Bring Your Own Tent
One of the best things about Norway is what is known as “allemannsretten” – the freedom to roam, or everyman’s right. In other words, it is the general public’s right to access various public or privately owned land, lakes, and rivers for recreation and exercise. This allows you to pitch a tent almost anywhere you go – be it along the fjords or up in the mountains! In Trondheim, both Bymarka and Estenstadmarka are filled with beautiful forests, lakes and hiking trails, perfect if you are looking for a night or two under the starry sky.
A FEW BASIC RULES
If you are exploring the region with your tent or hammock, remember that your tent must be placed at least 150 meters away from houses or cabins. It is important not to disturb wildlife, and to also be considerate towards others who are also out enjoying nature.
Be advised that you can only keep your tent up in the same spot for a maximum of two days. If you would like to fish in the freshwater lakes or rivers, you must have a valid fishing license.
Due to the fire hazard, bonfires are prohibited in woods and fields from April 15th to September 15th.
Theisendammen is located in Bymarka, and is a part of the Ila watercourse. The dam is the perfect spot for a swim, a picnic, a run with a view, or for a night in nature. Theisendammen is a popular hiking area, so you will not have the place entirely to yourself, but there are some spots along the water where you can set up a tent without feeling like you are sleeping in the middle of the popular hiking trail. If you want to walk up to Theisendammen you can follow the Ilabekken hike.
Kobberdammen (the Copper Dam) is a pent-up lake at the top of the Ila watercourse. A hiking trail runs along the entire lake, and the headland on the northern side of the lake is a perfect spot to put up your tent. You can access the lake from Tømmerdalstorget, Lavollen or Fjellseter.
Lianvatnet is an easily accessible camping area in Bymarka that can be reached by both tram and car. By the lake there is a large green area where you can set up your tent for the night. There is also fresh drinking water and toilets available. If you want some more privacy, you can follow the water to the left of the swimming area until you reach more secluded areas.