10 best things to do for adrenaline junkies in Norway

10 best things to do for adrenaline junkies in Norway

Norway, Norway (excursion), Andalsnes
Active activities like surfing, bungee jumping and rafting are sure to get your heart racing. It's shocking, but absolutely amazing at the same time. Why?

When you undertake an activity that challenges you, your body produces a lot of adrenaline and dopamine. It makes you feel great, and for some it's even a natural high that they become addicted to.

Scientists have also found that fear is similar to falling in love or being attracted to someone. When you overcome fear, the experience fills you with positive emotions and love hormones.

When you go on an exciting adventure with people you care about, the experience will boost your relationship and strengthen your bond. These activities are also ideal if you want to impress your special someone. Or maybe you want to demonstrate your courage to your children?

Take an active holiday to Norway and combine epic outdoor activities with rare natural experiences. Are you up to the challenge?

Here are ten tips for exciting activities that can strengthen your relationship and give you unforgettable feel-good moments.

1. Rafting

Did you know that Norway is blessed with some of the best rafting rivers in the world? Some of the most famous are Sjoa, Driva, Trysilelva, and the rivers Evje and Voss, better known as the “adrenaline capital” of Norway. Let the forces of nature carry you through river rapids, narrow gorges and waterfalls.

There are plenty of guided rafting excursions out there, so take a look around and pick the one that suits you (and your nerves).

2. Zipline

Fly through the air while attached to a cable. Just choose your preferred setting - city, forest, fjord or mountains - and go!

The longest zip line in Norway is located in the picturesque village of Flåm. Its length is 1381 meters, making it the longest in all of Scandinavia. Enjoy the view, but do it quickly because the maximum speed reaches 100 kilometers per hour.

In Oslo you can try the Kollenvsvevet zip line at the Holmenkollen ski jump. Find out what it's like to be a ski jumper at the top of the diving tower!

3. Canyoning, caving and bungee jumping

For those unfamiliar with the concept of canyoning, here's a quick recap: Clad in a wetsuit, helmet, and life jacket, you'll jump off cliffs, swim in caves, slide down natural waterslides, and slide down mountain slopes and waterfalls. This is unlikely to be suitable for delicate natures, but for the rest of us it is guaranteed an exciting experience with a huge effect of butterflies in the stomach.

If you want to explore more amazing rock formations, you can try caving - excursions deep into narrow caves.

Anything else? Have you ever tried bungee jumping? In Norway this can be done over a fjord, waterfall or valley.

4. Mountain bike

Experience towering mountains, lush forests and open countryside on two wheels. Norway is a true cycling paradise with a varied landscape, many trails and cool bike parks.

Currently, several ski resorts are converted into bike parks every summer. The lift system takes you and your bike to the top, where you have a variety of trails to choose from. Some examples of the most popular mountain bike destinations are Trysil, Hallingdal, Lyngenfjord and Hafjell. Just remember to wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.

Bicycles can be rented throughout the country, so there is no need to bring your own.

5. Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a diverse field that covers varieties such as rock climbing, ice climbing, sport climbing, bouldering and scrambling. Whatever catches your fancy, you'll get the perfect combination of excitement and contact with nature.

From north to south you'll find climbing tours, courses and trails for all levels. An excellent starting point for various mountaineering adventures is the town of Åndalsnes, known as the “capital of mountaineering”. While you're there, you can check out Norway's Tindesenter, which features the tallest climbing wall in the country. You can also learn more about the history of mountaineering.

Another way to test whether you can handle altitude is to head to one of the country's many climbing parks. Test your balance and try different obstacles between the treetops. Many climbing parks have ziplines, cable cars, and diving towers.

6. Via ferrata

Ready to rock? Via ferrata, which means "rail" in Italian, is a type of rock climbing where you are securely attached to a cable. New via ferrata routes appear regularly. At the time of writing there are about twenty of them throughout the country, for example in Valdres, Hardanger, Loen, Åndalsnes and Hemsedal.

The length, height and difficulty level of via ferratas vary greatly, so you can easily find a route that suits you even if you have no previous climbing experience. And no matter the level, you can count on an amazing view!

7. Summer skiing

Imagine skiing long, gentle runs with heavenly views of the fjord and mountains while wearing a T-shirt. Yes, in Norway you can enjoy the magic of winter in the middle of summer at Stryn Summer Ski Centre, Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski Center and FONNA Glacier Ski Resort in Hardanger. The last two have several slopes of varying difficulty, as well as snow parks with fun rails and jumps. FONNA Glacier Ski Resort also offers guided glacier treks.

Opening hours of summer ski centers depend on snow and weather conditions. Keep an eye on snow reports before you head out and have a Plan B in case you get unlucky with the weather.

8. RIB Safari

Durable, stable RIBs are ideal for quick fun at sea. Just relax and enjoy the fjords, the midday sun, the white-tailed eagles or killer whales. Wherever you go, be prepared for an exciting ride!

In Hellesylt, in the fjords of Norway, Bonseye offers trips on electric RIB boats.

9. Diving

You can also find many unusual nature experiences underwater. Explore life underwater in Saltstraumen in Northern Norway, in the fjords of Norway or in the archipelago in Southern Norway. Dive to see rare species of fish, lobsters and king crabs up close. There is also the opportunity to explore sunken ships and the mysteries they left behind. In Lindesnes, you can also enjoy fine dining among marine life at the world's largest underwater restaurant, Under.

All along the coast, diving centers offer courses and guided dives. And thanks to the warm Gulf Stream currents, the water temperature is much higher than would be expected at this latitude.

10. Surfing and windsurfing

Surfing is equal parts patience, timing and practice. There are few things that compare to the feeling of riding a wave after waiting in the water for a long time. The first time you catch a wave without the wave catching you is pure bliss.

Norway's interest in surfing and windsurfing is growing, and several places in the country offer excellent surf conditions and waves that rival Bali and Hawaii: from Larvik in the south, through Jæren and Stadtlandet in the west, to Lofoten in the north.

Many Norwegian surf schools offer packages that include accommodation, surf lessons, boards and necessary equipment.

These are our top 10 tips to help you get your pulse racing. Are you planning to bring children? Stay in a comfortable, eco-friendly hotel in a destination designated as sustainable, or explore one of the many glamping options!

Source: visitnorway

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