Norway has an extensive landscape consisting of everything from high mountains, thick forests, to deep fjords along the coast of the Norwegian Sea. A rich fauna and a significant wildlife are characterized by a varied climate.

From mild summer in the south-west, to extreme Arctic conditions in the north. Both the animals and humans have adapted to this climate, terrain and challenges.


For millennia, the inhabitants lived here closely with nature, harvested what they needed, and lived in covenant with the animals. Harvesting, hunting and fishing sits in the blood of Norwegians, it has been part of the livelihood until the last hundred years.

Still, this is an important part of many Norwegians, perhaps not as livelihood, but recreation from the stress and hassle 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:


  • 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 1970`s 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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