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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is distinctive about trekking in Norway?
- The trekking terrain is at lower elevations, so you can trek cabin to cabin with a light pack and expect some comforts at the end of the day.
Do I need special gear?
- If you will stay and eat at DNT cabins and lodges, you need only weatherproof clothing, sturdy boots, a comfortable rucksack or backpack and other gear that you might use on a day trip, and you need not take a sleeping bag, just a cotton hut sack (sheet sleeping bag), also called a hut sleeper, because the cabin and lodge bunks have duvets or blankets. But if you wish, you may camp out and take a tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear and provisions.
Is it easy to find your way?
- Yes. Trails are marked with red letter Ts on Cairns and rock faces and are clearly shown on maps.
Are there challenges?
- Most trekking - hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter - is rolling mountain terrain. However, there are plenty of areas for mountaineering, technical rock and ice climbing, steep skiing and other extreme sports.
Is the weather harsh?
- Norway is a coastal country warmed by the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean, so its climate is far milder than that of inland countries at the same latitude. In a dry summer, you may hike for weeks clad only in a T-shirt and shorts. However, the weather is variable. Even in summer, you should be prepared to cope with sleet and snow, and on glaciers you may meet winter conditions year-round.
Are there routes for cycling?
- Yes. Most trekking areas below forest line, as well as a few above, offer cycling on roads closed to ordinary traffic. On the larger lakes, scheduled service passenger launches take bicycles, so you can traverse most mountain areas by cycle.
Are there easily accessible paddling waters?
- Yes. There are many lakes and rivers suitable for canoeing and kayaking, and there are canoe and kayak rental services at the more popular paddling lakes. DNT had groups for canoeing and kayaking as well as for white water sports.
Are there good maps?
- Yes. There are detailed topographic maps, normally in scale 1:50 000 for the whole country and special maps for principal trekking and boating areas.
What does DNT mean in English?
- Den Norske Turistforening (DNT) translates best to the "Norwegian Trekking Association".
If I only visit for one trekking trip, need I join DNT?
- DNT cabins and facilities are open to all, members and non-members. But members enjoy discounts and benefits. To have access to the locked self-serviced huts, you need to be a member. The price of a year's DNT main-membership is about equal to the total member discounts in staying three nights at staffed lodges. So, if you intend to trek for more than three days, it pays to be a DNT member. Moreover, DNT members are entitled to discounts on outdoor gear at selected shops in Norway and at DNTs own gear-shops and enjoy discounts at trekking association cabins in neighbouring Sweden.
Can I get along speaking English?
- Yes. All Norwegians learn English at school, from age eight on, so you can speak English with the staff at lodges and with other trekkers. Elderly Norwegian people might have limited language-capacity. Moreover, map legends and many publications on trekking are bilingual, Norwegian and English.
Can I pay by credit card at the huts?
- Most staffed lodges have Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals for payment by debit or credit card. At self-service and no-service cabins you can pay with cash or by filling out a direct debit single authorisation form available at the cabin. On the form you must state your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) or debit/credit card number and date of expiration. You sign to authorize debit of the amount due to your account. Put cash in a cash payment envelope provided and drop it into the payments box.
Are the cabins and lodges licensed to serve alcohol?
- All the staffed lodges are licensed to serve beer, and most of the larger DNT lodges as well as private lodges in the trail networks also are licensed to serve wine.