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Norway’s West Coast: 3 Hikes You MUST Do

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Folgefonna pdDid you know that Norway’s natural beauty inspired the setting for Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen? Whether you’re interested in experiencing the fjords, the northern lights or the midnight sun, Norway’s spectacular mountains and glaciers make for some of the most scenic hiking in the world. From the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle that have spires of granite shooting out of the Arctic Sea to Finse, where George Lucas shot the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — Norway is a hiker’s paradise. May through October offer the best hiking opportunities, including treks in these popular regions:

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord is UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination along Norway’s western coastline. The region features the famous viewpoints of Dalsnibba (4,900 feet above sea level), Flydalsjuvet, and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

Hiking and walking opportunities in the Geirangerfjord region include short easy walks and more difficult summit hikes, all with stunning views. The trails are clearly marked and there are good maps available, too.

If you prefer an easy hike, choose the walk along the fjord (2.5 kilometers) to Homlong on the south side of the fjord. An added bonus: Homlong even has a small café with home-made food.

Westerås Farm (four km from Geiranger) has easy walks with spectacular views and the Storseterfossen Waterfall, where you can even walk behind the waterfall.

For more information about hiking in the Geirangerfjord region,
see the Norwegian Tourist Board’s webpage on Hiking in the area of the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen.

Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord, near Bergen, is best known for the Folgefonna Glacier and the Vøringsfossen Waterfall.

Vøringsfossen Waterfall
This is Norway’s most famous waterfall, featuring a 600-ft. drop, of which 475 feet is a direct drop. Vøringsfossen’s many waterfalls all converge at the head of the MÃ¥bødalen Valley.

Folgefonna Glacier
The glacier (pictured) covers 126 square miles and is the third largest glacier on mainland Norway. You can enjoy guided hikes, for example a blue ice trip on the glacier, with Folgefonni Breførarlag.

Trolltunga (The Troll’s Tongue Rock)
Trolltunga is one of the scariest yet most beautiful pieces of jutting rock in the world. It takes at least four hours to get there and back and families with small children should allow at least six hours for the journey.

Steindalsfossen Waterfall (The Stone Valley Falls)
The waterfall has a 164-ft. drop and you can walk behind it, too. The Steindalsfossen Waterfall is situated 1.5 miles west of Norheimsund.

Preikestolen
Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock) is a massive cliff that rises more than 1800 ft. above the Lysefjord, and it takes one to two hours each way to walk there from the car park at Preikestolhytta.