Norwegian Ice

A few weeks back Mandy and I headed out to Rjukan in Norway for a weeks ice climbing. This was our second ice climbing trip to Norway having previously been out to the Oppdal are some years before, where we discovered the delights of climbing at -25°C. Hot aches galore. Unfortunately Rjukan has, thus far this year, experienced the same warm temperatures and limited snowfall that Scotland has, meaning that conditions were a little on the lean side. We did however find plenty of ice to climb and had a great time. We also discovered the delights of the outside jacuzzi and swimming pool with it's superb view of the ice falls either side of Rjukan town, for a post climbing warm down, or up!

There was a secondary purpose to our trip- to recce the areas suitability for running ice climbing courses next winter- of which I can say it's perfect so keep an eye on the website for some Rjukan Ice Climbing courses for winter 2018.

Below are a few photos from our trip.

Mandy Leading Bullen, WI3, at Krokan.

Mandy Leading Bullen, WI3, at Krokan.

Stu Mcaleese on Jomfrua, WI4, at Krokan.

Stu Mcaleese on Jomfrua, WI4, at Krokan.

Mandy Leading Gaustaspokelese, WI4, at Krokan

Mandy Leading Gaustaspokelese, WI4, at Krokan

Mandy pulling over the top, having just enjoyed climbing the crux pitch of Tjonnstadbergfossen, WI4, which is situated on the hillside above Rjukan town.

Mandy pulling over the top, having just enjoyed climbing the crux pitch of Tjonnstadbergfossen, WI4, which is situated on the hillside above Rjukan town.

Spot the climber? Chilly day at the Gausta area, which is home to some great single pitch ice falls.

Spot the climber? Chilly day at the Gausta area, which is home to some great single pitch ice falls.

Mandy enjoying the top pitch of Tjonnstadbergfossen, WI4, above Rjukan town.

Mandy enjoying the top pitch of Tjonnstadbergfossen, WI4, above Rjukan town.

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