Climbing Norway

Beachen - Norway

Description
Beachen crag overlooks stunning Nordfjord where dolphins splash around and whales glide through the water. It gets lovely afternoon sun throughout the year though on hot summer days it can almost get too hot to climb. There is everything here from long technical slab routes to pumpy overhanging superroutes. Climbing here is generally quite athlectic and reminds you of indoor climbing. Due to its roof much of the crag stays dry in rain.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
56
Grades:
4c-8a+
Angle:
vertical/overhaning
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Stryn
Longitude/Latitude:
6.81356/61.8752
Wildcamping
There is a very nice little spot on the sea close to the crag: 61.878178, 6.764120

Bertnem - Norway

Description
An impressively steep, roadside slab climbing spot. Gets very wet after rain... as in it has waterfalls running off it!
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
50
Grades:
4a-8a
Angle:
Slab/vertical/slightly overhanging
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
June-September
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Longitude/Latitude:
12.0581/64.4688
Wildcamping
You can sleep on the car park

Bratthammaren - Norway

Description
Just north of Bodø, this quiet roadside crag offers routes for every climber in a forrested setting.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
55
Grades:
3-8b
Angle:
Slab/vertical/overhanging
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
June-September
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Bodø
Longitude/Latitude:
14.6939/67.41
Wildcamping
You can stay overnight on the parking

Brensholmen - Norway

Description
A great crag on a stunning little island, easily accessed by either land or ferry. This crag has epic ocean views, a cloudberry-sprinkled approach and beautiful lines, both single and multipitch, on superb rock. Go on a weekday and you're likely to have the place to yourself.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
49
Grades:
4-7c
Angle:
slab/vertical
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
June-September
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Brensholmen
Longitude/Latitude:
18.0202/69.6047
Wildcamping
The ferry port is decent to overnight in your car, otherwise take your tent to the crag.

Espedalen - Norway

Description
An easier sport crag on high friction, good quality rock with mostly technical climbing on steep slabs and vertical faces. Precise foot technique required to master the blank sections between good holds and horizontal cracks. Its wooded setting is a great destination for the whole family, with lots of berries (blueerries & raspberries) to pick and hikes in the area.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
26
Grades:
4b-7a
Angle:
slab/vertical
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Longitude/Latitude:
9.00334/59.4062
Wildcamping
Staying overnight with a van is only permitted with permission of the landowner. Alternatively you can camp nearby with a tent.

Fiskesleppet - Norway

Description
The idyllic, quiet Fiskesleppet crag is situated in forested moorland overlooking a beautiful heathered moorland, ocean and islands outside Bergen in the distance. Climbing (both sport and trad) is technical on slopey ledges and sharp crimps. Routes, on the shorter side, may seem rather hard for the grade. Lovely woodland approach past hundreds of blueberry bushes. Parking is in front of the local school so overnighting here is only advisable during school holidays. A good alternative is bringing a tent and camping closer to the crag.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
52
Grades:
4a-7C+
Angle:
slab/vertical
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Telavåg
Longitude/Latitude:
4.96867/60.2668
Wildcamping
Parking is in front of the local school so overnighting here is only advisable during school holidays. A good alternative is bringing a tent and camping closer to the crag.

Flatanger - Norway

Description
Flatanger is undoubtedly the most famous climbing destination in Norway and currently home to the world's hardest route (a 9c set by Adam Ondra). It offers lots of different types of climbing and has huge potential for setting new routes of all grades. The majestic Hanshallaren cave with its breathtakingly overhanging roof routes is a must see. Free camping in the area is unfortunately impossible (your choice is paid parking or farm campsite). Expect crowds of climbers in high season.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
150
Grades:
3-9c
Angle:
vertical / overhanging
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
May-October
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Vik
Longitude/Latitude:
10.8194/64.4891
Wildcamping
There is a camp ground and a payed parking. If you want to wild camp we suggest to drive out of the valley and find a nice spot.

Hammern - Norway

Description
A peaceful crag set on the hills above Glomma, Norway's longest and very picturesque river. Half the crag comprises steep slabs with very technical climbing and the other half, gently overhanging walls with pumpy, bouldery routes (on the short side). Van dwellers: there's a superb overnight spot down by the river near the jetty. Also the perfect place to explore the river by kayak from.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
40
Grades:
4a-7c+
Angle:
vertical/overhanging
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A national Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Sørumsand
Longitude/Latitude:
11.2027/59.9894
Wildcamping
Van dwellers: there's a superb overnight here: 59.989182, 11.208551

Hell - Norway

Description
Hell is a steep overhanging crag with bouldery routes mostly on pockets and crimps. The crag consists of 10 sectors, all on the same sweeping band of overhanging rock and is one of Northern Europe's crags with most hard routes bundled together.
Rock
Number of Routes:
130
Grades:
4c-9a+
Angle:
overhanging
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Hell
Longitude/Latitude:
10.9464/63.4427
Wildcamping
You can stay on the car park

Himmeldalen - Norway

Description
High above the arctic cirlce lies an exceptional granite wall with slightly overhanging, athletic routes. Great views over Alta and well equipped by the local climbing club with nature loo, bonfire areas & shelter.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
45
Grades:
4a-7c
Angle:
vertical / overhanging
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
June-September
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Alta
Longitude/Latitude:
23.5066/69.9875
Wildcamping
You can stay at the parking of the crag

Hvasser - Norway

Description
Great bouldering on high friction, weather-beaten XX(type of rock) that can be tough on the fingers. A wild place with stunning ocean views where you're most likely alone.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
50
Grades:
4-8b
Angle:
vertical/overhaning
Climbing:
Bouldering/Trad
Best time to visit:
April-October
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Tjøme
Longitude/Latitude:
10.4343/59.0646
Wildcamping
You can stay on the car park here: 59.065707, 10.442545

Kvitnes - Norway

Description
Just outside Kristiansund, half way up the Norwegian coast is a climbing gem: sheltered, yet right at water's edge, Kvitnes crag is the local climbers' go-to place for some athletic climbing basked in evening sun. Superb variety of routes for all levels from easier slab climbing to more difficult overhanging routes with complex cruxes.The approach is a lovely coastal walk lined with hundreds of blueberies and cloudberries. Great place also to barbeque, swim and watch the sun set.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
58
Grades:
3-8a
Angle:
Slab/vertical/overhanging
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
June-September
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Kristiansund
Longitude/Latitude:
7.80141/63.1287
Wildcamping
Wild camping close to the crag is almost impossible. We stayed here: 63.123532, 7.836947

Leirvik - Norway

Description
A lovely shorter bolted slab with balancy routes, cool moves and scenic views over Ofotfjorden. Nice technical climbing where good technique is required. It's the perfect place to experience Norwegian fishing and doplhin watching. Consider it a training crag before hitting Lofoten's hardcore trad climbing scene!
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
20
Grades:
4a-6c
Angle:
slab / vertical
Climbing:
sportclimbing
Best time to visit:
June-October
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Narvik
Longitude/Latitude:
17.5776/68.4742
Wildcamping
You can stay on the car park of the crag.

Lofoten - Norway

Description
Driving onto Lofoten is like driving through a post card. Majestic snow-sprinkled mountains rise straight up from crystal clear waters, white beaches and traditional fishing huts known as rorbu line the shore. Mountains, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, blueberry filled forests, cloudberry sprinkled moors - Lofoten has it all. Everything here invites you to have an outdoor adventure: the mountains call to be hiked, the rock climbed, the water paddled and the open sea fished. Lofoten is a paradise for trad climbing with thousands of routes to choose from, all with epic views of islands, white beaches, snow-sprinkled peaks and glacial lakes. Alongside all the classic trad climbing there are a handful of harder sport crags: Sandvika (idyllically set right at the sea, superb technical slab climbing) and Finvika (dry in light rain, mostly overhanging bouldery routes.) Austvågøya is notably home to Lofoten's most famous rock formation: Svolværgeita (the Goat of Svolvaer), a 100m+ granite pillar towering into the sky with two horns atop it calling to be climbed.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
1000
Grades:
N3-N9+
Angle:
Slab/vertical/overhanging
Climbing:
Bouldering/Trad/Sport
Best time to visit:
June-September
Guidebook:
Lofoten Climbs, Rock Climbing on Kofoten and Stetind in Arctic Norway by Chris Craggs and Thorbjorn Enevold
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Henningsvær
Longitude/Latitude:
14.2055/68.1553
Wildcamping
Anywhere! On Lofoten there are tons of good spots to camp.

Reskjem - Norway

Description
Indoor climbers will love Reskjem: routes here are physically demanding, dynamic and at times pumpy. The varying play of colours and rock formations make for interesting puzzle-like climbing with lots of underclings, sidepulls and crimps. Setting is thick forest and atop climbs, you have views out over pretty Lifjell. The crag dominated by overhanging walls (so a great destination in rain) though one vertical wall graces the place. Approach not easy to find since the new road.
Rock
Number of Routes:
21
Grades:
6a-8b+
Angle:
vertical/slightly overhanging
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Reskjem
Longitude/Latitude:
9.09772/59.5493
Wildcamping
You can park and stay here: 59.550273, 9.113339

Urdiviki - Norway

Description
Set in the picturesque Setesdal is a gem of a climbing crag by name of Urdiviki. The quiet, forested setting with fjord views offers superb climbing on both vertical and overhanging walls. Routes here are pumpy, exposed, creative (the walls are full of interestingly-shaped holes and wavy cracks) and long - up to 30m. Majority of routes stay dry in rain.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
35
Grades:
6b-8a+
Angle:
vertical/overhanging
Climbing:
Sport
Best time to visit:
April-October
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Bygland
Longitude/Latitude:
7.75728/58.8535
Wildcamping
you can stay the night on the parking

Verdens ende - Norway

Description
A hidden gem of a bouldering spot we were surprised doesn't see more traffic. Good friction rock, wide ocean views.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
50
Angle:
vertical/overhanging
Climbing:
Bouldering
Best time to visit:
April-October
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Tjøme
Longitude/Latitude:
10.4034/59.0586

Vesteraalen (Trollskaala) - Norway

Description
A small but sweet crag with breathtaking views of the Lofoten islands and a variety of powerful, bouldery lines and technical slab routes requiring finger strength. It's just 20m from a stunningly white sandy beach with arctic icy blue waters.
Rock
Rocktype:
granite
Number of Routes:
15
Grades:
4a-7c
Angle:
vertical / overhanging
Climbing:
Sport & Trad
Best time to visit:
June-September
Guidebook:
Climb Norway A National Climbing Guide
Location
Country:
Norway
Nearest town:
Melbu
Longitude/Latitude:
14.6412/68.5483
Wildcamping
You can stay on on of the lay-bys.