Norway is one of the best places to hike in the world! Hiking is a sport enjoyed by most of the nature lovers. There are many places around the world that offer some beautiful hikes, including Norway. Some of the best trails to hike in Norway are:
- Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Pulpit Rock is one of the famous tourist attractions in Norway; it’s located in Forsand, Ryfylke, in Western Norway. Pulpit Rock is a mountain plateau 604 meters above sea level. Here you can go hiking, climbing, and mountaineering. The hike is about two hours long and begins at the mountain lodge, Preikestolen Fjellstue. This area also offers accommodations for travelers, such as public toilets, parking, and other facilities. The best time to hike at Pulpit Rock is from April to October. The hike is not recommended during winter due to little daylight and icy conditions. You can reach Pulpit Rock by car, ferry, or bus.
Jotunheimen is also called “The Home of the Giants.” It is a mountainous area of roughly 3,500 km2 located in southern Norway. The highest mountains in Norway are found here, including Galdhopiggen, the highest mountain, which stands 2,469 m tall. Jotunheimen is a very popular place for climbers and hikers. The Jotunheimen National Park is found here. The park is characterized by high mountains, glaciers and deep lakes. The best time to hike in Jotunheimen is from the middle of July until the middle of August. Hiking is allowed in June and September, sometimes even early October, depending on the weather conditions and the amount of snow. The Jotunheimen area does have some small hotels and can be reached by bus or train.
Hardangervidda is the largest mountain plateau in Europe, and is located in the Hardanger region of western Norway. Most of the plateau is part of Hardangervidda National Park. Popular outdoor activities in this area are camping and fishing in the calm, clear mountain lakes. There are several hiking routes to choose from, including Kinsarvik to Stavali (Husedalen), Hjølmo to Hadlaskard (Veigdalen), and Tuva to Heinseter. Another popular activity is cycling. One of the most popular cycling routes is Rallarvegen. This route is almost 100 kilometers long, and goes across spectacular high mountains with scenic views. You can reach Hardangervidda by car, train or bus.
Hemsedal is a small town located between Oslo and Bergen in southern Norway. This town is surrounded by high mountains and rivers. Hemsedal is popular for its large alpine skiing area, which is the second largest in Norway. But it is not just great place for skiing in the winter; it’s also a great place in the summer. There are many outdoor activities to do here, such as horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing, and even swimming. It has good trails for both beginners and advanced hikers. The hiking season starts in early June and goes until the beginning of October. You can reach Hemsedal by plane, car, train or bus.
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