“Climbing Ravnfloget has been a dream for many people. This rugged mountain was once a lofty playground accessible only to sea eagles and ravens, hence the name.” Today, the Ravnfloget Via Ferrata, a spectacular climbing trail, will take you to the summit of Ravnfloget. The mountain is situated on the western side of the island of Vega.
The Sundsvoll recreation area
We start our excursion at the Sundsvoll parking lot. After a half-hour walk on a trail through the beautiful landscape and an ascent up to 100 metres on the Vega Stairs, we reach the base of the Ravnfloget Via Ferrata. This climbing route will take us 225 metres straight up the cliff. A via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a climbing route where you secure yourself by a harness to a cable bolted to the mountainside.
This via ferrata actually has two climbing routes of varying difficulty – one green and one black – and they merge halfway up the mountain. The climb to the top takes about an hour and a half.
A spectacular climb to the summit
Along the via ferrata route are two viewpoints that are ideal for a short break, the perfect chance to savour the magnificent view while reenergising on the snacks and refreshments you have brought.
Please note that the via ferrata requires an experienced guide and climbing equipment. The climb is an exciting challenge physically as well as mentally, but most people have what it takes to embrace an adventure on this well-secured trail.
An airy and exciting conclusion
The via ferrata route ends at the Nepal Bridge, on which you walk on a tightrope stretched across a mountain chasm. If you’re yearning for a challenge, this “bridge” may well be the highlight of your excursion. If you would rather avoid the vertigo, just follow the trail for the final stretch to the top.
The Vega Stairs
You can also ascend Ravnfloget via the Vega Stairs, a rocky path and 2000 steps that requires neither climbing equipment nor guide. From the parking lot, just follow the path for about 400 metres to the first ascending steps. As you climb the Vega Stairs, you will pass a huge boulder, several sculptures, and numerous places where you can take a break for a snack and enjoy the view. The final stretch winds along just below the via ferrata and into a crevasse. The summit soon greets you with a stunning panorama of the Vega archipelago and view of the island of Søla.
Whether you don a harness and take a guided climb up the via ferrata or ascend the Vega Stairs on your own, Ravnfloget and the view from the summit is a must-see experience.