Pitch a tent and camp overnight for up to 48 hours

In open country in the lowlands, you can pitch a tent and camp overnight for up to 48 hours in one location without prior permission from the landowner. In the mountains the national park Jotunheimen, and in remote, sparsely populated areas, you may camp for longer than 48 hours. 

Unless local bylaws provide otherwise, you must never pitch your tent within 150 metres (500 feet) of an inhabited house or cabin. Always take care not to damage young trees. Remember, you must not camp on fenced land without the landowner’s permission. You may light a fire in open country, but not in or near woodland between April 15 and September 15. Don’t damage trees when gathering wood for your fire – use old, dry branches and twigs. If you build a bonfire on the shore, don’t place it directly on rock, as this may cause the rock to split.

We have a lot of campings in and around the park: Campings in Jotunheimen National Park

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.


The right to roam applies to open countryside, where the following activities are permitted:


Free movement on foot and on skis

Resting and overnight camping

Riding and cycling on trails and roads

Swimming, canoeing, rowing and sailing

Picking berries, mushrooms and wildflowers

Fishing without a licence for saltwater species

Hiking and Skiing 

General Information on the Right to Roam

To fish in inland waters, you need a fishing permit from the landowner. If you are under 16, you can fish free of charge between January 1 and August 20, except where there are salmon, sea trout and sea char.

To hunt, you need the permission of the landowner, who owns the hunting rights. You also need to pass the hunter accreditation exam and purchase a hunting licence.

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.

Always close gates and respect livestock, whether you are on cultivated or on uncultivated land. Dogs must be kept on a leash between April 1 and August 20. Be careful around fire – you must not light a fire in or near woodland between April 15 and September 15. Find out about any local bylaws regarding dog leashing and bonfires, which are often stricter than the national regulations. Make sure you tidy up before leaving your picnic spot or campsite. Take any litter away with you, leaving nothing behind. 

Svalheim Gard & Utladalen camping

When camping in open country, remember: 

  • to comply with bylaws governing camping in recreational areas and nature reserves, in order to avoid erosion and protect vulnerable wildlife and plant habitats
  • to use established rest areas and campsites where possible
  • to pitch your tent where you will not disturb animals and birds, particularly during breeding and nesting season • not to leave permanent scars on vegetation or terrain
  •  to respect other campers’ need for space and peace and quiet
  • to use established firepits, and to be especially careful around fire
  • not to disturb livestock
  • to respect the interests of people who live and work in the countryside

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