Basic information about Norway
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, lies to the west on the Scandinavian peninsula, borders Sweden to the east and Russia and Finland to the north-east. As one of the countries in Europe with the largest area, Norway is sparsely populated with around 5.4 million inhabitants. The regions are divided into five regions: Nord-Norge, Østlandet, Sørlandet, Vestlandet and Trøndelag. Hiking in beautiful Norway is particularly excellent, because the wild, pristine nature and the extraordinary landscapes offer ideal conditions for hikers seeking peace and quiet. The diverse hiking trails are suitable for all experience levels and offer tours for every energy level.
Hiking in Norway
Far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you hike over eight days and six daily stages on our hiking tour Norway, 8 days, through the wild Jotunheimen National Park, which houses the highest mountains in Scandinavia. En route on impressive hiking trails, the route leads you from the historic capital of Oslo directly to the centre of the national park on Lake Bygdin. After a circular hike over extensive plateaus, on the fourth day you will head to Gjendebu, where you will spend the night in a traditional mountain hut of the Norwegian Trekking Association. After a circular hike to the summit of Gjendetunga, on the sixth day of hiking, you trek to the idyllic hut village of Eidsbugarden and final back to Oslo on the last day’s stage, where you can review your successful hiking trip on the last evening.
Our Eurohike moments in Norway
- Be one with nature: On our hiking tour in Norway you will experience wonderful hiking moments to breathe deeply and relax, because in the pristine nature of Scandinavia, every hiker will find their individual happiness.
- Fireplace cosiness in Gjendebu: At the wonderful open fire in the traditional Norwegian hut of the hiking club in the middle of the mountains, you can review the past days of hiking in peace and quiet and end the evening with a cup of tea.
- Feast like Vikings: Numerous regional dishes in Norway can be traced back to the tradition of the Vikings. Don’t miss smoked meat or dried fish.
Facts and details
- Location: In the west of the Scandinavian peninsula
- Area: 385,207km²
- Capital: Oslo (located on the south coast) with around 680,000 inhabitants
- Season: The best climate for hiking tours is from June to August
- Official language: Norwegian
- Highest mountain: Galdhøpiggen at 2,469 metres (also the highest mountain in Scandinavia) sits in the Jotunheimen mountain range
- Islands: Around 150,000 islands belong to Norway
- Coast: 2,532 kilometres, coastal kilometres including bays and fjords amount to about 28,953 kilometres and about 240,000 kilometres with the coasts of the islands
Climate in Norway
The climate in Norway is just as varied as the country itself. The western coastal areas are shaped by the North Atlantic Current and have mild, humid climate. This moisture is evident in frequent rain, particularly in the western areas of the mountains and, for example, in the city of Bergen. There is a reason why Bergen is known as one of the cities in Europe with the highest precipitation. The amount of rain decreases from the southern to the northern regions and the interior is characterised by a continental climate. We recommend June to August as the ideal months to travel for hiking holidays.
Norway’s culture and traditions
Kos – a word with only three letters, but it has an incredible meaning for the people of Norway. This word stands for cosiness, warmth and friendliness, for care and solidarity. Whether with the family by candlelight, a nice moment on a hike through nature or with a cup of tea in front of the fireplace – people here in the north enjoy the little moments of everyday life – there’s a reason why Norwegians are among the happiest people on earth. And it is precisely these special moments of peace and well-being that can be experienced excellently on a Eurohike hiking holiday in Norway’s pristine nature, far away from the crowds. The country is also particularly rich in cultural treasures. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cultural sites, museums and the incomparable nature including the fjords, coasts and mountains are the special features of this country.
Fish in all variations and particularly fresh and of excellent quality awaits you at the table in Norway. The cuisine in the north is shaped by the long and essential tradition of fishing, so you will find wonderful fish dishes on every menu. But the time of the Vikings also had an impact on Norwegian cuisine. The basis of the smoked meat and dried fish (e.g. Klippfisk) is thanks to the former sailors of the north. A few of the typical Norwegian dishes you shouldn’t miss:
- Norwegian salmon, whether pickled (gravet laks) boiled, smoked or fried, simply wonderful.
- The typical Flatbrøt, a thin, crispy flatbread and the lefse, a soft flatbread made from potatoes and flour.
- Geitost or Brunost, the wonderful brown cheese made from goats milk, caramelised and with a deliciously sweet taste.
- Whether as a welcome meal, at weddings or as a dessert, the Rømmegrøt made from sour cream and flour (or semolina) with cinnamon, sugar and raisins is very popular for every occasion.
One thing is guaranteed in Norway – every foodie will be happy here.
Hiking holiday in Norway with luggage transfer
Take a deep breath and experience – with lots of moments of peace and a unique natural backdrop in the pristine northern wilderness. To round off your hiking day perfectly, nibble on the best of the country’s maritime cuisine – the perfect active holiday in the north. We at Eurohike take care of your all-round successful hiking holiday with our detailed travel documents, smooth luggage transfer, on-site support and comfortable accommodation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our Eurohike service-hotline.
- Read here why a hiking holiday with Eurohike is the perfect form of individual active holiday.