|It is no secret, the cost of living in Norway
is very high. Food, petrol, sport equipment, accommodation, road tolls
make a trip there an expensive exercise. Although it has no impact (!?) on
the hiker, the price of booze and tobacco is outrageous. If you intend to
have a toast on top of Mt Galdøpiggen, better buy a bottle of duty free
bubbly on the ferry to Norway.
|English and German useable everywhere. Road
signs and labels are good fun to decrypt.
|In the popular areas, huts are actually medium
sized hotels, with no facility for the self sufficient trekker, it will
then cost up to 48 euro a night, full board. In less popular area, huts
are self service, a key is lent to DNT members (40 euros/year, no
reciprocity with other alpine clubs), it will cost a 13 euros per
That is the price to pay to be able to travel light with only personal
clothing, accessories and sleeping bag liner.
|Tenting is the answer for the budget conscious.
Water is not a problem, lots of lakes and rivers for supply. It means that
it is raining a lot too, drying gear could be tricky.
in Norway", Cicerone press, Milnthorpe, Cumbria: good to plan
treks for several days.
Maps 1:100 000 from Den Norsk Turistforening are good despite their large
scale. For more precise navigation the whole country is covered by 1:50
000 maps, some track data can be obsolete.
"Stor kartbok Norge" is a 1:325 000 road atlas very useful for
motoring. In addition, it shows tracks, huts and time between them, toll
gates, locked gates. All that is quite useful when planning a trip, or
just to stretch the legs after a day admiring fjords, lakes, forest,
mountains and wooden farmhouses.