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Hiking In Norway – Your Guide To The Best Trails

With numerous fjords, mountains and scenic trails to explore, Norway offers a spectacular hiking experience in Europe. The Norwegian landscape is diverse and beautiful and encompasses everything from desolate glaciers and narrow fjords to dense forests and coastal mountains.

From casual walks to more intense hikes, Norway can be experienced by anyone and everyone, no matter how fit you are.

Hike up the famous Pulpit Rock or wander to the northernmost point in Europe and feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world! If you’re looking to hike through the wondrous land of Norway then have a look at our top hikes that are not to be missed.

Top 5 Hikes In Norway


1. North Cape and Knivskjellodden

The North Cape is one of the most popular tourist destination in Norway because it’s commonly known as the northernmost point of Europe.

However, this is not actually the case! If you travel to the North Cape you will see the Knivskjellodden peninsula stretching out about a kilometer (0.62 miles) further than the North Cape plateau.

North Cape Norway

Knivskjellodden is the true northernmost point of Europe and can only be reached by hiking along a small trail on the coast. The hike is an 11 mile (18 km) long return trail and can be quite challenging.

The trail takes you down to sea level where you’ll have to make your way over some craggy rocks and boggy land so take be careful where you step.

The rough trail is well worth the challenge as you feel like you’re walking toward the edge of the world, with nothing in sight but endless ocean. The trail is marked with red crosses and balancing stone markers made by other hikers so you should have no trouble finding your way if it starts to get foggy.

North Cape Norway
Photo by mimirandas

When you reach the northernmost point, you’ll find a visitors book in a wooden box where you can write down your name and visitation number. The hike to Knivskjellodden is a truly rewarding experience and you’ll be left with a sense of achievement having travelled to the true northernmost tip of Europe.

The secluded wilderness is strangely beautiful and the endless ocean panorama is a stunning and unique sight to see!

2. Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, is another popular tourist destination because of its exquisite views and incredible positioning. Pulpit Rock protrudes out over the beautiful Lysefjord at roughly 2000 feet (600 meters) above the ground.

Hike up to the rock platform and experience the magnificent view from the staggering height.

Pulpit Rock Norway

The trail up to Pulpit Rock is clearly marked and fairy easy so anyone can do it. You’ll walk up stone stairs and along wooden planks as you follow the twists and turns of the path. The hike is only about 2.5 miles (4 km) in length so it’s perfect for a day hike.

Because of its popularity, Pulpit Rock can get quite crowded so try going early in the morning for a quieter experience and better photographic opportunities.

The views from this hike are striking and exquisite so it’s definitely worth your while to explore Pulpit Rock.

3. Trolltunga

Trolltunga is a roughly 12.5 mile (20 km) walk that takes about 12 hours to get there and return. Situated in the Hardanger region, this is one of the most beautiful hikes that Norway has to offer. The trail takes you to Trolltunga, which is a rock that juts out at about 2,300 feet (700 meters) above the Ringedalsvatnet lake.

Trolltunga Norway

The hike is long and challenging but reaching the protruding Trolltunga rock is worth every strenuous step. There are several signs that mark the way and offer good advice and information about the hike.

You’ll begin the hike having to climb up two steep inclines, which is probably the most difficult part of the hike. After those inclines you can start enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding land and serene lake waters.

After the initial climb, the trail is more even and manageable with only a few small ups and downs. When you reach the end of the trail, you’ll be awestruck at the view from the dizzying height of the protruding rock.

Trolltunga Norway

Hike to Trolltunga and enjoy Norway’s spectacular scenery with sparkling waters and impressive cliffs that meet the clear blue skies. The experience is one of a kind with views of unparalleled beauty.

4. Mount Skåla

Mount Skåla towers at 6063 feet (1848 meters) over the fjord and is the longest uphill climb in Norway. The trail is 10 miles (16 km) ling and takes about 8 hours to summit and return. This is a more moderate to difficult trail so be prepared for a challenging climb.

Along the trail, you will see exquisite views of the surrounding mountains, fjords and glaciers. The pathway is well made so you can easily find your way and you can even spend the night in the Skålatårnet tower or the Skålabu cabin and wake up the next morning to see the sun rise from the top of the mountain!

5. Mount Keipen

The hike to Mount Keipen is relatively demanding and long 8.6 mile (14km) trail up that takes you up to a dizzying height with a view that drops straight down. This hike is more secluded than other hikes in Norway so if you’re looking for a more peaceful, yet challenging, hike then this is the one for you.

Mount Keipen Norway
Photo by Martin Ystenes

The trail has some steep inclines so be prepared for a workout. When you reach the top, at about 4600 feet (1400 meters) above sea level, you’ll find a narrow protruding rock piece that juts out over a sheer drop to the ground.

The views from the summit are breathtaking and, if you dare venture out onto the precipice, the experience is totally exhilarating!


About the author

Mila has been to 5 continents, visited over 40 countries and hiked across some of the most famous mountain ranges including the Andes and the Atlas Mountains. As an AMS sufferer she learned a few techniques to reduce the symptoms and the effects on her hiking adventures.

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