The first question that comes up for every hiker is where to go and which hiking trail to choose.  Is it a well-known marked trail or off the beaten path?  Regardless of what is decided, proper trail selection and route planning are essential components to a successful hike.

To ensure a better hike keep this in mind:

  • When choosing a hiking trail, hikers should always use themselves as a frame of reference, i.e. their level of fitness and their experience and knowledge of hiking.
  • Don’t set out to do too much, plan reasonable distances each day. For most hikers around 3,5 km. pr. hour is enough.
  • Keep in mind that even though a trail may have markers, visibility can be so poor that it is not possible to see from one mark to another.
  • Compasses and GPS devices should be brought, alongside the knowledge of how to use them.
  • travel plan is an important aid for every hiker.  With a route plan you can plot day trips, distance to hike each day, write down accommodation details, a contingency plan if that might be needed and other things that are important in making a good hike even better.
  • The route plan should be left with a trustworthy person.  He or she will then have exact information about the trip, in the event that a situation may arise in which it is needed.

Hikers should remember

  • To keep an eye on their hiking companions; you never know when exhaustion or something else will kick in.
  • If induced repetitive strain injuries begin to crop up, stop immediately and mend them as well as possible.  Don’t delay as that only makes matters worse.
  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes and check the daily weather forecast with the ranger or warden before you start your hike each day.
  • Stick to the travel plan that was arranged before you left.  If you change your travel plan, let the person who only has a copy of the original know about the alterations or write the changes down in guest books at lodges.
  • Make a point to always write your name and the date in guest books for security reasons.
  • Do remember to properly organise your backpack.  The heaviest objects should be placed closest to the back.  Ensure that the backpack is not too heavy (15-18 kg); if it is, it can ruin an otherwise pleasant hike.