Most people think of waterfalls as a refreshing spot to splash around in come summer. But for some, waterfalls are a winter playground to be conquered. Arm yourself with an axe and a rope and scurry up frozen falls, glimpsing water rushing beneath the ice as you climb.
There’s no better place to give ice climbing a go than the Norwegian town of Rjukan. Often considered Europe’s climbing capital, Rjukan heaves with climbers from December to March. Here you’ll find more than 190 waterfalls to poke your axe into, and are guaranteed to discover a wall of frozen water to suit any skill level.
It’s about a three-hour drive from Oslo Torp airport and there are daily bus connections between Torp and Rjukan.
Once you’re in Rjukan, many of the climbing routes are within 20-kilometres of the town.
Because the town is in a deep valley it normally doesn’t see sunlight for several months each year, so huge mirrors have been strategically placed to reflect light into the town. Cool!