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Geocaching in Norway: What it is and where to do it

If you have absolutely no idea what geocaching is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Geocaching is described as the world’s largest treasure hunt and the premise is very simple. Millions of geocaches are hidden worldwide. Geocaches come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and can be anything from a box to a hollow log.
Geocaching
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The location of the geocaches is all housed on an app. Once a player locates a geocache they are encouraged to open it up and sign the logbook. Some players also leave behind trinkets to swap out with the next person that finds the geocache. Sound like fun? We couldn’t agree more.
Map on the phone
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Geocaching is a great family activity, a fun way to connect with other travelers, explore a new area and even uncover new places you didn’t know about in your hometown. If you are looking to incorporate geocaching into your Norway travel experience, here are some of the best places to play!
Street in Bergen - Norway
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Norway’s Big Cities

Due to the higher population density, Norway’s biggest cities are home to many caches. You’ll have no trouble locating at least a handful during your visit to cities like Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim.
If you’re traveling solo or are looking for an opportunity to meet new people, you might want to explore some event caches. Geocaching events are meet-ups that are listed on geocaching.com. There are many different types of events from small meet-ups to larger parties and get-togethers. There are also many different event styles to choose from. From seminars to parties to environmental clean-ups, there is something for everybody. These events are usually listed in advance of the actual meet-up date so you can research ahead of time to make sure you can attend the geocache events you are interested in during your stay.
Of course, a key advantage of geocaching in these larger cities is that there is no shortage of activities to keep you entertained on your hunt. From world-class restaurants, engaging museums and great shopping, you’ll definitely have some fun along the way to your next cache.
Vulcan- Eco friendly neighbourhood in Oslo
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National Scenic Routes

Although Norway’s national scenic routes will take you through some more remote areas of the country, you’ll still find lots of caches along the way. This is because so many travelers take these breathtaking routes to traverse the country. You’ll find geocaches at lookout spots, in small towns, and along trails. Geocaching is a great game to incorporate into your road trip as it’ll help break up the trip and give you opportunities to stretch your legs, explore a fjord up close, and immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and local culture rather than simply watching it pass by from your car window.
Nasjonal Turistveg - Norway
Silje Lena Løken, Statens Vegvesen

Off the Beaten Path

For those of you who might be interested in a little adventure during your Norway travels, we recommend looking for geocaches that are off the beaten path. There are great geocaches to discover along trails and often at mountain-top lookout points. Of course, when hunting for these types of geocaches, it is important to keep safety front of mind. Be sure that you inform someone where you are headed before you leave, ensure that you have appropriate supplies like food, water, flashlights, a first aid kid and shelter. Finally, be sure to check the forecast before you embark on a hunt and know that rapid weather changes can happen especially at high altitudes.
Map on smartphone
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We hope this gives you some inspiration for how to incorporate geocaching into your Norway travels. There is certainly no shortage of geocaches to discover in Norway and we’re certain you’ll find all sorts of fun activities and beautiful scenery along the way!

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