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Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Sweden

Take in the sublime Swedish winter on skis and learn to skate across frozen lakes

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Adventures / Sub Zero

Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Sweden

Take in the sublime Swedish winter on skis and learn to skate across frozen lakes

DURATION

5 nights

LOCATION

Sweden

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 days off work

SEASON

February

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Västerås

ACCOMMODATION

Cabin · Mountain hut

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No previous skiing or skating experience required, but you'll need reasonable fitness to enjoy the adventure to the full.

Experience the magic of the Swedish Winter as you glide through the silent snow-clad landscape of forests and fells.

Put on your cross-country skis and head across a vast mountain plateau of the Fulufjället National Park.

Step out onto Lake Orsa to learn tour skating. Flying across the frozen lake, hearing the otherwordly sounds of the ice, is truly awe-inspiring.

Included

Guides

You'll have two expert ski-touring and skating guides to help you master the techniques of cross-country skiiing.

Accommodation

Sleep in a rural cabin with sauna nearby

Meals

Munch on hearty, warming Swedish food throughout

Equipment

Top quality gear – touring skis and ski boots, touring skates

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Västerås (Airport or Train Station)

15:30-16:00 on Day 1

Ends

Västerås (Airport, Train Station or Hotel)

16:30 on Day 6

Transfers

You have a few of options for pickup on Day 1 depending on when you arrive.

  • Västerås Airport 15.30
  • Västerås Train Station: 16.00
  • Mora Train Station 18.30-19.30

On Day 6, your drop-off options are as follows:

  • Mora train station 13.00-13.30
  • Västerås: train station or any hotel/hostel/airbnb 16.30-17.30

There is time to catch a late flight out from Stockholm Arlanda, or stay the night somewhere close to your place of departure.

Travel options

From Stockholm Arlanda - take the train from the airport to Mora: it takes 3 hrs 25 mins. Alternatively, you can take 1 hr 25 min train to Västerås for 15.30 -16.00 pick-up at the train station.

If combining with a visit to Stockholm take the Arlanda Express to the city, 20 mins. Then take the train from either from Stockholm Central to Mora, 3 hrs 45 mins. Or to Västerås, 55 mins.

From Stockholm Västerås. You can be picked up directly from the airport at 15:10 on Day 1. Returning flight on Wednesday only. Stay the night in Västerås and use local transportation or taxi to reach airport.

From the UK - it's possible to fly on Day 1 and fly out on Day 6 via Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It may be better to take a train to and from Mora if you go for this option.

If you’re flying Ryanair from London to Vasteras it’s possible to fly in the same day, but the last day you will need to spend the night in Vasteras and fly out the following day.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

You'll be feasting on delicious food prepared from scratch. Every morning you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for the day. Packed lunches out on the trails might include warm soup in a thermos with bread, or your host may cook up a pasta dish on a Trangia stove. Back at base you'll cook reviving stews for dinner together.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be accommodated on the trip.

What is the accommodation like?

Lake Orsa

You'll spend 4 or 5 nights accommodation in a beautiful remote cottage just 10 minutes from Lake Orsa.

Fulufjället National Park

You'll spend one night in a Mountain Hut

Upgrades

Due to the remote nature of the accommodation on this trip, it is not possible to upgrade to a solo room.

Day 1

Head for your base by Lake Orsa

The trip begins as you head to your base near Lake Orsa, in the Lowlands. This is where you'll spend the week, however your Scandanavian winter playground is spread across a range of locations. You'll explore the nature reserves at Koppången and Anjosvarden which are semi-high altitudes and the alpine plateau of Fulufjället National Park. The exact location for each day will depend on the weather and snow conditions.

When you arrive to the cabin, you'll settle in, enjoy getting to know the group over dinner and get kitted out in all your winter gear. A sauna is the perfect way to end the day. As per Swedish tradition, you can run out of the sauna, roll around in the snow, and then head back into the warmth again. A highly optional invigoration shock to the system!

Day 2

Koppången Nature Reserve

Koppången is a stunning open landscape of snow-covered frozen mires and sparse trees, surrounded by deep boreal forests with tall ancient pines. It's the ideal place to take your first steps on touring skis with small variations in altitude. You'll stop for a packed lunch and hot drink at the “fäbod” in Blomtäkt, a log cabin from the late 1700s.

You may find and follow prints of lynx, wolf, wolverine, moose, red fox and grouse. If really lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of some of these animals.

Day 3

Anjosvarden Nature Reserve

Today you'll drive further north to the Anjosvarden nature reserve, a true wilderness, that is sometimes called Sweden’s most southern alpine mountain peak. The journey towards the peak offers some steeper inclines, but mostly quite flat terrain over frozen mires.

Once at the top you'll enjoy lunch at the log shelter and if the weather is clear, you get a beautiful view of the Transtrand and Fulufjället mountains to the west.

The base cabin is very close to the lake, and some evenings you can head out for a sunset or moonlight skate.

Day 4

Fulufjället National Park

With the group feeling pretty confident on their skis you'll head off today for a two day excursion to a mountain cabin on Fulufjället, close to the Norwegian border. The skis have built-in “skins”, which gives them a good grip when going uphill and it’s surprisingly easy, but strenuous.

After a few hours of skiing you reach the mountain cabin, light a warming fire and settle in for the night. The solitude up here and the sounds of the wind sweeping past our windows is hard to describe in words. Sometimes dogsledding expeditions make it here and we may share our rustic abode with a few more folks. We fall asleep to the huskies howling into the dark winter night.

Day 5

Back to base

Wake up with the stunning views of the expansive plateau. These are true alpine conditions, white as far as the eye can see, no trees and an amazing vista of the lowlands spreading out below.

It's time to head back down: take your time skiing back down to the valley, and then return to base. It's a 2 hour drive back from Lake Orsa Fulufjället. Enjoy a final dinner with the group and take one last sauna.

Day 6

Time to head home

Wake up for the last time in your Swedish paradise, squeeze in a final skate if there is time, and after a hearty breakfast begin the journey home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's Included

Top quality skiing and skating equipment

What can you hire?

Fjällräven shell clothing, beanie & gloves are available for hire. See Optional Extras for costs.

What you need to bring

  • Shell clothing for wintertime (or available to hire)
  • Beanie & gloves
  • Base layers for skiing
  • Day pack
  • Warm sweater
  • Wool socks
  • Shoes for winter
  • Cozy clothing for cabin chill time
  • Towel (and swimwear for sauna)
  • Sunglasses, sun block & toiletries
  • Camera/phone

You don’t need any prior skiing or skating experience. Backcountry-skiing is pretty much like 'hiking on skis' using traditional Nordic skis. What can be difficult is downhill and your host will adjust where you go depending on the skill and comfort level of the group. They will also bring snow shoes, so if you're finding the descent difficult on skis you can just walk instead. Nothing is speedy, so it works just as well to walk.

For fitness - provided you're fit enough to hike for a few hours with breaks you'll be fine on this trip.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Normal temperatures are around -5 to -12'C, but with the right gear you'll be very comfortable - especially as you're keeping active as you ski.

Flying across frozen lakes on touring skates is one of the best feelings winter has to offer. Yet so few outside of Scandinavia ever get the chance to experience it. There is a reason – Nordic skating requires 'perfect' conditions. The ice has to be thick enough, but it cannot be covered with snow. It also takes a bit of practise to be able to move fast.

The ice on Lake Orsa will definitely be very thick, but it may be snow-covered. However, the local skating club plows a long wide track on the ice. It’s not the same as glistening clear ice, but the surroundings are very beautiful in their own right. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, so this will be an introduction to Nordic Skating. We may also be lucky and the snow has melted away, the lake is at a much lower altitude than out locations for skiing, so it’s certainly possible.

Skating does take a little bit of practice if you wish to go fast. On this trip you'll get the opportunity to play around on the skates and get comfortable moving on them with the help of your experienced guide.

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

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All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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