu horseman Ivar Gjesling was close on their heels
with his men.
To show what would happen to anyone who attempted
to take him, Kvie pushed one of his own men down into the waterfall.
According to the story, Sigvat Kvie subsequently had to pay
compensation for the theft of the bride. Ridderspranget is easy to get
to, with a driveable road which turns off road 51, 5 km south of
Randsverk. From the car park it is only a short walk to the gorge.
Please don´t try to jump across the gorge. It is highly dangerous!
THE LYSEFJORD MOUNTAINS
The famous, 40 km long Lysefjord, surrounded by impressive mountains carved out during the Ice Age is the dominant feature of Forsand. Ferries and sightseeing boats call on many of the exiting towns and villages along the fjord.
The Pulpit Rock
is no doubt the best known tourist attraction in the Ryfylke region and
in Rogaland county. The characteristic mountain shelf 604 metres over
Lysefjord has been visited by hundreds of thousands throughout the
years. From the Preikestolhytta, a 7 km traiI climbs the rest of the
350 metres to the top. Good shoes and physical health are necessary for
the 3 - 4 hour hike. In June - August there are daily buses from the
ferry quay at Tau to the cabin. You can also enjoy the Pulpit Rock from
the ferries and express boats on the fjord.
The Kjerag mountains
rise majestically 1,000 metres above the innermost part of the
Lysefjord, offering a stupendous view of Lysebotn and the fjord. One
attraction is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged into a crack in
the mountain. The trail from Øygardsstøl by Lysevegen road above
Lysebotn is demanding. Allow 4 - 6 hours for the 10 km hike, which
climbs 570 metres. Good shoes and physical health are advised. The
truly adventurous climb up the precipitous rock faces or parachute from
the top. Enjoy their stunts standing safely on the deck of a boat.
Situated between the Dovrefjell and Rondane National Parks, the Dovre
area offers beautiful vistas and an invigorating climate good for body
and soul. Although certain areas are quite rugged and rocky, Rondane is
for the most part an easily accessible hiking area suitable for short
and longer backpacking trips. Rondane also has a vulnerable population
of wild reindeer which originates from the same stock as the population
on the Dovrefjell.
Summers provide an excellent opportunity to
experience Dovre´s many facets. With the broad range of activities
available you are sure to find something that interests you. Offerings
include musk-oxen safaris, moose safaris with or without canoe,
rafting, mountain climbing, summit tours, canyoning, ornithological
tours, etc. You will find a wide assortment of hiking trails and
ancient pathways such as the old King´s Road and Pilgrim´s Route (the
route followed by pilgrims to the Shrine of St. Olaf in Trondheim) on the Dovrefjell and in the Rondane Mountains, and close by the centre of Dombås.
area contains the last virtually intact high mountain ecosystem in
Europe, with a habitat that supports wild reindeer, wolverine, and
arctic fox. Dovrefjell is known for its rich and diverse flora, with
the Spring Pasque Rower (Pulsatilla vernalis) among the best known. A
number of plant species are rare, and are only found in the Dovrefjell
The main landmark and highest peak in the national park is Snøhetta (2,286 metres), a popular destination for many hikers.
Fokstumyra nature reserve
is a very special area, and is particularly important as a nesting
ground for a large number of rare and more common bird species. At the
last registered count, approximately 140 bird species were recorded,
whereof approximately 60 were registered as nesting. One distinctive
species is the Ruff (Philomachus pugnax). The designation of Fokstumyra
as a nature reserve in 1923 was the first such act involving the
protection of a large wilderness area in Norway. Hiking etc. in the
nature reserve is subject to certain rules.
Many Oslo neighborhoods lie along the Oslofjord, which stretches more than 60 miles north from the Skagerrak to Oslo,
and is filled with basins dotted with islands. (There are 40 islands in
the immediate Oslo archipelago). Nearly all visitors want to see Holmenkollen,
a wooded range of hills northwest of the city rising to about 1,740
feet. You can reach it in 35 minutes by electric train from the city
center. Marka, Oslo´s forest, is a sprawling recreation area that
offers hiking, bicycle riding, skiing, fishing, wild berry picking,
jogging trails, and more. It contains 343 lakes, 310 miles of ski
trails, 387 miles of trails and roads, 11 sports chalets, and 24 ski
jumps and alpine slopes. The tracks are also used throughout the rest
of the year: Bærumsmarka, Nordmarka and Østmarka are all places where
many people meet every weekend.
Oslo is made for walking - in
fact, you can walk from the Central Station all the way to the Royal
Palace in a straight line. Except for excursions to the museum-loaded
Bygdøy peninsula and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, most attractions can be
covered on foot. Oslo is not neatly divided into separate neighborhoods
or districts. It consists mainly of central Oslo, with the Central
Station to the east of the city center and the Royal Palace to the
west. Karl Johans Gate, the principal street, connects these two points.
is also one of the most heavily forested cities, with fewer than half a
million inhabitants. One final point: Oslovians love nature. They
devote much time to pursuits in the forests and on the fjords. It takes
only half an hour by tram to go from the Royal Palace to the 390-foot
Tryvann Observation Tower, where you can enjoy a view over Oslo Marka,
the giant forest.
The Krogskogen forest was the setting for many
Norwegian folk tales about princesses, kings, penniless heroes, and the
inevitable forest trolls. From this observation tower in the summer,
you can look down on hundreds of sailboats, motorboats, and windsurfers
among the numerous islands of the Oslo archipelago.
Along the Gaular
watercourse you will see 29 larger waterfalls on the stretch from
Gaularfjellt mountains and Haukedalen to Osen in Bygstad. There is no
other place where you´ll find so many waterfalls in such a limited
area, and so easily accessible. There are several, Huldefossen
waterfall at Moskog and Laukelandsfossen waterfall in Dalsfjorden that
are worth a visit.
We have an environment here that is
flourishing with a wide diversity of outdoor and cultural activities.
In the short space of an hour, you are able to experience the typical
Western Norwegian landscape with fjords, mountains, waterfalls and
The Waterfall Road
Fossevegen is the stretch
from the Gaularfjellet mountains and the Rørvikfjellet mountains down
towards Sande and Dalsfjorden. Here you drive right up to all of the
largest falls, and a good deal of this magnificent awe-inspiring
waterfall scenery is visible from your car. Four of the most splendid
waterfalls are signposted as attractions. At Vallestadfossen waterfall,
Eikjelandfossen waterfall and Osfossen waterfall there are parking
areas. Huldefossen waterfall, at Mo Agriculture school a cultural walk.
The Waterfall Path
is a marked and prepared path that winds from Gaularfjellet mountains
to Viksdalen along Eldalsdalen, 23 km in length with a gradient of 500
ms. The path follows old trails that have been stamped by livestock and
people. Along the way you will see 14 larger waterfalls and 7 lakes.
Here you will really feel the presence of the river, the power of the
cascading falls in a contrasting landscape. The paths are uneven, so
you must use sturdy footwear.
MØRE & ROMSDAL
The Seven Sisters
the national mountain of Norway, the gem among Norway´s mountains.
Stetind shows a marked and sensational mountain formation, a monolith
rising out of the fjord up to 1.392 meters above sea level.
ages it has been a landmark which, well visible from far off, rises
high above other nearby peaks. Stetind is well known among mountain
climbers, and has been so for a long time.
The peak is a "world
in itself", formed by screes and steep, smooth and slippery slopes of
naked rock. The top of the peak looks as if it has been formed by four
blows of an axe, three vertical and one crosswise.