Norway is known for fjords, mountains and a spectacular nature scene. Even though you won’t find the tallest mountains in the Oslo area, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for lovely nature experiences closely located to the city center. If you’re an eager climber, it’s easy to combine your passion for climbing with beautiful nature in some of the most exciting outdoor climbing areas that are only a short metro trip away. For those who prefer to climb indoors there are several good indoor facilities as well. The group Happy Climbers were founded on June 7th2010 and has more than 6,000 members. Administrator Øystein Saursaunet believes that the best part of the group is the opportunity to connect with others that share the same interest for climbing, and not to mention how easy it is to find a climbing partner.
– This is a hobby where you’re dependent on having a partner when climbing. There’s a high level of activity in our group and it’s easy to find someone to go climbing with.
Climbing tips in the Oslo area
Outdoor climbing areas:
Hauktjern climbing field
Take the metro from Jernbanetorget to Ulsrud, and at the end of Østmarkveien you will find Østmarksetra. Follow the gravel road by the barrier, and after fifteen minutes you’ll pass Nøklevann and arrive at Sarabråten. Follow the trail to the left and you’ll arrive at Hauktjern after five minutes. This is the largest bolt climbing area in the region with over 180 climbing routes in captivating surroundings.
Sørkedalen, Seterberget, on the eastside of Lanlielva in Nordmarka
Sørkedalen climbing area was discovered by Trond Pinsli in 1983. He developed the area throughout the 80’s and 90’s together with Bjørn Myhre Lund. The routes are graded with the Norwegian grading system from 7 to 9, with the majority being graded 8.
Tokerud has over 200 different routes, graded from 3 to 8A with the French grading system, and is considered being one of Oslo’s biggest outdoor bouldering fields. The field is located just a short walk from the end station on the Vestli metro. Walk a few hundred meters south along Vestlisvingen and turn left up Inga Bjørnson’s road.
Østmarka, east of Oslo
At Østmarka you’ll find almost 1,000 challenges on a relatively small area and there’s something for everyone.
Klatreverket, Myrens, Sandakerveien 24C
At Torshov, centrally located in Oslo, you’ll find Klatreverket that welcomes both beginners and advanced climbers.
Oslo Klatresenter, Olaf Helsets vei 5, Skullerud
Oslo Klatresenter (Oslo Climbing Center) is undoubtedly the best indoor facility we have in Oslo! The center has automatic safety machines for those who don’t have a safety course, a climbing school for children and courses for beginners. If you are an advanced climber, there are also plenty exciting challenges to look forward to.
Info about the degree-systems
Climbing areas in Norway operates with two different grading systems, the Norwegian and the French. The French is graded from 1 (very easy), and up to 9C. The Norwegian is graded from 1 to 10. The main difference is that the French system use one grade to describe the whole route, while the Norwegian often separates different passages in the same route.French grades are also described with numbers and letters (1A, 1B etc.), while the Norwegian only use numbers.