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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.
Fire personer sitter i en raftingbåt som er på full fart ned Sjoa
River rafting in the Sjoa river.
Photo: Sjoa Rafting / www.sjoarafting.no

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 bucket list. 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 Fjord 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.

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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.

Places to go river rafting

Popular rafting destinations on TripAdvisor
Adventures in Valldal    Valldal Naturopplevingar offers outdoor adventures in cooperation with local cultural and natural… Read more
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ADVENTURE NORWAY offering great activities in a beautiful and quiet environment. Read more
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Heidal Rafting has rafting for everybody, from the 7 year old to the 70 year old. With a broad variety of different rafting trips we are able to… Read more
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"This is real RAFTING!" Amid the scenic beauty of western Jølster you will experience a brisk and challenging river with plenty of… Read more
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Dagali Fjellpark is an adventure tourism company located in the center of Geilo. Full On offer rafting, canyoning, kayak school, tandem… Read more
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Rafting at Valldøla Join rafting for a fresh, action-packed nature experience in beautiful surroundings. Rafting in Valldal is suitable for… Read more
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Serious Fun rafting centre invites you to Numedalslågen, one of Europe's best rafting rivers. Read more
Serious Fun Rafting Center
Looking for the absolute best rafting adventure? Then take a trip to the River Sjoa! The River Sjoa is one of the best and most diverse rafting rivers… Read more
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Sjoa Rafting offers a range of activities and is based next to the River Sjoa in Heidal. Being based next to one of the best rafting rivers in Europe,… Read more
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PREMIUM RAFTING This is our most popular rafting trip, and it’s suitable for almost everyone.  Our river, Numedalslågen, is the the… Read more
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    Safety on the water

    Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

    Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun. Bring necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out in a boat when it is safe. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.

    Wear life jackets or other flotation devices. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

    Find more safety tips on Norwegian Maritime Authority’s website.

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