Norway is known for its abundant natural beauty, with glaciers, fjords, mountains and lush greenery. Even metropolitan areas like Oslo offer hiking opportunities and breathtaking views nearby. The March issue of Viking highlights five accessible hiking spots near this area, with scenic trails, spectacular views and interesting cultural landmarks. Here are a few more beautiful places to explore in Norway for hikers of all levels.
Easy/Moderate: Åkrasanden. This sandy beach in Karmøy, Norway, is the perfect place to relax for an afternoon in the sun or enjoy a short trek along the water. A leisurely hiking trail begins at the north end on the beach and continues toward Ferkingstad, which is located on the west side of Karmøy. During the route, you’ll enjoy the site of natural wildlife and the coastline’s sparkling sea. If you choose to walk the entire way, it will take around two hours.
Easy/Moderate: Storseterfossen. One of the highlights of Geirangerfjord, Norway, the highly popular Storseterfossen trail takes you up close to and even behind a waterfall—one of the only places in the country where you’ll find this phenomenon. With two paths to choose from, you can take your time and walk at a comfortable pace, or opt for a quicker, steeper route. Once you reach the waterfall, you’ll find grassy areas nearby where you can sit and relax before your return. This journey takes about 45 to 60 minutes in each direction.
Moderate/Challenging: Ulriken. Located near Bergen, Norway, this is the tallest of seven mountains just outside the city. The hike to the top can be a bit strenuous—it typically takes three to four hours—so it’s a good idea to plan and prepare accordingly. Ulriken also offers the option to take a cable car if you prefer to sit back and relax while still experiencing all the scenery the mountain has to offer. Once you reach the top, you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views. The trail is open to visitors all year long.