Snowkiting, or skikiting as it is also known, is the latest craze in adrenaline soaked sports in Norway. A pair of skis or a snowboard, a helmet, harness, kite, some windproof clothes and some practice are what you need to reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.
Instead of riding a chairlift to the top, snowkiters can use the wind to power them up a mountain and deep in to the untouched powder. And there is no better place for fun activity than Norway’s breathtaking mountain plateaus.
For a truly exotic snowkiting experience you should visit Varanger far up in Northern Norway. Located next to the powerful Arctic Ocean, Varanger offers the unique opportunity to snowkite whilst watching out over the sea - an unbeatable combination. The heavy and pretty constant wind here gives you tremendous speed.
Another unique feature is the openness of the landscape - there is hardly a tree in sight. Not surprising that Varanger was chosen to host the Snowkite World Championship in 2005. For more information about snowkiting here, please contact the tourist information in Varanger.
Rated as one of the top snowkiting places in the world, Hardangervidda is a large mountain plateau that as a World Cup arena offers excellent conditions for kiters of all abilities. Courses are being arranged here almost every weekend during the winter season. If you fancy having a go you should contact Haugastøl Turistsenter. More information on Fluidfeeling.com.
Another hot spot for snowkiting is the popular mountain resort of Geilo. This little town has hosted both World Cup and World Championship events in snowkiting. Snowkiting lessons with experienced instructors are arranged here throughout the winter season by Hardangervidda Kitesenter.
The World Cup circus has also visited Tyin/Filefjell. This area tempts you with kiting in stunning scenery in the midst of some of Europe's tallest mountains.
Learn more about winter safety in the Norwegian mountains through this PDF.
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