Back in the day, mountaineering was seen as an activity for the wealthy elite in Norway. Today, however, climbing – both indoors and outdoors – is a popular exercise for a broad spectrum of Norwegians.
It’s a way to stay fit, sure, but first and foremost climbing is a fun opportunity to gain unique experiences in nature – and to get the adrenalin surging.
One of the most popular climbing destinations is Lofoten, with its steep mountains literally emerging from the sea. As a bonus, during the summer you have unlimited time in the mountainside thanks to the midnight sun. You might need to check the weather before you go, though, as heavy rainfall is not uncommon in the summer months.
During winter, you can smack an axe into the ice and climb frozen waterfalls in places such as Eidfjord and Rjukan. The latter offers over 150 waterfalls with varying degrees of difficulty, and hosts Rjukan Ice Festival, an annual ice climbing festival in February.
Please be careful, though, and remember that ice climbing without a guide is an activity reserved for the highly experienced climbers.
First of all, climbing operators will usually supply everyone with specialized equipment, but if you need to rent the gear, here’s a list of things you might need:
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