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I'm currently in Norway on what has become an annual pilgrimage to the land of the midnight sun. I'm based in Aurland on the shores of the Aurlandsfjorden which is home to porpoise, sea otter and many sea birds. Which is just as well as this year temperatures have warmed up a bit which has kep... more>

For the past two weeks I've been based out of Aurland, Norway. Aurland is a popular place for huge liners to visit in the summer as they cruise the fjords jammed with tourists. In winter it is a wee bit quieter. I actually asked at the tourist office what you should do on a day off in Aurland... more>

Norway has lived up to it's reputation as a wild and adventurous destination for ice climbing this week. Soaring icefalls cascade down vertiginous walls into the fjords. Many of them have had few, if any ascents. The week started badly for John who arrived with Mark for a weeks ice climbing. B... more>

Aurland has proven to be a great base this week. The weather has been stable and always sub zero. The latter half of the week saw cooler temperatures and the ice 'dried out' producing some heart stopping creaks and bangs whilst climbing. Nick, Tim and I finished the week of with a 'teaching da... more>

 

Norway has become one of the most popular venues in recent times for ice climbing. Consistently cold temperatures and steep valley sides form ice readily. The Sogneford cuts deep into the south western seaboard and the many, many valleys that radiate from it hold a lifetime of exp... more>

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