This article can be seen as a continuation of our oldest outdoor brand selection we just did. Because the brands in this list are also some of the oldest in the market.
But apart from that, they have two things in common. They’re all Norwegian, and they all produce backpacks. Not only backpacks, but they have some pretty solid pack designs in their collections.
Not only that, one of these brands, Bergans of Norway, has actually patented the backpack as we know it today.
Because at the beginning of the 1900s, there were many polar explorers from Norway, with Roald Amundsen being the most famous and well-known all over the world.
And guess what polar explorers really needed? Yes, a good backpack that Bergans had just invented!
So, today we’ll look at the history of these three famous Norwegian brands and their most popular backpacks.
In the end, if you’re a fan of Scandinavian outdoor gear, you’ll have some great options to choose from!
1. Bergans of Norway
Bergans of Norway official website – Trekking backpacks
Established in 1908, Bergans of Norway is a major pioneer in the outdoor industry. They obtained a patent for the backpack which is today a main item of any outdoor activity. Bergans’ backpacks, as we mentioned before, were used during notable expeditions by polar adventurers like Amundsen.
At present, Bergans is deeply passionate about the outdoors and is a significant name not only in Norway but also in Europe and the United States, thanks to its product lines. The brand presently caters to a wide range of outdoor pursuits with its offerings, including trekking, fishing, skiing, and expeditions.
Bergans of Norway Backpacks
The Helium backpack line: an ultralight icon of the brand, a favorite of both beginner and expert hikers around the world. It comes with Bergans QuickAdjust™ PRO – adjustable torso length, many useful pockets, a detachable top lid, and many other features.
The Trollhetta backpacks: feature a Spine2 carrying system, QuickAdjust™ PRO torso adjustment, attachment points for poles, and more.
2. Helly Hansen
Helly Hansen official website – Outdoor backpacks
The origins of Helly Hansen date back to 1877 when sea captain Helly Juell Hansen found a way to confront the difficulties arising from the weather of a frequently hostile climate and sub-zero temperatures.
What set apart Helly Hansen’s outdoor gear was their use of coarse linen, soaked in linseed oil, to create waterproof jackets, trousers, and other items suitable for long trips on the sea. This is why the brand has become a leader in producing and distributing apparel and gear for activities such as sailing and skiing over the years.
Helly Hansen products are highly regarded by sailors competing in top international regattas.
When it comes to backpacks, those by Helly Hansen are known for their innovative features, continuing the captain’s historic legacy. Currently, Helly Hansen backpacks are not many but they’re a great option for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.
Helly Hansen Backpacks
Resistor Backpack Recco: a comfortable 45-liter backpack for longer trips. It comes with a RECCO® transponder for safety, side compression straps, a reinforced bottom panel, etc.
Capacitor Backpack: a large 65-liter backpack for multi-day adventures in the mountains. A floating top lid, an adjustable back panel, and a 3D mesh across the back for breathability are only some of its many features.
Norrøna official website – Backpacks
The story of Norrøna dates back to 1929 when Jørgen Jørgensen set out to find sturdy outdoor equipment for use in Norway’s challenging terrain.
Presently, the brand remains a family-owned company, with its headquarters located near Oslo. They have always prioritized innovation, as is evident in their product design and manufacturing. For instance, they were the first in Europe to implement Gore-Tex technology in their clothes.
Although traditionally associated with snow sports and expeditions, Norrøna has broadened its collections to include other activities such as mountaineering, hiking, and mountain biking, among others.
For such a high-quality brand, the prices are high, but you may be able to get a few items from them that are more affordable.
As for backpacks, this company offers a variety of designs including for both short hikes and multi-day activities.
Lofoten backpacks: these are comfortable and durable day packs made for skiing and snowboarding and come with many features that are useful for these snow sports.
Falketind backpacks: these are also day packs but this time suitable for mountaineering. They are versatile and come with features such as adjustable chest straps, ice axe attachments, many pockets, and more.
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That’s all for this selection! Do you know any other Norwegian brands that make backpacks? Let us know in the comments.