Author Trygve Sunde Kolderup has produced an excellent guide to 60 unique Norwegian outdoor experiences and places to stay. Kolderup is manager of Hvitserk, a company that organizes expeditions and adventure tours all over the world, so he knows what’s all about.
This book describes 60 unique outdoor experiences and places to stay, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Chosen because the author wants foreigners as well as natives to experience the wonderful and diverse scenery Norway has to offer. What makes Norway special for travelers is the variety of outdoor experiences that you’ll find in this book – and in real life.
Most trips described in the users’ guide are accessible by public transport, and the 180 pages contain eight chapters, each guiding you to very diverse outdoor areas and unique accommodation. The areas described are Hardanger, Sogn, Jotunheimen, Sunnmøre, Romsdalen, Helgeland, Lofiten and Svalbard.
Many of the areas are close to one another, making it easy to connect different routes for a fortnight’s holiday, or as stated in the introduction: “These areas are so close to each other that you can live in one area and hike in the other.” This guide contains maps for planning purposes and fact panels provide information on level of difficulty, length, base etc.
If you visit some of the gems Trygve Sunde Kolderup has written about, you’ll probably discover other treasures as well.
“Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to change your holiday plans after reading Norway, naturally!” wrote outdoor journalist Iver Gjelstenli.
All photos: Matti Bernitz
Featured image (on top): The waters between the 12 000 islands on the Helgeland coast are often so shallow that only kayaks can sail there.
Reviewed by Tor Kjolberg