Big 5 Norway day hikes

Big 5 Norway Day hikes

Norway is our number one favourite country for day hikes. The large variety, the stunning views, the easy access to many of the hikes, the little lakes where you can take a swim, the many possibilities to free camp.


Even though there are hundreds of really great day hikes in Norway there are 5 that people go to from far away to discover - the Big 5 Norway Day hikes. One great thing about these hikes is that they are pretty close to one another. Check them out below!

Where in Norway are the Big 5 Norway hikes?

How difficult is the hike?

Very limited ascent/descent, mostly flat.
No tricky or nerve thrilling paths.
Low effort.

Moderate ascent/descent up to 500 metres of height.
No tricky or nerve thrilling paths.
Moderate effort.

Ascent/Descent up to 1,500 metres of height.
A few tricky and/or nerve thrilling paths.

Ascent/Descent more than 1,000 metres of height.
Several tricky and nerve thrilling paths.
Very streneous.

* Some part(s) involve steep

    climbing or cliff hangers that

    might be scary if you are

    afraid of heights. 

Where to stay in Norway?

Like in any other country there are lots and lots of hotels in the larger cities like Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund and so on. In the mountain areas there are mountain huts in areas like Jotunheimen or Rondane National parks. There are also campings and camping huts for rent. Besides that there are a lot of oopportunities for freecamping following from the freedom to roam. 

Following from the freedom to roam you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. 

This freedom to roam means that you are allowed to freecamp for the maximum of two nights. Y If you are unsure of how close to camp a residence - ask the landowner before! 


Of course you shall bring all your rubbish with you (including toilet paper). 

You can read more about the right of public access in Sweden here.

Typical for the fjord region are fjord hotels, often white wooden buildings with a setting close to the fjords.