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Useful information - hiking

Here you will find useful information related to our tours, and about skiing in the Norwegian mountains in general.
You will find additional information connected for each tour. Most tours are self-guided for individuals.

See Terms and Conditions regarding booking, payment, cancellation etc. 

Self-guided tours 
Our favourite concept is self-guided tours, including luggage transfer, accommodation and meals. This means going on your own and deciding your own speed. You can take a break, shortcut or detour whenever you want. After an exciting day in the outdoors you will arrive at your destination for a tasty dinner and a good night’s sleep before moving on the next day.
Before starting on your self-guided tours, you get a tour description, one set of topographic maps and an equipment list (suggestions).
These documents cannot be ordered without booking one of our tours.

Price and what’s included in the price
See details listed in the websites for each tour. 
Prices are based on double rooms or apartments (min. 2 persons).

Accommodations
In general, you stay in hotels with good facilities, but there will be a variation in standard of rooms/apartments. You mostly stay in good hotels with private bathrooms, but some of the lodges have joint bathrooms in the corridor or basement.
In Northern Norway some of the accommodations are Rorbu Cabins / fisherman’s huts. You most likely have to share the cabin with other cyclists from Discover Norway.
(You always have your own bedroom.)

Meals
Most tours include breakfast, self-packed lunch from the breakfast-buffet and, filling of your own thermos with tea or coffee. Dinner is also included. Some of the hotels have Norwegian buffet.  A few tours do not include dinner every day. See each tour for details.
You can't expect to find anywhere to buy food or enjoy an indoor meal along the trails.

Transport
Each tour specifies what transport is included in the basic price. 

Public transport
Norway has a good developed and corresponding network of interregional-, regional- and local buses, going all over the country. It is no problem to connect to our trips in different parts of Norway. We are happy to help you with the planning.
The Norwegian railway network is not so good developed. The main routs run north from Oslo to Trondheim and from Trondheim to Bodø, and west from Oslo to Bergen. The trains are modern, with air-condition and comfortable seats. Additionally, the train trip offers you great view over valleys, mountains, lakes and fjords.

Luggage transfer
When you are out walking, you only have to carry a small backpack with all necessary equipment for the day.  
Your main luggage will be transferred between the accommodation sites. Luggage will be transferred in cars and small vans, so please keep both size and weight of luggage to a respectable limit of about 15 kg, and only one item per person. 
You must bring your own luggage to the front desk every day.
Valuables with low weight and great value, such as money, jewellery, cameras, passports, credit cards etc. should be kept with you at all times.
Your luggage is transported at your own risk, and you need insurance that covers damage and loss.  
It may be possible to follow the car from one hotel to the next, if necessary. Ask at the reception at the hotel/guest house. Depending on what kind of transportation they can offer, you may be charged for it.

Level of difficulty
The hikes vary in level of difficulty. The day trips are usually not so long, the difference in altitude can make them hard. Hiking in Eastern parts of Norway are usually easier (not so steep) than in Western and Northern parts, which are more hilly. See each tour about level of difficulty. The indication is based on the physical condition of an average hiker.

Level 1: An easy walk for those in good shape. Stages of 5 - 12 km / 5 - 6 hours including breaks.
Level 2: Medium demanding tour for those in good shape. Stages 12 to 20 km / 6-7 hours including breaks.
Level 3: For those with good fitness. Hiking to summits, and much up and down. Could be hiking through rocky areas, and tours without luggage transfer. 6 - 10 hours including breaks.

NB! In case of bad weather with heavy rain and/or wind, the trips will get more strenuous.

Period
July, August and beginning of September are good for hiking in the mountain areas in Eastern Norway.
June is also a good mounth for the Western and Northern parts of the country.

Weather conditions
The weather conditions are usually more stable in the Eastern part of Norway than in the Western and Northern parts. Temperatures in Norway are usually around +10 - +25, and nice temperatures for hiking. However please note that the weather can changes quickly in the mountains, from warm, wonderful summer weather to cold wind and rain. Bring extra clothing. If the weather is too bad to continue to the next hotel, and you decide still to go on by yourself, you are responsible for the extra costs that may accrue.

Mobile phone - Signal & reception
Having your mobile phone with you might be helpful in emergency situations. But please note that the landscape inflects on the reception. There is not always a signal. In emergency situations you can seek reception by climbing a hill. 
Do not make any appointments about when to call your family and friends, you might be in areas without signal at the agreed time.
Bring necessary charging equipment.
Keep your phone warm – it makes the batteries last longer.
Please do not rely on your mobile phone as your most important emergency equipment.

Health
For almost all medicines, you need a prescription. Foreign prescriptions are not valid in Norway, so be sure to bring the medicines you need. Norwegian cities have relatively few pharmacies. In cites with about 30 000 inhabitants, you will find 2-3 pharmacies. At the countryside there are often prescription free medicaments at the grocery store. Every village have a doctor’s office. 
Norway is an EEA member. If you bring an official European Health Insurance Card you are entitled to the same medically healthcare as any Norwegian inhabitant.

Banks and credit cards in Norway
You find banks only in cities. Opening hours are usually Monday to Friday 9AM – 3PM, Thursdays 9AM – 5 PM, Saturdays and Sundays closed. There are a lot of cash points which all take Visa and MasterCard. They are usually open around the clock. You can pay with a credit card almost in any shop, restaurant and hotel.

The Norwegian Nature Diversity Act 
The act has the purpose of protecting biological, geological and landscape diversity and ecological processes through conservation and sustainable use, and in such a way that the environment provides a basis for human activity, culture, health and well-being, now and in the future.
The act allows you to walk wherever you want, as long as nothing else is announced. This gives numerous possibilities for exciting excursions! Private ground and cultivated land however, should not be trafficked, and…
- Nature must not be damaged!
- Always bring back your litter, never throw rubbish outdoors
- There might be stricter access to protected areas
- Show respect for people and animals
- Open fire is forbidden between the 15th of April until the 15th of September.

Groups:
We tailor-make trips for groups, as well as tours connected with other activities or cultural events.

We welcome you to Norway, and an unforgetable vacation!

Discover Norway AS is not responsible for typographical errors in the program.

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The Norwegian mountain code  

Norway is an incredible place to explore. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
The Norwegian mountain code is primarily linked to skiing, but it may be useful for mountain hikers throughout the year.

1 - Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected. 
⦁    Plan your trip based on your abilities, and always include alternative options. 
⦁    Obtain current information about the area and the weather conditions. 
⦁    Listen to the advice of seasoned mountaineers where possible. 
⦁    Ensure you have sufficient knowledge and practical skills to complete the trip.
⦁    Respect the natural environment. Plan ahead and don't leave any litter. 

2 - Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
⦁    Assess the conditions continuously and adjust your plans accordingly.
⦁    Travelling with others is safer and means you'll have someone to share your experiences with. 
⦁    Do not embark on a long trip without sufficient experience. 
⦁    You must be able to take care of yourself.
⦁    Make sure your group maintains an open and direct line of communication at all times.

3 - Pay attention to the weather.
⦁    Always check the weather forecast and to see what impact they have on the area. 
⦁    Follow the advice and choose alternatives when conditions are too demanding. 
⦁    Check the conditions on yr.no and storm.no.
⦁    Monitor the development of the weather and avalanche conditions along the way. Bear in mind that plans may need to be adjusted.

4 - Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
⦁    Dress appropriately for the weather, and the terrain.
⦁    Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Bring extra clothing.
⦁    Extra food and drink can help save lives, if the trip takes longer than planned or you have to wait for help.

5 - Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
⦁    In the winter, you need a wind sack/bivy sack (and sometimes also a shovel so that you can spend the night outdoors if you have to). 
⦁    Bring a first aid kit so you can help yourself and others.
⦁    Mobile phones can be a useful tool but remember that they don't work in all situations and areas.
⦁    If an accident occurs, alert the police at 112, go to get help or try to notify someone with other means.

6 - Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
⦁    Be aware that avalanches can start in drops higher than five meters and steeper than 30 degrees.
⦁    Even if you walk in flat terrain, you can trigger an avalanche on the mountainside above you.
⦁    An avalanche dropout zone can be three times the height of the drop.
⦁    Avoid terrain traps, such as narrow gorges. Consider what will happen if there is an avalanche.
⦁    Be aware that a cornice can break off when you walk on a mountain ridge.
(No risk if you follow the groomed and marked trails)

7 - Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
⦁    A map and compass are essential basic equipment that always works.
⦁    Pay attention to the map even when hiking on a marked trail.
⦁    Knowing where you are on the map makes for a better hiking experience.

8 - Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
⦁    Evaluate your route continuously. 
⦁    If conditions become difficult, choose your best alternative long before you or your group members become exhausted.
⦁    Have the circumstances changed? Should you turn around?

9 - Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
⦁    Adjust your hiking speed to the weakest member of the group, and make sure that everyone can keep up.
⦁    Remember to eat and drink frequently. When you exert yourself, your body needs more fluids than you may feel you need.
⦁    Don't wait until you are exhausted before you seek shelter. Strong winds will tire you out quickly.
⦁    Use your wind sack or dig a snow cave before it's too late.

About the mountain code
The mountain code was introduced after a number of accidents and deaths during Easter 1950. The mountain code has since become part of the Norwegian cultural heritage.
The updated mountain code is suitable for all seasons and is a good guide in both the planning and the implementation of shorter and longer trips.
Common sense in the mountains isn't just about what you should and should not do. It is about having a conscious relationship with nature, the choices you make and your actions. This is why the mountain code is laid out as a learning circle: from planning to meeting the group and assessing the current conditions. Then adjust your plans based on what you experience on the hike. Reflection is the most important thing.