Norway: Here’s How You Camp Like A True Scandinavian!

Norway: Here’s How You Camp Like A True Scandinavian!

It may be down to the gorgeous scenery, dazzling array of camping and hiking food, or just the sheer thrill of being out in pure, fresh air but a lot of Scandinavians spend more time outside than they do indoors and it’s easy to see why. In Norway, trekking the country is so encouraged that it’s actually legal to set up camp anywhere, except town or farmland, in the summer for around 48 hours without asking permission. Companies even offer ‘Camp Cards’ that encourage visitors to book campsites in advance to receive, vouchers, discounts and prizes.

Rent A Cabin

It may not be sleeping in a tent but it’s definitely still classed as camping and is one of the most popular leisure time activities in Norway. Cabins come in all shapes and sizes, from cosy two person cottages to large hall like affairs with toilets and kitchens ideal for private parties or mass gatherings. Perfect for groups of high schoolers celebrating their last months of school, cabins are often found high up in the forests, hidden away from the main road and without Wi-Fi or sometimes even electricity. Some are incredibly rustic with outside toilets, and cooking is done on a camping or gas stove. To learn more about camping outdoors why not visit

Eat Norwegian Waffles

People tend to come to cabins to hike, fish, or even swim and bring puzzles, books and musical instruments for entertainment. Why not get up early for a sunrise walk? You’ll have the forest all to yourself and see the sun come up behind the mountains as well as working up an appetite. When staying in their ‘hytte’ or cabin, breakfast may consist of authentic Scandinavian waffles, they come fresh, piping hot and are served with a type of sour cream and jam. You’ll also find a whole range of pålegg, open-faced sandwiches filled with meats and cheeses. Yes, in Norway bread, meat and cheese is a perfectly acceptable breakfast menu! Don’t forget your Kvikk Lunsj, as part of a quick lunch while hiking, it’s a sort of Kit Kat-esque chocolate snack and tastes pretty good too.

Take A Boat To An Island

When the spring comes one way Norwegians may celebrate Easter is by renting a boat, going to an island and camping while reading crime fiction. It’s an odd alternative to eating chocolate eggs, which they do as well, but it seems to be that in April you crack open a thrilling Jo Nesbø novel, enjoy some blissful peace and quiet and bid farewell to the long winter. Many families actually own boats, you’re considered quite popular if you own both a boat and a cabin so children learn to row at quite a young age. However, be aware that if you’re looking to hire a vessel you need to get in there early as once the snowfall stops people are booking boats out before you know it! Norwegians are a polite, reserved yet friendly people so if you run into any difficulties there should be someone willing to help you out. Remember your phrase book! They’ll be far more willing to help if you try asking them in their own language as they love hearing visitors trying to get their tongues around different vowel sounds.

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  1. January 22, 2017 / 9:03 am

    The word is ‘hytte’, not ‘hyatt’, and most Norwegian families have one either by the coast or in the mountains/forests.

    The act of staying in a ‘hytte’ is known as ‘hytteliv’ (cabin-life), and ‘hyttekos’ (cosy cabin life).

    ‘Pålegg’ is the word used for what we in English would call ‘sandwich filler’, it literally means ‘on lay’, in other words, ‘laying’ something on the bread.

    Now I want waffles……. ♥

    • January 22, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Blumming autocorrect! Thanks Grete, I knew I should have run it by you first (when writing about Norway, checking facts with a Norwegian should have been top of my list!) I love staying in cabins, so the added beauty of the mountains/forest make it’s super special! And YES – waffles! Yum!

  2. January 22, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    ha ha auto correct gets you in all sorts of trouble 🙂

  3. February 4, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    A boat, an island and a Jo Nesbo novel is my idea of a good time ANY day of the year! I travelled through Scandinavia in May last year, and Norway was by far my favourite (our hike to Tryvannstua near Oslo, and to Trolltunga outside Bergen were definitely highlights!). Perhaps I’m a Norwegian at heart. 🙂