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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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Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Sweden

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

DURATION

6 nights

LOCATION

Sweden

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 days off work

SEASON

Jan-Mar

GROUP SIZE

Up to 7 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

Learn tour skating on the moonlit Lake Orsa and warm up with a traditional Swedish sauna before an invigorating roll in the snow

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    Suzanne, March 2022

    Fantastic adventure with great guides

    Suzanne, March 2022

    Fantastic adventure with great guides

    Georgiana, March 2022

    Incredible experience on the Backcountry Skiing in Sweden trip. Our guides, Thomas and Rob, were super fun, highly professional and were so skilled in all things outdoors. We had a great time skiing, Nordic skating and even digging our own snow bivouacs for the night! Couldn’t recommend the adventure more!

    Georgiana, March 2022

    Incredible experience on the Backcountry Skiing in Sweden trip. Our guides, Thomas and Rob, were super fun, highly professional and were so skilled in all things outdoors. We had a great time skiing, Nordic skating and even digging our own snow bivouacs for the night! Couldn’t recommend the adventure more!

    Olivia, March 2022

    I really loved the trip, we got to experience so much in a short time and have some incredible experiences like ice skating over a frozen lake, back country skiing and digging our own ski bivvies and sleeping in them which was incredible. The guides Thomas and Rob were also really great and really made the experience. The whole trip was great and I would do it all again!

    Luke, March 2022

    A fantastic trip in good company, Thomas and Rob were gracious hosts and guides. Skating over a frozen lake was the definite highlight of the trip. Unfortunately un-forecasted bad weather curtailed our skiing expedition, but we got to dig, and sleep in, snow caves instead; which was great, and surprisingly cosy, experience.

    Nicola, February 2022

    Loved this introduction to Nordic skiing and winter camping. Thomas & team do a fantastic job of tailoring trips to the level of adventure the group are looking for and provide great kit and delicious food. Dalarna is stunningly beautiful in winter. Thanks Thomas, Rob & Helena!

    David, January 2022

    I had a wonderful time on this trip and would highly recommend it. The local guides were excellent, and the group as a whole was great fun to be part of. The hightlight for me was definitely a 3 day trip up into Fulufjället National Park, spectacular scenery and a great experience camping and staying in the mountain cabin.

    Karen, January 2022

    I can't recommend this trip highly enough. I had never skied before, but it was not a problem. The local host "Do The North" are a fantastic company. Thomas & Rob are friendly, experienced, and skilled at matching the trip to the forecasted weather. I'll definitely be booking the kayaking trip with Do The North next!

    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

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Mora Train Station

    19.30 on Day 1

    Ends

    Mora train station

    12.00 on Day 7

    Transfers

    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. - 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.

    From Stockholm Västerås. Take the local bus to Vasteras city and then train to Mora, 20 mins + 3 hrs.

    Day 1

    Cabin · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 4

    Cabin · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 5

    Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 6

    Cabin · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 7

    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 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 it’s quite late in the evening. You'll settle in and enjoy getting to know the group over dinner.

    Day 2

    Explore your winter playground

    Today is all about getting a feel for snow, trying out your gear and getting used to moving in the outdoors during winter. You want to be sure that everything is just right before heading off on longer journeys. You’ll try out all your kit and start out with a walk through the forest, learning about winter conditions and how to best adapt your clothing layers to high and low intensity.

    After lunch you get to take your first steps on touring skis, slow and easy, feeling them out and learning techniques for spending a few hours each day skiing. Darkness falls quite early this far north and you'll put on your head lights to also go for an evening skate on lake Orsa. Now you’re all set for longer adventures.

    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 3

    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 4

    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 5

    Fulufjället National Park

    With the group feeling pretty confident on their skis you'll head off today for a two-day excursion 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.

    You’ll spend the night either in a mountain cabin, tent, or preferably - a bivouac of your own making if the conditions are right. Each group member will pull a small sled with all the gear needed to comfortably stay one night outdoors in subzero temperatures.

    After the initial ascent, you spend a few hours skiing across the vast alpine plateau. By late afternoon it’s time to set up camp, cook dinner and simply enjoy this amazing place. The solitude up here and the sounds of the wind sweeping across the plains are hard to describe in words.

    Day 6

    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.

    You’ll take your time descending to the valley, downhill is indeed the trickier part of tour skiing. It's a 2 hour drive back from the base cabin. Enjoy a final dinner with the group and take one last sauna.

    Day 7

    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.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    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

    Fjällräven shell clothing, beanie & gloves

    Payable Before Departure

    Fjällräven shell clothing, beanie & gloves

    Per Person

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 219kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    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.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, 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.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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