This refreshingly simple film of a dad “going for a walk” on his holiday is a YouTube hit. Here’s how to find the viewpoint – as well as three other notable ones in Norway.
A man walks out on Rampestreken viewpoint, looks around, and feels his head spin. “What a view. But how terrifying.”
That’s all that’s said, and everything that happens, in this 38-second clip. The YouTube user Christopher Griffin posted it less than a week ago – apparently as his first and only film. Still, it’s been seen more than 350.000 times.
In other words, you don’t need an expensive, extensive production to create a viral hit. Then again, the view really is stunning:
The ramp, called Rampestreken (a wordplay on the Norwegian word for “mischief”), is a steel platform reaching eight meters out from the mountainside. It provides a fantastic view over the town of Åndalsnes, the Romsdal valley, and surrounding mountains.
The ramp stands 550 meters above sea level, and while the trail is relatively steep, it’s well prepared and accessible – with steps built by Nepalese Sherpa.
This viewpoint is brand new, and is already getting attention from across the world. Technically a picnic area, the massive concrete structure balances on the edge of the mountain, 700 meters above sea level. It’s part of national tourist route Gaularfjellet. Read more about Viewpoint Gaularfjell.
Speaking of viewpoints you can drive to. Dalsnibba viewpoint stands 1500 meters above the UNESCO listed Geirangerfjord – making it Europe’s highest fjord view that you can reach by car. The view is tremendous. Note that it’s a toll road, and open only in summer. Read more about Dalsnibba.
At Grefsenkollen in Oslo you don’t get dizzying heights, majestic mountains or waterfalls. Nor is there a world famous ski jumping hill, as on Oslo’s other “kolle”. What you do get here, though, is a breathtaking view of the Norwegian capital, an outstanding restaurant, and, this week … a music festival. Though there’s a great line-up of artists, the view is the OverOslo festival’s biggest headliner. Read more about the music capital Oslo.
Along selected roads in Norway, natural wonders are amplified by art, design and architecture – taking you closer to nature in new and surprising ways. Meet the award-winning Scenic Routes.
American filmmaker Raphael Rogers thought for about 15 seconds before accepting a trip to Norway. The trip of a lifetime, as it turned out. This is the film he brought back.