If you’re planning a trip to Norway or the Nordics in general, you’ve probably already wondered about what you should pack and what kind of footwear you need to bring. You may already have a pair of hiking boots but they’re big and bulky - an absolute hassle to bring in your luggage. Or, you’ve never used hiking boots in your life before and don’t really want to spend a ton of money on a pair of boots that you might end up wearing just once.
Either way, I think I have found a really good solution to your problem in the Lundhags Bjerg Low boots of their OMNI collection. Read on for the detailed review!*
Review of Lundhags Bjerg Ws Low Hiking Boots
*This article is part of an Outdoor Blogger Network campaign and I have been paid to produce it and got the equipment for free. This does not influence the article as I maintain full editorial control of the content published on this site.
First of all, what kind of footwear you need to bring, depends (of course!) on where and when you’re planning to visit. Heading to Tromsø in the middle of winter to see the Northern Lights? You’ll definitely need winter boots!
However, if you’re coming to Norway just for a city trip, or for your summer vacation to explore as much as possible, you can definitely benefit from Lundhags Bjerg Low hiking shoes.
The pros of Lundhags Bjerg Low
They take up little space in your suitcase.
You can wear them when travelling or even during your city sightseeing as they’re incredibly versatile and not just designed to be worn on mountain hikes - in my view, that’s their biggest advantage!
They are relatively light-weight. Together, they weigh 800 g which is, of course, a lot heavier than a pair of trainers, but still a lot less than the even sturdier high-shaft hiking boots which usually weigh 1 or 1,5 kg.
They can endure snow, humidity and dirt, thanks to their rubber lower outer lining, which is perfect for Norwegian hiking conditions - whether you hike through leftover snow from the winter, or wet marshland.
Even though they don’t provide much ankle protection due to their low cut, they provide you with an excellent grip on uneven terrain, while still making your feet feel comfy.
My experience with the Bjerg Ws Low boots in Southern Norway
I chose the low cut version of the Bjerg series as I already have a pair of sturdy, high-shaft hiking boots and was looking into replacing the old trainers I wear on tour guide duty that always give me blisters - in other words, I fell in love with the versatility of the boots!
They arrived just in time for Christmas and I was super nervous about whether they’d actually fit! You see, I’m blessed with a pair of feet that isn’t exactly equal, so, usually, going shoe shopping is an absolute nightmare as most shoes I like are either too big on one foot or too small on the other… To my surprise, the Bjerg boots fit perfectly in my usual size 39!
I’ve worn them several times now - first starting off wearing them at home for a couple of hours, then on trips to the store and shorter walks in my local area, before the ultimate test on my recent trip to Kristiansand.
Tip: At first, the leather shaft felt pretty firm and uncomfortable, but the longer I wore the boots, the softer the leather was getting. While on first trials, I was only barely able to knot them as the leather was so tight, they really got more and more soft the longer I was wearing them, so definitely wear them for shorter periods of time first, before bringing them on a trip or actual hike!
During my time in Kristiansand, I wore the shoes on two hikes: First on a 2-hour hike in a nature reserve in the city where I got to test them on asphalt, forest trails and proper rocks, and then on the timber slide trail in Vennesla, that - to my surprise - was still covered in snow!
Now, I didn’t exactly plan to try the shoes in snow as, from what I read beforehand, they are intended for the summer, but to be honest, I’ve been in a snow storm in June in Svalbard once - you just need to prepare for any kind of conditions when visiting Norway, so the remaining snow was actually helpful in really testing the Bjergs.
I was slightly worried that they wouldn’t grip well enough as the snow was frozen, but turns out, I never felt more at ease walking on snow and ice - at least, as much at ease as it gets in these conditions…
Ever since buying them for my trip to Svalbard, my high-shaft hiking boots have been my go-to for all kinds of hikes. However, I have to admit that I’ve never really felt safe wearing them in uneven terrain, due to their high shaft and the fact that I can’t bend my ankles in them.
Now, there’s all kinds of contradicting information and advice online about what hiking boots are the best and whether or not high-shaft boots can actually prevent ankle injuries. After I’ve now tested Lundhags’ Bjergs, I realized that finding the best hiking boots is not about what others say - it’s about finding the right fit for you! I was honestly so surprised to feel so secure in the Bjergs - especially on rocks and patches of ice as I find both absolutely terrifying.
Long story short: Even though I originally planned to use my Bjergs on tour guide duty, I think they’ll be my go-to hiking shoes from now on. While they do feel quite comfortable in the city, they definitely belong “off-road” - walking on snow, rocks and tree roots felt like walking barefoot while at the same time, having a really good grip!
The reason for that is the Vibram sole, which is super soft and stretchable, enabling you to almost twist your feet around any rocks or tree roots (at least, that’s what it feels like). However, as my high-shaft boots also have a Vibram sole, I can’t help but think that the low cut also does its part in me feeling more secure in rough terrain as I can bend my ankle freely. Then again, I mostly do easy and medium level hikes - you’ll rarely find me climbing steep mountains.
Thus, whether you’d benefit more from a low or high cut shoe is up to your preferences and hiking plans, of course. The Lundhags Bjerg model, however, is also available with a higher shaft as the Bjerg Mid - at almost the same price and weight, but, of course, less versatility and more bulkiness.
Both Bjerg models are available for men (Ms) and women (Ws) in the colours “petrol” and “acai” - the latter is the colour of my shoes.
How to Take care of your hiking boots
As the Bjerg shoes are part-rubber, part-leather, you can’t just toss them on your shoe rack and ignore them until your next hike - you actually need to take care of them to make them last long. The leather upper should be proofed every once in a while, to keep your feet dry even years after buying the shoes.
Despite the snow on my adventure in Kristiansand, my feet remained dry (and warm despite only wearing one pair of thinner woollen socks) - thanks to the rubber outer layer that was just about high enough to keep me dry in the snow on the trail. Later on, when we left the trail and made our way through the woods, a bit of snow did make its way inside my boots at my heels but that’s only to be expected of low cut shoes.
In order to prevent this from happening, you can get a pair of gaiters, or, if you own and wear hiking pants with adjustable legs, you can simply wear them over your shoes and tighten them up around your ankle.
More gear and hiking tips:
Linda of Wilderness Stories tested the Bjerg Low in Sweden - in the summer!
Read her detailed review here
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