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Hiking in Norway - South

The 10 best multi-day treks

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.

Seasons

The 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.

Centres

Stavanger, Otta, Hjerkinn, Kongsvoll and Oppdal are the key bases

Difficulty

The graded hikes require a good level of fitness, some experience of mountain hiking, the occasional head for heights and good waterproof hiking gear.

Must See

Norway'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
ISBN
9781852849757
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Published
Published
27 Jan 2021
Reprinted
14 Jun 2024
Edition
Second
Pages
296
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.65cm
Weight
330g
Overview

A guidebook to 10 short treks of 3–8 days in southern Norway. Covering Jotunheimen, Rondane, Dovrefjell, Trollheimen and Ryfylke, the routes showcase the spectacular scenery of Norway’s mountains and fjords.

The treks range from 41 to 152km (25–94 miles), although some can be linked to create longer expeditions. Most stages are graded challenging or very challenging and call for stamina, navigational skill, competence on rough terrain, scrambling ability and – in some instances – a head for heights.

  • 1:200,000 Norwegian Kartverket mapping and elevation profile for each route stage
  • GPX files available for download
  • Information on Norway’s excellent network of mountain huts, including hut listings
  • Local transport details
  • All the information you need to plan and prepare for your trek

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By Ute Koninx

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.

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