Date: 07/07/2015

Nordic walking-the new healthy lifestyle craze

Author: Laura

Nordic walking is becoming one of the fastest growing recreational sports thanks to its health and well-being benefits. Groups are popping up all over the world and since Magnetic North offers this as part of a tailor made walking holiday, we thought we’d share some information on the latest fitness craze. We also offer discounts for Nordic Walking groups to travel to Norway, find out more about our tailor made trips here.   

First, though, we asked Catherine Hughes, a professional Nordic Walking instructor based in Nottingham to tell us more about the sport.   

Catherine Hughes - Nordic Walking coach

What is Nordic Walking?   

Catherine: Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience.  With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.  More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.   

How will it benefit my body?
Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing.  The result is a full body workout, which means that you:   

  • burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
  • release tension in the neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles

And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.   

How do I start walking?
To get the most out of Nordic Walking you need to be taught by a qualified instructor, ideally trained by INWA the International Nordic Walking Federation.  ( Instructors are available in 40 countries around the world.  To find you instructor in the UK go to    

Where do I walk?
Once you’ve mastered the technique you’ll join the 8 million Nordic Walkers worldwide and will be able to enjoy Nordic Walking in parks, on the beach, in the hills both in the UK and in Scandinavia – the home of Nordic Walking.  

Walking by the Geirangerfjord Image: Terje Rakke

Magnetic North’s tailor made Nordic Walking holiday to Geiranger, Norway  

The Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site giving you access to untouched natural environments and a choice of additional activities on and around the fjord. We’ll organise your group activities and accommodation and provide suggestions for local sight-seeing in between walking excursions. Your guides are local experts not only in nordic walking but also in the local history and natural landscapes.  

 Travel as a couple or as a group to the home of Nordic walking in Norway.  

  • Experience the breath-taking Geirangerfjord while participating in guided walks designed to suit your abilities, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned walker.
  • Relax at the end of each day in the comfort of your spa hotel with fjord and mountain views.
    Special offer for Nordic Walking groups!

We offer discounts for groups of 4 or more travelling to Norway for our Nordic Walking holidays. To benefit from this or find out more, get in touch.


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