Paddling in the river by a water fall of Voss outside Bergen, Norway.

Extreme Sports in Norway: The ultimate adrenaline rush

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Norway is the perfect playground for adrenaline-seeking junkies. Experience extreme conditions and energy-fuelled activities.

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You'd be forgiven for assuming that extreme sports in Norway require snowy, wintery conditions. However, you couldn't be further from the truth. Norway has lots to offer in the summer months, ranging from white-water rafting, bungee jumping, world-class downhill biking and trying out the Olympic luge track. You can do it!

If snow is really what you're seeking, there are ways to find powdery conditions in the summer months as well. Explore the magical glaciers with its cracks and mesmerizing blue light, test your ice climbing skills or ski under the rays of the summer sun.
 

Riding the rapids on Norway's best rivers

Sjoa is world-renowned and offers the best rafting in Norway. The wild river is known for its emerald green waters and fast rapids. The river takes you past rugged scenery, over rapids, waterfalls and strong currents.

Fly to Oslo and take the train to Otta, a journey of 3.5 hours.
 

Voss is the adrenaline headquartes

Voss is the adrenaline capital of Norway, and white water rafting is a popular summer activity here. There are two rivers, graded 3-4+, which are 7-8 kilometers in length with a number of rapids on each course. It´s an unforgettable experience, whether you are experienced and want to do it alone with your friends, or you wish to join a group with Voss Rafting.

  • Paddling in the river by a water fall of Voss outside Bergen, Norway.

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    Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/Visitnorway.com

    WATERFALL RAPPELLING: Try the thrilling adventure sport waterfall rappelling.

  • People rafting in the river of Voss outside Bergen, Norway.

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    Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/Visitnorway.com

    RAFTING: Feeling the power of the rapids with Voss Rafting.

  • People rafting in the river of Voss outside Bergen, Norway.

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    Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/Visitnorway.com

    LOTS OF FUN: Enjoy group rafting in Voss.

Alternatively, try waterfall rappelling, abseiling, river boarding or canyoning.

Fly to Bergen and take the train to Voss, a journey of 1,5 hours.

Close to Førde, you’ll find Jølster Rafting. This camp offers riverboarding, paintball and abseiling as well as rafting. After a long and exciting day, you'll be tempted by a barbeque in their wilderness camp, a bath in wooden hot tubs, and a night in lavvo tents. In other words, pure bliss!

Fly to Førde and drive in the direction of Vassenden. Follow the signs that say «rafting».
 

Paddling in glacier melt

River Pig Glacier Rafting in Jostedal, allows you to test your nerves and embrace chilling glacier melt that runs the course of the river. Kayak and paddle among the glaciers edge and icebergs with Ice Troll Glacier Hiking and Kayaking.

Take to more solid ground and choose a glacier hike or ice climbing, either self-guided or accompanied by an expert, and explore the incredible layers of blue ice.

Fly to Sogndal and hire a car at the airport. The drive to Jostedal is just about one hour. Alternatively, you can fly to Sandane Airport and hire a car at the airport there. Sandane Airport is two hours and 30 minutes from Jostedal.

Underneath the Bødalsbreen glacier of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.

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Håvard Myklebust/Visitnorway.com

BØDALSBREEN: The Bødal Glacier lies at the end of the Bødalen Valley, and is one of the arms of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

Where to find summer snow?

There are a few high-altitude summer ski resorts in Norway, offering year round winter sports, but Stryn Summer Ski Centre is the largest and is also conveniently located in Jostedal Glacier. Situated at 1065-1600 meters above sea level it offers alpine, cross-country, telemark and off-piste skiing and snowboarding.

 

A male ice climber on the Briksdalsbreen glacier.

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Marte Kopperud/Visitnorway.com

CLIMBING ON THE GLACIERS: Ice climbing on Briksdalsbreen, an arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier located inside the Jostedalsbreen National Park.

Prefer solid rock?

To describe the selection of climbing routes in Norway would be an endless task, but it definitely deserves a mention on this list. The country is a Mecca for hiking, scrambling and climbing. No matter where you go, you'll be able to find excellent hiking or rock climbing routes.

Some of the best areas for bouldering, sports climbing and large walls are Lofoten, the Lysefjord outside of Stavanger, as well as Romsdal, which is accessible from Molde or Ålesund.

 

Man jumping from one cliff to the other on the top of the mountain Svolværgeita in the municipality of Vågan, Lofoten.

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Kristin Folsland Olsen/Nordnorge.com/Vågan

ROCK CLIMBING: Lofoten has excellent conditions for rock climbing, especially if you are into Trad climbing. This view is facing the mountain Svolværgeita where you would have to make a jumb to reach the opposite cliff.

Skydive for a bird's eye view

Go skydiving or paragliding and take to the skies for a panoramic view of Norway’s breath taking scenery. This will certainly push your boundaries and leave you with unforgettable memories. One Norway’s most established skydiving clubs is located in Voss. Drop by and find out what it's all about, or book a tandem jump with an experienced instructor.

If you're not up for the real thing, visit Vossvind, an indoor skydiving facility. If you prefer to soar above the ground try tandem paragliding.

  • Paraglider by the mountain Rønvikfjellet, Bodø.

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    Nadia Nordskott/Nordnorge.com/Bodø

    PARAGLIDING: This paraglider explores the landscape outside Bodø in Northern Norway.

  • Kiting at Jæren and the Stavanger area

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    CH/Visitnorway.com

    WAIT FOR WINDY DAYS: Kiters outside the coastal region of Jæren close to the city of Stavanger.

  • Vossvind, an indoor skydiving facility.

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    Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/Visitnorway.com

    TANDEM PARAGLIDING: Try the indoor skydiving facility at Vossvind.

  • Woman testing skydiving at Vossvind, an indoor skydiving facility.

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    Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/Visitnorway.com

    WHY NOT: Soar above the ground instead of trying the real thing.

How about a bungee jump?

Trolljuv Adrenaline Park is perfect for testing your limits at one of Norway’s best bungee jumps. The bridge platform sits a staggering 115 meters above the fjord. Fly high!

Fly to Haugesund and hire a car, the drive takes 1,5 hours.
 

Swap your bike for a bobsleigh

In the summer, Hafjell Ski Resort transforms into a championship bike park. If you love the thrill of riding downhill trails at all levels, this is the place to visit. The park has an elevation of 750 meters and 25 km of tracks, accessible by chairlift and gondola, offering stunning views on the ascent. Bike and equipment hire is available so you don’t need to travel with your gear.

Lillehammer hosted the winter Olympics in 1994, and you shouldn't miss out on the Olympic bobsleigh and luge park, one of a kind in Scandinavia. In the summer months, try the wheelbob for the same adrenaline rush as the bobsleigh. Each sled takes four people and a pilot. Prepare yourself for speeds of 100km/h as you whizz down the track.

Fly to Oslo and take a train to Lillehammer where you will find the Olympic Park, a journey of 1,5 hours. Hafjell is just 15 minutes away by bus. With a rented car, simply take the E6 north and follow the signs to Lillehammer and Hafjell.

 

Two people on a bobsled in Hemsedal, Norway.

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Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Visitnorway.com

FAST FORWARD: Try bobsledding!

Extreme sport festival in Voss

Embrace the adrenaline and meet like-minded people at the Extreme sports week in Voss on the 24th of June - 1st of July. It is considered the world's largest extreme sports festival! The program is filled with sports and culture, supported by concerts and events in the evenings, attracting local and international bands and artists.

Try extreme sports such as skydiving, climbing, rafting, biking and kayaking for the first time in a safe environment with qualified instructors. Or try the sports in a new, challenging environment – if you´re an expert!

Three cyclists on a mountainroad with fog in the background.

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Rapha/FjordNorway.com

RAPHA BIKING: Bikers in the mountains by the Hardangerfjord south of Voss.

How to get there?

If the above is not enough to prove that Norway is one of the adventure capitals of the world, then come and see for yourself. The Explore Norway ticket allows you to access the main destinations that connect with train links as well as airports in the more rural destinations. Remember, these are often the places which offer the best playgrounds for adventure sports.

Now, take a deep breath, and enjoy!