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Hiking in Magma Geopark

Discover Magma Geopark by foot

In Norway we have “Allemannsretten”. This is a law granting free access to the nature in Norway to the public. Allemannsretten states that everyone is allowed to travel and stay in the outskirts of Norway, and it is focusing on the fact that our nature is a joint free asset and part of our cultural heritage. It gives you the right to use and visit landmarks, regardless of who is the landowner.

Outdoor recreation is an important part of our cultural heritage in Norway. Since ancient times, we have had the right to roam freely in forests and open country, along rivers, on lakes, among skerries, and in the mountains. We are allowed to harvest nature’s bounty – which means not only saltwater fish, berries, mushrooms and wildflowers, but also our sensory impressions of the whole outdoor experience. The main principles of Allemannsretten are legally enshrined in the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957.

With rights there are also responsibilities. When you get the right to roam freely in the Norwegian nature, we expect that you treat our nature with respect. The golden rule is to “leave nothing but footprints”; you are obliged to leave our nature the way it was when you came – or even better.

Hiking is a big part of Magma Geopark. The locals use their nature actively for recreation and for exercise. We have a variety of marked paths, and they are diverse in terrain and locations. “Toppturer” (summits) are very popular, and quite a few of our Geopark Locations are summits. Some of our locations are part of long hikes, but most of them are family friendly and highly accessible.

There are information boards at each location, but if you want the full experience and the full story you can book a guided tour with one of our specially trained geopark guides.

Before you embark on your next adventure in the nature, it is smart to get acquainted with a set of rules called Norwegian Mountain Code (locally known as Fjellvettreglene). Here is a summary:

 

  1.  Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2.  Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3.  Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4.  Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5.  Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6.  Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7.  Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8.  Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9.  Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

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