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Norway’s Nine Best Hikes

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Whether you're interested in taking a simple hike along the Lofoten Islands or would like to push yourself with a long, multi-day hike along the Hardangervidda, these are a few of the best trails that Norway has to offer.

Reinebringen 

Where Is It Located?: The Lofoten Islands

How Long Does It Take?: Approximately 2 to 3 hours.

How Do You Get There?: You can access the trail on the outskirts of Reine village.

This trail is located on Moskenes island, just outside of a small fishing village called Reine. This trail is steep, but the vista you'll see at the top is worth the effort. You'll have the opportunity to see the Kjerkfjorden, the Reinefjorden, and of course, the Lofoten Wall, a series of granite spikes jutting out of the travellers Sea.

Although a round trip will only take between two and three hours, you're going to want to make sure you allow some time to appreciate these beautiful views.

If you're looking for a more difficult hike in the Lofoten area, you can try Hermannsdalstinden. This trail begins at Sørvågen. It will take between one to two days to complete, and you'll have the option of spending the night at Munkebu hut.

Knivskjellodden 

Where Is It Located?: Northern Noway

How Long Does It Take?: A full day with a potential overnight day.

How Can You Get There?: Via the parking lot located on E69.

Many people believe that Nordkapp, Norway's North Cape, is the northernmost part of Europe's mainland. However, Knivskjellodden is actually further north by 1,457 meters. This is one of the most exciting trails in all of Norway, and it will allow you to walk all the way out to Knivskjellodden's tip.

The trail is rocky and secluded, and a round trip is 18 km. Since this is such a long trail, it's generally recommended that you camp at a location near the point. This will also give you the opportunity to appreciate the scenery in this area. While the North Cape sees around 300,000 tourists every year, fewer than 1,500 visit Knivskjellodden.

Besseggen Ridge

Where Is It Located?: Jotunheimen National Park

How Long Does It Take To Get Here?: Between 5 to 7 hours for a one-way trip.

How Do You Get There?: Via Gjendesheim Hut

This trail can be found in Jotunheimen National Park, where one of the tallest mountains in Northern Europe, Besseggen Ridge, is located. This is one of Norway's most beloved day hikes. When you walk the trail, you'll set foot across a narrow ridge between the Bessvatnet and Gjende lakes, and you'll have tall mountains all around you.

For most hikers, this isn't a round trip. People travel to Memurubu via boat in the morning, and then they walk back along the Besseggen ridge. A one-way walk will take between 5 to 7 hours. It's worth noting that some parts of the trail are very steep.

Dovrefjell 

Where Is It Located?: Central Norway

How Long Does It Take?: Anywhere from 2 hours to several days.

How Do You Get There?: The trail is south of Kongsvold Fjeldstue.

It's not easy to view wild musk oxen. Although they can be found in Greenland, Alaska, Siberia, and Canada, you'll have your best shot at seeing these creatures in Norway's Dovrefjell National Park. If you want to spot these oxen, your safest bet is to simply walk along the main trail, which begins in an area south of Kongsvold Fjeldstue.

It's most common to spot herds around water sources in the interior valleys. Typically, you'll be able to spot musk oxen within 12 hours. Keep an eye out for other travellers; they might locate before you do. Just make sure you don't get too close to the oxen; these creatures are a lot faster than they look.

Horseid and Bunes Beach 

Where Is It Located?: The Lofoten Islands.

How Long Does It Take?: Between 4 to 6 hours.

How Do You Get There?: You can take a ferry from Reine.

These beaches are found on Moskenesøya, which is the northern coast of the Lofoten Islands. If you start from Reine, this is an easy day trip.

You'll definitely want to visit these beaches if you can; they're some of the most unusual beaches in the entire world. The beaches have white sand and blue water, and they're actually north of the Arctic Circle. However, when the sun is shining, it's easy to believe that these beaches are a lot closer to the equator. In fact, there's actually a surfing school close by. 

Additionally, the landscape around the beach is stunning. It has granite peaks that are unlike anything you'd expect to see along a beach. If you're going to be visiting these beaches between May 28th and July 14th, this is also a fantastic place to view the midnight sun. If you bring your own supplies and camp on one of these beaches, you'll be able to view an incredible natural sight from a beautiful location.

The Hardangervidda 

Where Is It Located?: Southern Norway

How Long Does It Take?: Between seven and 12 days, depending on your route.

How Do You Get There?: There are several potential starting points.

Even though the Hardangervidda isn't home to Norway's tallest mountains, it's a location that feels distinctly Norwegian. There are countless trails to hike in this area, and there are over 30 public huts that you can stay in. If you plan a Hardangervidda hike, you'll be able to map out your own custom route.

If you don't have a lot of time, you might want to try the Oslo-Bergen Railway. This trail ends in Finse, where the Hoth scenes in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. You can find numerous trails starting from here. If you have more time to hike, you might consider crossing the entire plateau. It will take between 7 and 12 days, depending on your speed, but it will certainly be a hike to remember.

Galdhøpiggen 

Where Is It Located?: Jotunheimen National Park

How Long Does It Take?: This is a day hike.

How Do You Get There?: Via the Juvashytta and Spiterstulen huts.

The tallest mountain in Northen Europe is Galdhøpiggen, which stands at 2,469 meters. You can reach the peak if you take a day hike from one of two staffed huts, Juvashytta or Spiterstulen. You can reach both hunts from the world. While the walk from Juvashytta is shorter, it does require you to walk across the  Styggebreen Glacier. No matter which path you decide to take, you'll find a warming hut at the summit. You'll also be able to enjoy beautiful views.

Keipen 

Where Is It Located?: Geirangerfjord

How Long Does It Take?: Between 8 to 10 hours for a round trip.

How Do You Get There?: Via Geiranger

There are many elements that make the Geirangerfjord fjord feel special. There are tall mountains, lovely waterfalls, and other unique elements. Even though there are shorter trails that will allow you to see the fjord, such as Vesteråsfjellet or Løsta, walking to the summit of Keipen will give you the best available views. This trail isn't overly crowded, and it will give you an incredible view of the fjord and everything around it.

Preikestolen, AKA Pulpit Rock

Where Is It Located?: Lysefjord

How Long Does It Take?: Between 2 to 4 hours for a round trip.

How Can You Get There?: Via Preikestolhytta

Pulpit Rock stands 600 meters above the Lysefjord, which makes it less than ideal for people with a fear of heights. This is a popular attraction, and when the weather is warm, you'll find lots of other travelers on the rock with you. If you leave from the Preikestolhytta car park, it will take you between 2 to 4 hours to walk this 4-kilometre path.

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