Rock Climbing in Norway

Posted on in Adventure + Travel, Featured, Health + Lifestyle, Nature + Outdoors, Sports + Training by Rannveig Aamodt

A small country with beautiful mountains and a population less than the city of Detroit.

I grew up among the wild mountains of Romsdal, which is famous for its steep terrain, deep valleys, and spectacular beauty. Romsdal is home to Europe’s tallest vertical rock face – the Troll Wall, at over 3,300 feet high. The area is known as being one of Norway’s best trad climbing destinations, but it’s great for all types of rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, ski touring and ice climbing.

What to know before going to Norway
It's super expensive unless you eat healthy (fish and potatoes are cheap). It's beautiful, gorgeous and clean. And thanks to an old way of life, you can camp anywhere. You can do anything in the National Parks -- you can bring dogs, ride bikes, run, camp, etc. The airplane company:, often have really cheap tickets from the Unite States to Oslo.  Also, inland flights are inexpensive. And don't worry about having to learn Norwegian, because everyone speaks English.

Good areas to rock climb beside Flatanger
For rock climbing, Flatanger has the hardest routes and is well known internationally. But it is by no means the largest climbing area in Norway.

In the same area as Flatanger is the famous Vingsand bouldering area in the isolated outcrops at the sea, with steep granite classics from 7C to 8B+.

The Lofoten archipelago is well known as a tourist and climbing destination, with beautiful islands and dramatic peaks. All over the islands are tall peaks with excellent, long multipitch routes, and there's fun bouldering spread all around.
Romsdal, close to my hometown Molde, has everything a climber could want. Europe’s largest big wall, Trollveggen, sports 1000-meter vertical trad lines from 6b+ to 7c. Nearby are nice alpine peaks and ridges, walls of all sizes and cragging and bouldering for a lifetime.

The second largest city, Bergen, has over 1000 routes of high-class sport climbing up to 8b+.

Stavanger is one of the best and most complete climbing areas in Norway. Dale and Bergsagel offer high class granite sport and trad lines close to the city. You'll find 900 meter routes from 6b+ to 8a+ that rise straight out of the fjords in Lysefjorden. The base jumpers come from above, and provide the boat-traffic needed to get there.

The largest city, Oslo, is also one of the best climbing capitals in the world, with over 1200 routes at 40 crags nearby. It offers a ton of different rocks and several bouldering areas in the forests close to the centre. As an added bonus, the weather is better than many of the other regions.

In the winter, the sun only shines a few hours a day. The temperatures can drop to well below zero and the waterfalls freezen into 2000-foot columns of ice, turning the place into a playground for ice climbers. If that's your gig, check out Rjukan!

Have fun!






Rannveig Aamodt

Rannveig is a professional rock climber, photographer and a certified yoga instructor. She has also spent many years in school studying alternative veterinary medicine. Rannveig splits her time between Colorado and the rest of the world traveling for rock climbing.Rannveig was born in Norway in 1984, with nomad blood, on a farm way out there. She grew up by mountains and loves the feeling of being a part of nature. She loves exposure and high places. Rannveig loves hiking into remote crags with a pack, feeling tired, watching how the light falls on the mountains throughout the days and with the seasons. When people ask her when she started climbing, she likes to quote a famous Norwegian philosopher and mountaineer - Arne Næss: “I just never stopped.” Her older brother brought her rock climbing some time in her early 20s. It looked like he was dancing up the walls, and Rannveig got totally fascinated at how it captured her mind. For most of the time when she's climbing the rest of the world just disappears. She's completely in the moment. And after years of climbing, that same feeling is what keeps her inspired to go climbing and working on projects. She feels like the more she gives and engages with climbing and the process of working a route, the more she gets back. Every new route teaches her something new about herself. It makes all her weaknesses and strengths stick out, and it makes it all too clear sometimes. She feels like climbing teaches her how to work with the elements, not fight against them. (although sometimes, sends her battles!) You can’t change the rock, you have to focus and engage on the next move.In 2016, Rannveig spent 4.5 months crossing the length of Norway. It was a 3,000km journey on cross country skis some years back.In April 2012, Rannveig broke her back, both ankles, pelvis, and her elbow in a 15m ground fall while rock climbing in Turkey. She was in a wheelchair for two months and had to re-learn how to walk, but through rigorous training and a lot of determination, Rannveig returned and was in the best shape of her life. She loves climbing and what it has given her, despite it almost killing her. Rannveig's immediate goals are to keep improving, keep traveling, and continue to have more fun than anybody else at the crag!

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