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.
Stetind, 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.
Galdhøpiggen is the highest mountain in Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, at 2,469 meters above sea level. It is located within the municipality of Lom, in the Jotunheimen mountain area.
Access to the top of Galdhøpiggen is not especially hard: from Juvasshytta (1.850 metres above sea level), 5 km from the summit it takes about three hours up (including about 45 minutes to prepare for crossing the Styggebreen glacier), an hour at the top and about two hours back. Some days in the summer, a few hundred people reach the summit each day. Guides are needed to cross the glacier, but are available every summer morning.
At Juvasshytta there is an alpine ski resort with lift on a glacier, with top on 2.200 m.a.sl, the highest in Scandinavia. It is called Galdhøpiggen summer ski center and is open from June and all the summer, when the road is open.
Besseggen, or Besseggi, is a mountain ridge in Vågå. Besseggen lies east in Jotunheimen, between the lakes Gjende and Bessvatnet. Besseggen Tourism providing overnight accommodation and food services in Sjodalen and at Gjende.
The walk over Besseggen is one of the most popular mountain hikes in Norway. About 30,000 people walk this trip each year. The route over Besseggen starts at Gjendesheim, up to the trails highest point, Veslfjellet (1,743 meters), down Besseggen, further over the relatively flat area Bandet (at the foot of Besshø), and ends at Memurubu, where one may take the regularly scheduled ferry route back to Gjendesheim. Many choose to do the hike in the other direction by starting at Memurubu after first taking the ferry there from Gjendesheim. The trip is estimated to take about 5 - 7 hours to walk without rest stops.
Europe´s 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 Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is no doubt the best known tourist attraction and has been a magnet for tourists for over 150 years. The characteristic mountain shelf with a 25 meter squared plateau stands 604 metres over Lysefjord has been visited by hundreds of thousands throughout the years. The truly adventurous climb up the precipitous rock faces or parachute from the top. From the Preikestolhytta, a 7 km traiI 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.
The name is two elements, the first element is (Svolvær), since it is located in that town. The last element is the finite form of (geit) which means "goat", since the mountain has "two horns".
Svolvær Goat is a 569 metre tall mountain is located on the edge of the town of Svolvær. The Svolvær Goat, is the town´s most characteristic feature, and it represents a challenge to climbers. Svolvær Goat peak was reached for the first time in 1910.
Trolltunga at 1,100 meters above sea level and is a spectacular rock formation that stands horizontally out of the mountain about 700 feet above Ringedalsvatnet in Skjeggedal. To get to Trolltunga you must travel to Odda, then to Skjeggedal via Tyssedal. You can take the Mågelibanen (funicular) or follow the trail along the path up to Mågeligtopp. From here you have to go east about 3 hours to get to Trolltunga. The area opens up to the rest of Hardangervidda, and can be the starting point for longer trips, such as to Hårteigen.
The hike to Trolltunga is only possible during summertime. The hike takes approximately eleven hours return from the parking lot in Skjeggedal.
Hordaland has Trolltunga, here in the north we got another piece of troll, a phallic shape stone called "Trollkuken". The phallic formation lies in the mountain Gosviktind (627 meters). The phallic shape stone is at least an hour´s hike from the nearest road, and Porsa is located two and a half hour´s walk away attraction.
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.
Vengetind (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.
Romsdalshorn (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 Isfjorden.
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)
This 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 vertical drop.
THE SUNNMØRS ALPS
Together with Lyngsalpene in Troms and Hurrungane in Jotunheimen, Sunnmørsalpene are the only mountains in Norway with a very high alpine character. The peaks rise directly from the fjords around to a heigth around 1.400 meters. Between them are deep avalanche-ridden valleys with bottoms at about 200-300 meters. For the people living in the area, the steep mountains have always been a problem. Each winter avalanches take roads, and sometimes houses too. But for the experienced Sunnmørsalpene should constitute challenges rather than dangers. Good snow-conditions nearly every winter invite to summit-trips, with following skiing in deep powder down the long valley sides, all the way down to the fjord. Sunnmørsalpene is above all a land for day trips. Most of the summits are accessible on a daytrip from a nearby road. This goes for hiking and skiing as well as climbing.
Hiking in Sunnmørsalpene can get somewhat limited. Many of the summits can be reached without climbing gear, but you should nevertheless be experienced to do this. The terrain is often steep, especially near the summits, and the consequence of stepping wrong can be severe. But hiking trips in the valleys are possible. From Kolås you can go to Vartdal and Barstadvik through Romedalen. And you can go from Urke to the lodge Patchellhytta, and from there on to Habostad. From Patchellhytta the steep summits of Smørskredtind and Slogen can be reached on foot. Actually most of the summits on the eastern side of Hjørundfjorden can be reached on foot.
Although Sunnmørsalpene does not offer high walls or other technical challenges to climbers, it offers alpine peaks and quite a number of very interesting pinnacles. Experienced climbers can reach most of the summits in Sunnmørsalpene without using their gear, but the climbing gear can get more in use at the pinnacles. "Bladet" (the blade) must be one of the most known of these. This 20 meter high rock looks like a knife and climbing on it looks stunning, although not too difficult.
Ski touring in Sunnmørsalpene is absolutely stunning. Due to being so close to the sea, the mountains get huge amounts of snow. The quality of the snow depends on the weather and the temperature. The best snow usually falls in the period January - March. At this time of the year you may experience dry powder down the endless valley-sides. It should be mentioned here that skiing in Sunnmørsalpene also is an activity you should be experienced to do. The terrain is steep, and avalanches is a common problem. The most common skiing technique in Sunnmørsalpene is "Telemark", the reason being that you have to ski up as well as down. 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.
The 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.
The Rjukan 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