9. Top rocks
Any hiker, casual or dedicated, worth their salt has our famous rock formations on their bucket list. The evocative names — Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga) — easy access and legendary views beckon thousands each year. But why wait at crowded outcroppings, when Fjord Norway’s packed with iconic peaks and cliffs? Just west of Haugesund, try Himakånå, perched 357 meters above sparkling Lysevatnet lake with a panoramic view of Nedstrandsfjorden. For an adrenaline rush, scale the isolated point of 1,338-meter Eggenipa. Up for another challenge? The 1,072-meter hike up Mount Saksa on the Hjørundfjord, some of it up stairs hewn from stone by Nepalese sherpas, rewards climbers with stunning views as far as the art nouveau buildings of Ålesund. Or scale Europe’s highest sea cliff at Hornelen, shooting up 860 meters straight from the sea!