Norway is a country full of beautiful nature. If you ask me “Why should I go to Norway?”, this is the answer: The nature and the adventures are endless. Here I will show you the top 10 coolest adventures in Norway. I have done a few of them myself, and the other ones are still on my wishlist. Choose one or more to have on your bucket list for 2017!
1. Climbing up Trolltunga
Trolltunga is a famous tourist spot and people are coming from all over the world to see this great place. You can normally hike up Trolltunga in about 8-10 hours, or you can follow my lead and climb up for a bigger adventure 😉 I will recommend to join the tour with Trolltunga Active called “Himmelstigen to Trolltunga” which is a Via Ferrata route combined with cycling. Read more about my climbing trip to Trolltunga here.
If you like to climbing, check out this blogpost: Via Ferrata routes in Norway.
Season: June – September
2. Glacier climbing
Do you want to walk on a glacier that have been there for thousands of years, and climb down a 20-meter deep crevasse? Then do it before it is too late. I have two friends that have done it already, and they both said it was amazing.
“It was actually more challenging than I expected. I were equipped with special hiking shoes and an ice axe in each hand before I rappelled down a crevasse. To climb back up, I needed to kick the spikes on the tip of my hiking shoes into the ice and use the axes for support. It was a really fun experience! ” – Kjersti, 23 years old.
Watch a movie about climbing at Folgefonna glacier here. You can also combine glacier climbing with kayaking. Click here to book a ticket for glacier climbing including transportation from Bergen.
Season: June 20th – September 17th
3. Experience the Northern light from a dog or reindeer sled
I can see it in my mind. There is snow everywhere, and I am driving a sled with dogs or reindeers in front of me. It is dark, and the sky is filled with blue and green colours dancing away. This is definitely on my bucket list!
Mix your own trip on Lyngfjord.com. Here you can choose the activities that fits your wishes best. To see the northern light, you have to do it in the evening during the winter. Choose between dog sledding, reindeer sledding or to chase the northern light with a snow mobile.
Season: November 15th – March 31st
4. Kayaking in the fjords
We can all agree that the fjords in Norway are amazing. But why see it from land or a big cruise when you can make the whole experience more authentic by getting around in a kayak! The most known fjords are Sognefjorden (which can lead to Nærøyfjorden, Gudvangen and Flåm), Geirangerfjorden, Lysefjorden (with Preikestolen/ The Pulpit Rock ) and Hardangerfjorden.
It is easiest if you have your own kayak and can bring it with you on your car. If you are traveling from another country or do not have any experience with kayaking, you can also book a tour or a kayak . Check out tours and kayak rental in Gudvangen (Nærøyfjorden) at Nordicventures.com.
When kayaking in Nærøyfjorden, it is also nice to do the hike up to Stigen Gard.
If you are in Tromsø, click here to try kayaking in the sea.
Best season: May – September
5. Rafting down the river at Voss
Want a adrenaline rush? Join a group rafting down a river and try not to fall into the water as the stream rocks the rafting boat violently from side to side.
How crazy the rafting adventure will be depends on what the people in the group wants, how much water there is in the river at the time and the weather conditions. It also depends on how scared you are in the beginning. Some people think it is scary while others think it is just fun.
Book a tour with Voss Active here.
Season: May to October
6. Hiking trips in the mountains
Norway is filled with nature and have many beautiful mountains and places to hike. You will find nice hikes almost anywhere. The most known hikes are Preikestolen (also called The pulpit rock), Kjeragbolten, Trolltunga and Galdhøpiggen. On your way to Galdhøpiggen, you will even be able to walk over a glacier. Read about my trip to Galdhøpiggen here.
The mountain areas in the south of Norway are also beautiful. Jotunheimen, Dovre, Sunnmøre and Hardangervidda. In many places in Norway, you can walk from cabin to cabin that are made by DNT (The Norwegian Tourist Association).
If you are used to hiking, you can do all of the hikes by yourself. But please do not be one of the people that have to be rescued because they do not know how to dress or navigate.
Season: June – September for Trolltunga and Galdhøpiggen, and April – October for shorter hikes to places like Preikestolen.
7. Downhill skiing at one of the many ski resorts around in Norway
The most known ski resorts are Hemsedal, Geilo, Trysil, Oppdal, Hafjell and Voss. As long as the weather is good, you will get a nice experience no matter which ski resort you choose. The ski resorts have slopes for every level. Children, beginners and experienced.
If you like cross country skiing better, you normally have options for that around the ski resorts too. And if you are really experienced with cross country skiing and the Norwegian winter, you and your group can also try to do skiing over Hardangervidda. Do not do this if you are a beginner. Its also a very nice place to do kiting.
Season: December/January – March/April (Depends on the snow)
8. Surfing in Hoddevik
Hoddevik is like a hidden treasure. The beach is surrounded by high mountains, beautiful nature and a lot less surfers than Hawaii. The place is perfect for beginners, and is also a nice place for long boarding, SUP and hikes. The only problem is that it is way colder than Hawaii. But if you think Hawaii is too hot, why not try to surf in Norway? Check out Lapoint Surfcamp and Stad Surfing for courses, rental of surf equipment and accommodation.
Best season: June – August
9. Dive in the Norwegian sea
Norway can offer exciting underwater landscapes and a huge numbers of wrecks to see. Some places can be dark and boring, but at other places you can swim with the fish you normally eat and plants you can not find in the coral reef. It is way colder than Thailand, but you can dive with a wet suit in the summer if you are comfortable with that. If you want to use a dry suit, you have to take another course than if you took your license in wet suit.
Compared to Visit Norway, the best places to dive in Norway are Saltstraumen, Gulen in Sogn & Fjordane, MS Seattle outside of Kristiansand, Dornier in Narvik, Hottane in Møre & Romsdal and Skarberget in Tysfjord. Read more about diving in Norway here.
10. Rallarvegen by bicycle
Rallarvegen has won the price for “Most beautiful bicycle path” many times. You can choose to do a one day trip from Finse, or a two day trip from Haugastøl. Both of the places gives you the possibilities to get a night accommodation and rent bicycles that you can deliver when you end up in Flåm one or two days later. Read more about Rallarvegen here.
If you stay in Bergen and have only a few days, check out this tour that include much in only one day.
Season: July – September
Which place do you find most appealing?