Hut-to-Hut Hiking and Skiing in Norway

a guide for self-propelled travelers

 
 

Windswept arctic plateaus, rugged mountains, deep fjords, a storm-battered coast -- the Norwegian landscape is every bit as stunning as the fjord-and-mountain landscapes of Alaska, Chile, and New Zealand. But with over 400 cozy tourist huts scattered over the country from end-to-end, the Norwegian mountains are uniquely accessible to anyone with a good pair of legs (or in some cases even a pair of wheels -- bicycle wheels, of course, but some huts are accessible by car and are wheelchair-friendly). And you can choose your challenge -- while some parts are best left to hardened hikers and expert skiers, in others even the very small can make it from one hut to the next. This web site is your A to Å (the last letter in the Norwegian alphabet) introduction to the Norwegian mountains, coast, and the huts that provide comfort and safety to all comers.  These web pages are our first draft of a travel guide to the Norwegian mountains that we hope to publish in the future. Let us know what you think!


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Nancy Bazilchuk is a freelance science and environmental journalist whose work has appeared in Audubon, Conservation, New Scientist, and Sea Kayaker, among others. Before the big move to Norway, she was the science and environmental writer at The Burlington (VT) Free Press for nearly 15 years. She has won a number of US journalism awards, including the AAAS Science Journalism Award and Gannett Co.’s top writing award, and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Rick Strimbeck is associate professor of plant physiology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He studies the winter ecophysiology of evergreen conifers. A New Englander, he first visited Norway for a long ski tour in 1984, and Nancy and Rick together visited two more times (one with small children) in the 1990s before making the long move east and north in 2002.


We make regular forays to the mountains from our home base in Trondheim, usually with our two daughters, Molly and Zoe, who were eight and four years old when we took them on their first hut-to-hut tour, and now, 14 years later, are veterans of many kilometers on the trail and nights in huts of every description. Over the last nine years, our dog Sebastian (a.k.a. Ralph) has also accompanied us on most of our tours.

All text and photos Copyright © 2012 Richard Strimbeck

 

All text and photos Copyright © 2010 Richard Strimbeck