mountain in NorwayNorway is an incredible place to get outside and explore seaside coasts, majestic woodlands, plunging fjords and snow-capped mountains. Speaking of snow, check out the February issue of Viking magazine to read about Norway’s top ski resorts.

Before you put on your winter gear and head to the great outdoors, it’s important to remember that safety comes first. How much do you know about the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene)?

The Norwegian Trekking Association and the Norwegian Red Cross first released the code in 1952. It consists of nine safety and prevention rules for exploring Norway’s mountain terrain. Here’s a look at the rules.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.