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Loen Active

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hmartfitch wrote a review Sep 2019
Gaylord, Michigan26 contributions5 helpful votes
First, a review for Loen Active. We did the Via Ferrata on our own, so I don't have a lot to say about the company. We brought some equipment with us, but had to rent helmets and official Loen Active lanyards. I felt that the prices they charged were pretty fair and the gals who helped us at the beginning with getting our equipment and at the end during the return were kind and helpful. Note: rent climbing shoes. You will definitely need them. Now a review for the actual Via Ferrata. I had zero climbing experience and, while I'm not over weight, I'm not very in shape either. My husband is very fit and has climbing experience, so after reading some reviews about other's experiences with guides, he decided that we could do it on our own. You absolutely can as long as you or someone with you has a little climbing knowledge. The hike up to the clip-in platform is quite rigorous. My husband even found it tiring. You're on a constant steep incline or climbing stairs for a straight hour. Much more physically demanding than the actual rock climbing, which I found more mentally exhausting. When you get to the test run of the Via Ferrata, note that this small section is the easiest that it will be. If you struggle with this area, TURN AROUND. It gets WAY harder. And once you start up the Via Ferrata, there is no turning around. For any of you without climbing experience, this is a difficult via Ferrata. My husband expected lots of built in hand/foot holds/ladders on the sheer sections for me. That was not the case. There were maybe 15 rungs put in the entire way up. (I wore hiking shoes because he expected it to be an overall easier experience, but that was a huge mistake. They were too clunky.) He had to pull me up in 2 spots where the difficulty level is a C. The B/C sections were also extremely difficult for me. I enjoyed about 75% of this experience, but the 25% that was rough was absolutely horrible simply because I was in over my head. Do not go into this experience blind. While I did complete the via Ferrata, it was grueling for me. My husband loved it. Be aware that it's quite difficult!
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Date of experience: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
Justin R wrote a review Aug 2019
Lino Lakes, Minnesota248 contributions59 helpful votes
I almost need two reviews here. One for the Active Loen guides and one for the Via Ferrata. First the guides were great! I was the only one in our group that couldn’t speak Norwegian and one of the guides was always willing to explain to just me what was going on and what I needed to do. They gave me several tips and pointers along the way to help me successfully make it up the mountain. My one complaint about Leon Active is that I had booked the zip line but once I was there I was told it was closed with no explanation. That was one of the things I was most looking forward to. Second for the Via Ferrata itself. Maybe it was because I had spent the last 3 days hiking and doing lots of walking but I found the Via Ferrata much more challenge than I had thought. I was thinking there would be more of the rebar in the mountain to help you up and that there would be more bridges, there are only two. With all of that I had a hard time in certain spots, and I’m considered in pretty good shape. I would do your research on what to expect before you try this. Overall I was happy I did and and was able to reach the top so it was rewarding in the end.
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Date of experience: July 2019
Myriam G wrote a review Aug 2019
2 contributions4 helpful votes
I did the Via Ferrata with Loen Active and was quite disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the via ferrata itself is amazing! But I would definitly recommend you to do it rather on your own than with activeloen. The guides seemed not amused once they noticed that I cannot speak norvegian, so I only got the very minimum of information, and sometimes even not that. They made two groups, one of 10 (which I could not join, I did not understand why, but got the feeling that it was because they did not want to speak english) and one of about 40 people. That was just a too big group!! We (the last people of the group) had to wait for over an hour until we could actually move further and this on different spots! Long long time waiting and unmotivated guides for over 1000 krona is just too expensive.
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Date of experience: August 2019
3 Helpful votes
Kelly S wrote a review Jul 2019
6 contributions4 helpful votes
I had an amazing time doing the via ferrata, but I think how much you'll enjoy it depends on what you're expecting. If you think you're going to have lots of one-on-one guidance or coaching, you likely won't, but that doesn't mean the guides won't be helpful if needed. I was in the middle of a two-week solo trip through Norway and decided to try the via ferrata experience with Active Loen to change up my routine from daily hiking and try something new. I have zero climbing experience, but figured I could get through! Someone else mentioned in a review that they didn't feel that they got a lot of guidance when they first arrived at the shop, with putting on the harness, etc. I think that's probably because he just didn't ASK anyone for help. I arrived and had no idea where to go or what to do - and it's true that things are labeled as far as what you need to do upon arrival, how to pick out your harness and helmet, etc - but I just found a young woman in a Loen Active shirt and asked her. She was one of the guides and was EXTREMELY helpful. She showed me how to put on the harness, pick a helmet, and looked at my hiking boots and advised me to rent a pair of their climbing shoes instead, which I hadn't been planning on doing. However, her advice clearly was coming from a good place and not just trying to get more money out of me - since I had never climbed before, she said the smaller, closer contact climbing shoes would be a huge help in getting me across some of the sheer rock where we'd have to find tiny footholds.**NOTE: RENT THE SHOES! While the paperwork you'll get says you can use hiking boots, trust me, you will be SO thankful for getting the climbing shoes instead. I don't think I could have done the climb in my boots, or at least would not have been able to have such a fun experience** In any case, while maybe the initial getting groups in order seemed disorganized, I think if you have questions, just don't be afraid to ask, because I felt very supported by the employees. After getting sorted into smaller groups, we set out to the via ferrata. As others mention, you have about an hour's hike to get to where the climbing actually begins. But it's not rough going and, while steep in places, is good for getting you warmed up for the climbing portions! For probably the first few sections of climb, there was tons of waiting around. There were multiple groups and until everyone got pretty comfortable using the climbing gear, things just moved VERY slowly. That was sort of annoying, but in no way the fault of the company or guides. And the wait times thinned out about halfway through and I was able to move rather freely. This via ferrata system is almost all climbing. Not a ton of steps into the mountain like I think a lot of classic via ferrata systems. So you're mostly relying on your ability to find footholds along the rock faces - it's much more like actual rock climbing than anything else, but you do have the cables to rely on for pulling yourself up as needed. At one portion in the climb, you can choose to break off and do a very difficult portion, or continue with the mildly difficult. I did not do the hardest option, and heard it was VERY challenging and required real climbing skills. Even the "milder" split that I did was a challenge in itself, so I'm glad I didn't opt for the harder path! The suspension bride you see in all the photos was SO much fun. Then you're able to have a break and some lunch at the platform on the other side of the bridge before continuing on the final hour or so of the climb. The final portion was a lot of fun and moved pretty freely as we were all far more comfortable with how the system worked. There is a final "bridge" to cross that is simply a cable to tightrope walk across - with a cable on each side of your arms to hook your harness to, of course - and THAT was a fun challenge! If you're not up for it, there IS a secondary option of climbing around that portion. Overall, our trip took about 6-7 hours, though a lot of that was due to waiting in the beginning. I felt the guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and encouraging. It was a GREAT experience and one I would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting the area!
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Review collected in partnership with VisitNorway.com
Date of experience: July 2019
2 Helpful votes
ilan270 wrote a review Jun 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel9 contributions
We stayed for one night half board The price was over 400 U.S. $ The room was with nice view of the fiord the pool and the jacuzzi are very good The bathroom was very small You can hardly move the dinner buffet you have to stand in a long line food including breakfast is not suitable for such an hotel and not according the price you pay To summarize good hotel but very much over priced it’s not we expected from such hotel
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Date of experience: June 2019