The country of Norway is known for its fjords, majestic mountains and beautiful forests which give you plenty of opportunities to go hiking and trekking. However, before you embark on the adventure through the Norwegian wilderness in and around Oslo, take a moment to prepare and pack your backpack like a pro hiker.
Wear Extra Warm clothes
If you’re planning a hike in the forest and coastal trails, you can get away with a lighter load but for wintertime, remember to wear warm clothing as temperatures can plummet to -4.5°C (24°F) so be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips. Ideally, you should wear wool or synthetic underclothes, wool socks/stockings, a light fleece sweater, an all-weather jacket, hiking trousers and boots.
Pack your Backpack
Make sure you carry a cap or hat along with a scarf, gloves, plenty of water and some energy bars to punch on, or perhaps some trail mix. Other essentials include a first aid kit, a map, a compass, a flashlight with extra batteries, a sitting pad, a thermos, insect repellent, firestarter gear, tarp, and boot waterproofing.
While Norway is an incredible place to explore, before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with some simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe. Make sure to select a route suited to your physical abilities and health condition. When you plan a trip, inform others about the route you have selected so they know how to reach you in case of an emergency. Choose safe routes and learn to recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice. Before you head out for the hike, check the weather forecast and any avalanche warnings. If the weather gets too bad, don’t take the risk, just turn back or conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.