Geocaching in Norway: A Growing Travel Hobby

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Norway, with its vast wilderness, dramatic fjords, and scenic landscapes, provides an ideal setting for an activity that combines outdoor adventure with the excitement of discovery.

A few weeks ago, I was on a ship docked in Narvik in the North of Norway. I was approached by an older gentleman from England, who wondered if I knew anything about a local “cache” supposedly just off the ship in a port area.

Hikers looking for a geocache in Norway.
Hikers looking for a geocache in Norway.

After blinking a couple of times and looking around for hidden cameras, it dawned on me. He meant geocaching!

Now, I couldn't help him on this occasion, but it got me thinking. I spent the next few hours researching geocaching, and discovered it's surprisingly popular here in Norway.

The activity is gaining momentum as a unique way to explore the Norwegian countryside.

It offers a blend of physical challenge, mental stimulation, and the chance to see places off the beaten path that you might otherwise never discover.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device to hide and seek containers, known as “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters their name as proof of finding the cache.

These caches may also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, adding an element of surprise and delight to the discovery.

The real treasure in geocaching, however, is not the items found, but the journey itself. It leads adventurers to new and undiscovered places, offering a new perspective on the natural beauty and historical sites around them.

An example cache in Norway.
An example cache in Norway.

It's an engaging activity that combines the thrill of the hunt with the beauty of nature, making it a perfect hobby for families, adventure seekers, and anyone looking to add a dash of adventure to their travels.

How Popular is Geocaching in Norway?

In Norway, geocaching has seen a remarkable increase in popularity. There are thousands of caches hidden across the country, from its southern beaches to remote northern fishing villages and everywhere in between.

The Norwegian landscape, with its accessible wilderness and public right of access (‘allemannsretten'), offers an unparalleled playground for geocachers. The activity has not only attracted locals but also international travellers seeking to add a layer of adventure to their Norwegian explorations.

According to Visit Norway, 2% of Norwegians are active geocachers. Now, I don't know where that number comes from, but if it's true, that means more than 100,000 people take part in the activity.

The non-profit organisation Geocaching in Norway suggests that Norway is home to more than 90,000 caches, of more than 3 million worldwide.

Communities and forums dedicated to geocaching in Norway have sprung up, facilitating the exchange of tips, sharing of experiences, and organisation of events that bring enthusiasts together.

How to Get Started

Getting started with geocaching in Norway is straightforward and requires minimal equipment. Here are the steps to embark on your first geocaching adventure:

  1. Sign Up: Begin by creating a free account on a geocaching website or app. This will allow you to search for caches and log your finds.
  2. Choose Your Gear: All you need is a GPS device or a smartphone with a geocaching app installed. Make sure your device is charged and ready for outdoor use.
  3. Select a Cache: Start with a cache that is rated as easy to find and within a comfortable distance for you. Cache listings provide coordinates, a description, and sometimes hints to help you locate the cache.
  4. Prepare for the Outdoors: Dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Consider bringing water, snacks, and a small trinket to trade if you wish.
  5. Log Your Find: Once you find the cache, sign the logbook, exchange items if you'd like, and return the cache to its hiding spot for the next geocacher.
  6. Share Your Experience: Log your find on the geocaching app or website, and share your experience with the community. Photos and stories about your adventure are always appreciated.

Geocaching in Norway is more than finding a hidden container. It's about discovering new places, enjoying the outdoors, and becoming part of a global community of explorers.

Whether you're a seasoned geocacher or new to the hobby, Norway's diverse landscapes offer countless opportunities for adventure and discovery. I've even been inspired to give it a go myself!

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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