61° 36’ 57.18” N – 12° 3’ 6.74” E
Swim down the waterfall
The safety briefing is rigorous and everyone gets to swim. Down in the Røa gully, the action is intense. The guides find the most fabulous route. You flow with the current, hop between stones, rappel down cliffs, slide on wet, flat rocks and slide around outside the waterfall. Calm sections are intertwined with fast-paced action that may force you to conquer your fear and do something you never dared to do before. But, down in the bully, curiosity drives you on since this is an exciting nature environment that you would never otherwise find yourself in.
Canyoning means that you follow the path of the water along a canyon by using various outdoor techniques: hiking, climbing, jumping, rappelling and swimming. Canyoning does not require any direct prior knowledge, but the sport does emphasise dexterity and controlled courage. As a participant, you wear a wetsuit, gloves, helmet, lifejacket and climbing harness. All canyoning requires a guide.
Canyoning comes from the Alps and best done in Norway, since that's where the most and most appropriate canyons are found. Røa has five waterfall thresholds with drops of up to eighteen metres. But, you won't have to jump so high. You will have to be satisfied with six to twelve metres. If you should chicken out, there is almost always a gentler detour. Few outdoor sports serve up as many and as varied challenges as canyoning. Canyoning is joy of living in concentrated form.
Canyoning in Røa is organised by Villmarkskompaniet in northern Trysil and Nordäventyr in southern Idre. If it's a Sunday in July between 11:00 and 16:00, you can also visit Marikroken Seter, which is situated along the Røa brook – a traditional hut with rømmesoll (sour cream), skjørost (cottage cheese) and homemade stomp (sourdough bread) on the menu.
Follow E6 to Hamar. Continue on route 25 west to Nybergsund (90 km). Follow route 26 north to Røa (44 km). Head east towards Røa Falls (2 km).
No 47 CANYONING / RØA FALLS
GOOD TO KNOW
- Activity: Canyoning
- Location: Røa Falls, Norway
- Season: June-August
- Degree of difficulty: Age limits vary with the different event organisers; see links.
- Other facts: Canyoning, known in Norwegian as juving (juv=ravine), originated in the southern Alps. Today, it is practiced around the whole world. A big dose of courage and physical strength makes the adventure easier.
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