Norway: Active Holidays for Active People!
Glacier hikes/ramblesBoth Nordfjord (the Briksdalsbre and Bødalsbre glaciers ) and Sogn (Nigardsbre glacier) offer excellent opportunities for hikes.
Mountain climbingFor the experienced climber, the whole of Fjord Norway is crammed with potential – Jotunheimen, the Romsdal and Sunnmøre Alps – there are plenty of exciting mountains.
Aak Fjellsportsenter in Åndalsnes organises climbing courses for beginners, and also offers advice to the more experienced climbers. There is also a climbing school and mountain sport course
in Luster, at the furthest end of the Sognefjord.
Summer SkiingThere are three summer skiing centres in Fjord Norway, the most famous of which is Stryn Sommerskisenter [Stryn Summer Skiing Centre] on the mountain of Strynefjell although Folgefonna, also, offers good conditions for snowboarding, Telemark skiing and alpine skiing. The Sognefjell mountains offer a well-developed course for cross-country skiing.
RaftingJølster Rafting (Sogn og Fjordane) and Voss Rafting arrange trips throughout the summer. Wet trousers guaranteed!
Water SportsBoats and other water sports equipment can be hired throughout Fjord Norway. In Bergen, make your initial enquiries at the tourist information office. Several hotels hire out sailing boats and windsurfers. Check at campsites, too. Water skis and other equipment can be hired in Vassenden at Jølster Sport og Friluftslag.
Kayaks are available for hire at several places, including Flåm and Luster, perfect for kayak trips.
DivingRunde Dykkersenter (Runde Diving Centre) at Runde, outside Ålesund, offers an organised service with tank filling and anything else you may need. The same applies to Strømsholmen Sjøsportsenter (Strømsholmen Seasport Centre) near Atlanterhavsveien (the Atlantic Ocean Road).
Nordfjord Dykkerservic (Nordfjord). Several choices are open to you on the outskirts of Bergen, one of which is the Marsteinen Diving Centre in Sotra. Organised diving trips are arranged from Bømlo.
ParaglidingVoss has excellent conditions for paragliding, with the Hangursbanen (cable cars) and a landing stage in the middle of the area. Courses and tandem jumping available. Hang gliding. Jølster Sport og Friluftslag in Vassenden also offers paragliding.
HorseridingThe Fjording is Fjord Norway’s own species of pony – get to know both the Fjording and the surrounding countryside on horseback. Norsk Fjordhestsenter (Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre) in Nordfjordeid, Norsk Fjordhestegard (Norwegian Fjord Horse Farm) in Breim and Nedrebergtunet in Stryn (all in Nordfjord) have a wide range on offer. There are plenty of other activities to choose from – just ask at the tourist information office.
GolfThere are golf courses in Bjørnefjorden (9 holes), Bergen (9), Haugesund (9), Meland i Nordhordland (18), Sandnes (9), Sola (18), Stavanger (18), Ulsteinvik (9), Ålesund (9+6) og Odda (6). Book your tee time in advance.
Cycle toursFjord Norway offers a wealth of impressive cycle tours. Probably the most well-known is the Rallarvegen (navvy road) trail from Haugastøl (Finse) to Myrdal and Flåm, a relatively easy trip over the Hardangervidda mountain plain and down to the fjord at Flom. Passing through stunning high mountain terrain, the route also takes you to the Navvy Museum where you can stop off to explore the history of how the railway and the road were built. Fjord Tours offers a package which covers train tickets and cycle hire. If you have your own bike, it couldn’t be simpler. Just make your way to Haugastøl or Finse and set off.
Jæren offers pleasant cycle tracks and Sandnes is a cyclists paradise, with several routes of varying length around the town. Information, maps and descriptions of the routes are all available from Sandnes tourist information centre.
Alternatively, the flatter region around the fjords of Nordfjord offers breath-taking scenery and tourist information centres throughout Fjord Norway will have more suggestions too.
Source and more information: Fjord Norway