Photo: Camping above lake Bygdin, Jotunheimen national park, Norway
Photo: Cloudy skies over mountains and glaciers in Jotunheimen national park, Norway.
To put it nicely, Norway is not a ‘sunny’ country. Don’t be fooled by travel guides and brochures showing photos scenic green meadows, waterfalls, or fjords with calm puffy white clouds and blue skies overhead on every page. This is a lie. I can’t count how many times I’ve set my tent up in the rain only to take it down in the rain on the following morning, for days on end. Even during the height of summer one should always be prepared for cold, wet, and windy conditions. This applies even more if one is planning on venturing out in the mountains.
Photo: Camping at Kvalvike beach, Lofoten islands, Norway.
So if the weather sucks so bad, why even go? Because Norway is an amazingly beautiful and friendly country. And because when that sunny summer day does come, you will instantly forget that week of rain and cloud that proceeded and will follow it. And if you are north of the arctic circle and standing on a mountain top at 2 am under a perfectly blue sky, you will already start planning your return trip.
Photo: Mountain snack, above Stamsund, Lofoten islands, Norway
Here’s my packing list for a 3 week trip which I start tomorrow. The first 2 weeks I’ll out on the Lofoten islands, followed by one week hiking around Jotunheimen national park. Since the main purpose of my trip is photography, I need to keep the weight of my camping equipment and clothing to a minimum to help offset the weight of my camera gear.
Some useful links for traveling around Norway:
- DNT – Norwegian Trekking Assocation
- UT.no – interactive topo map with hiking routes and hut locations for whole of Norway
- YR.no – Norwegian weather
- NSB – Norwegain train line
- RUTEINFO – Regional transport info for whole of Norway: ferries, busses, trains, planes…
- NOR-WAY – National long distance bus company
- OVDS – Bodø – Moskenes ferry for Lofoten Islands, other routes as well
- Norwegian Airlines
I normally only wear hiking boots in places where I’ll encounter lots of snow and or bog/mud, such as Norway. However, I’m trying to keep things a bit lighter on this trip so I’m only going to take some trail-runners. This may be a regrettable decision and lead to constantly wet feet, but I hope not…
•Backpack – Golite Odyssey
•Daypack/camera bag – Black Diamond Sphynx 32L
•Tent – MSR Hubba single person
•Sleeping Bag – Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32
•Lightweight foam sleeping pad
•Leki Makalu trekking poles
•Water filter – Katadyn mini
•Petzl Zipka plus headlamp
•first aid kit
•Rain cover for backpack
•Stove – Snow Peak GigaPower
•Cookware – Snow Peak titanium pan & lid
•Spoon Fork combination
•Multipurpose camp soap
•journal & pens
•Shell Jacket – Golite
•Shell Pants – Marmot Precip
•Marmot Driclime windshirt
•MEC lightweight softshell pants
•Lightweight camp towel
Photo: Scenic summer view of Lake Gjende, Jotunheimen national park, Norway.