Gausta area


I got back a few days ago from a recce trip to Norway! I was joined by Dan a good friend and client who was up for bit of an adventure checking out the ice climbing venues in Rjukan! We got some good climbing in despite the conditions not being at their best! Thanks for coming along Dan!


A little bit about Rjukan


The area is fantastic for beginners and those looking to up their game as there a load of easy accessible single pitch sites plus plenty of multi-pitch for those wanting a longer day out! There is something for everyone grade wise.  You can get there in about 3.5 hs from the Oslo international airport and Norwegians on the whole speak very good English, so logistics are pretty straight forward. The area is beautiful with small villages spread across the valleys that are surrounded by rolling peaks… the places has a similar feel to Scotland.


A bit of History


Rjukan and specifically Vemork area (where a beautiful power plant building that gives a warm yellow glow during the morning and evenings) was occupied by the Germans during the second world war and was place that German scientist were carrying out their heavy water research for an atomic bomb. There were a serious of brave acts of sabotage carried out by Norwegians and British that prevented the Germans for reaching their goal. Some good climbing existed in the gorge just below the power plant!



For good beta on logistics, accommodation, areas and routes, etc check out RockFax’s guidebook Heavy Water – Rjukan Ice. We found it to be invaluable!


We are looking to run ice climbing trips to Rjukan in the near future, so do drop us a line if you are interested in a trip!




Gausta area



Dan looking down the Krokan area!



Krokan area




Krokan Area



Dan mock leading on Bullen WI 3 – Krokan area



Norwegian Kit Kat yummy!



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