Kyrkjeveggen Via Ferrata
If you are looking for adrenaline kicks, look no further. This 900-meter long climb up a vertical mountain wall will give you the rush of your life.
Behind this spectacular Via-Ferrata are Robert Melkeråen and Laila Sørhus. They are the owners of Åkrafjorden Nature that offers accommodation and guided tours up the Via-Ferrata as well as hikes in the spectacular natural surroundings.
We came by a Friday afternoon around 18:00 PM to climb the ferocious wall up to the top during the sunset hours. Quite possible in Norway during our long summer nights.
The Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata Kyrkjeveggen situated in Fjæra in Åkrafjorden is probably Norway’s toughest Via Ferrata- route. The route is primarily on rock surface – straight up a cliff. Along the more challenging parts steps and holds have been installed for easier access – but guys, this will get your heart pumping in more than one way.
The adrenaline was pumping through my veins several times going up, especially when I stopped to look down, take pictures and drink water.
The psykologiacal challenge during the lofty parts, handling your natural fear of hights – being laser focused to regain full control of the fear that can suddenly hit you.
The physical challenge of climbing a mountain using most of your muscles when you get a rush of fear. Not to forget your arm and leg muscles getting a tough workout by climbing 4 to 6 hours straight up.
Bring plenty of water and carbs to fuel your energy.
Imagine having lunch hanging on a vertical cliff halfway up – I can promise this – you feel ALIVE.
The website said that the duration for a guided tour is between 5 – 7 hours. We used 4 hours, but only had a small brake on our way up. When we entered the summit we were pretty knackered and figured we should have had some more fuel along the way.
We had the equipment to stay the night at the top but decided to scale down at the start of our climb and leave half of the backpack on the first ledge. This is a challenging vertical wall. The owners suggest to not carry more than 5 kilos on your back during this climb.
At the summit
After the summit, you can hike to Fjæravarden about 200 meters up to the left for another amazing view of the Åkrafjord, the village Fjæra, and the beautiful waterfall Langfoss. Langfoss was voted the worlds most beautiful waterfall by CNN in 2006 and among the 10 most beautiful waterfalls again in 2011. It is a spectacular sight.
We decided to stay the night somewhere between the summit and the Fjæravarden and had an amazing sunrise at 04:00 looking out the fjord with Langfoss to the left.
The hike from the top back to Åkrafjorden Nature
There is a trail leading you back down the mountain via Rullestad. The trail is marked with wards and red plastic tubes around some tree branches. Along the hike back you will see another two waterfalls rushing down the mountain to the Rullestad water. The hike back will take about two hours, but don’t forget to stop and look around in these beautiful natural surroundings.
Outstanding service at Åkrafjorden Nature
When we got back to “Åkrafjorden nature” the next morning and told Robert that we left a backpack on the wall – He went up the wall to get our stuff while we had a nice breakfast at their BnB.
I never experienced a service like this. Friendly, full of knowledge and an absolute pleasure to get to know. This is a place where you feel part of a family as soon as you enter the doors. And their calm and knowledgeable way makes you feel secure and welcome. For more information about guided tours and Via Ferrata Kyrkjeveggen, please contact Robert or Laila in Åkrafjorden nature.
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