With snow capped mountains providing an atmospheric backdrop to match the sight of falling parachutes from real sky divers, we headed into this wind tunnel experience… the first sight is impressive as the timber clad building has clearly been well designed and no expense spared on the quality of the finish outside and inside. The company was founded back in 2007, but really only launched its first sky divers in 2012… it clearly has the backing of the locals as it was jam packed during our visit and they’ve clearly got some good partners in Kari Traa and Bula…
With a minimum age of 5, it really is perfect for families like ours, but equally good for corporate team building or just mates wanting to have fun together. The whole atmosphere is uber cool, the instructors looked something like the surfers/skydivers from ‘Point Break’ with serious cool factor… thats a nod to you Derek & Bart!
Apparently sky diving is for everyone, and we can vouch for that as this was our first time…. the amount of tunnel time for us only lasted 10mins but the whole experience from instruction beforehand to debrief afterwards lasted almost 2hrs on a sweltering hot May day….
So how does it work? We didn’t know so we asked… here was the reply “ Voss Vind is Norway’s only vertical wind tunnel with tempered air circulation”.. so what does that mean to me and you… well it means it has a pretty much 100% safety built in to the design. Protected above and below you in the 98ft chamber (although you only fly some 14ft high at the max) with a 1608 bhp engine to power it!
"So whose the oldest and youngest to have flown" asked Lottie - well apparently a 93yr old made a better effort than Dady by all accounts, whilst the 5yr old before us made the whole thing look surprisingly easy.
Look its not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to test yourselves and challenge what you think you can or can’t do… you’d do worse than to try this… And perhaps what made the experience for us was the team of instructors who brought it all to life…. in fact our instructor had to leave just before the end as he was sky diving that night…at the local drop point on top of the hill overlooking Voss Vind
So as his plane roared overhead as we sat outside… both girls asked that dreaded question…. “how old to you have to be to do a tandem sky dive Daddy….”
Well we’ve really gone and done it now haven’t we!!!??
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