adapted from: (Miljødirektoratet “Right to Roam”, 2017)
Right to Roam Outdoor recreation is an important part of our cultural heritage in Norway. Since ancient times, we have had the right to roam freely in forests and open country, along rivers, on lakes, among the skerries, and in the mountains – irrespective of who owns the land. We are allowed to harvest nature’s bounty – which means not only saltwater fish, berries, mushrooms and wildflowers, but also our sensory impressions of the whole outdoor experience. The main principles of the right to roam are legally enshrined in the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957.
Respect the nature and the animals that live here:
Nature is vulnerable. Take care of animal and plant life as you travel in nature. Do not disturb the wildlife or the animals grazing in nature. Neither domestic animals nor wild animals must be fed.
Clean up after you when you leave and pick up trash after others if you find it along trails or trails. That way we help each other to keep nature clean.
The dog’s owner is required pick up after their dog in ski slopes, hiking trails, residential areas, public roads and free areas for the public. Use dog waste bags.
What is cultivated and uncultivated land?
Uncultivated land or open country includes most of Norway’s lakes, shores, bogs, forests and mountains and is usually not fenced off. Small uncultivated areas within cultivated land are not regarded as open country. Cultivated or built-up land: fields, meadows, pastures, gardens, courtyards, building plots and industrial sites. You do have access to some cultivated land, such as fields and meadows, between October 15 and April 30 when the ground is frozen or covered in snow. Please note that cultivated land need not actually be fenced off.