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Safety in the mountains

Safety in the mountains in summer

Even in summer, when the sun is shining and it's nice and warm, you should pay attention to what clothes you wear on your body and have with you in your backpack. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun and be prepared if the weather worsens.

Dress warmly

Even on warm summer days, a windproof jacket and underwear made of wool are an absolute must, becausethe wind in the mountains can be very cold. Wool will keep you warm even when it's raining or damp - a quality that cotton or nylon can't match. Put on several layers of clothing in order to be able to react quickly and easily to temperature fluctuations.

Drink enough

Save your strength when you find yourself in an emergency - but remember to eat and drink regularly. Sun, wind, and strenuous physical activity can make you dehydrated even when you don't feel thirsty. The flowing water in the mountains of Norway is mostlyclean enough to drink. However, avoid water flowing through meadows or from glaciers as it can contain harmful microorganisms.

Keep your distance from wild animals

Remember that certain animals can be dangerous and it is best to keep a large distance. Polar bears, musk ox, bears, and moose are faster than you and can cause injury if they are startled or surprised, or if they defend their young. But go on a wildlife safari and don't forget to bring your camera!

Move downhill for help

Whenever you go out for help you should always go downhill and tryTo follow streams or rivers. Most of the time you will encounter inhabited areas in this way.

On glaciers

You should never venture out onto a glacier alone. However, many tour operators offer guided glacier tours.

Safety first.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / Visitnorway.com
Safety first Practical tips for safe hiking