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Hardanger Mountain Plateau Winter Weekend Expedition

A Nordic winter weekend expedition, camping on the high Hardanger mountain plateau. 1 day off work.

  • Norway
  • February

Hike Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau, Hardanger, and camp beneath clear night skies offering unmissable stargazing.

Along the way, you’ll hike and snowshoe a varied terrain that is home to polar fox, snow owl and the largest wild population of reindeer in Europe.

Set up camp to a backdrop of endless snow dunes, with the Hardangerfjord and Hardangerjøkul Glacier in your sights.

This winter weekend exhibition includes:

  • 1 night hostel accommodation
  • 1 night camping
  • 2 days hiking/snowshoeing
  • Meals during the trip
  • Snowshoeing equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Experienced local guides
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Those looking for a winter escape among the serenity of nature.

Need To Know

Yes, you will need to pay fro the bus to Øvre Eidfjord with cash (302 NOK). Your local host recommends you withdraw this in the UK before arriving in Bergen, but cash points are available at Bergen Airport.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Bergen airport
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 20.

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

Good physical condition; you need to be able to walk 2 days in the snow covered mountains. No special skills or previous experience needed.

Winter brings snow to the most of Norway and at this time winter sport activities are popular. The average winter temperature in Bergen ranges from -4˚ to -12˚.

Expect warm and wholesome food for winter expeditions; porridge with nuts and dried fruit - gullash soup - thai chicken soup - BBQ of different types of meat and vegetables - sweets/ cake for dessert. We can cater for any specific diet requirements – just let us know before the trip. We do recommend vegetarians bring additional energy foods such as protein bars.

  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents
  • Snow shoes
  • Ski poles
  • Reindeer skins
  • All safety gear
  • Cooking equipment
  • Lamps
  • Pulk
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun lotion
  • Warm hat/headband
  • Gloves
  • Warm winter clothing (think layers)
  • Wool or synthetic underwear
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm socks
  • Gaiters
  • Inner sleeping bag (silk)
  • Light outdoor towel
  • Trekking boots

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Location

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Your trip begins in Øvre Eidfjord; a small village home to around 200 residents and the Visitor Center for the nearby Hardangervidda National Park.

Hardanger (or Hardangervidda is Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau and Norway’s largest national park. The plateau has an area of about 6500 km² and an average elevation of 1100m. It is also home to a range of wildlife including polar fox, snow owl and the largest wild population of reindeer in Europe.

Start point?

Your trip will start in Øvre Eidfjord at 18:55 – your host will meet you at the bus stop and take you across the road to the hostel.

Finish point?

Your trip will end in Øvre Eidfjord at 13:10 when you get the bus back to Bergen Airport, via Voss, in time to catch the 19:10 Norwegian Air flight to Gatwick. For other options, you are free to book any flight that departs after 19:00. Should you want to stay another night this can be arranged, allowing you to relax a while in the sauna in the afternoon.

Getting there and away?

When you arrive at Bergen airport you need to catch the Airport bus (Flybuss); departures are frequent and return tickets are available from the ticket machine in the airport or online before you travel for NOK 170. When you arrive at the bus station, you’ll take a 5 minute walk to the train station to catch the 15:25 to Voss. From there you will catch the 16:45 bus to Øvre Eidfjord, arriving at 18:55. Your train ticket can be bought from the ticket machine at the station or online prior, for price NOK 204, one way. Your bus ticket will be purchased on the bus (302 NOK).

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Friday: Bergen Airport to Øvre Eidfjord

When you arrive at Bergen airport you’ll catch the Flybuss to Bergen bus station. You’ll then take a 5 minute walk to Bergen train station for your forwarding journey to Voss and eventual arrival at your hosts HQ in Øvre Eidfjord.

You’ll check-in at your hostel and get settled in your room before heading down to the bar to meet your travel companions and receive a trip briefing from your guide.

Get a good night’s rest ahead of the real adventure tomorrow.

5-6 hours travel

Saturday: Hike to camp

After breakfast this morning, you’ll set off to the starting point of the trip at the boarder of the Hardangervidda National Park.

As you begin the ascent to the high plateau, you’ll leave the birch tree forests behind as you steadily climb above the tree line and into the white tundra.

After 5-6 hours of hiking you will reach your camp for the night. You’ll share the camp with the areas wildlife too; polar fox, snow owl and the largest wild population of reindeer in Europe.

As you set up camp to a backdrop of endless snow dunes, you’ll see the Hardangerfjord and Hardangerjøkul Glacier in the distance. Time and energy reserves permitting, you’ll have the opportunity to take some hikes around camp before settling around the campfire for the night.

Dinner will be served and your guides will entertain with stories and facts of the area and its wildlife. The clear skies also make for some unmissable stargazing – even the northern lights are visible on the odd occasion.

*5-6 hours hiking *

Sunday: Snowshoeing descent

After breakfast this morning, you’ll pack up camp and continue on the last leg of the hike. You’ll snowshoe through the beautiful winter terrain to the next valley where you’ll stop for warming beverages and lunch in a picturesque setting.

As the snow coverage disperses as you descend down the track, you’ll swap your snowshoes for hiking boots and continue to the end of the trail.

Make use of the hot showers and sauna at the hostel before your say your goodbyes and make your way back to Bergen Airport for your forwarding journey home.

5 hours snowshoeing and hiking

Accommodation

You will spend the first night in a comfortable, basic hostel.

The second night you will snow camp beneath the stars. The tents sleep 2-3 people. Your guide will ensure your tent is set up safely so they can withstand possible heavy winds/snow storm during the night.

Dates & Prices

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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.

Sleeping Bag Liner Payable In Resort
Silk Sleeping Bag Liner £40.00 Per Person
Extra night accommodation Payable Before Departure
Extra night accommodation - double room £35.00 Per Person, Per Night

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