Once temperatures plummet and the falls begin to freeze, Rjukan presents the worlds best ice climbing venue on the roadside! With guarantee of an easy walk in, and acheiving several WI 4-6s in a day, many brits far prefer this to a Scottish winter.
The Rjukan valley also offers Norway’s 6th biggest ski centre – Gaustablikk, with free busses running up from the town centre.
|Ice Climbing, Rjukan||Skiing, Gaustablikk|
Oslo has a great atmosphere, both at night and during the day. Hygga (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a way of describing the Scandinavian ways of life that get them through the long winters; wrapping up warm, embracing the weather and enjoying the fresh air as much as you can. We arrived into Oslo late in the evening, but managed to get out to see the city at night. Theres definitely a sense of this way of life, lots of people pouring out of the opera house, heavily clothed and happy.
Rjukan and Vemork are two closely situated communes that have vast history, from renewable energy to atomic bombs! The two main attractions here are are the UNESCO site of Norsk-Industriabeidermuseum and Northern Europe’s first aerial tramway at Krossobanen. They are both well worth a visit and manageable in half a day each, although on nice days you may want to spend longer on the plateau above Krossobanen.