Become one of us. An introduction to South Norway.

Public rights of access

In Norway, everyone is entitled to walk in the forests and mountains and enjoy the seaside and the coast, regardless of who owns the land.

This is known as public right of way, and it is an important precondition for outdoor pursuits in Norway. However, there is a difference between ‘outlying land’ and ‘infields’. Beaches, rocky shores, lakes, bogs, hills, forests and mountains are examples of outlying land. Infields are plots of land around homes or land pertaining to houses and holiday homes, all cultivated land, fields, meadows, and similar areas. You can move around freely in places that are considered to be outlying land, but the rules are stricter for infields.


Public right of way means that you can wander in nature, and it also entitles you to pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers anywhere that is considered to be outlying land. You can also put up a tent. Remember that the distance to the nearest house or cabin must be 150 metres. If you want to stay more than two nights in one place, you must obtain the landowner’s permission. In the mountains or other desolate areas considered to be outlying land, you can put up a tent without permission. However, you must always treat nature with respect and care and show consideration for the owner and other people nearby.


With the exception of fishing for saltwater fish and hunting for huntable marine species, hunting and fishing is not a public right.



The information is provided by IMDI and can also be found at New in Norway. Photo from