Snow spots

Hardangervidda

Directions

It does not get any better than this! The home to Star Wars planet Hoth and Red Bull Ragnarok, this is one of the best places to snow kite in the world.
The mountain road RV7 crosses over the plateau. From this road, you have access to over 3,422 km2 of fantastic snowkiting terrain.

Spots
The guys at Haugastøl have worked hard to provide great guides to snowkiting on Hardangervidda:

An intro to snowkiting on Hardangervidda:
www.haugastol.no/en/snowkiting
An excellent guide to all the kite spots along RV7:
www.haugastol.no/en/spots
An interactive map of all the kite spots along RV7:
www.haugastol.no/en/spot-map
They even have an app with readings from weather stations:
Haugastøl Wind Meter App

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Folgefonna

Directions

How about snow kiting in the summer? There is a summer ski resort on the Folgefonna glacier. From the top of the lift it is possible to kite.
www.folgefonn.no

Wind
If the forecast winds are light and the weather in the valley is warm, then there will be a fall wind coming off the glacier and running down into the valley. From the lift this will be a south wind. It is possible to kite this wind, but you will struggle to go up wind up hill. The ideal wind would be a strong north wind that would over power the fall wind and allow you to easily kite up the glacier.

Beginners
There is plenty of space above the lift, but it is on a slope, so not the greatest place to learn, but not impossible either.

Accommodation
There are several accommodation options in and around Jondal.

Warning and dangers
It is a glacier, so there are crevasses. Don’t stray far from the cross country tracks and don’t go anywhere near the edges of the glacier. Rapid changes in slope angle are the most dangerous places.


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Haukeliseter & E134

Directions

Haukeliseter is a great place to learn and progress. A fantastic place to go from Stavanger for a weekend of kiting. The conditions are not as good as Hardangervidda, but the combined experience of great food, great views, hot tub sauna and a fantastic kiting atmosphere is hard to beat.

Spots
The main kite spot is out on the lake in front of the cabin. But there are many more fantastic spots along the E134. Check out
Asbjørn's fantastic E134 spot guide

Wind
Lighter winds are fairly stable, but medium to strong winds tend to be gusty. NE and SE winds work best. N winds leave the cabin in shadow. However, with a short drive, it is normally possible to find a spot to match the conditions.
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Lyngsheia & Sandvatnet

Directions

A great spot for a day trip. Unfortunately in the last couple of years the conditions at Sandvatnet have not been so good.
If the lake freezes and there is a good snow cover low down, this can be a fantastic place to kite.

Spots
If the road is open, it is possible to drive up to the lake, jump out of the car and kite on the lake. If the barrier is down, then you either have to walk up to the lake, or kite from the barrier. There are some really nice hills around the lake that are kitable.

Wind
Probably works on all wind directions, but will be gusty in medium to strong winds.
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Hunnedalen & Sirdal

Directions

Many great spots for day trips. Peter is the pioneer of snowkiting in Hunnedalen and Sirdal areas. He has created an incredibly detailed guide that was built up from many days of exploration, trial, error and success.

Spots
snowkite.thewaves.de

Wind
All directions. Read the guide to find the best spot for the conditions. Winds can be gusty. Winds can vary greatly from spot to spot and from valley to peak.

Beginners
Some of the spots are good for beginners, but not all, so be sure to check the guide carefully.

Warning and dangers
Some of the spots are vulnerable to avalanche, some to thin ice, cliffs, rocks, etc. Read the guide carefully and always be cautious.


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