Hopp til innholdet
Search Menu

Ansvarlig Friluftsliv og Bærekraftig Reise under Allemannsretten

The Right to Roam – A Free Common Good and a Part of Our Cultural Heritage. The right to roam, or “allemannsretten,” is a free common good that is part of our cultural heritage. It grants everyone the right to move about and stay in uncultivated land throughout Norway.

Allemannsretten is a fundamental part of Norwegian nature and cultural heritage, allowing free movement in uncultivated land regardless of who owns the land. This unique principle promotes a deep respect for the natural environment and encourages responsible behavior among all those who enjoy the freedom it entails. In this article, we will explore how to practice this responsibly, from adhering to fire rules and leash laws, to supporting local businesses and leaving no trace.


Reminder of Fire Rules

In Norway, fire rules are especially important to follow due to the risk of forest fires. From April 15 to September 15, there is generally a prohibition against lighting fires in or near forests and other uncultivated land. Outside this period, it is still important to exercise caution and only light fires where it obviously cannot lead to a fire hazard. Always make sure to completely extinguish the fire before leaving the site. PS! If you find carved sticks at the campsite, do not burn them! In Sami tradition, sticks are carved to write names and dates on. It is said that burning such a stick brings bad karma.


Leash rule

To protect wildlife and domestic animals, a leash law is in force throughout Norway from April 1 to August 20. This ensures that dogs do not disturb or harm wildlife during the most vulnerable period. Respect for the leash law is an important part of the right to roam and contributes to harmonious coexistence between wildlife, domestic animals, and people.


Bus and Sustainable Transport

Choosing public transport such as buses to and from travel destinations can reduce the overall environmental impact and is in line with the principles of sustainable travel. This not only contributes to less traffic and emissions but also promotes a more inclusive access to scenic areas.


Support the Local Businesses

By shopping locally, you support small businesses and contribute to economic growth and job creation in the community. Discover hidden treasures, travel during the off-season, and buy local goods and experiences. This strengthens the community and reduces the negative effects of mass tourism. See if there are Duodji markets or other markets nearby, where you find treasures not sold in stores!


Use a Guide

Using a local guide can enrich your experience understanding and ensure that your travel is both informative and respectful. Guides can provide insight into local customs, history, and environment, contributing to a deeper and more meaningful experience.


Leave No Trace

The basic principle of leave no trace underpins all aspects of the right to roam. It involves leaving nature as you found it or even better. Take all trash with you, leave no marks on the terrain, and take only pictures and memories home.

Midnight sun, Tana, Norway

Mountain rules

The mountain rule is essential for safe travel in Norwegian nature. It includes advice such as planning your trip well, paying attention to weather and avalanche forecasts, and being prepared for bad weather and cold, even on short trips. Knowledge of and compliance with these rules can save lives.

  1. Plan your trip and let someone know where you’re going.
    – Ensure you have a well-thought-out plan for the trip, and inform someone about where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  2. Adapt the trip to your abilities and conditions.
    – Consider both your own and your fellow travelers’ skills and health when planning the trip. Take into account weather and ground conditions.
  3. Pay attention to weather and avalanche forecasts.
    – Always check the weather forecast and avalanche warnings before you set out, and be prepared for weather conditions to change quickly.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and cold, even on short trips.
    – Always bring the necessary equipment to handle bad weather and cold climates, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
  5. Bring necessary equipment to help yourself and others.
    – Always carry a first aid kit, extra clothes, emergency food, and other essential safety gear.
  6. Make safe route choices. Recognize terrain and hazardous areas.
    – Always be aware of the terrain you are moving in and avoid places where there may be a risk of avalanches and other dangers.
  7. Use a map and compass. Always know where you are.
    – A good map and compass are important navigation aids in the mountains, and it is essential to know how to use them effectively.
  8. Turn back in time, there is no shame in turning around.
    – It is important to know your own limits and be able to make the decision to turn back if conditions become too difficult or dangerous.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
    – Manage your energy wisely on the trip and have the ability to seek shelter if the weather becomes too challenging.

These rules are designed to encourage safety and independence in the mountains and are essential for minimizing risk and enhancing the enjoyment of outdoor activities in Norway’s varied and sometimes challenging terrain. Practicing these principles ensures that the right to roam is preserved not only as a legal right but also as a cultural and environmental enrichment for future generations. By following these guidelines, each of us contributes to maintaining Norway’s nature as an accessible, safe, and beautiful resource for everyone.