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New attraction in Norway: This stairway to heaven leads to many weak knees

New attraction in Norway: This stairway to heaven leads to many weak knees

“It makes most people weak in the knees”: Stigol in Norway.

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One of Norway's best views offers a new floating attraction – but to experience the spectacle, the daring must climb a ladder suspended 790 meters above the fjord.

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  • In Lwyn, Norway, a new 40-metre staircase (“the Stigl”) has 120 steps and floats 790 meters above the fjord.
  • “It's like people are floating in the air,” says Per Helge Boe, COO of Loen Active.
  • The ladder is part of a popular climbing route Via Ferrata LewinWhich also includes an amazing suspension bridge.
  • It offers stunning views of the Jostedalsbreen glacier, majestic mountains and blue fjords.
  • Climbers are secured by carabiners.

This view does not exist in a vacuum: in the Norwegian village of Lwyn, you can now climb new heights, rung by rung. An extension of the famous Via Ferrata climbing route is the newly opened Stigul Ladder.

It is 40 meters high, has 120 steps, and has a slope of 45 degrees, and rises about 790 meters above a fjord in the northwest of the country. Outdoor enthusiasts are thrilled.

“It makes most people weak in the knees,” Per Helge Boe, the man behind the ladder, says in an interview. CNN Travel to.

Looking out from the nearby Gjølmunne suspension bridge, “it looks like people are floating in the air,” says the operations manager of Loen Active, the company behind this bridge and other outdoor activities in and around Loen. The village in the heart of the Nordfjord is famous for its amazing landscape.

The latest attraction for adrenaline junkies

COO Eric Brendevoir speaks in an interview with “Mirror” On Stiegel’s challenges: “The ladder moves, you have to get used to it for a while at first. Of course you have to have a desire for heights, but this is great. It's like floating in the air. In addition to the wonderful view of the valleys, mountains and surrounding waters all the way to the Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in Europe.”

As part of the comprehensive program, The Ladder is the latest addition to Loen's scene for adrenaline junkies Via the Via Ferrata climbing route From the village. Via Ferrata, which translates from Italian as “iron path”, is a term referring to mountaineering routes that use steel cables and fixed ladders to support climbers.

A cable car leads to the valley

The Stigul Ladder is only accessible to those who have partially climbed the Via Ferrata to the top of Mount Hoven. So you're already high even when you start climbing the ladder.

250 steps lead to the top.
250 steps lead to the top.

Joachim Neumayer/Lewin Active

Pretty scary – but if you can handle the dizzying heights, as Bø promises, the views are worth it:

Blue water surrounded by mountains and clouds. And if you dare to look, you can enjoy the stunning scenery with its sparkling fjord, majestic peaks, massive rock face and narrow strait right next to it.

If you finally climb to the top of Mt Hofn, the local 1,011-metre-high Loen mountain, you'll also find a restaurant and a cable car that takes you back to the valley in just five minutes.

“The feeling of accomplishment is tremendous.”

The mountain attracts about 10,000 climbers every year. Via Ferrata Loen offers four routes, all of which can be completed with normal fitness. “We definitely recommend that beginners be accompanied by a guide,” Brendevor says.

Operations Director Per Helge Boe says:
“It's not particularly demanding,” says operations manager Per Helge Boe.

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Although stairs seem intimidating, Bo says they're suitable for anyone with a decent level of fitness and are “not particularly demanding.”

And: “Climbing the stairs itself is not difficult, but the exposure and sense of accomplishment you feel while climbing up there are enormous.”

There are several safety measures in place for those taking the Via Ferrata: “When climbing the Via Ferrata Loen, including Stegol, you are securely attached to a wire rope,” explains Bo.

Steep mountain railways, ziplines and hiking trails

Bo hopes that the staircase, which was built on the mountain within a week, will become a major attraction in the Nordfjord region in the summer of 2024.

The suspension staircase is also part of the Norwegian Via Ferrata.
The suspension staircase is also part of the Norwegian Via Ferrata.

Turgus color

From Oslo, Lwin can be reached in about six hours by car. Some visitors choose to arrive by plane or helicopter. There are two hotels, apartments and several camping options available in the city.

People come not only for the gorgeous mountains and via ferrata, but also to fish, kayak or stand up paddle board.

“If you don't want to climb with us, you can take one of the world's steepest cable cars to Hofn,” Brendevor explains. “There's a restaurant at the top, two ziplines, and hiking trails for those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground.”

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