An astonishing 17.1% of mainland Norway’s is protected. That’s a total of 2,885 conversation areas across 46 national parks. That’s a lot of land!

Although one of the most well-known national parks is Jotunheimen National Park home to Besseggen Ridge, there are many more beautiful areas to explore. We’ve accumulated the best-hidden treasures in this nation. These treasures might be a little more rugged than you’re used to, but isn’t that what you want when in nature?

Lomsdal–Visten National Park

Photo: Ragnar Stokvik

Region: Northern Norway
Why it’s unique: Extremely diverse landscape and animals

This national park is home to tremendous landscape diversity including fjords, woodlands, and mountains. It also has a variety of distinct animals, including many of the threatened or ‘Red Listed’ species in the country. There are also plenty of rivers, which tend to overflow after big rain storms and when the snow melts. Make sure you bring your fishing license and fishing gear to catch loads of salmon.

Overall, Lomsdal-Visten National Park has limited trails, mostly on the park’s edges, and facilities. Get ready to pitch a tent, use a map and compass (your Outtt app will come in very handy, make sure your phone is charged) and explore the vast wilderness. It’s a great idea to spend several days hiking here, but make sure you bring clothing for all weather, as it changes very often. The few DNT cabins require a key, so make sure you get it before you leave on your trip. 

TrillemarkaRollagsfjell Nature Reserve

Photo: Johanne S. Refseth

Region: Southern Norway
Why it’s unique: Virgin forests

Welcome to the wild wilderness! Trillemarka-Rollagsfjell Nature Preserve is one of the last virgin forest areas in the nation. This is your go-to place for hiking among old forest growth, skiing on untouched mountains, and fishing in truly picturesque rivers and lakes. There’s also an abundance, 93 in total, of ‘Red Listed’ species. Make sure you hike to the statue called ‘Madonna and the child’, located 100 meters outside the park, for incredible views of the valley and beyond. Bring lots of layers, as the climate drastically changes throughout the area.

Rago National Park

Photo: Henri Palm

Region: Northern Norway
Why it’s unique: The largest protected area in Europe

Visiting Rago feels like worlds away from reality. This national park borders three of Sweden’s national parks, together creating the biggest protected area in Europe. That’s epic, isn’t it? It’s a paradise for waterfall lovers, as there are almost endless amounts of them. Other key characteristics are its two prominent lakes, Storskogvatnet and Litlverivatnet, several glaciers, high mountains, and many pines. Due to the park’s poor soil quality and harsh climate, there’s little plant diversity.  Keep an eye out for the abundance of golden eagles and moose.  

Børgefjell National Park

Photo: Halvor Eggen Pettersen

Region: Central and Northern Norway
Why it’s unique: Very rugged forests and home to the endangered Arctic Fox

You’re in for a very rugged adventure when you explore Børgefjell National Park, located close to the Swedish border. There are dramatic dark granite summits in the west and great bounty of waterfalls and lakes in the south, creating a haven for fishing trout. It’s also home to one of the most endangered mammals in the country, the Arctic Fox. The park is predominately reservation, with little to no bridges, huts, or trails, and can take a whole day to reach the interior of the park. In fact, you can go days without seeing another person! 

The Tafjord Mountain Range

Region: Western Norway
Why it’s unique: Scenic peaks and many DNT cabins 

Tafjordfjella is a mountain range in western Norway, that’s connected to Reinheimen National Park in the east and Romsdalfjella in the north. It’s characterized by its scenic peaks with glimpses of the coastline and ample lakes for trout fishing.  Among the many high mountains in the area, tallest peak, Puttegga towers from above at 1,999 m.a.s.l. and provides amazing views of down below.  Bring a tent or stay in one of the 15 DNT cabins.

Vassfaret

Region: Southern Norway
Why it’s unique: Nature conservation haven with historical settlements

Vassfaret is a forest mountain valley in southern Norway. Within the valley, there are several conservation areas, but it’s best known for its low-alpine coniferous forests and bogs. Vassfaret is not only a conservation haven, it is also rich in cultural history. There’s proof that there has been human activity in the area since 1349, such as for agriculture, hunting, fishing and outdoor life. There’s a 16 km nature trail with 20 posts that can inform you about the cultural, plant and hunting history.

 

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