WINTER HIKING IN NORWAY
Norway is one of the my favourite travel destinations. The people are kind, the landscape is so diverse and the culture is amazing. When visiting a new country, I love exploring the great outdoors and Norway is an excellent place to do this.
Norway has many national parks with great hiking trails. Many people hike during warmer months, but there are a lot of benefits of hiking during the winter. However, when deciding to hike in the winter you must always be prepared. This includes where you plan to hike, what you are going to wear and what are the necessary things you need to pack.
While in Norway I hiked in Rodane National Park, Jotunheimen National Park, Trollstigen, Romsdalen and Dovrefjell.
I would highly recommend visiting these locations. There are hikes based on skill level and distance. There is also no need to worry about getting lost in the snow because Norway is great at maintaining these hiking areas with well-marked signs and cleared trails.
These locations provide great scenery - and if you’re lucky - a run in with a few wild animals. Another plus is that winter is low season in Norway, which means it is usually just yourself and nature. I find this aspect very appealing because there are not many occasions where you find yourself alone with nature.
I would however not recommend hiking at night since there are no lights in these areas. The snow can sometimes be extremely deep as I discovered when wandering off the trail. Be careful when you are hiking, as there could be a light layer of snow covering a much deeper drop.
WHERE TO GO?
WHAT TO WEAR?
Your best choice is layers. Layers is important because yes, it will be cold out there but once you begin your hike you are likely to become warm and a bit sweaty. Being able to strip a layer off to help keep yourself comfortable makes for a much more enjoyable hike.
I would also recommend proper winter hiking boots. There can sometimes be icy conditions along the trail and you will need the extra grip on your shoes.
Most of my hiking in these areas were between 2 and 5 hours. It was important to keep my pack light so I wouldn’t be burdened to carry any extra weight.
If you’re not sure how waterproof your boots are, pack extra socks. Also always bring a winter hat and gloves. These items will be beneficial for when the wind picks up.
You should also remember to bring snacks such as protein bars, almonds or trail mix. All that hiking will give you the munchies and if you’re anything like myself, you will want to snack on something. My most important tip is to always pack water. Staying hydrated is very important while hiking. If you ever run out of water do not eat snow. This will lower your body temperature and you will exert energy a lot quicker. The best thing to do is boil the snow and drink warm water to keep you hydrated and warm.
Lastly, bring a camera! Norway is such a beautiful country and it makes for a brilliant backdrop for some memorable shots.
WHAT TO PACK?
June 14, 2015