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Walking and Trekking in Norway - Northern Europe - a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of Walking in Norway
2 Feb 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
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1st Published
1 Jan 1998
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Walking in Norway

A walking guide

by Constance Roos
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook includes 20 walking and trekking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway from the Far South to the sub-Arctic regions. Includes Hardangervidda, Aurlandsdalen, Rondane, Jotunheimen, Alvdal Vestfjell, Tafjord, Douvre, Trollheimen, Sylene, Femundsmarka, the mountains of Narvik, Troms Border Trail and Finnsmaksvidda.

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This book describes 20 walking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the Far South to the Arctic regions. Chosen because they are of particular interest to the visiting walker, all trips described are accessible by public transport. Many of the mountain areas are close to one another, making it easy to connect different routes for a fortnight's holiday.

In Norway, you will find some of the most beautiful mountain landscape in the world. Unlike many of the alpine areas of Central Europe, these mountains are relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-cross through this remote landscape. Providing an ideal setting for the walker, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with comfortable mountain lodges. You will meet a kind and proud people who will enthusiastically share with you there love for their mountains.

Route descriptions, divided into daily segments, vary in length from a few days to over a week. Fact panels provide information on level of difficulty, base, maps etc. Introductory sections to each chapter detail unique information about each region and transport to the area. Summary tables, maps and route profiles illustrate the routes.

  • Seasons
    A short walking season with huts open from the third week of June to mid-September. Snow may persist into late June.
  • Centres
    Bergen, Geilo, Flam, Oppdal, Trondheim and Bodø, Tromsø, Narvik and Alta in the far north.
  • Difficulty
    Routes are short treks of 2-8 days from easy to strenuous. Harder routes involve glacier travel and high passes and peaks, and snow early in the year.
  • Must See
    The best hut-to-hut mountain walking in Norway. The land can be remote and wild, the refuges wonderful. Norway's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen, at 2469m.



UPDATE NOTE: We have been advised that the code for one of the maps quoted in the book for Route 19 is incorrect. 1634 IV Rostadalen should read 1632 IV Rostadalen.

Bus timetable information for this route can be found on this website


Table of Routes        

Chapter 1: Using This Book   
                        Route Descriptions, Maps, Base, Route Grading,
                        Direction, Elevation/Terrain/Features,
                        Route Profiles, Summary Tables

Chapter 2: Travel Tips
                   Getting Started        
                       Tourist Offices, Passports and Visas, Currency                
                       and Money, Customs and Duties, Language,
                       Health, Time   
                    Getting There               
                       Train, Air, Ferry/Boat, Bus   
                    Getting Around
                        Train, Air, Car, Bus, Taxi, Coastal Steamer,
                        Coastal Boat Services   
                    Helpful Hints While in Town
                        Accommodation, Business Hours, Mail/Post,  
                        Laundry, Electricity, Weights/Measures,              
                        Telephone, Shopping, Food and Drink    

Chapter 3: Life in the Mountains   
                    Den Norske Turistforening, Mountain Lodges,
                    Food/Meals, Keys, Reservations, Season,
                    Weather, Camping, Cairned Routes/Waymarking,
                    Crowded Trails, Safety in the Mountains, Glacier
                    Travel, Drinking Water, Alpine Etiquette, Trolls,
                    Dogs, Guided Tours, A Word on Northern Norway    

Chapter 4: Equipment
                    Boots, Rucksack, Sleeping Bag, Waterproofs,
                    Other Clothing/Equipment, Mosquitoes,
                    Drying Rooms    

Chapter 5: Southern Mountain Plateau   
                    1 Hardangervidda West   
                    2 Hardangervidda Central   
                    3 Aurlandsdalen   

Chapter 6: West Central Mountains 
                    4 Jotunheimen East to West
                    5 Jotunheimen South   
                    6 Jotunheimen West    

Chapter 7: North Central Mountains   
                    7 Rondane Traverse   
                    8 Rondane Tops   
                    9 Rondane Circle   
                    10 Alvdal Vestfjell (Low Route)   
                    11 Alvdal Vestfjell (High Route)   

Chapter 8: Western Fjord Ranges 
                    12 Tafjord   
                    13 Dovre Mountains    

Chapter 9: Central Fjord Ranges   
                    14 Trollheimen Traverse   
                    15 Trollheimen Circle   

Chapter 10: Central Border Mountains   
                    16 Sylene      
                    17 Femundsmarka    

Chapter 11: Mid-Norway   
                    18 Mountains of Narvik    

Chapter 12: Arctic Norway   
                    19 Troms Border Trail    

Chapter 13: The Far North   
                    20 Finnmarksvidda    

                A: Summary Table of Routes    
                B: Mountain Accommodation    
                C: Norwegian and Swedish Train Lines To
                         Walking Routes    
                D: Helpful Addresses    
                E: Glossary of Norwegian Words    
                F: A Visit to the Romsdal    
                G: Time in Oslo and Bergen    

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