Podcast 65: Adventure travel in Norway

Life in Norway Show Episode #65: Norway is known around the world as an ideal destination to experience the great outdoors. Today we discuss how to make the most of these opportunities.

Whether you’ve visited Norway or not, most people know the country because of its incredible natural beauty. Fjord and mountain landscapes are popular with locals and adventure travellers.

Hike in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park.

One of those adventure travelers is today’s guest, Kevin J Rosenberg. He runs the travel agency IAG Adventures and wants more people to experience the natural beauty of Norway and other Nordic countries.

We talk about what makes Norway a top adventure travel destination and the best places to visit in Norway. We also discuss what adventure travel really means and how active you need to be.

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Introducing Kevin

Kevin has been hiking since 1991 and has thousands of miles under his boots from the deserts of the southwest, the volcanic landscapes of Iceland, the arctic tundra of Greenland, to the legendary Appalachian Trail.

Kevin at the edge of Markarfljot Canyon, Iceland, in July 2016.
Kevin at the edge of Markarfljot Canyon, Iceland, in July 2016.

As one of the few military training guides in the industry, he has unparalleled survival training and can navigate on land, sea or even in the air.

He now lives in Trondheim, Norway, from where he runs his business International Adventure Guides. Kevin and his other qualified guides lead multi-day trips to Norway and throughout the Nordic region.

You can read more about Kevin and his personal struggles in his memoir, Duct tape and baling wire“My hope for this book is that it helps shine a light at the end of the tunnel for those currently lost in the dark and provides insight into who is truly declaring bankruptcy looking for a second chance.”

Norway as an adventure travel destination

In the show, we talk about what makes Norway such an attractive travel destination for hiking adventure. “In many ways, it’s uniquely beautiful,” says Kevin.

Norwegian hikers on Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen National Park, Norway
Hikers on Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen National Park.

Kevin also reveals his favorite places in Norway for hiking, including Jotunheimen National Park:

“There is such varied terrain. One day, we can wake up in mountains with glaciers around us and kind of a sparse landscape, and we descend into a lush valley with these blue-green waters of the glacier. It really is an amazing place.

We also talk about the pilgrimage route to Trondheim, which is how Kevin first discovered the city he now calls home.

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