Living in Norway has given me plenty of outdoor opportunities. One in particular was hiking up to Preikestolen – the Preachers Rock over Lysefjord.
It was a 20km hike altogether and pretty much all uphill on the way up. We were camping altogether for 3 days but most of the stuff we left in the tent whilst we were hiking, as we were always coming back to the same place. Here is a list of what we took:
We would be away for 3 days and our campsite didn’t have a kitchen, so we decided we could do without all the camp cooking equipment. However, we did figure we could get hot water from reception. Here is our food list:
- 1 loaf of bread each.
- Various fillings: Nutella, peanut butter and jam, cheese and salami.
- Soup packets and a pot noodle. After a few days of sandwiches, coming back from the hike with the prospect of a hot pot noodle was fabulous.
- A knife.
- Tea bags.
- Tent, obviously
- Sleeping bag
- Ground pad
- Big backpack – mine was 65L
- Day backpack – mine was 20L
Clothing and personal items
- Jumper and fleece
- Towel. For your shower, as a pillow, extra cover if it’s cold at night.
- Trousers x2. 1 pair for the hike and 1 pair of comfy trousers for the journey home.
- Vest x2. So you don’t have to wear the same sweaty top the day after the hike.
- A book
- Toiletries and hairbrush
WHAT TO TAKE ON THE HIKE:
- Trainers – As it was only a days hike I didn’t use hiking boots. (Mainly because I didn’t have any with me…) Hiking boots definitely give you more ankle support though, and clambering up all the boulders, that would have been helpful.
- Trackies – easy to move in and fairly breezy.
- Hoody – Light enough to keep me warm in the cool air.
- Fleece – this was for when we got to the top and stopped moving. It gets cold very quickly when you stop moving at high altitudes, especially in Norway.
- Waterproof – it didn’t rain, luckily, but I couldn’t have been without it if it had. Also good as a windproof jacket.
- Backpack – obvious. For a days hike, I had a small one, about 20L.
- Camera – a must for anywhere in Norway really, it’s such a beautiful country.
- Snacks – for some lunch at the top. We had bread and fillings for sandwiches and some apples.
- Water bottle – I had a 500ml bottle which I was able to fill up in the mountain streams. That’s just Norway though, you might want a bigger bottle depending on where you’re going.
- First Aid Kit – I didn’t carry this myself, but a friend I was hiking with did and it came in very useful. It might not just be useful for you; we met a girl who was having some really bad stomach pains and we were able to give her a pain killer. Plenty of others just walked past. It was great when we saw her again at the top, able to enjoy herself.
- Whistle – I had a tiny whistle, it doesn’t take up much space but in an emergency it could be your life saver.
All this fitted in our 65L backpacks pretty easily. It was definitely a hike to remember, and highly recommended.
I hope you find this list useful! If you’ve got anything to add, comment below :)