Andalsnes attracts far more than cruisers to the tiny town nestling in the Norwegian Alps, and I don’t mean troll hunters. These could be called thrill seekers, the people who choose to jump off the 6,000ft wall, the tallest in Europe, with or without a parachute. Base Jumping, or B.A.S.E. jumping, with a chute or a winged suit.
From where the cruise ship stops you can get a steam train and admire the vistas in safety. Back in 1980 the new sport appeared when the Finn Jorma Øster was the first to parachute off Trollveggen. Guinness World Records first listed a BASE jumping record with Carl Boenish´s 1984 leap from Trollveggen (Trollwall). It was described as the highest BASE jump. In 2010 Northern Norway celebrated with a world record with 53 Base jumpers jumping from a cliff. Between 1980-86 almost 400 jumps were performed with several accidents. These forced dangerous rescue missions and parachuting in Trollveggen was prohibited by law in 1986.
Elsewhere in Norway, BASE jumpers can go from Strandkolvet, Lysefjord (from the mountain Kjerag). However do not be surprised if you see someone jump because if they are prepared to jump off a 6,000ft wall, they are probably prepared to be arrested. We suggest you can enjoy Andalsnes without jumping but we thought you might like to see the size of the mountains.
Ship arranged tours may not include this but they are likely to include a farm visit, Rødven Stave Church and the Troll Wall, or extreme Norway and Waffles – Enjoy. Then there is the Steam Railway.
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