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Visit Hol­menkollen

Win­ter sports, and ski­ing in par­tic­u­lar, are Nor­we­gians’ pride and joy. In ad­di­tion to the down­hill and cross-coun­try kinds of ski­ing that most peo­ple can have a crack at, there’s the more daunt­ing ski jump­ing sport, which dif­fers a lot from the tiny jump

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Ski jump­ing is a mas­sive sport, where the ath­letes quite lit­er­ally soar through the air wear­ing only skis, a jump­ing suit, a hel­met and gog­gles for pro­tec­tion. Ski jump tow­ers them­selves are a work of ar­chi­tec­tural art, and if you want to see for your­self just how high up the ath­letes start their runs, head to Hol­menkollen, Nor­way’s most fa­mous jump tower.

Hol­menkol­len­ski jump was first con­structed in 1892 out of trees and branches, and the jumpers would reach be­tween 15 and 21 me­tres. Since then, it has been re­built 19 times and been used for Olympic Games (in 1952) and mul­ti­ple World Cups and cham­pi­onships, and to­day’s jump tower is one of the most iconic sports venues in Nor­way. It’s the only steel jump in the world, and the cur­rent record of the long­est jump is 144 me­tres, set by Nor­we­gian jumper Robert Jo­hans­son in 2019. Hol­menkollen is also a venue for other win­ter sports, such as slalom, cross-coun­try ski­ing and biathlon tour­na­ments, and the roar of the Hol­menkollen crowd is so leg­endary it’s got a name of its own, Kol­len­brølet (‘the Kollen roar’).

The jump tower is open to the public ev­ery day, and if you’re feel­ing ex­tra brave you can use a zi­pline to get from the top and straight back down to the bot­tom of the hill (open be­tween March and Oc­to­ber). The Hol­menkollen mu­seum is lo­cated at the foot of the jump tower, and there’s even a ski sim­u­la­tor for those who’d like a risk-free glimpse into what an ac­tual jump feels like.

Metro #1 stops at Hol­menkollen.

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© Michael Ankes

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