The soul singer Marvin Gaye sang that there “ain’t no mountain high enough” – but then again, he never came to Norway. With almost 300 mountain peaks above 2,000 metres he would probably have found himself a suitable challenge.
For centuries, Norwegians have used the mountains as a remedy for the stresses of modern life. From all over the country and no matter their social background, people migrate to the mountains during weekends and holidays to breathe in that crisp and clean mountain air – wearing skis or a pair of sturdy boots depending on the season.
Standing at 2,000 metres above sea level with a 360 degree view does something to you. It opens up your mind.
Norway is made up of mainly mountains and wilderness. Craggy summits and rounded rock formations are important parts of the national identity. Almost half the population have ready access to a private cabin in the mountains, whilst thousands of staffed lodges, self-service cabins, and no-service cabins where you can spend a night or two take care of the rest.
Many of these tourist huts are quite remarkable, drawn by prominent architects. Several serve local food such as moose, deer, trout, or reindeer.
Whilst Norway is home to some of Northern Europe’s highest mountain peaks and a dramatic and stunning alpine landscape, the easy access have also contributed significantly to the broad appeal of the mountain regions. You can choose from thousands of kilometres of marked trails for all difficulty levels, and the Norwegian right to roam ensures that everyone in the country has free access to the countryside – as long as they show respect for nature.
When the winter comes, the landscape drapes itself in a pure, white cloak. Norway provides alpine skiing facilities for most skill levels, but adventurous skiers with a preference for powdery snow will have an extra incentive to head to the mountains. Cross‐country skiing tracks are prepared throughout the country.