How Norway Is Teaching Travellers To Travel.
Allemansratten is the freedom to roam or “everyman’s right,” is the general public’s right to access certain public or privately owned land for recreation and exercise. The right is sometimes called the right of public access to the wilderness or the “right to roam.” In Scotland, the Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and the Central European countries of Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland, the freedom to roam takes the form of general public rights which are sometimes codified in law. The access is ancient in parts of Northern Europe and has been regarded as sufficiently basic that it was not formalised in law until modern times. However, the right usually does not include any substantial economic exploitation, such as hunting or logging, or disruptive activities, such as making fires and driving off-road vehicles. While fjellvettreglene refers to the Norwegian Trekking Association (Den norske turistforening – DNT) has published an english version of The Norwegian Mountain Code. When hiking in Norway you should always try to follow this code which is directed towards your safety. A brief rundown of these codes are: be prepared, leave word of your route, be weather-wise, be equipped for bad weather and frost, learn from the locals, use maps and compass, do not go solo, turn back in time as sensible retreat is no disgrace, and conserve energy and build a snow shelter if necessary.
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