As a visitor to the World Heritage site you are a guest in a fragile natural environment. Here is a list of your rights and responsibilities under the right of access to the countryside.
You can roam freely around the countryside on uncultivated land, on foot and on skis. You can ride a bicycle or a horse, and go kayaking, rowing or sailing. It is your responsibility to tidy up after yourself and leave as little trace as possible. Much of the litter that people leave behind can cause great harm to grazing livestock and wildlife.
You can camp or picnic on uncultivated land, but only if you are at least 150 metres from a house or cottage. However, unless you are in an alpine area, you cannot camp on the same site for more than two consecutive nights without the landowner’s permission. If you want to pitch a tent or enjoy a picnic on cultivated land, you will need the landowner’s permission.
You can forage freely and pick berries and mushrooms, flowers, herbs and roots as long as you stay in outlying uncultivated fields and show due care and consideration at all times. Never pull up the root when you pick flowers. You can pick and eat wild nuts on site, but you cannot harvest them for later use.
You can fish for free in the fjord, from a boat or from land. You can only fish for your own consumption, and only by rod or reel. If you want to go fishing in rivers and lakes, you will need to buy a permit from the local landowner. Nonetheless, children under 16 years of age can fish for free between 1 January and 20 August unless they are fishing for salmon, trout or Arctic char.
You can light a campfire, but there is a general ban on lighting fires in outlying uncultivated fields between 15 April and 15 September. Nevertheless, common sense prevails: if you are skiing, or if there has been heavy rain, or if you are near water in a place where the fire risk is clearly minimal, you can still light a fire. You must satisfy yourself that it is safe to light a fire, and never leave the site until you are confident that you have completely extinguished the fire and tidied up after yourself.
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times between 1 April and 31 October – to protect grazing livestock. Dogs must be kept under control at all times and must never be allowed to disturb birds, wildlife or livestock.
Close all gates behind you. Gates are important for keeping livestock in the right place. If gates are left open, livestock can enter cultivated fields and wreak havoc, or they can venture into areas where they may come to harm.