9 Best Hikes in Norway | Hiking Travel Guide
When you’re planning your trip, consider one or two hikes to add to your Norway hiking itinerary. Norway has such stunning landscapes, some of it visible only via hiking trails. There are plenty of hikes scattered around the country because the country is quite large and has such a varied landscape. Make sure the trails you select are relatively near each other and not on opposite ends of the country as it will be nearly impossible to complete them in the same trip. This post covers some of the most popular hikes (including Trolltunga Norway) and some lesser known yet still amazing ones to add to your adventure list.
Best Hikes in Norway
Norway Hikes Map
Hiking in Bergen Norway (and nearby)
Trolltunga Hike – Trolltunga is one of the best multi day hikes in Norway; however, most people make it into a day hike. It’s intense but very doable assuming you are fit, not carrying a lot of gear and leave early enough. Since we parked at the second parking lot, it was a 28km roundtrip hike; you can park at the top lot if you want to shave off 6km total. If you choose to do this trail in one day, it’s recommended you leave by 10am as the hike takes anywhere between 8 and 12 hours and you definitely do not want to hike this in the dark. We did the hike in 2 days, choosing to camp overnight. Camping gives you the opportunity to see the Trolls Tongue during sunset and sunrise. However, it does get cold at night and the weather can be unpredictable so plan wisely! Either way, the view at the end is 100% worth effort and planning you will have to make on this hike! *Ultimate Guide to Hiking Trolltunga*
Langfossen Hike over Åkrafjord – This is a pretty intense hike as most of it is extreme uphill (to the point of mild climbing at points); however, once you reach the top, you realize every step was worth it. The hike weaves through beautiful Norwegian forests with views of the fjord along the way. You can veer off the path to see a view of the waterfall or you can continue to the top for the ultimate view of the fjord. The total time there and back is about 4 hours, of course depending on your speed and the time you spend at the top. Hiking boots are highly recommended. Don’t forget to sign the book at the top!
Bondhusvatnet Hike – This is a short hike in the Bondhusdalen Valley. It takes about 45 minutes to hike there and 45 minutes back. The trail is fairly easy with only a few hills. Hiking boots are not necessary for this hike; sneakers are adequate but be sure to bring a little water as there are no facilities on-site. The hike ends in a beautiful lake with a lone boat and majestic mountain views all around. You can even see the glacier in the distance (and hike to it if you’re prepared).
Hiking in southern Norway
Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen Hike – The most famous ‘rock’ in Norway, Pulpit Rock (aka Preikestolen) draws over 300,000 people yearly just to stand at the edge of the near-vertical rock at its peak. That flat mountain plateau at the top gives you the most perfect of views over Lysefjord and the surrounding mountains in good weather. It takes 6km in about 2 hours each way to reach the top. A good part of the trail is stone slabs to make hiking easier. Pulpit Rock can be pretty taxing if you’re an amateur hiker, but it’s still possible and definitely worth an attempt! *The Petite Wanderess*
Florli 4444 Hike – If you are looking for a truly epic hike in Norway, consider climbing the world’s longest wooden staircase, Florli 4444. It’s a challenging hike in Stavanger – the Ryfylke region in southwest Norway. As the name suggests, there are over 4444 steps to negotiate before you reach the top. The views over the beautiful Lysefjord are amazing; you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy them because this hike literally takes your breath away, forcing you to stop and absorb the scenery.
The Florli 4444 hike takes anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours one way and about the same time to get back down via the alternative hiking path. It took us 5 hours in total with lots of stops along the way including a lunch break. Climbing an equivalent of some 270 floors is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re up for it, I cannot recommend this unique hike in Norway highly enough. It’s one of the most epic experiences ever, the hike you’ll never forget. *Full Suitcase*
Kjeragbolten Hike – Hiking to Kjeragbolten in Norway became a very popular activity thanks to the pictures on Instagram. Standing on the rock 1000 m above Lysefjorden was a huge bucket list moment for me. However, if you are worried about it or suffer from vertigo, I suggest not risking your life for a photo. I would still recommend doing the 12 km round trip hike as the scenery is gorgeous along the way. There are some parts where you will have to scramble or use chains to get up. Good hiking boots are essential. There are many streams along the way which are safe to drink from so use them to refill your water bottles. *Travel Hacker Girl*
Hiking in central Norway
Jotunheimen National Park – Jotunheimen National Park is one of the most popular national parks in all of Norway. People come here from all around Scandinavia and the rest of the world for hiking, mountain biking and skiing in wintertime. Located in the central parts of Norway in the beautiful fjord landscape, it’s also the perfect base for road tripping and sightseeing the area. The best place to stay would be Eidsbugarden. There is a small hotel there and possibilities to camp as well. The main reason to choose Jotunheimen for your Norwegian hikes is the stunning sceneries. There are hikes with different difficulty levels. The area is called the “home of the giants” and there are several high peaks to challenge if you’re into mountain climbing. *Resrutt*
Skageflå Mountain Farm – The farm is situated on a 250 meters (820 ft) tall cliff above the beautiful Geirangerfjord.
Despite its location, the farm has been in use since the Middle Ages and it once belonged to the wealthiest farms in the Geiranger area. There are two different ways to get to Skageflå mountain farm. Most people take a boat from Geiranger village to Skagehola where there is a steep hiking path straight up the cliff. Reaching Skageflå takes about 45 minutes one way. If you are up for a longer hike or do not fancy a boat ride, you can hike to Skageflå from Homlong. The whole hike takes about 2-3 hours one way depending on your stamina and number of pictures you are going to take along the way. *Real Camp Life*
Hiking in northern Norway
Helvetestind in Lofoten Islands – From a little village called Bunesfjord, we walked to a barely discernible path in a sheep pasture. It continued on through a scree field and then became a steep ascent up the mountainside to the narrowest ridge I have ever walked. (I could sit with my legs on either side). Soon we were faced with an open rockface of a peak and decided not to go the last few meters of the hike, just so we could enjoy the views. I have no regrets about that because it allowed us to sit and take it all in: glittering turquoise fjords and jagged grey peaks rising straight out of the sea. The scenery of the islands from that height is what made this one of the most memorable hikes of my life. *Savvy Dispatches*
Helvetestinden – translates to “Hell’s Gate” in English. Location: Lofoten Islands, Norway. Difficulty level: Intermediate.
Fabulous list! Norway is high on my bucket list and I know I’d do a couple of these hikes.
It’s a beautiful country to visit!
Norway is my love. My husband and I have spent a month there this summer and can’t wait to return and cover all these hikes you are mentioning. There were so much to do that we didn’t even get to go on a proper hike. Hopefully soon!
I was shocked at just how large of a country it is! You could probably spend half a year there and still have adventures to go on!
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