BASE jumping is one of the most thrilling extreme sports there is, and Norway is a popular destination for BASE jumpers who are looking to jump down from mountainsides wearing nothing but a parachute and a wingsuit.
There are multiple great places to BASE jump in Norway, but the Kjerag mountain area is definitely the most well-known and the most popular place.
It is generally recommend to be extremely comfortable with skydiving before ever attempting a base jump, and most BASE jumpers suggest going on at least 200 to 300 skydives before ever attempting a BASE jump.
We’re going to be looking closer at BASE jumping in Norway in this article, including the best places to go BASE jumping in Norway, the legality of jumping, and how you can BASE jump here.
The best places to go BASE jumping in Norway
Norway has lots of mountains that are suitable for BASE jumping, so let’s take a closer look at the best places to go BASE jumping in Norway.
Kjerag is hands down the most popular BASE jump area in all of Norway, and attracts hundreds of BASE jumpers every single year. The steep vertical drop from the mountain side offers around 12 seconds of free falling before you need to navigate away from the base of the wall, which allows for tricks such as front flips and more.
The free fall also allows for some forgiveness in mistakes, making it one of the safest regions to attempt BASE jumping.
It’s an extremely popular place to go BASE jumping, and many people consider it one of the world’s best places to jump. Welcome to a BASE jumper’s paradise!
The Kjerag mountains are located next to the small town called Lysebotn a few hours away from Stavanger. You can get to Lysebotn by car, bus or ferry.
Below is a short video of what BASE jumping from Kjerag is like.
Hoven in Loen, Stryn
The mountain Hoven is also one of Norway’s most popular places for BASE jumpers. The mountain is well-suited for BASE jumps, and the Loen Skylift makes the entire journey very easy since it takes you all the way to the top.
The Norwegian BASE jumper Tom Erik Heimen holds the world record of most BASE jumps in a 24 hour period from Hoven, where he managed a total of 66 jumps in a 24 hour period!
There has been a few fatalities from the mountain, and it’s estimated that there have been close to 10,000 BASE jumps from the top of Hoven since the skylift opened in 2017.
Kalskråtinden in Romsdalen
Kalskråtinden is yet another Norwegian mountain that is suitable for BASE-jumping. It’s far from as popular as Kjerag or Hoven, mainly because the hike up to the top is challenging and takes at least a few hours.
That said, it’s a scenic mountain that offers a nice, vertical drop that makes it a great place for a BASE jump.
Litldalen in Sunndal
Litldalen is a mountain valley in Sunndal that is pretty amazing for BASE jumpers with several different mountains that are suitable for jumping.
Eikesdalen in Romsdalen
Another popular valley with plenty of suitable BASE jumping locations is Eikesdalen, just a short distance from Molde.
Troll Peak Mountains in Romsdalen
The Troll Peak Mountains, including the Troll Wall in Romsdalen has long been regarded as the best place to go BASE jumping in Norway, and was extremely popular in the 1980s.
The mountains became very controversial due to a high number of fatalities, and local laws were put in place to make it illegal to BASE jump in the region. The law is still in place, so it’s not legal to BASE jump here any longer (we’ll get back to this topic later on in the article).
The Troll Wall is still considered the most important BASE jumping mountain in Norway due to the important history of it, but were few people actually jump from it these days.
Legality of BASE jumping: Is BASE jumping legal in Norway?
BASE jumping is illegal in places places around the world, but what’s the legal status of BASE jumping in Norway?
BASE jumping has been legal from mountainsides since 2000, so you won’t break any laws when you come to Norway to BASE jump. However, it’s generally illegal to BASE jump from man-made structures such as antennas without the consent of the owner of the structure. Some mountains also have local laws preventing BASE jumps.
Some regions and areas have locals laws to prohibit BASE jumping. One of the most famous examples of these are at the Troll Peaks in Romsdalen. These used to be very popular among BASE jumpers, but anyone caught BASE jumping in this area risks fines of 20,000 to 30,000 Norwegian kroner.
The reason behind the prohibition is because a lot of BASE jumpers lost their lives jumping from the Troll Wall in the 80s and 90s, as well as plenty of difficult rescue missions that endangered the rescue operators.
Many jumpers argue that the laws are outdated and should be removed, but there are currently no plans to do so.
It is well-known that there is a community of jumpers who regularly BASE jump from the Troll Peaks mountains, and have planned escapes to get away before the police arrive, and this is reported in the news pretty much every single year.
Is it safe to go BASE jumping in Norway?
It is definitely not safe to go BASE jumping in Norway, no matter how skilled or well-prepared you are. While most people who BASE jump does so without any issues, others end up dead from making mistake or from faulty equipment.
There tend to be at least one or a few fatalities from BASE jumpers every single year, so it’s definitely a high risk sport.
That said, the statistical chance of dying from a BASE jump is roughly 1 in 1,000. So it’s not like it’s a huge proportion of BASE jumpers who end up dying, but it’s statistically 100 times more dangerous than regular parachuting from airplanes.
BASE jumping globally is known to be one of the most dangerous recreational activities in the world, and BASE jumping in Norway is no different.
How to go BASE jumping in Norway
Since you can legally BASE jump in Norway, you can actually just go hiking to a suitable place, then jump down. You do not need to notify anyone, so feel free to base jump from legal places as you please.
That said, you should definitely not just come to Norway to go on a BASE jump without a lot of prior knowledge and experience.
There is a company in Kjerag (SBK Base) that specializes in offering BASE jumps for beginners, and offer rental equipment, beginner courses, and and help you desire.
They require you to have completed at least 250 skydives before you can apply for a beginner course in BASE jumping, so there is absolutely a big barrier of entry to BASE jumping.
While this might seem very strict, the reason is simply because BASE jumping is incredibly dangerous, and inexperienced jumpers have a much higher risk of losing their lives.
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