Right of access

Norwegians love nature. We are known for being outdoorsy and we "use" our nature a lot. We hike, we ski, we climb, we paddle and we cycle. Like many other European countries we have a very generous statutory access right. We call this right "allemannsretten". Directly translated to "right of access".

The right of access gives you, as a Norwegian or a tourist the right to walk wherever you want outside of built-up areas. This is a very important and valued part of Norwegian culture.

If you are planning to go hiking or camping in Norway keep reading. Below you will find all the information you need about the right of access.

 

How do access rights function in practice?

Everyone is entitled to free access to and passage across all uncultivated land throughout the year. You are also allowed to cross fields and farmland on foot when the ground is frozen or snow-covered - from October 15th to April 29th.

 

The 150-metre rule

You are allowed to put up a tent for the night – or sleep under the stars, if you like – but you must keep at least 150 metres away from the nearest occupied house or cabin. If you want to stay for more than two nights in the same place, you must ask the landowner's permission, except in the mountains or very remote areas. The Ministry of Climate and Environment may grant exemptions from the 150 metre-rule in coastal areas through precept.

 

      Can I cross cultivated land?

Fields and farmland are open to walkers and skiers when the ground is frozen or snow-covered. You are also allowed to use roads and paths to cross cultivated areas at any time of year if you are on foot, on skis, on a bicycle or on horseback and are heading for uncultivated land.

 

Behave considerately and responsibly

Access rights also entail responsibilities.

  • Tidy up after yourself and take everything with you, including your litter. As the saying goes, "take only pictures, leave only footprints". 
  • Be careful with camp fires. Open fires are not permitted in or near forested areas in the period 15 April to 15 September, and we ask you to respect this.
  • You may pick most berries, mushrooms and flowers, but some rare species are protected.

 

Information taken from: (http://www.environment.no/Topics/Outdoor-recreation/Right-of-access-/)

New Visual Strategy for Norway's National Parks

Picture taken from : http://designmanual.norgesnasjonalparker.no/

Picture taken from : http://designmanual.norgesnasjonalparker.no/


This april our environmental authorities launched a new brand and visitor strategy for Norway's national parks . The new visual identity was developed by Snøhetta Design, one of Norway's most popular design and architecture companies.

The Concept

Is built on the idea of a portal. A protective frame shaped by a natural landscape curve. It shows the interaction between culture and nature, as well as the balance between visit and protection.

Nature has a very important place in the Norwegian culture. Our national parks encompass the finest we have of our landscape and they are developed to protect, educate and delight both our generation as well as the next.

The aim

Is to make the national parks more recognizable and accessible for the general public as well as tourists. The aim is also to change the strategy of national parks towards a more user friendly environment. Instead of listing what is prohibited in the national park they are now focusing on a more welcoming strategy.

The Symbol

Is a portal. A protective frame that is softened by a natural landscape curve. With the new brand for Norway's national parks, all the parks have a stronger marketing and commercial front together under one symbol. This creates a clear common identity for national parks, visitor centers and national villages . While still allowing room for brand identity through the choice of graphic landscape curve.

To view the new design and read more about it check out :

http://designmanual.norgesnasjonalparker.no/
 

Innovation Norway's tourist survey for 2014

Results from Innovation Norway's tourist survey for 2014 was met with excitement from the industry. The report showed an increase in the number of international tourists coming to Norway, but also an increase in the number of Norwegians who choose to travel in their own country.

Last year travel Magazines like Lonely Planet placed the Norwegian fjords on their list of "8 voyages of a lifetime" and named Romsdalseggen one of the world's ten best hikes. National Geographic also showed their enthusiasm for our country, naming Fjord Norway one of the world's most beautiful destinations.

Our government and destination companies promote Norway to the international market with the slogan; "Powered by Nature" and it is precisely our nature that sells and attracts international tourists from all over the world.

Despite an increase in both the number of tourists and revenue from tourism, the government has ironically a desire to tighten the budget for marketing. When the government budget for 2015 was revealed it presented a proposal to reduce marketing funds to Innovation Norway with 40 million.

"The tourism industry has delivered good results in 2014 and the reason is modern, cost-effective tourism products, positive consumer trends and moderate exchange rate. To cut in marketing funds to Innovation Norway now is to cut in future revenues, "says Managing Director of NHO tourism, Kristin Krohn Devold.

It is estimated that in 2015 the number of international tourist traveling to Norway will increase further more.

The sky is the limit?

This year started off great with Lonely Planet selecting Northern Norway as one of their top 50 places to visit in 2015. Raving about the beautiful nature and northern lights.

And while Norwegian tourism seams to be climbing for the top, our currency is sinking to the bottom. Making it perhaps more accessible to foreign tourists. Making the number one argument I have heard so many times, not so valid any more.

"I'd love to go to Norway, but it's too expensive," or

"I liked Norway, but it was so expensive there."

So I am hopeful that the industry will keep on growing, despite cut backs in funding from our government.

 

Here are some facts about the Norwegian tourism industry to date:

Norwegian tourism has almost 140 000 employees.

Total revenue from tourism is nearly 70 billion.

Tourism accounts for five percent of the Gross Domestic Product in Norway

The tourism industry consists of five main industries: experiences, dining, lodging, transportation and communication.

Transportation and accommodation is highest in terms of value, with almost half of the industry's total value added. Dining is highest in terms of number of employees, with nearly 50 000 employees.

(Ref: https://www.regjeringen.no/nb/aktuelt/ny-rapport-om-verdien-av-norsk-reiseliv/id2364231/)