By far the best general purpose maps are the Cappelens series at 1:325,000 or 1:400,000
scale, which show all minor roads and some walking trails, as well as overnight accommodation,
campsites and tourist attractions. Five sheets cover the country. A national set
of maps at 1:50,000 scale is also available but they are not as informative as UK
Ordnance Survey maps. Many popular walking and skiing areas are covered by combinations
of these maps called 'turkart', which show marked trails.
All of these maps can be bought in the UK from Stanfords , either online at www.stanfords.co.uk
or at their bookshops in London, Bristol and Manchester. Local tourist information
offices and bookshops are the best source in Norway.
All the popular winter resorts publish a ‘Løypekart’ which shows all the trails which
are marked and prepared for cross-country skiing, but these are only available locally.
Guidebooks and a wide range of other books about many aspects of Norway can be obtained
from Scandinavia Connection, 26 Woodsford Square, London, W14 8DP. (Tel: 0207 602
0657) or on their web site www.scandinavia-connection.co.uk
Numerous guide books are available, including the popular Rough Guide and Lonely
Planet publications. .In our view these are often rather subjective and unduly negative
about some places. They also offer very limited coverage of some parts of the country
and yet at the same time contain rather too much information which is relevant only
to young people on tight budgets and without a car. The Insight series of guides
offer a good balance of objectivity and readability, but buying a guide book is one
item where there is no substitute for going to a bookshop and seeing if you like
The Cappelens series of maps are highly recommended for general use.
Statens Kartverk produces a series of large scale maps of for walkers and skiers