Ice Climbing in Norway

Exotic frozen fjords shaped by forceful winds, fresh challenges for all

Norway is packed full of thousands of icefalls under excellent wintry conditions that present the best ice climbing experience. Here you’ll find options for all levels of climbers. From single pitch routes to amazing ones that stretch to 800-1,500 meters long. In addition, thanks to its proximity to the sea, the icefalls in the western fjords of Norway are bent by the winds, thus forming frozen walls with the most exotic and challenging shapes. It’s strongly recommended to come Norway with a solid program planned along with a professional guide. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of coming during periods of thaw or rain that will make your ice climbing experience difficult. Visit between November and March for ideal ice climbing conditions.

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There are many reasons for choosing Ice Climbing in Norway

The landscape of Norway was once completely covered in a thick ice sheet during the ice age. As the thick layers of ice started to move, it carved out the deep valleys that now dominate the terrain of Norway. As the ice started to melt it filled the valleys, forming the famous fjords of Norway. Now it forms the picturesque background to some of the world’s best ice climbing terrain.


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Norwegian krone


Norwegian, with Sami spoken among a minority

Best time to visit

Visit between November and March for ideal ice climbing conditions


Winters are characterised by cold and snowy conditions with short hours of daylight, especially the more northern regions

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The Nordic nation of Norway lies in the northwest of Europe, and has a population of just over 5 million. Its long eastern border is shared with Sweden, while to the northeast it is bordered by both Finland and Russia, and to the south by the Skagerrak strait. Its rugged coastline breaks up into thousands of islands and fjords with much of the country punctuated by piercing mountain peaks


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