Norway have Trollveggen Europe´s highest vertical and overhanging rock face (1.000
metres). This is the craddle of mountain climbing sports in
Scandinavia. The country´s expansive mountain ranges and high
plains make ideal walking terrain. Norway´s favourite mountain
ranges are in the Romsdalen, Lofoten and Vesterålen mountains in Nordland, and the Lyngen peninsula in Troms.
Ice Climbing with easy access to to choose from 171 waterfalls and many mixed options, makes Rjukan a magnet for national and international climbers.
the national mountain of Norway, the gem among Norway´s mountains.
Stetind shows a marked and sensational mountain formation, a
monolith rising out of the fjord up to 1.392 metres above sea level.
Stetind was first ascended in 1910. Stetind is described as a perfect
obelisk in pure granite with sweeping ridges rising straight from the
fjord. The top of the peak looks as if it has been formed by four blows
of an axe, three vertical and one crosswise. For ages it has been a
landmark (also among fishermen in Lofoten) which, well visible from far off, rises high above other nearby peaks.
The peak is a world in itself,
formed by screes and steep, smooth and slippery slopes of naked rock.
Stetind is well known among mountain climbers, and has been so for a
long time. William C. Slingsby, the British father of Norwegian
mountaineering said about Stetind; The ugliest mountain I ever saw. Perhaps this had something to do with his failure at achieveing the summit.
highest vertical and overhanging rock face (1.000 metres). This is the
craddle of mountain climbing sports in Scandinavia. Trollveggen is a
landmark when you drive down Romsdalen by car. Most of the people stop
the car at Horgheimseidet to admire Europs highest overhang. Only the
best climbers in the world challenge the mountain.
Others choose the other way with parachute, BASE
jumping is popular in Trollveggen. This is now forbidden, but... If you
want to admire from the top, then you can walk the backside from Trollstigen.
You need 3 to 5 hours to the BASE-EXIT at Bruraskardet, climbing rope
is not needed. From here you have a fantastic view down towards
Romsdalen and to Romsdalshorn, Vengetind etc. at the other side
of the valley.
THE ROMSDAL ALPS
The famous Molde-panorama, a panorama of 222 partly snow-covered mountain peaks!
Nesaksla at Åndalsnes
and over the mountains to Isfjorden is a nice trip with fantastic view
to the Romsdal alps, you actually have view to the coast from here. You
start from Esso gas station close to the tunnel in Åndalsnes,
steep up to the hut at Nesaksla (715 metres). Continue upwards to Mjelvaskaret (991 metres) or down to
Vikåbotn before you walk down Høgnosa, over Steinselva
river and follow the path down to Øvre Stølen and
Furukollen. Then follow the forest road down to Isfjorden Soccer
stadium. Instead of walking down Høgnåsa, you can follow
the ridge from Mjølvafjellet to Blånebba. You must use rope and climbing gear at the steepest areas here. View down to Romsdal valley and Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind, Kirketaket and all the way to the coastline.
(climbing) is a "untypical" mountain in Romsdalen. With it´s rugged and
disintegrated formations it reminds more of the Central-Europe alps. At
springtime when the top of Vengetind is covered with snow, no mountains
are more beautiful! You start at Vengedalen in Isfjorden, different
routes to the top.
(climbing) is the most "famous" mountain in the area in addition to
Trollveggen and Vengetind. You must climb to reach the top (1,550
metres). Fantastic view, easy climb. You start from Vengedalen in
Juratind and Hoemsbu
Hoemsbu is a DNT-Hut (with food serving) at Hoem by the Eikesdalsvatnet
lake. The path starts at Rabben in Søredalen in Grøvdalen. Follow the
path on the right side of the river to Hoemskardet (about 1,400 metres,
glacier - use rope). From here you can take a short walk/climb up to
Juratind (1,712 metres). Or continue down the glacier and the path down
Hoemsdalen to Hoemsbu.
Kirketaket (1,439 metres)
A fantastic "Telemark mountain" and a must
if you are in the Romsdal area with skis. You start at Øvre
Kavli (120 metres) in Isfjorden. Follow the forest road across Stormyra
and continue to Bruhaugen. Then through the forest towards Skardsetra.
Just before you arrive Skardsetra you cross upwards towards the west
side of Steinberget. Follow the ridge across Steinberget, up a small
hill on the eastend before you come down to Kirketaket. Ski up the west
ridge to a place where you can ski into the mountainside of Kirketaket.
From here you cross up to the top. The run down to Kavliheia is more
than 1,000 metres vertical, then a bit "slacker" down to the startpoint.
Kjøvskardtind (1,552 metres)
Start at Øvre
Kavli (120 metres) in Isfjorden, same place as for Kirketaket. Follow
the forest road across Stormyra and towards Bruhaugen. Just before
Bruhaugen, turn right and follow the tracks below Steinberget to
Kavliheia. Continue to Grønnhaugan, where you turn to the left
towards Kjøvskardtind. Fantastic view from the top. More than 1,100 metres vertical down to Kavliheia, then a bit "slacker" down to the startpoint.
Juratind (1,712 metres)
mountain between Isfjorden and Eikesdalsvatnet is a popular goal in
may, specially on the Ascension Day it may be "crowdy". May is the best
time for this skitrip due to
avalanche danger the earlyer months. You can start either from
Grøvdalen in Isfjorden or from Hoemsbu at Eikesdalsvatnet. Easy
but long trip, you need rope the last 30 metres to the top. From here
you have a fantastic view and a fantastic Telemark run, 1,550 metres
THE SUNNMØRS ALPS
Sunnmørsalpene is a collective term for the mountains in Sunnmøre, the mountains around the Hjørundfjord in the municipalities Volda, Ørsta, Stranda and Sykkylven, with peaks reaching 1700 metres straight up from the fjord. The most well-known peaks are Slogen, Randers Topp, Jakta, Kolåstinden, Hornindalsrokken, Skårasalen and Råna. The area is well known to hiking and skiing enthusiasts. Specially for its long skiing season until beginning of June.
THE LYNGEN ALPS
The Lyngen peninsula is literally crowded with peaks and glaciers, with the
mountains rising directly out of the fjords to a height of 6,000 feet.
The highest mountain peaks in Lyngen are: Jiehkkevarri 1.880 metres,
Store Lenangstind 1.596 metres, Istinden (Kjosen) 1.550 metres, Store
Jægervasstind 1.545 metres, Bredalsfjellet 1.538 metres.
The best known
peaks are Cillagaisa, Markusfjellet, Bæssetinden, Jiehkkevarri, Kveita,
Stortind, Piggtind, Store Lenangstind and Struptind.
Seen from Vestfjorden, the mountains of Lofoten to the north seem like
a single connected range. Actually, this wild and powerful terrain is a
series of islands stretching 200 km into the Norwegian Sea. The Coastal Steamer takes us through Raftsundet to Vesterålen to the north, and the famous Trollfjorden, a narrow fjord where precipices descend into the sea.
islands of Vesterålen are more fertile than Lofoten. Wild
mountains and fjords, idyllic islands and fishing villages, white sandy
beaches and flowering fields, stormy seas and the midnight sun - you
experience all of these rich contrasts in the island kingdom of Lofoten
and Vesterålen. Lofoten´s mountains are a paradise for
climbers. Popular climbs include The Raftsund range, Svolvær Goat, Vågakallen and the mountains at Reine.
THE LYSEFJORD MOUNTAINS
The famous, 40 km long Lysefjord, surrounded by impressive mountains carved out during the Ice Age is the dominant feature of Forsand. Ferries and sightseeing boats call on many of the exiting towns and villages along the fjord.
The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is no doubt the best known tourist attraction in the Ryfylke region and
in Rogaland county. The characteristic mountain shelf 604 metres over
Lysefjord has been visited by hundreds of thousands throughout the
years. From the Preikestolhytta, a 7 km trail climbs the rest of the
350 metres to the top. Good shoes and physical health are necessary for
the 3 - 4 hour hike. In June - August there are daily buses from the
ferry quay at Tau to the cabin. You can also enjoy the Pulpit Rock from
the ferries and express boats on the fjord.
The Kjerag mountains rise majestically 1,000 metres above the innermost part of the
Lysefjord, offering a stupendous view of Lysebotn and the fjord. One
attraction is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged into a crack in the mountain. The trail from Øygardsstøl
by Lysevegen road above Lysebotn is demanding. Allow 4 - 6 hours for
the 10 km hike, which climbs 570 metres. Good shoes and physical health
are advised. The truly adventurous climb up the precipitous rock faces
or parachute from the top. Enjoy their stunts standing safely on the
deck of a boat.
Area in Norway has become well known across Europe in recent years for
its magnificent waterfalls which give a high concentration of ice
climbs of all difficulties. The waterfalls vary from short
half-pitch exercises to long (800 metres) full day outings and most are
easily reached by short approach walks. The main valley is sheltered from the sun most of the winter, and offers stable cold climate in the winter months. With easy access to the many waterfalls this valley has to offer, in combination with a long and stable winter season, makes Rjukan a magnet for national and international climbers.
The legal position in Norway about BASE jumping, also sometimes written as B.A.S.E. are made welcome. Base jumpers from Strandkolvet, Lysefjord (from the mountain Kjerag) is OK. Some other Norwegian places, like the Trollwall, are banned because of dangerous rescue missions in the past. Guinness World Records first listed a BASE jumping record with Carl Boenish´s 1984 leap from Trollveggen (Trollwall). It was described as the highest BASE jump. In 2010 Northern Norway celebrated with a world record with 53 Base jumpers jumping from a cliff.
SOGN & FJORDANE
Stetind in Jotunheimen
MØRE & ROMSDAL
Ramoen or Jønshornet