July 12, 2013
This is one of those situations where it pays to do your homework. Generally I’m a fan of waiting until you arrive in a place and checking on the weather conditions before choosing a trail. Both the Rick Steves and Lonely Planet guide books indicated that the TI in Lom had good hiking information. They don’t! At least the woman we talked to didn’t seem to have much to offer other than the hike up Galdhopiggen, Northern Europe’s highest peak.
I was hoping for something more scenic than strenuous and didn’t want to drive to the other side of the park to do the popular Bessegen walk, which she didn’t even mention. She did give us a good map of the area with the hiking trails marked on it, but no other information, i.e., distances, hiking times, scenery etc.
Even in July and August the weather in Norway is unpredictable and can be rainy for days at a time. We had two good days followed by 6 days of drizzle, rain, low clouds and mist. My best advice is if you really want to hike in the area research your options ahead of time and plan for potentially bad weather. Hopefully you will have one of those awesome hikes they show pictures of on the travel websites.