What to remember when making a campfire in Norway
Making a campfire is a fun activity that can bring a wonderful warm and cosy experience in the outdoor, but first there are a few things to remember.
Campfires in and near forests is prohibited between 15th of April to 15th of September. Nevertheless, it may be allowed in places where the fire hazard is very unlikely, e.g. nearby the sea and in approved campfire sites. This also means that everything from cigarettes to disposable grills can be illegal if used in a fire hazardous way. It is therefore important to carefully consider how you make a campfire. Please remember that you are legally responsible for ensuring a safe campfire.
How to make a safe campfire
- Make sure you are in a place that allows campfires and check the Norwegian weather forecast website, yr.no (see link below), for the forest fire situation in each municipality.
- Build the campfire in a place that is not too windy. Build it on a inflammable surface such as sand or rock. Moss and peat are not suitable to build campfires on as the glow and heat can remain for a long time. If you are near the beach, be careful of building a campfire on the roches moutonnées (rocks by the sea) as it can cause cracks and discolouring in the rocks, which is not so nice. Ask yourself if you risk leaving a long lasting impact on nature if you make a campfire here. Is it okay to build a campfire here?
- It is useful to have an axe or also a saw. This makes it easier to provide wood for the fire. It is important to have water nearby to extinguish the fire with, at least 1.5 litres. The campfire needs to burn out completely or be extinguished with a lot of water. A shovel is also very useful to bring.
- Place the wooden logs on the bottom. Then place a new layer of wooden logs across the bottom layer and then a third layer on the top. This makes a square, stable construction. Lay dry materials, such as dry spruce, on the top.
- Use matches to ignite the wood from the top. When the structure is airy enough, the dry parts will fall down into the humid part and even the wettest material will catch fire. Then you can enjoy the fire for hours. After lighting the fire, throw the matches into the fire.
- Remember to never leave a campfire unattended.
- Before leaving your campfire, make sure that it is fully extinguished. You can use water and stir it with a shovel. The campfire site must be cold before you can leave it. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
- Remember to tidy the campfire site of rubbish before leaving. Try to leave as little trace as possible.
What to do in case of a forest fire
In case of a fire, call the fire department using the emergency phone number 110.
After calling the fire department you should try to extinguish the fire yourself, but be careful and do not put yourself in harm's way.
Always think about how you can reduce your impact on nature. With these considerations we hope you will enjoy a nice and safe campfire. Have a pleasant trip!
Norsk Friluftsliv - https://www.norskfriluftsliv.no/respektfull-rasting/
Visit Norway - https://www.visitnorway.com/plan-your-trip/travel-tips-a-z/right-of-access/
Yr.no on forest fire situation: https://www.yr.no/spesialvarsel/skogbrannfare.html?spr=eng