Picture of children playing outdoors in Suldal
©Skattkammeret Suldal Foto: Jarle Lunde/ Suldal Foto
Picture of girl playing outdoors in Suldal
© Skattkammeret Suldal Foto: Jarle Lunde/ Suldal Foto

The Outdoor Act: Freedom to Roam

Mountains
Hiking
Fishing

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. Here are some more of the principles:

• Show respect for the wilderness

• Always close all gates after passing through

• Show consideration for other users of the wild

• Do not disturb animals and birds

• All game is protected with the exception of legal hunting

• Dogs must be kept on a leash from 1 April for as long as farm animals are grassing