How are we
Hornelen Via Ferrata is a company founded in the spring of 2023, but the seed was sown long before this. The idea was conceived several years earlier and panted in the local community, with a desire to create a destination around the iconic Hornelen. Now this is finally becoming reality, with help from local tourism oeprators, investors and the municipality. We believe that Nordfjord is some of the most varied and beautiful that Norway has to offer, and that Hornelen is unique also here. Our wish is for the activities to contribute to a vibrant local community which uses the beautiful nature we surround ourselves with.
As local inhabitants and a national tour operator, sustainability is a priority, especially concerning preserving the nature and our fjord. We have built the route and trail to make as little impact as possible, both physically and visually. The Leave No Trace principals are important to us, and all our guests are obligated to follow these on tour with us. This is to protect the experience for future generations.
The climbing sport is growing fast in recent years, and boudlering has almost become a national sport. We see that more and more people are taking the step from indoor to outdoor climbing, and we believe even more people want to make this transition! Via Ferrata is a safe way to experience the adrenaline, accomplisment and the airy feeling of outdoor climbing. We hope and beleive that a trip up Hornelen Via Ferrata will contribute to more people getting bitten by the climbing bug and hereby opening doors into the great climbing environment we have in Norway.
Our fantastic team
Our supreme project team are working day and night to finalize the experiences we want to take you on this summer.
Rogier van Oorschot
Founder, CEO & guide
Rogier is the visionary and founder behind Hornelen Via Ferrata, as well as Chief Executive Officer and guide. As a driving force behind the project for several years, he is working to attract more visitors to this hidden gem in Fjord-Norway and to Nordfjord in general. He is very much looking forward to the grand opening, and to receive all visiting mountaingoats from near and far.
Stijn van Oorschot
COO and guide
Stijn is COO is guide. Raised in the area and with experience from outdoor tourism, he provides valuable local knowledge, stories and passion for nature and climbing. Additionally, he studies at the Norwegian School of Economics, and is making sure the number stay in the black. Openingday is approaching, and he is looking forward to taking the first customers on what he believes is the most spectacular Via Ferrata in all of Norway.
Project employee and guide
Lea is project employee and guide. With education from outdoor life, culture and nature guiding, she brings a lot of valuable knowledge about climbing, safety and equipment to the table. As the skilled climber she is, her love for outdoor life and the wild nature in Nordfjord, is big. She is looking forward to bringing the project to life and to share the experiences with you.