Photo: Kim Abel, naturarkivet.no

Camping

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, 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.

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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