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60,000 set out on Sunday hiking tour for DNT’s national tour day

Prime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

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A new participant record was set when more than 60,000 people attended the Norwegian Touring Association’s national tour on Sunday.

“We have had a fantastic day of activities, trips and bonfires all over the country,” says DNT general secretary Dag Terje Solvang.

He says there is no doubt that interest in outdoor activities is great and indicates that they have had a 10 percent increase in the number of family members so far this year.

“Outdoor life is a key to getting many of those inactive today, and DNT sees that there is a particularly high demand for open-air services near where people live. We have 170 different events across the country today thanks to our dedicated member associations and volunteers, and we hope politicians can help us organize even more activity,” says Solvang.

One of those who participated in DNT’s big tour event on Sunday was Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), who visited ‘Get yourself outside-day’ at Breivoll farm in the heart of Bunnefjorden in Ås municipality in Akershus.

“A walk in the forest can offer so much, it gives you nature experiences and physical activity. It provides lots of joy and an increased quality of life, and it is good for your health – both the physical and the mental. I encourage everyone to think about whether there is anyone in the local area, workplace or school who would love to be invited on a hiking tour. It doesn’t take much, but it means so much. And it is an important contribution to social inclusion in everyday life,” says Solberg.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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