Norway has a wide-ranging landscape, boasting everything from high mountains and thick forests in the interior to rugged islands and deep fjords running along the coast of the Norwegian Sea. The varied climate attracts rich flora and an abundance of wildlife. 

From mild summers in the south-west to extreme Arctic conditions in the north, both animals and humans have adapted to the challenges of the climate and terrain.

For millennia inhabitants have lived closely here with nature, harvesting what they needed and living in covenant with the animals. Foraging, hunting and fishing runs in the blood of Norwegians - it was part of our livelihood until more recent times.

Still, a close relationship with nature remains an important aspect of life for many Norwegians. Whilst not necessarily essential for livliehood anymore, a close connection with the the land offers an escape from the stresses and hassles of modern life.


"The true religion of Norwegians is the nature. Our Gods are called the Mountain, the Plateau, and the Sea "

- Johan Galtung -

What is Norwegian Bushcraft?

A passion for nature and what it can offer.

An understanding of its possibilities.

A constant learning process to understand more.

And especially....

           A platform for sharing knowledge and teaching skills

Norwegian Bushcraft offers:

  • GuidingInformative guiding

  • Informative guiding

  • Courses

Courses in wilderness subjects

  • Mini courses

Courses for youth and children

  • Demos

To be demonstrated for groups or at stands

  • Free downloads

Stuff for you to download


Born in the middle of 1970s and grew up in a place surrounded by everything the nature can give, from bare steep mountains to open sea. A childhood were growing up on a small farm in this kind of area, shapes personalities and gives a lot of experience and knowledge of living with the nature. My grandparents and my parents used the resources right outside the door as a suplement, as food, tools and other resources. Hunting, fishing and foraging have been a natural part of the life. In later years, Odd started to film his journeys and nature for others to be inspired.

Odd J. Hjelen

From: Norway

Born: in 1976

Status: Singel

Kids: one son, Noah

Occupation: Inspector

Norwegian Bushcraft Odd Hjelen Org.nr: 921 182 694

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