Posts tagged Norway
How to See the Jostedal Glacier - Even If You Are Not a Hiker!

Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the biggest glacier in continental Europe. It might seem that the only way to see it must be some strenuous and technical trek. The good news is, you can see some of it even if you are not a hiker. You can drive to parking near one of its arms and either walk a pretty wide path or if that's too much - get a ride with an electric car.

Last summer I spent in Norway. Most of it I hiked, and wild camped solo and had the time of my life. But I am not a hiker ready to cross a glacier. You need appropriate gear, skills, and experience to move anywhere close to such area.

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Urban Hiking in Bergen, Norway: Mt. Ulriken and Mt. Fløyen

Bergen, in addition to the historic heritage and adorable wooden houses, offers also hiking experience without leaving the town. Even the biggest Norwegian cities are very close to nature, and it often takes a long walk, a bus ride or a few stops by a train to arrive in a pure and stunning natural area.

Bergen, the second-biggest city of Norway, lies at the western coast of the country. Its houses were often built on rocks and steep slopes of the surrounding mountains. If you have a chance to fly into Bergen, you can see the jaw-dropping setting for this city, with the many mountain peaks, lakes, fjords, and islands.

As part of the Bergen experience, one must go up at least one of the famous Seven Mountains surrounding the city: Mt. Fløyen. Easily accessible by the cute Fløibanen funicular can be reached by everyone. Although it's far from very high: it's 400 m above the sea level, it provides incredible views to the whole area.

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Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway: Solrenningen - Ortnevik by Sognefjorden

Ahead of me was the last leg of this year’s Norwegian adventure. After a couple days of hiking on lower altitudes, through bushes, trees and general greenery, I was again to reach higher peaks and be surrounded by awe-inspiring grey views.

After a longer break at the Solrenningen mountain shelter, I finally got myself going. I had quite the height to cover and there was no sense to stay down any longer.

The path was mostly fine – very steep at some points but generally providing nice climbing experience. Very soon I had views to admire and could see the shelter getting smaller and smaller. The trail marking was fine in the beginning but then I got confused at one moment. There was a river with beautiful waterfall and a kind of flat area with multiple possible paths.

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Hiking Solo in Norway: Voss - Åsedalen - Solrenningen

After a day off in Voss, I was ready to embark on the second leg of my solo Norwegian adventure. I had to decide on the trail choice – I had about a week to reach Ortnevik by the Sognefjorden.

Initially I wanted to simply climb up from Voss toward Slettafjellet and continue on my way from Dale, near Bergen. But during my unending descent into the valley where Voss lay, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to do the climb up on the other side. I don’t mind some uphill walking – that’s what mountains are about.

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Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway: Vending to Voss near Bergen

I continue my reporting on a fantastic hiking trip in the mountains of Norway. Not far from Bergen, this area is pretty easy to get to and provides mind-blowing views and challenging terrain.

Today, I will take you on a hike from the wild camp spot, down near the lake of Hamlagrøvatnet and then in the direction of Torfinnsheim mountain shelter and then through the magnificent rocky heights of Gråsida range and steep descent to Voss.

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Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway: Høgabu to Vending near Bergen

I stopped my previous reporting in Høgabu – a lovely mountain shelter run by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). I met three families with kids there and two of them were heading the same direction as me, so we kept bumping into each other every now and then.

The morning started really chilly and gloomy. A few hours later there was hardly any sign of it – the skies cleared and the visibility became absolutely fantastic. I had a feeling I could see to the Earth’s corners and loved every minute walking this trail.

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Packing List for Women Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway

Norway is probably one of the best destinations for women who love hiking and camping by themselves. The land is breath-taking beautiful, you can wild camp almost anywhere, and there is a wonderful net of mountains shelters and well-maintained trails. Scandinavia is generally considered a very safe destination for women, also when hiking and camping solo.

When you hike alone you rely completely on yourself and what is in your pack. That is why you have to make sure you have all you need with you - and not much-unneeded extras, so you don't schlep any unnecessary load around the hard terrain. 

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Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway: Dale to Høgabu Near Bergen

This past July my dream came true: I went back to Norway and spent a couple of weeks hiking and camping solo. I think Norway is just the perfect destination for all who love big views, adventure, and beauty. I am a loner who hikes solo and I can highly recommend Norway for all fellow solo hikers and campers!

Norway is huge and there is no region which lacks in beauty. I would have a really hard time choosing trails if it weren’t for the fact that I have a friend living there. She lives a few hundred kilometers north of Bergen, so it made a perfect sense to make Bergen my starting point.

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Why Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway is Simply the Best

This past July I was extremely lucky to spend a whole month in Norway. It was not my first time there but this time it included long-term hiking and wild camping. It is hard to find words which would describe how wonderful my backpacking in Norway was. I have realized that fell in love with that land and that I want to walk more through its majestic mountains and fjords.

It’s not just about the stunning natural landscape – although it’s probably one of the major reasons. It’s a collection of multiple factors – natural beauty, safety, good trails, an amazing web of mountain shelters… all of that creates the perfect destination for all adventure lovers – especially for women hiking and camping by themselves.

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