Record-number of visitors in the mountains this summer
There has been a record-high number of visitors at several of the Norwegian Trekking Association's 43 serviced mountain huts this summer.
The weather has been beautiful in large parts of the country this summer, and more people seem to have chosen the mountains as their holiday destination this year. The total number of visits for all the mountain huts has gone up by five percent.
"More people seek an active holiday that offers experiences in nature that last a lifetime. The Norwegian nature offers plenty of this. Many people also seek nature to experience peace, silence and calm," explains Secretary General of the Norweigan Trekking Association, Nils Øverås.
In 2013 there was a growth in visits to the association's popular mountain huts of 22 percent. Overås had not expected to see the number of visitors grow even further this year.
According to the Norwegian Trekking Association, the trend now shows that more and more people choose to explore different areas than they have before. One of the areas that have experienced considerable growth is Trollheimen, a mountain region at the border between Møre and Romsdal County and Sør-Trøndelag County.
Breheimen, the area that includes the famous glacier "Jostedalsbreen," has had an increase in visitors of 17 percent compared to last year.