/ Sport climbing holiday in Norway
Could anybody recommend an area in Norway that would be good for sport climbing week? Ideally it would have lots of single and multi pitch routes between 5 to 6c. We would probably stay for 8 days and drive there so could also travel reasonable distances.
Thanks a lot.
Thank you Chris.
Looks like I am going to have to order the book.
Trondheim is probably about six hours drive from Oslo. There are sport climbing places all over this area as well as some really good bouldering. Flatanger in particular seems to be getting more popular but I think that's more hard routes at the moment.
If you are heading to Bergen (I got return flights from Manchester Direct to Bergen for £300 for the 2 kids, the wife and I, so pretty cheap really) then I recommend getting this:
http://www.bergen-klatreklubb.no/forere/papirforer.php [also check out the rutedatabasen on the klatreklubbs website]
Much better topo's (black & white pictures as opposed to line drawings) and a wealth of lines all in close proximity to Bergen (Around 50km is the furthermost crag)
Or you can look for a different local guide, Oslosportslager is a good place to start
Hope this helps.
That last link is really useful, cheers for that.
I'll point Wilco at it as he has been asking about Norwegian guidebooks.
Looks like this time we go to Flatanger, Trondheim and also Romsdalen area if have enough time. And may have to come back for Bergen some other time.
We have 7 days for climbing. How would you spread that time? Would Flatanger-Trondheim be good for all that?
In addition, would it be worth renting a holiday apartment for a base in Trondheim or camp closer to crags?
The only thing I would say is that the Trondheim area doesn't feel very 'Norwegian' - (odd thing to say I know). It is pretty flat with lots of agriculture and no mountains!
In the centre of Trondhiem there are apartments but I wouldn't recommend them. Very expensive and not very nice. I think most camp sites have cabins that you can stay in and wild camping is great.
I can definitely recommend the Romsdalen area. Quite apart from the climbing just the views are an experience you'll never forget. Really nice camp sites as well.
> Could anybody recommend an area in Norway that would be good for sport climbing week? Ideally it would have lots of single and multi pitch routes between 5 to 6c. We would probably stay for 8 days and drive there so could also travel reasonable distances.
> Thanks a lot.
As you want sport climbing rather that trad and you will be driving yourself and only 8 days (which is short) you must focus! In short, choose a few areas in southern Norway and stick to them! The driving will also eat into your climbing time, espacially for those new to each area.
The most sport climbing is developed around the larger cities, but there's also good crags in som rural areas. The Climb Norway guide pics two crags in each county through Norway's 19 counties, so it will give a good start. With just 8 days I would focus on just one the areas , either Eastern Norway (Oslo++), Southern Norway (Kristiansand, Nissedal, ++) or the the Wetern part (Stavanger or Bergen). Driving to Trondheim will cost you an extra day each direction.
Being britsh you should be accustomed to unpredicable summer weather which we also have in Norway. In Norway the weather can be quite bad in one part while other areas at the same time have good weather. The high mountains inlands makes a difference, the best weather is normally in the rain shadow behind the mountains, so check the wind direction in the weather forecasts.
* If you arrive driving through Sweden:
There's good sport climbing around Oslo and the neigbouring city Drammen. There's good local climbing guides for these areas.
* If you arrive by boat from Denmark til Kristiansand:
There's crags scattered around the coastline and more inland in this area. The local guide isn't really updated, but some info in Climb Norway and online. There's also possibilites for longer moderate sport routes in Nissedal and Setesdal (there is mainly trad routes there, but some longer sport routes exist).
*if you arrive by boat from Denmark til Stavanger:
This area has it all, from bouldering, sport routes at all levels and lengths, and trad routes up 1000 meters. There's an updated climbing guide for the area, with supplementry text in English.
If you specify more on your plans/options I could give you better info!
If you are after the best sport climbing, then I would not head to mid-Norway, Hell and Romsdal are perhaps a bit harder than you are after.
The best areas are around Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger really. Loads of sport crags and decent guides.
Be aware that even though it is Norway, summer can quite hot for climbing...
you will have just driven past all the Gothenburg and Bohuslšn crags, which seems a bit of a shame too!
Sorry, I should have clarified - we no longer live in the UK but in Estonia and are most likely to take the ferry to Stockholm and drive from there. We will also have three German people flying in.
I guess everything within one day drive from Stockholm would be ok - I believe that's more-less the whole southern Norway up to Flatanger? (Although 13h to Stavanger and Bergen in one go may be a bit too much.) As it is our first time climbing in Norway a bit of a sightseeing would not hurt and if there is a particularly beautiful area with good climbing between 5+ to 7- (5 to 6c french), it would be our first choice.
Nj, you say mid-norway may be a bit hard. I have seen Hell's topos and you are right - girls probably would not find enough to do there. Are there not many easier climbs in Flatanger and Romsdal either?
How are the crags near Oslo? The crags near London where we lived in the UK were good for climbing but not really a climbing destination. Is that not the case in Oslo?
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