Norsk 101: “Ut på tur, aldri sur!”

Language practice with Christie Ericson

view of a fjord from the peak of a mountain by someone hiking (ut på tur)

Photo: Christie Ericson
Hikers can experience the majesty of this scenic view of Andålsnes from Rampestreken. Many Norwegians say that hiking is in their soul. They love to go for short strolls or on longer hikes in the forest or in the mountains.

“Ut på tur, aldri sur!”

Norge er så vakkert (Norway is so beautiful) at det er lett å forstå (it is easy to understand) hvorfor nordmenn liker å være utendørs (why Norwegians like to be outside). De har mange uttrykk (They have many expressions) for denne kjærligheten til naturen (for this love of nature): friluftsliv (“free air” or outdoor life), “livet er best ute” (“life is best outside”), og “ut på tur, aldri sur” (and “out on a trip, never grumpy”) som betyr (which means) at man er alltid i godt humør (one is always in a good mood) når man går på tur (when going for a walk).

Mange nordmenn sier (Many Norwegians say) at det ligger i sjelen deres å gå på tur (that hiking is in their soul). De er glade i (They love) å ta korte spaserturer (to go for short strolls) eller gå lengre fotturer (or on longer hikes) i skogen eller på fjellet (in the forest or in the mountains).

Nordmenn går på tur i all slags vær (Norwegians go hiking in all types of weather). Som de sier i Norge (As they say in Norway) “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær.” (“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”) 

Værforholdene (The weather conditions) kan skifte fort (can change quickly), så det er viktig (so it is important) å kle seg lagvis (to dress in layers). Man skal alltid ta med seg regntøy (You should always bring rainwear with you). Man trenger også (You also need) gode, vanntette tursko (good waterproof hiking shoes) eller fjellstøvler (or hiking boots) som passer godt (that fit well). Man vil ikke få gnagsår! (You don’t want to get blisters!) 

Turstier er merket (Hiking paths are marked) etter vanskelighetsgrad (according to level of difficulty), så du kan velge ruter (so you can choose routes) som passer formen din (that suit your fitness level): utfordrende (challenging), moderate (moderate) eller lette (or easy). 

Når du går på tur (When you go hiking) bør du ta med (you should bring) en ryggsekk (a backpack), en vannflaske (a water bottle), og et kart (a map). Og man må ikke glemme  en (And you shouldn’t forget a) Kvikk Lunsj, selvfølgelig (of course)!

For lengre turer (For longer hikes) kan du ta med (you might bring) et kompass (a compass), vandrestaver (trekking poles), solkrem (sunscreen), myggmiddel (mosquito repellent), et sitteunderlag (a seatpad), et telt (a tent), en sovepose (a sleeping bag), en turkjøkken (backpacking stove), osv. (etc.).

God tur!

Den Norske Turistforening (The Norwegian Trekking Association): www.dnt.no (in Norwegian and English).

This article originally appeared in the July 9, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

Christie Ericson

Christie Ericson is an academic librarian living in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a background in languages and linguistics and has been fulfilling her lifelong dream of learning the Norwegian language. She also serves as the cultural director and librarian at her local Sons of Norway lodge and is completely addicted to Selbu mitten knitting.

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