Norway’s 7 Most Famous Hiking Trails with Unforgettable Views

It’s not surprising that Norway’s hiking culture is a major part of its lifestyle. The country has 47 national parks and some of the highest mountains in Europe. There are also thousands of miles of coastline.

Norwegians adopt “friluftsliv”–an outdoors lifestyle–year-round and in the summer and fall this means hiking. For longer trips, there are marked trails that run across the country. Wooden cabins can be used as shelter or basic accommodation.

Norway offers a variety of hiking trails that will allow you to see wild reindeer, birdlife and enjoy stunning scenery. These are seven of Norway’s most popular hiking trails.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

The Lysefjord is a beautiful fjord in Norway, despite its fame and popularity. Poets, writers, and painters have long referred to it as the most beautiful.

Maybe it’s the breathtaking view of the fjord from Preikestolen that has something to do. Although the flat clifftop gained worldwide fame in Mission: Impossible- Fallout, visitor numbers were already at an all-time high.

More than 300,000 people made the four-hour trek back to the clifftop in a pre-pandemic tourist season. This included an ascent of over 1,600 feet.

This popular hike is not for everyone. It has moderate difficulty and requires appropriate clothing and footwear.

Kjeragbolten

The Kjeragbolten hike overlooks the Lysefjord. It is also famous for its end point, a glacial boulder trapped in a mountain crevasse that drops below 3,200 feet. This stunning view attracts many international tourists.

You should be prepared for the 7-mile roundtrip hike that takes 8 hours and has an elevation gain greater than 1,800 feet. Inexperienced hikers should not attempt this route.

Trolltunga (The Troll’s Tongue).

Another popular destination hike, Trolltunga, is also plagued by long queues of hikers trying to duplicate the famous photograph of a lonely hiker jumping onto a unique rock formation nearly 2,300 feet above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.

This is despite the difficult nature of the hike which takes between 10-12 hours and 12.5 miles (7-9 hours) depending on whether you can get a spot on the shuttle bus to another trailhead. Tourist authorities recommend that you start the hike before 8 a.m.

Besseggen

Jotunheimen National Park contains Norway’s highest mountains and numerous hiking trails. The most famous–Besseggen–is best known for its unique lake view. On one side, the blue Bessvatnet Lake is visible while the Gjene Lake on the opposite side has a distinct green hue.

Its fame extends far beyond Norway. National Geographic has rated it as one of the 20 most thrilling hikes in the world.

It takes between 6-8 hours roundtrip for experienced hikers to complete the Ridge in a normal year. Memurubu is the easiest place to start, and can be reached via the lake Gjende ferry. It is highly recommended to book ahead for the ferry, which can be found just off the Valdresflye tourist road.

Romsdalseggen

Andalsnes is Norway’s capital for mountaineering. It’s easy to see why. Andalsnes is surrounded by dramatic peaks in the Romsdal Valley, including the Trollveggen, the Troll’s Wall.

The Romsdalseggen hike, with its stunning view of Trollveggen and Andalsnes, is a must-do. It is a difficult climb that can take up to 8 hours for even the most experienced hikers. Throughout the season, a shuttle bus runs between the Norwegian Mountaineering Centre and the trailhead.

Galdhopiggen

Many people are surprised that Norway’s highest mountain is so easy to reach, considering the difficulty of the hikes. The main trails both depart from mountain lodges that can be accessed by road.

Nevertheless, neither route is suitable for beginners. The shortest route, which takes three hours up and two down, starts from Juvasshytta. It also includes a glacier crossing which requires a guide.

Alternative routes from Spiterstulen take around six hours and can be done with or without a guide. Although there is no need to cross a glacier, the climb is difficult and the trail can be slippery and rocky at times.

Reinebringen

The dramatic mountains of Northern Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a highlight. The islands offer hiking trails that will give memories to everyone, from novice mountain climbers to experienced walkers.

Reinebein is not the highest point on Lofoten. However, the breathtaking view from the summit makes up for it. A stone staircase built by Sherpa has made the hike much more enjoyable and safer since 2019.

This route is now more accessible than ever. There will be a problem with parking and a lot of people on the trail. Stay in Reine for the best experience.

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