The opening day of the recreational year was a success, with celebrations all over Norway. In Tøyenparken in Oslo, H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon marked the official opening, to the excitement of 2000 kids. In Bergen, Prime Minister Erna Solberg held a short speech due to heavy wind, at Fløyen, a very popular area for hiking with the people of Bergen.

Outdoors activity gives you good experiences, improved quality of life, better health and a richer life. The Outdoor Recreation Year 2015 is a national celebration of Norwegian outdoor life. H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon is the patron of the celebration year.The main goal is to promote a healthier lifestyle for more people.

A Night in the Wild

One of the activities in connection with the opening was the national campaign #nattinaturen (night in nature).193 mayors in Norway slept outdoors the night of January 13th. Across the country, people responded to the appeal from the Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft, and spent a night in nature.  

Sleeping outside can be both comfortable and enjoyable, as long as you prepare well.

Tips when sleeping outdoors:

  • Be sure to wear wool as the innermost layer to your body, including your feet. Wool keeps you warm, and breathes.
  • Remember to keep your head warm.
  • Light a fire. It’s cozy and keeps you warm.
  • Bring a thermos with warm beverage, and plenty of food.
  • Invest in a good sleeping bag.
  • Bring a good quality sleeping pad.
  • Be sure that you are warm when you go to sleep.
  • Bring a flashlight.
  • Learn how to work your tent in advance.
  • Put some of your clothes for the next day in the sleeping bag, so they are warm when you wake up.

The Public Right to Roam (Allemannsretten)

Everyone in Norway enjoys the right of access to, and passage through, uncultivated land in the countryside. Hiking in the woods and on the mountains, walking and skiing, swimming, camping, anchoring of boats, harvesting of wild berries and flowers, and lake fishing are examples of public rights, which are reserved mainly in outlying areas.


Want to learn more about the Public Right to Roam (Allemannsretten)? Check out Miljø