How to use GPX on your phone

This guide shows you step by step how to use a GPX track on your phone. This is extremely helpful if you are hiking in a new area where there are no paths to follow or markers along the way. By using a GPX track you can keep track of your current position and where you are according to the hiking route by using the phones GPS location, this is also a nice way to see how far you are from the endpoint, and just to make sure you are on the right track even if there are paths and markers along the way. In this guide, we are using GPX Viewer app for Android phones from Vectura Games, the alternative for iPhone users works more or less the same way. All the hikes on this site have a button where you can download the track and use it on your phone. If you are unfamiliar with using GPX, then keep reading below. Be sure to GPS activated and a GPX viewer installed on your phone. Let's use the hike to Hovden in Bodø as an example

This guide shows you step by step how to use a GPX track on your phone. This is extremely helpful if you are hiking in a new area where there are no paths to follow or markers along the way. By using a GPX track you can keep track of your current position and where you are according to the hiking route by using the phones GPS location, this is also a nice way to see how far you are from the endpoint, and just to make sure you are on the right track even if there are paths and markers along the way. In this guide, we are using GPX Viewer app for Android phones from Vectura Games, the alternative for iPhone users works more or less the same way. All the hikes on this site have a button where you can download the track and use it on your phone. If you are unfamiliar with using GPX, then keep reading below. Be sure to GPS activated and a GPX viewer installed on your phone. Let’s use the seashore hike to Hovden in Bodø as an example

How to use GPX on phones

1: With a GPX viewer installed and GPS activated on your phone, we are ready to proceed. Download this GPX file to play around with in the app

2: When you have a GPX viewer app installed on your phone, you should get a prompt like this. If not, download the file and see the next step

3: This is what the GPX Viewer app for Androids looks like when you open it. Be sure to grant it any permissions it requires along the way

4: From the main menu you click open files, then click on the search icon. Search for GPX to bring up all the available GPX files on your phone

5: Now you will get a list of your GPX files. Click on the one you want to open so that the green checker appears, then click open at the bottom

6: You’re good to go. The GPX track is visible and the phones GPS tracks your position. Familiarize yourself with the interface for more features

There are plenty of GPX viewers available at your app store. See also the guide how to make GPX tracks if you want to make your own routes

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Mountain hike along Blåfjell in Bodø

Hiking along Blåfjell in Bodø

This hike starts at the big parking lot on top of Kvikstadheia in Bodø municipality. From here you cross the road and follow the path up to Blåfjell

Skivikvatnet lake on Straumøya

Skivikvatnet lake on Straumøya

This hike goes to a pretty small lake on Straumøya called Skivikvatnet. Straumøya is located across the fjord from Bodø city, next to Saltstraumen

Straumvatnet lake in Sørfold municipality

Kayaking around Straumvatnet lake

This kayak trip goes to Straumvatnet lake, which is located in Sørfold municipality. The full round takes around 3 hours with calm speed and some breaks

Store Sandvika in Bodø municipality

Seashore hiking to Store Sandvika

This shore hike starts between Tverlandet and Saltstraumen and follows the sea until you reach a bay called Store Sandvika, 2.26 km from the start

Hovden outside Bodø

Seashore hike to Hovden in Bodø

This hike starts by the parking lot at Mørkvedbukta outside Bodø city. From here you follow the dirt road down to the sea, then the shore as far as possible

Small lakes below Mjønesskaret

Small lakes below Mjønesskaret

This hike starts at the end of Vatnveien road and goes up to some small lakes below Mjønesskaret in Bodø, between Blombakkfjellet and Mjønesfjellet