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Hut to Hut Winter Expedition in Norway

Swot up on winter survival skills and learn how to traverse the wilderness using traditional Nordic skis

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Adventures / Sub Zero

Hut to Hut Winter Expedition in Norway

Swot up on winter survival skills and learn how to traverse the wilderness using traditional Nordic skis

DURATION
6 nights
LOCATION
Norway
ANNUAL LEAVE
5 days off work
SEASON
Feb-Mar
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
Oslo Gardermoen Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Lodge · Mountain hut
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

No previous skiing experience needed but a good level of fitness is needed.

Carve fresh snow trails through huge, silent forests and enjoy the crunching sound of fresh powder as you go

Learn how to use Nordic skis, the traditional Scandinavian form of transport, while mastering winter navigation and survival skills

Spend your last night doing some heavy-duty stargazing from a wood-fired outdoor hot tub

Included

Guides

Local, professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

4 nights in a traditional mountain lodge, 2 nights in mountain huts

Meals

Enjoy traditional local cuisine and hearty energy-giving camping food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All skiing equipment including Nordic skis, boots, poles and wax

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

14:00 on Day 1

Ends

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

12:00 noon on Day 7

Transfers

You will be picked up by your guide at an agreed meeting spot at the airport on Day 1 and dropped off at the airport on Day 7. If you are tagging on an extra night in Oslo pre or post the trip, you can hop on the airport shuttle train to get back to the airport for collection. The train runs in and out of the city centre every 10 minutes and is a 20 minute journey.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Oslo from airports across Europe and North America.

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

Lodge · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Lodge · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 5

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Lodge · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Thanks to the country’s rich history and well-placed location, Norway has a huge variety of unique and distinctive delicacies. You will prepare your own food while staying at the lodge - it is all included, so the meals will be planned with your guide. In the morning there will be more of a buffet-style breakfast with bread and different cold cuts and cheese, breakfast cereals and some fruit. There will be snacks and hot drinks, of course, including the very local warm blackcurrant syrup, a typical Norwegian winter drink.

While on the expedition, you will eat some of the food you prepared beforehand and also cook some meals from scratch - you will be trying some typical Norwegian dishes and learning how to prepare them in an outdoor/remote setting. Some examples are: homemade bread with cheese, elk sausage and potato pancakes.

Most food requirements can be accommodated, including vegan and vegetarian. Please let your host know your dietary requirements in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Espedalen (start and end of expedition)

You'll start and end the trip at the Ruten Fjellstue, a traditional mountain lodge in Espedalen. It is a truly Norwegian mountain lodge, with history in the walls. Originally part of the Søre Brenden farm in Skåbu, it now sits on top of Espedalen with magnificent views towards Jotunheimen. With a cosy bar this is the perfect spot to start and end your expedition with a beer in hand. You'll stay in a mixed 4-bed room with its own bathroom.

Langsua National Park

While on the expedition, you'll stay in cosy mountain huts. These are basic and have no running water or electricity, but are kept clean and well-maintained. You will be in dorm-style rooms and will cook and eat together in the huts. As is tradition, anyone who shows up at the hut is allowed to stay, so there may the odd occasion when the mattresses need to be moved around to fit more people in. However, as you are staying mid-week, this is very unlikely.

Upgrades

Due to the nature of this trip, there is no option to upgrade to a private room either at the lodge or in the mountain huts.

Day 1

Welcome to Norway

Your adventure begins in Oslo, where your host will scoop you up and drive you 3 hours north to Espedalen Fjellstue, a small town just outside of Langsua National Park. You'll pass through spectacular scenery on the way and the beginnings of sunset mid-afternoon, as is the way in winter. At your mountain lodge, you'll have time to settle in before heading for dinner, where you'll hear more about the expedition ahead.

Day 2

Introduction to Nordic skiing and expedition preparation

Skiing

4hrs

Time to hit the snow! You'll get set up with your skis, boots and poles before heading out to have a go at Nordic skiing. Expect a day full of laughter as you navigate how to steer, brake and balance. You'll be learning on groomed trails - which makes it a little easier going while you get the hang of things. In the afternoon, you'll go through all the equipment you need for the expedition, as well as working out the best clothing layering system.

Day 3

Time to master your technique

Skiing

4hrs

More learning today as you start to negotiate off-trail traversing on your skis. This will be how you'll travel on the expedition: there will be no tracks to follow and you will be crunching through the powder, making them yourselves. Today, you will also learn several useful techniques, including how to do kickturns and switchbacks. In the afternoon, you'll start to prepare some food for the expedition. There will also be time covering how to use a compass and how to read a map in winter.

Day 4

Into the wilderness

Skiing

6hrs · 14km · 270m up · 50m down

You'll have an early start today, to head to Finnbøla where your expedition begins. You'll quickly reach a high mountain plateau where you can see all the way across Langsua National Park. Flanked by mountains and filled with frozen lakes, this is one of Norway's most spectacular national park's and seeing it in winter only adds to the magic. You'll strap on your skis and start to learn how to find the snow-covered trails, as well as learning about the Norwegian 'Right of Way' which leaves the parks open for all to explore. After a good first day of traversing, you'll finally reach your snow-clad mountain hut. But you're not finished yet! Set about melting snow for water, so you can enjoy a hot drink from inside the cosy hut.

Day 5

To the forest!

Skiing

6hrs · 14km · 80m up · 220m down

Your day will begin by descending through a dense birch forest. Winding your way through the fairytale-esque snow-covered trees, you might catch a glimpse of an Arctic hare, or at least its tracks. You'll have to work together, with your fellow adventurers, to carve a trail in the snow and everyone will have a go at navigation. Your hut tonight is in Storhøliseter, part of a farm in the summer. It sits high up in the mountains, with incredible views to enjoy as you watch the sun go down.

Day 6

Final push to the finish line

Skiing

5hrs · 12km · 350m up · 400m down

Your last day out in the wild. Setting off skiing over a small mountain, you'll descend through pine forest and cross a frozen river, before a short stint out uphill again. Today you'll take lunch in the forest, as you set up a campfire to cook on. There'll be some more lessons in wilderness skills as you practise how to make snow-holes and learn about avalanche awareness, before skiing back to the lodge at Ruten Fjellstue. A celebratory meal awaits you there. For anyone keen, there will be time to jump into the outdoor wood-fired hot tub - a great way to reward your legs for their hard work these last few days.

Day 7

Goodbye Langsua and back to Oslo

There'll be some time to relax this morning, before heading back to Oslo for your return 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?

  • Skiing equipment including skis, boots, poles and wax

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
55-65 litre hiking rucksack
Waterproof liner for rucksack or drybags

CLOTHES
Down jacket.
Windproof jacket
Windproof trousers
Breathable wicking layers
Fleece jacket or similar
Thermals (merino is best)
Warm hat
Gloves
Glove liners
Buff or neck scarf
Lightweight trekking trousers/leggings
Lightweight t-shirts
Underwear & socks
Swimwear
Sunglasses with high UV protection.
Ski goggles
Something to sleep in
Shoes for the evenings

SLEEPING
Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
Sleeping bag (3-season, down to 0 degrees comfort)
Travel pillow or pillowcase
Thermarest or sleeping mat

OTHER
Travel plug adapter
Power bank
Passport
Travel insurance documents
Earplugs
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries)
Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry any waste to the huts)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Headtorch or torch
2 x reusable water bottle x1 ltr
Thermos flask
Bowl
Spoon/spork
Energy bars and snacks

OPTIONAL
Compass
Book/Kindle
Cards
Biodegradable wet-wipes
Gaiters Notepad

This trip is designed for those with no previous skiing experience - you should, however, have a good level of fitness and enjoy being in vast winter landscapes and conditions. You will be provided with full tuition on how to ski and should approach this expedition in the same way as you would a long hike. The skis are essentially just your mode of transport to cross the Langsua National Park. The terrain is largely flat, with only a few minor undulations to contend with, so you are not skiing in the traditional sense. There is very little downhill and if you feel uncomfortable on these small sections, you can always remove your skis and walk down.

You should, however, have some experience hiking with a loaded rucksack - this is likely to be between 10-12kg and should feel comfortable on your back for up to 6 hours a day.

You will be working as a team. Once you've learnt how to ski and gained some essential winter skills, you'll head out into the wilderness to put it all into practice. You'll have a guide, but will get the chance to lead the group too. You will split all the necessary food between you and all carry your own bags (these are expected to be approx 10-12kg each). At the huts, it's a shared affair where you'll all pitch in to cook and plan for the next day.

The skis you will use are Nordic backcountry skis, the original skis used for winter travel in Scandinavia. They are comfortable for long days of walking: stable and wide; with comfy, warm and sturdy boots. Using Nordic skis is a wonderful way to get out into the wild in winter and experience vast empty landscapes - and of course a huge amount of snow!

Nordic skis and boots are much lighter and less bulky than their normal, downhill equivalents and the heel is 'free'. The light equipment and free-heel allow skiers to stretch forwards and forward glide on skis, even when going uphill or traversing flat land (when you are essentially hiking with skis on). You can choose your effort level just like walking versus jogging or running. You will learn the ropes before the expedition - balance can take a bit of mastering, as well as getting down any small descents you'll encounter. Your guide will ensure you are comfortable on your skis before heading out on the expedition. Previous skiing experience won't make a huge amount of difference as this is an entirely different way to move across snow in the winter.

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

Water will be available at the beginning and the end of the trip, but while on the expedition you will need to melt snow.

The average temperature is likely to be around -5 degrees in the daytime. At night this will drop to approx. -15 degrees. You are likely to encounter some wind, but it is unlikely to be stormy in the months that the trip runs. As you are mostly traversing near or in the tree line, there is a fair amount of protection from the elements. However there can be some blizzards and with that fog and a lack of visibility - all part of the winter fun! On the other hand, there is very little chance of any rain, so it can feel warmer due to the dry air. The snow remains a gentle powder, perfect for snow-angels...

Sure can, you will be able to leave it at the mountain lodge you stay in on the first night.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

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!

For current advice about travelling in Norway, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

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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