Norway: the land of stunning landscapes and natural beauty, unique and age-old traditions, vikings – and extreme activities that will take your breath away. Combine it all, and it’s got to be one of the best extreme experiences…if you like the colder climate. We’ve combined some of the most exciting, thrilling and adventurous experiences you can have in the epic lands of Norway, so read on to discover this world of adventure!
Rock Climbing up the Stetind Mountain in Kjøpsvik
Looking for a rock climbing adventure that will push you to the limit? Try conquering Norway’s national mountain on this guided climb to the summit of the Stetind nearing the top of Norway.
“The ugliest mountain I ever saw” is what William C. Slingsby, the father of Norwegian mountaineering, called the Stetind. It’s thought that perhaps he called it that due to its seemingly impossible vertical climb, or perhaps that it was successfully summited for the first time in 1910 by his rival, Ferdinand Schjelderup. Either way, this 4,566 foot tall climb is one of the most celebrated and famous and celebrated mountains in all of Norway. The peak isn’t just a “normal” mountain peak, either – it’s from by smooth steep rocks that form a slippery surface, with countless crevices, nooks and crannies.
The Official National Mountain of Norway
Known as the official national mountain of Norway, the Stetind is often described as a perfect obelisk made of granite. It has served for centuries as a landmark for the sailors along the coast, while also being a favorite peak for mountaineering enthusiasts.
A revolutionary moment within the mountaineering and rock climbing worlds was when bolt climbing became a more common line of climbing, and Norway has philosopher Arne Næss to thank for introducing bolt climbing to the country in the 1930s. He established himself as “King of Stetind” due to his influence in the climbing world, and you can see many of the impressive technical routes that brought him to the top of the peak.
Now that we know some of the interesting history of the peak, let’s see how hard and demanding the climb is. The climb is not for the faint of heart –
It’s designed for people who are in great physical condition and are familiar with the general practice of rock climbing/mountaineering. There will be a solid 3-4 hours of steep uphill walking The tour to reach the Halls foretop, however with frequent wet or poor weather, you might be out longer or shorter and take a different route than the one planned, which is comething that all climbers know about. With epic views, anyone interested in climbing and who want to exspand their horizon should keep Norway on their travel list.
Cross-country Skiing Oslo, Norway
When it comes to cross-country skiing, there is no better place in the world to learn or experince your skilling skills in the the majestic forests just outside Oslo. If you don’t know how to cross-country ski, you’re in luck!
Learn2ski, is a cross-country skiing school run by former ski champion, Siri Halle. Hailed as one of the best cross-country skiing schools in Norway, you would be learning everything you need to know on how to ski well from the best instructors who have trained for years at a pro level. Before you know it, you’ll be skiing to your heart’s content!
Cross-country skiing goes way back in Norwegian traditions, and today has evolved into one of the most popular sports in Nordic countries. In the beginning, cross-country skiing was created as a form of transportation on snow-covered landscapes, and today it is mostly a form of sport.
Windsurfing Lessons in Lysaker, Near Oslo
If you thought we’d be leaving watersports out, you’d be wrong! Why not learn windsurfing on the Lysaker near Oslo? The windsurfing courses that are offered by the main windsurfing schools there are ope to all in the summer. Lysaker is located where a stream called Lysakerelva, empties into Lysakerfjorden, which is a branch of the Oslofjorden. This large stream is located by the western border of Oslo. It truly was a perfect spot to learn windsurfing!
If you are a beginner who is looking to learn, you’ll have a great location with suitable wind and water. The schools there have the newest and best equipment, so you can be sure that your training will be effective and safe.
Blue Ice Hike on the Juklavass Glacier
This no normal hike – hiking on the Juklavass Glacier is includes forms of mountaineering and ice climbing, and is exciting and challenging. It’s something they should absolutely experience while in the wild lands of Norway!
Folgefonni Breførarlag is the official group that offers guided tours that start near the Fonna Glacier Ski Resort, The Juklavass Glacier is known for having several types of ice, which makes it perfect for anyone trying to discover the feeling of walking on a giant block of ice! The guides will customize your trip to your experience and the weather, so you can expect to find both calm and flat ice and challenging crevasse areas. You’ll have an awesome view of the North Sea and the Rosendal Alps, and your guide will explain the culture and geography of the area as well, meaning you’ll get a taste of the Nordic life from the people that live in the area. On the journey down, you’ll walk back to the fjord and mountains below.
Rafting Down the Numedalslågen in Dagali, Norway
Rafting down Numedalslågen is an exciting and adrenaline pumping adventure, and the Dagali Rafting group are known within the worldwide rafting community for their expertise when it comes to rafting. Depending on your “extreme” level, they offer three kinds of rafting trips:
- Family Rafting: 2 hours of rafting on mild water, accessible for children from 8 years old and up
- Premium Rafting: 3 hours of rafting that includes more rapids and sensation, and allow for children from 12 years old
- The Extreme rafting: Our favorite! The rapids have a 3 to 5 grade (meaning intermediate to expert level), and there will be locations where you’ll have to swim, and teenagers are allowed
The area of the Numedalslågen is 1,154 feet long and comes from the Hardangervidda, where you will be rafting on redirected snow from the National Park that is in the water. An interesting note: A section of the river is called “little Zambesi”, which is named after one of the most well known rafting rivers in the world, called the Zambesi, which is located in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. A world away, but quite similar!
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