Hiking in Norway was more challenging and more adventurous than I ever anticipated. Strong winds, slick rocks, and vertical climbs that require you to haul yourself up with your hands were just some of the obstacles along the way. Every obstacle on a ridge hike in Norway is worth it though, for the views and the beauty that you’ll find yourself immersed in.
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This full-day hike is a favorite to locals, and little visited by tourists. The hike took us over 1,000 meters above sea level, where we trekked along the narrow ridge. The trail along the top of the ridge was only a foot wide in some parts, with plummeting descents on either side.
We arrived at a section where the trail wound sideways around the mountain. Chains were nailed into the mountain, and the only way forward was to grip the chain and edge around the rock. The ridge was engulfed by fog, so there was no way to tell how steep the descent was at that point.
Once the most challenging part of the ridge was over, we found ourselves on more even ground. The fog began to lift, and we were rewarded with an incredible view of our surroundings.
Duration: 6 hours.
The views along Besseggen Ridge made every moment worth it. Wind wiped across the mountains, bustling up the fjord and lashing at my face. The sun shone, but I pulled my hood up and tightened it to block the wind. The rocky path was slick and indistinctive, and my hiking companions and I made our way up one calculated step at a time. The wind blew so strongly that at times, it was impossible to move forward.
On our way down the ridge, the path jetted out in different directions. One trail led to another small hill, the other to the parking lot we had started from. As the end of our Besseggen hike, we chose the hill, and arrived at the top to the sight of two full-length rainbows darting in and out of the clouds.
Duration: 8 hours.
Should You Go Hiking in Norway?
Yes, if you’re prepared for a challenge. Hiking the ridges in Norway is one of the most rewarding experiences that an adventurous traveler can have, but it’s not an easy task. The ridges are perfect for seasoned hikers and fit travelers!
Hiking Tips for Ridge Hikes in Norway:
- Wear hiking shoes or hiking boots.
- Dress in layers, as temperatures fluctuate a lot over the course of the hike.
- Bring snack-type meals. On challenging hikes it’s best to eat a little bit at a time, rather than lots at once.
- Stay hydrated. Bring a couple of litres of water per person.
This edition of Your Best Adventure Yet series is by Nina Danielle a 23-year-old Neuroscience student living in Canada and traveling on the winter breaks and summer holidays! You can read more of her adventures at Nina Near and Far or follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
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