Nov 20 2006

Legalities in regards to primitive living in Norway.

Published by at 3:51 pm under Controversial Discussions

Moving about

This is a series in my new blog. It will be published every Monday until I don’t have more to write about. The series is meant to show Norwegians themselves (if someone is reading) that there is an excellent opportunity for this type of living in their own land. Also it is meant to be a guide for primtivists that want to go to Norway to practise their craft.

The first part will deal with the right to move about.

The Norwegian concept of “Allemannsretten” is also to be found in Sweden and Finland. To some degree also in Scotland. (Wikipedia).

The law gives you right to:
– Move about in private and public land at your will. Without requiring permission from the owner. Exceptions as mentioned below.
– The same accounts for using horses, although there may be restrictions some places.
– Use a watercraft wherever you like.
– Walk on lakes or rivers covered with ice.
– Bathe whereever you like, in a reasonable distance from occupied houses.
– Camp everywhere, exceptions as mentioned below.

The law doesn not give you right to:
– Walk through fields and other production areas. With fields there is an exception. When there is snow and the ground is frozen. But eitherway, not between 30. April until 14. October.
– Take a nude bath where there are other people close by that seem offended.
– Camp or rest in a field. Regardless if the ground is covered in snow or frozen.
– Camp closer than 150m from occupied houses. But if you are going to make noise, go longer.
– Camp for longer than 2 days in a spot. That only applies to areas close to settlements.
– Leave garbage and cause unneccesary damage.

Fences are normally not legal to put up for the landowner. You supposed to be able to move around freely.

Most of these rules can be bypassed if you have permission from the owner. It is commonly accepted that it you can gather dry firewood and break fresh branches for sitting on. Small birches are also generally accepted that are cut. They are often considered a weed and the land owner will be happy for you to clear them out a little.

Campfires are not to be lit between 15. May and 15. September. Personally I refuse to follow this rule as it complicates primitive living too much, but if the ground is dry I am particulary carful of where I build my fire.

Next Monday: Gathering plants, materials (stone, antler etc…) and fungi.


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2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Legalities in regards to primitive living in Norway.”

  1. eskimoboyon 14 Jan 2007 at 3:31 am


    That was very informative and interesting also for me who lives in Minnesota [US]
    Norway sounds to me like a country of alot of freedom of movement. And alot of good fishing:]

    scott doblar

  2. Andrew Smithon 17 Dec 2008 at 12:57 am


    I’m really happy to have stumbled across your site. I am from the United States, and moved to Hawaii about a year ago. I am passionate about the right to roam freely.

    I had no idea that Norway had such interesting laws. I’ll have to learn more about this.

    Hawaii is great because the ocean is free for everyone to use, and it is always nearby.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts….


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