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 hike to Hovden 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 inside 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 hike routes

Skivikvatnet lake on Straumøya

Skivikvatnet lake on Straumøya

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

Storvika beach in Gildeskål

Storvika beach in Gildeskål

This trip goes to Storvika beach in Gildeskål municipality. This is a long wide beach with a nice and sandy bottom that goes far out into the sea

Junkerfjellet mountain in Bodø

Hike to Junkerfjellet in Bodø

This is a quite short hike that starts near the horse race track at Soløyvannsveien outside Bodø and goes up to a mountain called Junkerfjellet

Vatnvatnet lake in Bodø

Hike to upper Vatnvatnet in Bodø

This hike starts at the parking lot at the highest point of the road Vatnveien, from here you take a stroll down to the upper parts of Vatnvatnet lake