1. Lofoten Islands
We highly recommend visiting the Lofoten Islands whilst in Norway. The stunning archipelago is placed North of the Arctic circle, with majestic mountains rising out of the ocean. In the winter, you can experience the magical Northern Lights, and during summer, from the end of May to mid-July, there is Midnight sun meaning that the sun never disappears under the horizon. In Lofoten, you can play golf, paddle sea kayak and hike at midnight. For the adventurous person, there are endless opportunities to play and explore – go climbing, surfing or fishing, just to name a few.
The fishing industry is of great importance to Lofoten, and you will find atmospheric fishing villages and Atlantic cod hanging to dry throughout the islands. Enjoy this traditional stockfish and many other local delicacies in one of the numerous eateries. Or, if you want to get the natural feel of Lofoten, you can rent a rorbu to stay in. These are originally cottages for seasonal fishers, often built on pillars at the water’s edge. Here you can go to bed on top of the water and listen to the noise of the waves.
The unique shapes and light in Lofoten have also attracted and inspired many artists and resulted in a vibrant artistic scene. In almost every little village, you will find galleries and local art. For the historically interested, the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg tells the story of Lofoten’s strong tie to the Viking age.
Fund of watching or performing extreme sport? Norway hosts the largest extreme sports festival in the world every year – Ekstremsportsveko. It takes place in Voss, Western Norway, and aligns perfectly with the 9IATC. For a whole week (26th of June – 3rd of July, 2022), hundreds of athletes from all around the world gather to compete in everything from whitewater kayaking, skydiving, longboarding, MTB, climbing, freeride to BASE. The festival has a great music programme and lots of workshops and opportunities to try out the different disciplines or watch professionals do what they love.
To get a feel of the festival, you can check out this video.
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Not far from Hovden, you will find Hardangervidda
– the largest National Park in mainland Norway. Hardangervidda is also Northern Europe’s most extensive highland plateau and encompasses the steep mountains of Hardanger in the west as well as the gentle, mellow moorlands to the east. The national park has rich plant and wildlife. Hardangervidda is, for instance, home to the largest wild reindeer herd in Europe and has excellent fishing opportunities. It is also a fantastic hiking area for both the experienced and less experienced hiker. A network of marked paths throughout the mountain area connects the Norwegian Trekking Association’s (DNT) lodges. Some of the lodges are staffed and provide full accommodation others are simple with self-service. A popular hiking route for the experienced mountain hiker is the length of western Hardangervidda from Haukeliseter to Finse. It is about 120 km, and you can hike it in six days from lodge to lodge or pitch your tent where you like.
Check out this and many other routes here
4. Glacier hiking
2534 – that is how many glaciers there are in Norway. Some are thousands of years old and hundreds of meters deep. Glaciers consist of layers of snow that are compressed into ice over a long time. In Norway, as in the rest of the world, temperatures are rising due to climate change, and the glaciers are slowly melting. Glacier ice is always on the move and is strong enough to shape the Earth. It was the Ice Age glaciers that carved out Norway’s characteristic fjords, valleys, and steep mountainsides.
A mesmerizing experience is to explore the blue ice formations with a local guide. One of the closets glaciers to the conference location is Folgefonna you can book a tour with a guide to go blue ice hiking with all equipment provided. Or go on a glacier kayaking trip on the emerald green glacier water surrounded by ice. Folgefonna is also a summer ski destination, so if you feel like skiing on the glacier, that is also an opportunity.
Due to the glacier’s deep crevasses, avalanches, and the constant and unpredictable movement of ice blocks, you must never go out on a glacier on your own. With professional guides and equipment to ensure your safety, hiking on a glacier in Norway is an unforgettable adventure.
VEKO rafting – photo by Kaisa Tiivel
VEKO cliff diving – photo by Carl van den Boom
VEKO skiing – photo by Yrjan Olsnes
VEKO consert – photo by Kristian Jøndal