You can fly, you can fly! Or fall with grace. Whichever terminology you prefer.

Norway has so many great things. It is a very safe place to visit with plenty of fun activities for individuals, couples, and families. More interestingly, it has a law called “allemannsrett”, which literally translates to “all men’s rights.” Now, this law allows you to freely access any uncultivated land (there is plenty of it in majestic beauty) within the country, and that is part of the reason why people love going there.

Basically, access to nature is free and open all the time.

And then there is base jumping, an amazing sport that adrenaline junkies just can’t get enough of. It happens that Norway has so many cliffs, and beautiful views below,  that base jumpers can’t resist jumping off them.

Why Norway?

So, why are base jumpers flocking to Norway? There are so many reasons, but three of them stand out.

It is the birthplace of modern base jumping

In 1980, Jorma Öster, a Finnish national, became the first person to jump off Trollveggen with his parachute. Although base jumping was not absolutely new at the time, Öster’s jump played a significant role in marking it a mainstream sport.

In 1984, veteran base jumper Carl Boenish entered the Guinness World Records with a leap from Trollveggen (popularly known as Trollwall). It was the highest base jump ever recorded. By 1986, over 400 jumps had been performed at the Trollwall, making it one of the most popular spots for base jumping. That changed when parachuting off the cliff was banned due to complexity in rescue efforts.

Picture from Esktremsportveko, FB page.
Picture from Esktremsportveko, FB page.

Totally legal to throw yourself off things (with a parachute)

It is totally okay to base jump in many Norwegian cliffs, including Lysefjord and Strandkolvet. Some other places, such as the Trollwall, are banned because it is hard to perform rescue missions there, but generally speaking, Norway has arguably the most favorable legal position of any country with as many cliffs.

That is to say; jumpers flock there for an opportunity to jump without people waiting with handcuffs for them when they land.

The landscapes

By many accounts, Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But it is its cliffs and mountains that make it a perfect destination for base jumping. If you are a thrill seeker, who can only be satisfied by emulating Superman then the presence of cliffs like Preikestolen, Troll Wall and Kjerag make Norway a perfect destination for you.


Top Base Jumping Locations

1. The Preacher’s Pulpit

To a base jumper, Preikestolen (popularly known as Preacher’s Pulpit) is the crown jewel of Norway’s beauty. The colossal cliff is located in the western part of the country and measures a whopping 1,982 feet (604m) in height. At its base is the Lysefjord that adds some magic to your experience as you fall freely from the cliff. With over 150,000 visitors each year, this location is one of the most popular spots in Norway for jumpers and other tourists.


2. The Troll Wall

The Troll Wall is yet another Norwegian natural feature with staggering beauty. The 3,600-foot (1,100 m) long wall is part of the Trolltindene Mountain range and is the tallest vertical rock in the whole of Europe. While it is technically not legal to base jump from this cliff, some jumpers still do. You can visit it as a tourist and watch other jumpers who are willing to take the risk.

3. Kjerag

Kjerag is part of Kjerag Mountain, located in Lysefjorden. It is one of the many Norwegian locations where base jumping is allowed by the law. At its highest, it has a vertical height of 3,642 feet. One of the most appealing features of this cliff is its unusual boulder that is stuck between two rock walls. It’s a pretty amazing tourist attraction that will give you something to enjoy when you are not busy jumping off the cliff.


4. World BASE Race

Some base jumpers flock to Norway each year particularly because of the World BASE Race, an annual base jumping event that is organized every summer. While the event is open for virtually everybody, you need to have a record of at least 80 jumps to participate. This is a great option if you like organized events, or you know, a bigger crowd to admire your skills as you run towards the cliffs. One of the best places to check out the competition and admire fellow jumpers as well!

Photo: Einar Engdal
Photo: Einar Engdal

Watching or participating, 2017 is the best time ever to visit Norway, so come on down and get the thrill of your life!