Hiking in Norway - South
The 10 best multi-day treks
By Ute Koninx
Guidebook describing 10 short treks in southern Norway, plus a handful of variants. The hut-to-hut routes, of 3 to 8 days, cover Jotunheimen, Rondane, Dovrefjell, Trollheimen and Ryfylke, and an ascent of Galdhopiggen, Norway's highest peak at 2469m, is included. Suitable for competent hikers with experience of navigation and mountain weather.
SeasonsThe hiking season in mid-Norway runs from mid-July to the end of September (from early July in the Lysefjord area). Snow cover is likely outside of this season.
CentresStavanger, Otta, Hjerkinn, Kongsvoll and Oppdal are the key bases
DifficultyThe graded hikes require a good level of fitness, some experience of mountain hiking, the occasional head for heights and good waterproof hiking gear.
Must SeeNorway's highest peaks, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertinden, in Jotunheimen's wild glacial landscapes; the harsh beauty of Snøhetta and Dovrefjell; Rondane's rugged moonscapes; the shimmering Lysefjord; world-famous 'vertigo hikes' including the Besseggen ridge and Kjeragbolten; the 4444-step staircase at Flørli; Trollheimen's lush valleys and unforgiving peaks; the unrivalled hospitality of Norway's mountain huts
This guide describes 10 shorter hut-to-hut treks showcasing southern Norway's wild natural beauty, with highlights including Galdhøpiggen - Norway's highest peak at 2469m - and the iconic Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten on the Lysefjord. The routes range from 3 to 8 days (although many can be adapted or combined to create longer or shorter routes) and cover Jotunheimen, Rondane, Dovrefjell, Trollheimen and Ryfylke. They are suitable for experienced hikers with a good level of fitness and can be walked from mid-July to the end of September.
Clear route description and mapping are provided for each hike. Stages are graded according to difficulty: although all of the routes follow waymarked trails, some cross remote and challenging terrain which may include exposed sections calling for a sure foot and a good head for heights. However, in many instances, alternatives are provided avoiding the most demanding sections. The guide also offers comprehensive advice on public transport access and accommodation options, and background notes on each of the featured mountain regions.
From narrow ridges to wide glacial valleys and from shimmering fjords to striking alpine peaks, Norway is home to many awe-inspiring landscapes. Throw in the warmth and hospitality of the Norwegian Trekking Association's extensive hut network and you have all the ingredients of a fantastic adventure. This guide is an ideal companion to discovering some of Norway's classic shorter hikes and best-loved mountain landscapes.
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Ute Koninx is a practised world traveller and outdoor enthusiast, and has lived in seven countries on four continents. She developed a love for the Norwegian outdoors whilst living in the country between 2009 and 2015, and has since returned every year for her work as a tour guide as well as further explorations and research.View author profile
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