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Riding the rapids

It’s not for the faint of heart, but rafting will give you the kind of spine-tingling thrills that only close encounters with nature can produce. But please keep in mind that even the most daring thrill seeker should follow the safety procedures.

Fast-flowing and frothing waters running over huge rocks and through tight gorges can quickly become addictive, and many rafters have Norwegian rivers on their whitewater bucketlist. Several of the rivers require a certain degree of technical expertise, while other trips are more family-friendly through calmer rapids.

The Sjoa River in Oppland county has perhaps the most famous rafting offering in Norway. Voss in Western Norway, on the other hand, is known as an adventurous destination, and it might not be a coincidence that the humorous motto for their rafting center is “we guarantee to wet your pants!”. But there are many other rafting centers as well, from Mandalselva in the south of Norway to Driva in Trøndelag.

Either way, safety is a primary issue for the organisers of these trips, and they provide necessary equipment such as helmets, wetsuits, and life vests. But make no mistake about it, you will get wet – and it is highly recommended that you bring some extra warm and dry clothes for afterwards.

Although rafting is a thrilling experience for the individual, it also demands co-operation. The level of difficulty of each trip determines age limits and the degree of physical stamina required of the participants.

For your own safety, please always use a professional rafting guide that knows that specific river. Never go rafting on your own without extensive knowledge of the river. If you do go on your own, always consult the local guides. When accidents do occur, it is unfortunately often because of bad research and lack of preparation.

Popular rafting destinations on TripAdvisor

Popular rivers for rafting

  • Driva in Trøndelag
  • Sjoa in Gudbrandsdalen
  • Trysilelva in Hedmark
  • Ølstra in Sogn og Fjordane
  • Ostedalselva in Sogn og Fjordane
  • The rivers in Setesdalen
  • The rivers in Voss (Raundalselva, Strandaelva and Vosso)
  • Mandalselva in the Lindesnes region

Safety tips to leave you high and dry

  1. Think safety, and keep that uppermost in your mind. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition, and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out in your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

Emergency telephone numbers

  • 110 - Fire
  • 112 - Police
  • 113 - Ambulance
  • 120 - Emergency at sea
  • 22 59 13 00 - Poisons Information Centre
  • 1412 TDD (textphone for the deaf or hearing impaired)
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