Åsengjuvet Rafting, Norway, Aug. 27, 2022

Tony Crocker

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I figured Norway would surely have some interesting whitewater. A Google search before we left home led me to Go Sjoa Rafting.

I wondered if we would need dry suits as on Six Mile Creek in Alaska, but fortunately the Sjoa River is not fed by glaciers and water temps were mid-50's, not so different from some Sierra rivers. Weather was nice too, which it had not been the prior two days in Norway's Sognefjord region.

They had a photgrapher in a kayak who got some good shots, starting here:
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I'm in yellow helmet in front and Liz is in white helmet in the middle.

We took a break for the "swim test."
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Åseng Gorge is rated Class III and IV. There are only a few Class IV's, but many of the class III's are quite long and you would not want to go for a long swim in the wide but fairly shallow river. River flow was 1,050cfs. The photographer concentrated on the larger drops.
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This one was our biggest splash.
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We had another short break by this side waterfall.
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One of the last rapids:
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No one fell out of our raft but two of the other four rafts had swimmers.
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Most of the customers were with an Oslo construction company weekend outing.

Driving away we got a good look into the gorge from the road.
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Go Rafting Sjoa is a very well run operation. Our guide Sam had been on a couple of Sierra rivers. Sjoa was a just a slight detour on our driving between the Sognefjord region and Alesund farther north. The most direct route there from Oslo is 3.5 hours via Lillehammer. We have spent a week driving more obscure roads through the fjords and mountains. It will take quite awhile to go through those pictures.
 
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jamesdeluxe

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Great pix. I always wonder how a guide feels when one of his passengers falls in during a Class IV stretch.

Much better to be in Norway than in SoCal right now.
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