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Praktische Informationen - wanderung

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

See Terms of Conditions regarding booking, payment, cancellation etc. 
You can also find usefull information in 'Facts about Norway'.

Self-guided tours 
Our favourite concept is self-guided tours, including luggage transfer, accommodation and meals. This means going on your own and determining your own speed. You can take a break, shortcut or detour whenever you want. After an adventurous day outdoors, you will arrive for a good dinner and a good night's sleep before moving on the next day.
Before you start a self-guided tour, you will get a tour description, maps and an equipment list (suggestions).
You won’t meet any from our company during the tour, and we are not located in the area. You can always reach us on phone no. +47 91725200.
Although the tours run on set dates, and there may be others who have booked the same tour/dates, you may not see them during the day. You will meet at the accommodation sites. Sometimes people agree to bike together as a group.

Price and what’s included in the price
See details listed in the websites for each tour. Usually, you get:
- Accommodations
- Most meals
- Some transfer (train or boat)
- Luggage transfer
- Maps
- Tour description

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 and only one item per person. No small additional items.  
Make sure your luggage has a name tag with your name and phone number. Please use the luggage tag which is included in the information pack that you receive from Discover Norway.
You must bring your own luggage to and from your room.
Your luggage is transferred at your own risk, and you must have insurance covering damage or loss. Valuables with low weight and great value, such as money, jewelry, cameras, passports, credit cards etc. should always be kept with you.
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.

EASY walks for families and people of all ages and in moderate shape. Stages of 5-12 km/5-6 hours including breaks.
MODERATE walks for those in good shape. Stages of 12-20 km/6-7 hours including breaks.
DEMANDING walks for those in very good shape. Hiking to summits, and much up and down and rocky areas. 6-10 hours including breaks.

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

Information provided
After booking, you will receive an email with:
- Confirmation/invoice
- A simplified itinerary with information about the different accommodation sites
- Information about credit card payment. 
- A booking form for you to fill in and return to us.

When we have received your final payment, about one month ahead of departure, you will get an e-mail with:
- Copy of vouchers and necessary travel documents
- Detailed tour description with equipment list

When you arrive at your first accommodation, you will get an envelope with original documents:
- Original vouchers and necessary travel documents
- Detailed tour description with equipment list
- Tour maps
- Tags for the luggage transfer  

What to bring
Before starting on your self-guided tours, you get an equipment list (suggestions) from us.
The weather can be unstable, nice and warm can rapidly change into cold, windy and rainy, even snowy weather. Raingear, some warm clothes, snack (like chocolate, raisins, almonds / nuts, biscuits). Bring a cap and warm gloves. Evenings and nights might be cold – but days can be nice and warm so bring your bathing suit. After rain, the trails can be wet, slippery and slightly muddy. Bring waterproof or well-impregnated hiking boots with good soles.

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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