Se full versjon : Offroading and travel in Norway

Harald Hansen
12-10-2009, 09:52
Overlanding in Norway is somewhat hampered by the fact that off-highway travel is illegal. If you're looking to explore our "outback", you're basically forced to keep your motorised vehicle on the roads, with "roads" meaning at least maintained gravel roads.

Motorised off road travel is limited to what the law defines as "innmark", basically everything that's not uninhabited and uncultivated land. That's the bad news. Now for the good news, lifted from Wikipedia:

Everyone in Norway enjoys the right of access to, and passage through, uncultivated land in the countryside. The right is an old consuetudinary law called the allemannsrett (lit. all men's right), that was codified in 1957 with the implementation of the Outdoor Recreation Act.[4] It is based on respect for the countryside, and all visitors are expected to show consideration for farmers and landowners, other users and the environment. In Norway the terms utmark and innmark divide areas where the right is valid and where it is not. The law specifies innmark thoroughly, and all areas not covered by this definition are defined as utmark, generally speaking uninhabited and uncultivated areas. Cultivated land may only be walked on when it is frozen and covered in snow.


Even though a land owner has been permitted to build closer to the shore he can not restrict people from walking along the shore. Fences and other barriers to prevent public access are not permitted (but yet sometimes erected, resulting in heavy fines).

Canoeing, kayaking, rowing and sailing in rivers, lakes, and ocean are allowed. Motorised boats are only permitted in salt water. All waters are open for swimming.

Hunting rights belong to the landowner, and thus hunting is not included in the right of free access. In freshwater areas such as rivers and lakes, the fishing rights belong to the landowner. Regardless of who owns the land, fresh water fishing activities may only be conducted with the permission of the landowner or by those in possession of a fishing licence. In salt water areas there is free access to sports fishing using boats or from the shoreline. All fishing is subject to legislation to among other things protect biological diversity, and this legislation stipulates rules regarding the use of gear, seasons, bag or size limits and more.

So you can bring your tent, and basically pitch it anywhere in woods or on the mountains. You can also freely cross forests and beachfront owned by private parties, and you will see no "No trespassing" signs.

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