Norway and the island of Spitsbergen largely consist of vast stretches of untouched natural wilderness. These natural reserves are to be conserved without placing human contrivances like fences and signs.
In Norway one is free to roam about – unless signs explicitly state otherwise. This right of public access – ‘Allemannsretten’ in Norwegian – allows one to freely hike or camp in nature, e.g. at beaches, in the forest, in the mountains and in other uncultivated areas. In cultivated areas, however, one is not allowed to stay there without permission of the landowner. Cultivated areas are mowing fields, pastures, newly planted forests and any other area where human presence could damage or impede the owner or tenant. In any case, any stay in nature needs to be carefully considered, ensuring that no damage is done to either nature or property. Wildlife and other people staying in the same area also need consideration. Between the 15th of April and the 15th of September, lighting fires in the countryside is prohibited.
More information is available at:
Direktoratet for naturforvaltning
Tungasletta 2, NO-7484 Trondheim
Tel. +47 73 58 05 00