5 reasons to stay outside in Norway

April 08, 2014

Norway is a land of snowy slopes, lush forests, towering mountains and sparkling fjords. From hiking to fishing and from skiing to canoeing; Norway is a haven for the active traveller and a perfect hostel destination if you’re a lover of the outdoors. Here are our five picks of the best outdoor spots:

1. Preikstolen

Also known as the Pulpit Rock, this spectacular scenic plateau is arguably one of the most impressive viewing platforms in the world. Pack your walking boots, practical clothing and some snacks and hike the 350m trail to the top, we guarantee the mesmerising views will be worth the trek!


Take a look at Stavanger St Svithun, a welcoming hostel, with easy access to many main attractions including Preikstolen.


2. The Geirangerfjord

The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by imposing, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Take a fjord sightseeing trip and experience it all.

Harbour Hellesylt Hostel

Try your hand at fishing or sailing in this beautiful region and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from Hellesylt.


3. Bergen

Famously known as ‘The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway’ and for its seven mountains, Bergen is both an international city and the ideal starting point for exploring the astounding natural scenery of Norway. Hire a bike and cycle some extreme routes between Bergen and Voss; this can be challenging even for dedicated cyclists, but the views are certainly worth it!


Bergen Montana is an eco-friendly hostel set in the hillside of Bergen’s famous Mount Ulriken.


4. Voss

Voss is the skiing metropolis of western Norway, with runs suitable for the entire family. The two ski centres in Voss feature more than 55km of alpine runs and 19 ski lifts. The length of the season varies depending on snowfall and weather conditions. So opening of ski centres can range from mid-November to December until April/May.

Voss skiing

How about a last-minute trip to catch the last bits of snow? Or plan ahead and book your winter stay now at Voss.


5. Røvær

The island community of Røvær consists of the islands Urd, Hillerøy, and Røvær. Get away from it all on this idyllic and picturesque island that has 100 inhabitants, a self-contained community and is car-free.

Rovaer Hostel

Watch shimmering sunsets from the cosy base of our Røvær Hostel, a traditional red sea house conveniently situated on the port. Please be aware that this is a seasonal hostel and not open all year round.


For a full list of our hostels in Norway, please click here.


Have you got any tips for outdoor enthusiasts visiting Norway? Please leave your suggestions in the comment box below or email us, we’d love to hear from you!



Want to see more of Norway? Read our guest blogger’s tips for exploring the Stavanger Region.

Stavanger, Norway

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