Rjukan

Imagine a place with more than 150 waterfalls, almost all of which have easy access and a stable climate that guarantees long periods of cold weather. Add in a local population that welcomes visiting ice climbers, a dramatic World War II history and great skiing on offer for 'rest' days and this is not just a place to dream about - it is Rjukan. Situated in the centre of southern Norway, with fairly short access from the main cities, and with world class ice climbing, it is no wonder that the place has rapidly gained popularity.

Routes

151 ice routes (WI 2...WI 7)
20 mixed routes (M5...M10)
50 of the Best Routes top50
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents


Crag (click for details) No. of Routes Grade Range Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other Page
Krokan
If you like ice cragging, this is the place to head for. Here you will find the...
27
_--^
Winter
Evening sun
Level

5 mins

Sheltered
44
Upper Gorge
The Gorge is a very special place to be. The steep surrounding walls ensure...
23
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Winter
No sun
Downhill

15 mins

Sheltered
53
Vemork Bridge
The popular Vemork Bridge Area is quick and easy to get to and has a collection...
12
_--_
Winter
No sun
Downhill

15 mins

Sheltered
65
Lower Gorge
The Lower Gorge offers a gentle introduction to the climbing at the Rjukan...
20
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Winter
No sun
Downhill

10 mins

Sheltered
71
Rjukan Centre
The Rjukan Centre area is a typical Norwegian valley; around the small village,...
25
_-^_
Winter
No sun
Uphill

20 mins

Sheltered
82
Svadde Area
Driving into Rjukan, there are three main waterfalls which attract your...
9
_--_
Winter
No sun
Uphill

45 mins

Sheltered
94
Gausta Area
These waterfalls lie directly beneath the peak of Gaustatoppen and the trio of...
6
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Winter
No sun
Uphill

45 mins

  99
Ozzimosis
Situated in a gully alongside the road up towards Gaustatoppen, this area has...
11
_--_
Winter
No sun
Downhill

5 mins

Sheltered
103
Bølgen Area
The Bølgen Area offers long and generally straightforward slabby ice climbs. In...
13
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Winter
Evening sun
Uphill

20 mins

Sheltered
107
Mael Area
Mæl is a huge amphitheatre with a special atmosphere. You are surrounded by...
5
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Winter
No sun
Uphill

45 mins

Sheltered
113
Jailhouse Ice
Despite the secluded location and strenuous approach, Jailhouse has really got...
2
__-_
Winter
No sun
Uphill

45 mins

Sheltered
115
Kong Vinter
The little gorge of Kong Vinter is easily accessible, has a nice setting and...
9
_--_
Winter
No sun
Uphill

20 mins

Abseil
Sheltered
118
Presnil
Presenil Area is an open valley with two areas described here located on...
7
_--_
Winter
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

10 mins

Sheltered
122
Hovinbøle
Both of these waterfalls are located above the Tinnsjøen Lake which usually is...
2
_--_
Winter
No sun
Downhill

45 mins

Sheltered
125
  • Latest Comments

    For Rjukan

    To Menn og et Foster (Bølgen Area)
    "Superb route. First pitch was harder than it looked from below." 01/Apr top50

    Anakje (Ozzimosis)
    "Excellent route. > 30m though so use double ropes to abseil." 08/Mar

    Host (Vemork Bridge)
    "Beware of teams abseiling to gain access. Quite good climbing. A slightly easi..." 01/Mar

    Presenil (Presnil)
    "found it quite a battle getting to this route, mind it was very snowy when we we..." 24/Feb

    Ranabergfossen (Lower Gorge)
    "Ditto the comment above, it is a looong way up from the top of the ice to the 'r..." 10/Dec top50

    Sabotørfossen (Upper Gorge)
    "Few years since I climbed this, but can echo the comments above. Good conditions..." 09/Aug top50

    Skrotfossen (Lower Gorge)
    "Piss - not 3 may be 2 at a push." 25/Mar

    Pentium (Lower Gorge)
    "The position of this route and Skrotfoss are the wrong way round on the diagram ..." 27/Feb

    Bolgen (Bølgen Area)
    "Nice route,not sustained at the grade. The upper part is not of the same quality..." 26/Jul top50

    Energizer (Krokan)
    "<sorry second ascent --" 17/Mar

    Vemorkbrufoss ost (Vemork Bridge)
    "Belaying where shown on the topo would make the first pitch a very long (60m?) g..." 10/Mar top50

    Jungelboka (Lower Gorge)
    "There is 2 new routs on the left and right side Icecycle near Jungelboka icefal..." 09/Mar

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