Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway

Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway

Loen is one of the most picturesque spots in Norway. Adventurous visitors to Loen can now try the rope ladder to the sky in Western Norway. Do you have the nerve to try?

If you have the nerve to try the new staircase, you have the feeling of floating in the air, and you’r rewarded with spectacular views and undeniable thrills. The stairway is 131 foot (40 meters) long and called the “Stigull” ladder. It dangles some 2,591 feet (790 meters) above the fjord by the small village of Loen.

The new “floating” staircase in Norway promises spectacular views and undeniable thrills – but it’s probably not for the fainthearted.

Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway
Climbers can embark on the via ferrata with a guide or, if they’re more experienced, hire the gear themselves. Photo: Kjersti Kvamme/Loen Active

Stigull opened 31 May this year and is one of the newest attractions in Fjord Norway. To reach the 120-step ladder, you must first climb on foot the initial part of ‘Route 2’ leading to the top of Mount Hoven.

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Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway
The ladder, which offers spectacular views, forms part of the Via Ferrata Loen. Photo: Joachim
Neumayr/Loen Active

“Stigull is built to make the Via Ferrata facility in Loen more complete, and it is the first of its kind in Norway. With 120 steps and a slope of 45 degrees, this is a long ladder to the sky by international standards. The location offers an incredible view of the fjord landscape,” says Per Helge Bø.

Bø is the operations manager at Loen Active, the company behind this and several outdoor activities based in and around Loen.

Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway
Loen zipline. Photo: Marius Bech Dahle / Loen Skylift

Stigull is part of ‘Route 2’, which is located east of the Loen Skylift cable car – another popular attraction. The Via Ferrata is connected with both a zipline and a suspension bridge, as well as climbing routes of varying difficulty. Once at the top of Mount Hoven, visitors can enjoy a fantastic view, as well as a restaurant and shop connected to the cable car.

Via Ferrata Loen is a spectacular climbing route designed for keen adventurers, who must have moderate physical fitness. Guided tours are available, while individual tours are possible without a guide for people with experience.

The zipline, which can easily be combined with a trip to Via Ferrarta Loen, flies above the Tungejølet gorge, looking towards the suspension bridge in Via Ferrata Loen. Both ziplines are located 1000 meters above the fjord, and only a five minute walk northeast of Loen Skylift — one of the steepest cable cars in the world.

Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway
Photo: Kjersti Kvamme / Loen Active.

Although other Via Ferratas exist in Norway, nothing quite like this rope ladder extension exists in the country. The renowned Austrian company HZI installed the ladder.

Rope Ladder to the Sky in Western Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg based on a press release from Fjord Norway.

Feature image (on top) The “Stigull” stairway is a part of the Loen Via Ferrata in the village of Loen in Norway. Photo © Lars Korvald / Fjord Norway.


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