With Easter approaching, Norwegians flock to their cabins in the mountains. Do you know the guidelines to stay safe? We give you the Norwegian Mountain Code.
The Norwegian Mountain Code is as Norwegian as brunost and lutefisk. In Norwegian they’re called “Fjellvettreglene” and were released for the first time back in 1952 by the Norwegian Tourist Association (DNT) and the Red Cross. The rules for faring in the mountain are important to prevent accidents and will keep you safe. Every year, DNT revise and renew them.
These nine rules function as a sort of code of conduct for traveling in the mountains, during winter as well as summer. Make sure you know them well before heading out for that Easter skiing trip.
1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
Read a detailed version on DNT’s website.