Hiking In Norway – Guide To The Best Hikes In Norway

Updated: March 28, 2023
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With numerous fjords, mountains and scenic trails, hiking in Norway offers a spectacular way to experience the country.

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 these top hikes that are not to be missed.

Best Hikes In Norway

North Cape and Knivskjellodden Hike

North Cape

View from North Cape, Norway

  • Distance: 18 kilometers (11 miles)
  • Length: 5-7 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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.

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.

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!

Preikestolen (aka Pulpit Rock) Hike

Pulpit Rock

View from the top of Pulpit Rock. Photo by Gregory Monk.

  • Distance: 4 kilometers (2.5 miles)
  • Length: 1-2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

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.

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.

Trolltunga Hike


The famous Trolltunga. Photo by Martyn Smith.

  • Distance: 20 kilometers (12.5 miles)
  • Length: 12 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

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.

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.

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.

Besseggen Ridge Hike

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge. Photo by Anwen Garston.

  • Distance: 14 kilometers (8.7 miles)
  • Length: 7-9 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

The Besseggen Ridge hike is a popular trek in Norway, offering a thrilling experience amid the stunning landscapes of Jotunheimen National Park. Known for its dramatic ridge and breathtaking views of the Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes, Besseggen attracts hikers from around the world.

The round-trip hike covers approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) and takes about 7 to 9 hours to complete, depending on pace and experience. The trail features steep inclines, a challenging ridge section, and some scrambling, making it suitable for hikers with a good fitness level.

Mount Skåla Hike

Mount Skala

Mount Skala. Photo by LHOON.

  • Distance: 16 kilometers (10 miles)
  • Length: 8-9 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

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!

Mount Keipen Hike

  • Distance: 14 kilometers (8.6 miles)
  • Length: 7 to 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

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.

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!

Kjeragbolten Hike

  • Distance: 12 kilometers (7.5 miles)
  • Length: 6 to 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

The Kjeragbolten hike is a thrilling and challenging trek leading to the iconic Kjeragbolten, a large boulder wedged between two cliffs in the Kjerag mountain. This breathtaking hike, situated in the Lysefjord area, offers stunning views of the fjord and dramatic cliffs.

The round-trip distance is approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), and the hike takes about 6 to 8 hours to complete. With an elevation gain of 570 meters (1,870 feet), the trail features steep inclines, rocky terrain, and some scrambling sections.

The best time to hike the Kjeragbolten is from June to September, when the weather is more stable and the trail is generally snow-free. July and August tend to be the warmest and busiest months, so consider visiting in June or September for a less crowded experience.

Rondane Triangle Route

  • Distance: 45 kilometers (28 miles)
  • Length: 3 to 4 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Rondane Triangle Route is an awesome multi-day hiking experience in Norway's Rondane National Park.

The trek connects three mountain lodges—Rondvassbu, Dørålseter, and Bjørnhollia—forming a triangular route within the park's pristine wilderness.

Covering approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles), the hike takes 3 to 4 days to complete, with overnight stays at the lodges. The trail features well-marked paths, moderate inclines, and some rocky sections, making it suitable for hikers with a moderate fitness level.

The ideal time to hike the Rondane Triangle Route is from late June to September, with July and August providing the warmest and most stable weather conditions.

Hikes in Norway FAQ

What is the best hiking route in Norway?

In my opinion the best orway hiking routes are the Trolltunga, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjeragbolten, and Besseggen Ridge hikes.

What is the most famous trail in Norway?

The most famous trail in Norway is the hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), known for its iconic cliff and stunning views of the Lysefjord.

Is hiking better in Norway or Sweden?

Norway is renowned for its dramatic fjords and coastal trails, while Sweden boasts vast forests, lakes, and mountainous regions like Kebnekaise and Sarek National Park. If I was forced to pick between them, I wouldd go for Norway though.

What is the best month to visit Norway fjords?

The best month to visit the Norway fjords for hiking is generally between June and August, when the weather is warmer and more stable. However, June or September may offer fewer crowds and milder temperatures.

Is Bergen or Oslo better for hiking?

Bergen is better for hiking, as it is closer to famous trails like Trolltunga, Preikestolen, and the fjords. Oslo, the capital city, offers some local hiking options but is further from the iconic Norwegian landscapes.

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About the author 

Mila Whitman

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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