Hiking and outdoor recreation routes


This dataset shows hiking and outdoor recreation routes in Norway. The dataset includes hiking routes, ski trails, bicycle routes, other hiking routes and adaptation measures in outdoor recreation areas. The data can be used in processes according to the Planning and Building Act (municipal planning and case management, e.g. building applications) in municipalities, for analyses, reporting, lookups and visualisation of hiking routes for the planning of hiking.

Specific usage

This data must act as a tool for the municipality for case management, planning and reporting, ensuring good administration of outdoor recreation areas by providing important basic information for efforts to map and value outdoor recreation areas and acting as important basic information for work on municipal path and trail plans, ensuring good mapping data for rescue activities and callouts and acting as a basis for derived outdoor recreation products. When data is gathered in a national database, all users of the dataset will have the same starting point that can form a basis in other products. The dataset is suitable as a basis at all levels of planning and building work; in national plans, county, regional and municipal plans, building projects, RAV analyses and impact assessment. The geometry in particular is important to indicate where hiking routes and trails run. In addition, attributes such as special route type, route type and route importance can indicate more about the kind of route and/or trail registered.


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Contact information

Logo Kartverket

Contact metadata:
Maria Oldeman Lund, kundesenter@kartverket.no – Norwegian Mapping Authority

Contact owner:
Maria Oldeman Lund, kundesenter@kartverket.no – Norwegian Mapping Authority

Contact publisher:
Geir Myhr Øien, kundesenter@kartverket.no – Norwegian Mapping Authority


Spatial representation: Vector

  • FGDB 10.0
  • GML 3.2.1
  • GPX
  • PostGIS 9.4
  • SOSI 4.5

Distribution type: Geonorge download

Units of distribution: fylkesvis, kommunevis, landsfiler

Reference systems:
  • EUREF89 UTM sone 32, 2d
  • EUREF89 UTM sone 33, 2d
  • EUREF89 UTM sone 35, 2d
  • EUREF89 / ETRS89-LAEA Europe
  • EUREF 89 Geografisk (ETRS 89) 2d
  • WGS84 Geografisk


Use limitations: Open data. Data capture is largely based on reports from teams, associations and private individuals via the map service **"Rett i kartet"**. Data is checked and assessed manually in relation to basic data (FKB and N50 Map Data). The basis used for defining a hiking route may be taken from various objects from e.g. **FKB-TraktorvegSti**, N50 Map Data, digitised from various hiking maps, orthophotos or other basic maps. Data may also be gathered using handheld GPS devices. The quality of the hiking routes is dependent on the measurement methods or registration methods used for the hiking route in question.

Access constraints: Open data


Path, hiking route and hiking suggestion are terms that are used widely in connection with this dataset, and they are closely interlinked. The path is the specific object that can be found in the terrain and that may be marked or unmarked, while the hiking route is slightly more than just a path. The hiking route is arranged with marking and/or signposting, and someone is responsible for maintaining it to ensure that it is accessible. "Hiking route" is a generic term for hiking paths, trails and hiking roads and routes for hiking, skiing, cycling or canoeing/rowing. A hiking route may follow various physical objects such as a path, tractor route or road, or even the smaller specific objects such as marshes and ridges. The path is administered in a national database known as **FKB-traktorvegSti**. Collecting together hiking routes in one national database known as Hiking and outdoor recreation routes is preferred. Hiking suggestions, which are descriptions of hiking routes, are not managed by the Norwegian Mapping Authority.