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Top trips in Norway with that little bit extra

Everyone knows that hiking in the Norwegian mountains offers unspoilt nature and views that take your breath away. Developments in the last few years now mean you can also eat incredibly well, stay in architect-designed cabins and maybe even find the love of your life there.

Mountains, the new Tinder

If you’re single or would like to meet someone as passionate about mountains and nature as you are – and not simply to boast about it on Tinder, you should check out Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) singles trips. This fall, they’re organizing trips to places such as Haukeliseter and Preikestolen. There are trips for the 25-40 and 35-55 age groups. There are also various independent tour groups, such as for Lesbians and Mountain trips for men who like men who like mountains.

Find love in the wilderness. Photo: Marius Dalseg SætreAnd if you’re not sure what’s what, you can signal you’re single and what you’re looking for via the hat code. A green hat means you’re single and ready to mingle, orange that you’re maybe open to suggestions, while red means you’re already in the paws of a mountain lion. You can also advertise for a tour pal on the Norwegian Trekking Association website. 

More activites: dnt.no/aktiviteter/?category_tags=singeltur

Foodie hiking

Cooking food around a campfire is all well and good, but what could be better than eating food sourced in the area you’re exploring?  Many mountain trips in Norway revolve around serving delicious home-cooked food.

Try any of these:

Food from the Norwegian mountains, wilderness and water at Bessheim fjellstue. Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad

Besseggen

Every year, thousands of people hike across spectacular Besseggen in Jotunheimen. Bessheim is a mountain lodge with overnight accommodation is about five km from the jetty at Gjendeosen, that you have to cross to reach Besseggen. During the tourist season, they serve a three-course evening meal with the likes of reindeer, elk, venison and brown trout on the menu. To go with the food, you can order wine from the local wine importer or beer from the Hubertus Brewery in Dovre. You can also round off the day’s hike with something sweet.

Bessheim fjellstue

Bessheim Fjellstue AS, Sjodalsvegen 2977, 2683 Tessand

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Opening times change with the seasons, check the website.

Nusfjord in Lofoten

In 1905, there were 1,500 fishermen at Nusfjord in Lofoten. There are around 50 fishing huts here today, all painted red as that was the cheapest color at the time they were erected. The old fishing community of Nusfjord is a great base from which to explore Lofoten on foot. When you return from the mountain tops, you can enjoy traditional food from the area at Restaurant Karoline. They serve local lamb, shellfish and naturally, Lofoten cod.

Restaurant Karoline

Nusfjordveien 110, 8380 Ramberg

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Dovre

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park is at the head of Gudbrandsdalen, that offers excellent hiking and skiing. Here you’ll find steep slopes, including Snøhetta, and deep valleys. After a hike, you can enjoy elk, grouse, new potatoes and delicious home-baked bread at the magnificent Kongsvold Fjeldstue in Oppdal, around 140km from Trondheim.

Kongsvold fjeldstue

Dovrevegen 3663, 7340 Oppdal

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Architectural treats

Hiking in the Norwegian mountains offers many wow moments and it’s not simply the nature that provides these. In recent years, there have been some exciting architectural developments to admire in these tracts. The Norwegian Trekking Association manages over 550 cabins. In recent years, many new cabins have broken with the traditional log cabin constructions. These new Trekking Association cabins are more contemporary and playful in design, but still blend seamlessly into the landscape. Many have become destinations in their own right, and some can even be called iconic.

Beautiful Nordic minimalism at Forsand in Norway. Photo: Tonu Tunnel/DNT

Great natural attractions

From the mountain cabins in Skåpet on the south side of Lysefjorden, you get magnificent views of the wilderness and mountains. Places to explore in the area include Preikestolen, Kjerag and the 4,444 steps up to Flørli.

Skåpet

4110 Forsand

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Overnight stays cost Nkr1,000 for DNT members or 1,400 for non-members.

Helgeland

Rabothytta is part of the cabin and trekking network around Okstindan in Helgeland and is reminiscent of a sculpture with its sharp, muted yet sophisticated lines. You have to ascend 1,200m above sea level to reach it. The cabin was named after French geologist Charles Rabot, who surveyed Helgeland in the 19th Century, and was designed by Jarmun/Vigsnæs architects. The cabins here sleep 30.

Rabothytta

8646 Hemnes

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Rates: Nkr50 for a child and Nkr150 for adults if members of the Norwegian Trekking Association, Nkr100 and 300 for non-members respectively.

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