Five amazing hiking trails in Norway
This week, Nordique is featuring the great outdoors in stunning Norway. For those with a love of beautiful scenery and spectacular trails, we have a treat in store. We've selected five amazing hikes in Norway, each with amazing and unique features - perfect for planning a hiking holiday to Norway!
Besseggen Ridge, located in the Jotunheimen National Park, is the most popular one day hike in Norway. This is the land of the giants - with Norway's highest peaks surrounding the trail, and spectacular snow-capped vistas on all sides. The trail is 14km in length and can be completed in 6 - 9 hours. Over 30,000 people complete the trail each year, drawn by a spectacular hike amongst incredible mountain scenery.
One of the most famous views in all of the Nordic region, and indeed one of teh most famous natural viewpoints in the world, rewards hikers who reach 'Pulpit Rock'. Soaring 600m above the beautiful Lysefjord, the rocky outcrop at the top offers views of the deep blue water below and stunning mountain scenery. There are various routes to the summit, but the hike from the Priekestolem Mountain Lodge is around 8km and takes 4-6 hours.
Sometimes referred to as the most beautiful hike in Norway, Romsdalseggen Ridge is located on the Romsdal Fjord, close to Molde. Surrounded by huge, distinctive mountain peaks, the hike also afford views of the Norwegian sea, and the beautiful Rauma Railway in the valley below. There are various routes to take, each with differing levels of difficulty, but the most common route is around 10km and take between 5-8 hours. It is a challenging hike, but very rewarding!
Another of the most famous sites in Norway, the 'troll's tongue' is a 10,000 year old rock formation that protudes out over the fjord below. Walking out onto the tongue requires a head for heights though - it is 900m sheer drop below! The site is located quite close to Bergen, in Horadland County. The hike up to the Trolltunga viewpoint is challenging - around 22km in hiking, and an elevation of nearly 1km in total. With a world famous view, not to mention some incredible photo opportunities, we certainly think it is worth the effort!
The Lofoten Islands are located off the northern coast of Norway. A distant, often windswept, but majestically beautiful place. This hike is a real treat for photographers, with the high latitudes creating unusual and stunning lighting against the high mountain peaks and steep sea fjords. The summit of this peak is the Reinebringen mountain. At 448m, it is modest by Norwegian standards, but the views are certainly spectacular. The main attraction is the view of the Lofoten Wall - a collection of sheer cliffs rising strikingly from the Norwegian Sea. Although getting to Lofoten is not particularly easy, this hike is not difficult. It should only take a couple of hours, and although steep, is only around 1km in distance. A lovely addition to your trip, if you do have the opportunity to visit this magical place.
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