WIN! a hiking trip through Norway

Closing date: 03 Jan 2018

With its combination of dreamy fjords flanked by rugged mountains and icy glaciers, Norway was made for walking. Few places are off -limits thanks to its allemannsretten (right to roam) laws, and it’s something more and more visitors are starting to take full advantage of.

With over 30 years of experience organising small group adventures across Norway, Hvitserk’s guides not only illuminate the path but also shed light on the spectacles you’re trekking to. They’re offering you a place on their classic Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag trip, showcasing this triple whammy of the country’s most legendary hiking highlights.

The three kings

Your exploration of the country’s fabled trinity of rocky icons starts in Skjeggedal, close to the mirror-like Ringedal Lake. You’ll overnight at Haukeliseter mountain hut, then set out early to have the whole day to do the full-days’s rewarding hike to Trolltunga, a thin sliver of granite that juts out into space above a 700m drop-off , but one that rewards with views out over what seems like the edge of the world.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock, pictured right) is another granite great, but Hvitserk plan around its crowds. Rest up in a mountain lodge until the evening, as you wait for the masses to disperse, before making your four-hour round-trip to this tabular wonder.

Finally, bag the last of this trio of greats amid the widescreen panorama of the glittering Lyse_ ord. Under the sinking sun, make your way up Mount Kjerag to grab a selfie on its gravity-defying boulder: Kjeragbolten, wedged between two granite shelves for millennia.

Fjord focus

It’s not all about Norway’s rock stars. Your six days in Norway will also take you across the flour-white Folgefonna glacier for fine views of the surrounding fjord. You’ll head to Florli to climb the world’s longest wooden stairway. If the 4,444 steps of this cliff -clinging staircase seem daunting, you’ll soon forget about your jellied legs as you rise up into the mountains for wild views over Lyse fjord.

But these are just a few of the many vistas Norway has to offer, with nearly all of them accessible on foot. Taking one of Hvitserk’s guided small group treks will ensure that you come back from your Norwegian adventure with stories – and pictures – every bit as vivid as the legends you’ll encounter.

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How to enter

Hvitserk is offering one lucky Wanderlust reader the chance to win a place on its seven-night Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag trip, which includes flights, hikes (4-12 hours a day) to Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten, as well as a walk on Folgefonna glacier and a chance to climb the wooden staircase at Florli. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question:

Question

What is the capital of Norway? (a) Lima (b) Stockholm (c) Oslo

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