The Nordlandsruta is still relatively unknown as a long-distance hiking trail in Norway. Tracing the Norwegian-Swedish border, it runs for more than 500 kilometres (310 miles) from Børgefjell in the south to Bjørnfjell near Narvik in the north. The varied stages take you through birch forests, across high plateaus, past reindeer herds, and through the extensive lake landscapes. If you are looking for the vastness of the north or peace and quiet in nature, this is the right area for you. Far from the crowds of tourists and civilisation, it's the perfect place to switch off. I walked large parts of the Nordlandsruta as part of my Norge på Langs hike. In this Collection, I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite sections, which can easily be hiked in 8 to 10 days.
Orientation is relatively easy in most sections, as the Norwegian Trekking Association DNT has signposted the trail with red markers. However, the trail can be somewhat overgrown or swampy in places – especially below the tree line. A navigation aid is inevitably necessary here, as well as good waterproof footwear and some surefootedness. There aren’t any steep, exposed passages on this long-distance hiking trail, but Norwegian hiking trails are rarely well developed.
The stages are organised so that you find a simple, usually private accommodation every roughly 18 to 25 kilometres (11 to 15 miles). The accommodation is only partially serviced and, as there are no shopping facilities en route, you need to carry the food for the Tour in your rucksack.
Thanks to Everyman's Right in Norway, you are allowed to camp everywhere. The stages can therefore be flexibly adapted, extended or shortened. If you are looking for secluded campsites with a breathtaking view, you find many beautiful spots here. If you travel in autumn like me, you'll enjoy the autumnal colours as well as masses of blueberries.
How to get there: The town of Mo i Rana is easy to reach by plane. From there, the train takes you to Trofors and then bus line 18-231 brings you to Susendalen. Furuheim gård is about 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) further down the valley on the other side of the river. If necessary, you can also arrange a transfer here. For bus times see:
Alternatively, you can skip the first two stages and arrange a transfer with Grannes Camping. Unfortunately, there is no bus connection between Umbukta and Mo i Rana but you can take a taxi (call +47 07550).
It makes sense to call the accommodation in advance, as most of them are privately run. Thanks to good network coverage in Norway, you can also decide spontaneously from day to day. You will almost always have reception here, as long as you are above the treeline. You can find information on all accommodation at ut.no.
The second stage begins directly with a special feature. After a short descent to the river bank, it quickly becomes clear: Without swimming you would not get to the other side here. But the Norwegians have come up with something here instead of a bridge. A thick wire rope stretches from one bank to the other. Attached to it: a small boat that offers just enough space for one person and a backpack.
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