30 Incredible Hikes In Norway

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When in Norway, there are thousands of hikes to choose from and all are gorgeous and unique in their own way. Depending on how long you’re in the country, you may have to make hard choices about which trekking adventure to pursue.

Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of the best of the best hikes in Norway to help you decide.

The Best of the Best: 30 Best Hikes in Norway

#1. Kjeragbolten

 

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Chances are you’ve seen the iconic boulder wedged between two cliffs and the brave people that stand on it. This is Kjeragbolten, and it’s strenuous. A full 7.5 miles will take you between 6 to 8 hours, and you should pack plenty of food and your camera.

#2. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

 

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Pulpit Rock is visited by over 300,000 people per year, making it one of the most popular hiking locations in Norway. It’s an easy 5-mile hike that should only take around 5 hours to complete. Once you get to the top, inhale the fantastic views. The slab of rock is a great place to eat lunch before you head back down.

#3. Trolltunga

 

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Trolltunga is a Norwegian word meaning Troll’s Tongue, and refers to the iconic natural landmark. Trolls play a large roll in Norwegian mythology, and they’re said to live in the mountains and guard treasures. The final destination is a large, thin horizontal rock jutting out of a cliff perfect for epic photos. The hike is a strenuous 17.4 miles and will take a whole day (10 to 12 hours) to complete.

#4. Romsdalseggen Ridge

 

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This strenuous 11-mile hike is usually done point-to-point and takes around 8.5 hours. It’s called the most beautiful hike in Norway for a reason. You have clear views of fjords, mountains, the town of Åndalsnes, and the Atlantic Ocean on a bluebird day.

#5. Galdhøppigen

 

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If you want to get to the top of the highest mountain in Norway and northern Europe, you’re in luck. There are multiple routes to the top that vary from easy to mountaineering. Keep in mind you can hire a guide to lead you over glaciers and up strenuous climbs.

#6. Ryten and Kvalvika Beach

 

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This easy to moderate hike takes you to Ryten with a beautiful view of the white sands and green/blue waters of Kvalvika Beach. A total of 5.4 miles round trip, you will spend most of the 3 to 5 hours of hiking with your mouth open in awe. The sweeping panorama offers spectacular views of fjords, mountains, and even a “mini Trolltunga”. Just don’t get too close to the edge!

#7. Besseggen Ridge

 

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While visiting Jotunheimen National Park, make sure to trek the strenuous 8.2 miles to Besseggen Ridge. This hike is another point-to-point with fantastic views of alpine views and emerald green lakes including Gjende and Bessvatnet. To get there, take the ferry to the town of Memurubu and hike through to Gjendesheim.

#8. Reinebringen

 

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Located in the Lofoten Islands, Reinebringen is the most popular hike in the area. Overlooking the fishing villages of Reine, Hamnøy, and Sakrisøy, there are also scenic views of mountainous peaks on neighboring islands. This trail is a challenging 2-mile muddy, rocky, slick trek that isn’t recommended for beginners.

#9. Mount Skåla

 

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The hike to the top of Mount Skåla is a Norwegian classic. Moderate, this out-and-back 8.1-mile hike only takes between 6 and 8 hours. You’ll begin the trail at the ocean and steadily trek to the summit. On the way, you’ll see the Jostedalsbreen glacier and fjords. There’s even a cabin at the top so you can catch the once-in-a-lifetime sunrises and sunsets.

#10. Segla


Segla is located on the island of Senja in northern Norway. The hike is a strenuous uphill, and the 3.1-mile hike takes between 3 and 4 hours to complete. However, you will be awarded views of the ocean and mainland Norway.

#11. The Stave-Bleik Coastal Trail and Måtind

 

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The Stave-Bleik Coastal Trail is located on the Vesteralen Islands in northern Norway, and it’s relatively easy for all levels of hikers. You can see miles into the ocean with breathtaking views of the coastline. The whole trek is 5.6 miles. If you want to go to Måtind, the highest part of the trail, it’s 4.7 miles round trip.

#12. Munken

 

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If you are visiting Reinebringen, Munken is another unbelievable hike nearby. The whole strenuous 6 to 8-hour trek offers out of this world scenic views of the high mountains of the Lofotens.

#13. Hermannsdalstinden

 

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For those not satisfied by the moderately difficult journey to the top of Reinebringen, check out the trek to the top of Hermannsdalstinden. If you are brave enough to take on this strenuous, slick, and somewhat dicey trail offers jaw-dropping panoramas of mountains. This includes the iconic Lofoten Mountains.

#14. Romsdalseggen Ridge

 

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This hike makes the top lists of best hikes in Norway every time, and it’s easy to see why. The Romsdalseggen Ridge is a beautiful spot overlooking the Norwegian Sea and Romsdal Mountains. The ridge is a gorgeous place to relax and eat lunch, and at 6.2 miles it shouldn’t take longer than 7 hours to complete.

#15. Hiorthfjellet

 

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If you are heading to Svalbard and want to take on one of the highest mountains, there’s nothing like Mount Hiorthfjellet. At such high elevation, adventurers have reported seeing reindeer, mountain goats, and arctic fox. Once you reach the top of this difficult hike, you can see Longyearbyen and Adventfjord.

#16. The Aurlandsdalen Valley

 

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This whole valley will take your breath away with glaciers for exploring, waterfalls for climbing, and clear crisp lakes for swimming. You will be impressed with all of Aurlandsdalen, so you can choose any hike for jaw-dropping scenery. We recommend a point-to-point trek from Osterbo to Vassbygdi.

#17. Trollstigen

 

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Trollstigen is a 62-mile long road winding through some of the most gorgeous views in Norway. The name means “The Troll’s Path”, and offers plenty of family-friendly side hikes. Follow the footsteps of these legendary creatures to the highest point, Eagle’s Road.

#18. Horseid Beach

 

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Did you ever think you’d find a white sand beach with lapping blue water in the Arctic Circle? The Beach itself is easy to get to by taking a ferry from Reine. However, there are multiple hiking trails that begin at Horseid and offer different perspectives on the shoreline.

#19. Storseterfossen

 

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This is an easy hike to one of the most unique waterfalls in Norway. Storseterfossen is tall, and the views from this waterfall are breathtaking. This is one of the few falls in the country you can actually walk behind! Bring a snack for the 2-hour total trip to eat about the waterfall.

#20. Keipane

 

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There are many beautiful locations you can drive through in the Geirganger area. However, if you’re up for a 9 to 10-hour strenuous hike, you will be rewarded with scenic views unlike anywhere else in Geirganger.

#21. Knivskjellodden

 

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Knivskjellodden’s claim to fame is being the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Many people falsely believe the honor goes to Nordkapp (North Cape), but that’s actually almost a mile south. You may very well be the only person you see on this whole rocky, out-of-the-way, 22-mile trail.

#22. Kjerag

 

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If you are visiting Pulpit Rock and want a more difficult challenge, look no further than Kjerag.  Both are in the Stavanger area, but this trek offers scarier overlooks, slick rocks, and precipitous inclines. This climb takes between 4 to 6 hours and features ropes and wooden planks.

#23. Festvågtinden

 

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If you find yourself in the Loften Islands and want to visit yet another amazing panorama, look no further than the hike up Mount Festvågtinden. Although a steep trek, it’s moderate and you will be rewarded with views of the ocean and fishing village of Henningsvaer.

#24. Hesten til Utsikt av Segla

 

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A quick out-and-back at 2.4 miles, Hesten til Utsikt av Segla is a difficult, steep climb. You will be gaining 1,512 of elevation in 1.2 miles. However, the picturesque view from the summit makes the shortness of breath and wobbly legs worth it. You will see the village of Fjordgard, mountain tops, and the cold waters of Mefjorden and Ørnfjorden.

#25. Dovrefjell

 

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If you are into wildlife, you won’t want to miss the Dovrefjell. This landscape differs from most others on our list, in that it’s wide open with gentle changes in elevation. The rolling hills and mountains are a beautiful backdrop to see native musk ox. It’s also the only place in the world besides Canada, Alaska, and Siberia to see them!

#26. Rondeslottet

 

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Rondeslottet is the highest peak in Rondane, and reaching it takes a demanding 14.8-mile out-and-back. The gain in elevation is a total of 1,2000 meters, and you’ll be able to see all the way to both Forrollhogna and Jotunheimen National Parks. Not to mention a clear view of other beautiful peaks around Rondane.

#27. Gaustatoppen

 

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Looking for a place where you can see 1/6 of Norway on a clear day? Look no further than Gaustatoppen. You can hike from the bottom to the top for a total of 5.6 miles, or you can take the rail and just walk up the staircase made of ancient stone.

#28. Skageflå Mountain Farm

 

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Skageflå Mountain Farm is situated on a mountain that overlooks Geirangefjord, a UNESCO-listed site. From this picturesque location, you’ll have a perfect view of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. You can either take the ferry and do an out-and-back hike straight up to the farm, or you can hike into and/or out of the farm.

#29. Svolvaer Fløya and Svolvaergeita

 

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Located in the Lofoten Islands, this 3.1-mile hike/climb is for the adventurous. Starting in the town of Svolvaer, hike to the top of the Fløya for a sweeping view of the city, mountains, and ocean. Once there, gear up and start your climb to the top of the pinnacle called the Goat (Svolvaergeita).

#30. Stetind

 

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Stetind is Norway’s National Mountain, and it’s located in Nordland. This challenging 6.2-mile, 10 to 12-hour hiking/climbing combination will take you straight to the summit. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing up a giant granite obelisk to bag this peak, you can hire a guide.

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