Musk Ox Safari in Norway

Venture into the wilds of Oppdal to track and photograph musk oxen and other Arctic wildlife. 2 days off work.

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Musk Ox Safari in Norway

Venture into the wilds of Oppdal to track and photograph musk oxen and other Arctic wildlife. 2 days off work.

Head to Norway to star in your own personal nature documentary. Trek into an untamed wilderness to seek out enormous musk oxen and other, more elusive animals. Camp under a star-strewn sky, and the next morning climb a mountain for remarkable tundra views. Your alpine safari includes:

  • 2 nights of accommodation in a hotel in Oppdal
  • 1 night of wild-camping in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park
  • 2-day musk ox safari
  • Professional, experienced, local guide
  • All meals
  • All camping equipment
  • Activity transfers

Perfect for:
Nature enthusiasts, photographers and hikers looking for a true wilderness experience and the chance to see wildlife up close.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrival

Wave farewell to the city and catch a morning flight up north.

Arrive in Oppdal, a small town in the mountains of central Norway, and check into your hotel.

The evening is yours to enjoy. Sip on a cocktail, dine on delicious Norwegian cuisine in the onsite restaurant and take in the mountain views.

Friday: Musk ox safari and tundra camping

Gear up for 2 days in the wilderness, then head into Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park to get the adventure started.

Trek for several hours through a landscape of rolling hills, colourful meadows and steep-sided mountains.

Set up camp and break for lunch, then grab your camera and binoculars. The search is on.

Your guide will lead you to groups of musk oxen eking out a life in an inhospitable land.

Observe these enormous animals—some weigh up to 400kg!—in their natural environment. It’s like Planet Earth and you’re David Attenborough.

Return to camp in the evening to relax and watch for other wildlife. Enjoy the sunset, then fall asleep beneath a star-strewn sky.

10 – 15km of trekking

Saturday: Musk ox safari and mountain hike

Wake up with a hot coffee or tea and take some time to marvel at the beautiful landscape.

Head out for another chance to find wildlife. You’ll almost certainly find more musk oxen, and maybe you’ll chance upon wild reindeer, foxes, eagles or wolverines.

Hike to the summit of a small mountain for incredible views over the tundra.

Enjoy lunch at the top, then make your way back to camp to pack up and start the trek back to civilisation.

Return to your hotel in the evening for a hot shower and well-deserved dinner, then relax with a drink in front of a crackling fire.

10 – 15km of trekking

Sunday: Departure

Pack up and begin the journey home. The adventure is over, but the memories—and photos—will last a lifetime.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

In Oppdal you’ll stay at the Skifer Hotel, a 4-star accommodation in the centre of town. The hotel features ensuite rooms with comfortable, high-quality bedding; an onsite restaurant and bar; mountain views; and free wifi throughout.

On Friday night you’ll wild-camp in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park. There are no facilities where you’ll camp. Your host will provide all the necessary camping equipment.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Rental Car Payable Before Departure
Rental Car (based on availability) £175.00
Pick-up & Drop-off Trondheim Airport Payable Before Departure
Pick-up & Drop-off Trondheim Airport (4 pax) £195.00

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Location

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Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park protects a “large, continuous and essentially untouched” alpine wilderness. With an endless expanse of tundra, mountains, and lakes, the park provides habitat for some of the last wild Fennoscandian reindeer, as well as wolverine, arctic fox, golden eagles, gyrfalcons, and northern hawk owls. The musk ox was introduced in the 1930s and the population is thriving.

Oppdal is the gateway to the park. This small town (pop. 6,900) is known for skiing in the winter, but it also provides access to excellent hiking in the summer.

Start point?
You’ll meet your host at the hotel in Oppdal on Friday morning at 09:00. Travel to Oppdal on Thursday by plane and car/train. You’ll be picked up from the train station and brought to the hotel. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your host will drop you off at the hotel around 17:00 on Saturday evening. Make your way home from there anytime on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
You can travel to Oppdal by plane + train or plane + rental car.

Oslo Airport (OSL): Oslo is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and British Airways. There’s a direct train from the airport to Oppdal (one in the morning and one in the afternoon, 4 ½ hours), or you can rent a car at the airport. The train ride is an experience itself and once in Oppdal, your host will transfer you to the hotel.

Trondheim Airport (TRD): Trondheim is also served by direct flights from London, though there are fewer of them. From the airport take the bus to Trondheim Station (35 min), and then the train to Oppdal (1 ½ hours). The last train to Oppdal leaves in the mid-afternoon. You can also rent a car at the airport.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Oppdal
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks other than water, coffee and tea
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 6.

Please note, if there are not 3 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

The musk ox is a huge, shaggy, Arctic herbivore. Native to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, populations have been introduced to Scandinavia and are doing well.

Musk oxen stand up to 150cm at the shoulder and can weigh up to 400kg (though the average animal weighs 285kg). Both males and females have large, curved horns. Their long, thick fur keeps them warm in the harsh Arctic environment.

Musk oxen, like all large wild animals, can be dangerous, but your guide will make sure you keep a safe and respectable distance, both for your safety and the wellbeing of the oxen.

There aren’t any safari jeeps to help you access the Norwegian wilderness. Instead you’ll trek overland carrying a full pack, sometimes on trails and sometimes not.

The terrain is relatively flat, but the footing can be uneven. You’ll cover as much as 15km in a day, depending on where the oxen are and how easily they want to be found.

At night you’ll wild-camp in the tundra. There’s little in the way of shelter, so if the wind picks up you’ll probably prefer the protection of your tent, but if the weather is nice it’s a great opportunity to watch sunset, look for wildlife, and enjoy the sensation of being just about as far from the city as you can get.

You need a moderate level of fitness to enjoy two full days of hiking, including several hours with a full pack ( helping your guide carrying the dinner will be appreciated). Some trekking experience is recommended but not required. If you haven’t gone trekking recently you might want to go on some local hikes to prepare.

Your accommodation includes ¾ board (breakfast, dinner and packed lunches). The hotel restaurant serves a high-quality menu of Norwegian and international cuisine. Dinners are typically set, 3-course meals, and breakfast is served buffet style.

While camping, dinner will be a simple but hearty stew with rice, followed by pastries and coffee or tea. Breakfast is porridge (homemade cereal), some fruit and coffee or tea. You’ll make your own packed lunches (sandwiches, fruit, etc.) from items at the hotel breakfast buffet.

Dinners, breakfasts and packed lunches from the hotel can meet most dietary needs, but options are limited on the safari. Inquire at booking.

In October the temperature ranges from 2 to 8 °C. The environment is almost Arctic, so wind, rain and snow are always possible.

Your host will provide all the camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and everything for cooking and eating). You’ll be responsible for carrying your portion of the equipment and food for the duration of the safari.

The environment is pretty harsh, so bring lots of layers and prepare for all weather conditions. Your host recommends you pack:

  • Warm, waterproof, sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Warm and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Thermal top and trousers
  • Wool, fleece or down/synthetic jacket
  • Warm hat, gloves and scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle and/or thermos
  • Backpack for carrying your personal gear, sleeping bag and sleeping mat, and your portion of the tent, cook kit and food for the safari
  • Camera
  • Binoculars or scope (optional)
  • Trekking poles (optional)

Start point?
You’ll meet your host at the hotel in Oppdal on Friday morning at 09:00. Travel to Oppdal on Thursday by plane and car/train. You’ll be picked up from the train station and brought to the hotel. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your host will drop you off at the hotel around 17:00 on Saturday evening. Make your way home from there anytime on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
You can travel to Oppdal by plane + train or plane + rental car.

Oslo Airport (OSL): Oslo is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle and British Airways. There’s a direct train from the airport to Oppdal (one in the morning and one in the afternoon, 4 ½ hours), or you can rent a car at the airport. The train ride is an experience itself and once in Oppdal, your host will transfer you to the hotel.

Trondheim Airport (TRD): Trondheim is also served by direct flights from London, though there are fewer of them. From the airport take the bus to Trondheim Station (35 min), and then the train to Oppdal (1 ½ hours). The last train to Oppdal leaves in the mid-afternoon. You can also rent a car at the airport.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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