Even people who have been enjoying Norway’s many mountains their entire lives have a healthy respect for them, and take care to be well prepared for every eventuality.
There is much to enjoy among the peaks, valleys and plateaus in the Norwegian mountains, but the beauty and serenity can quickly turn dangerous. Make sure your training, your knowledge of the area, and your equipment are all equally well suited for the trip.
For instance, before you set out, you should let people know where you are going, and when you expect to be there. Consider the weather reports – not only where you are going, but nearby as well – and keep in mind that conditions might deteriorate. Plan what to do if it gets dark or if the weather gets worse. Is it best to turn around or is there maybe a shorter way to a emergency cabin available?
There are many places in the Norwegian mountains without mobile coverage, but you might get lucky around Trolltunga, so don’t leave it behind.
Follow trail that is well marked and pay attention to signs and information boards along the way. Remember to bring a water - and windproof clothes, hat, gloves and an extra set of warm clothes. Trolltunga is a long-distance hike!
The mountain code
Stay safe by following these simple rules of thumb:
- Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
- Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
- Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
- Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
- Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
- Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
- Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
- Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
- Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
Emergency telephone numbers
- 110 – Fire
- 112 – Police
- 113 – Ambulance
- 1412 TDD (textphone for the deaf or hearing impaired)