7-day Snowshoeing and Dogsledding Adventure in Norway

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Winter, Multi Activity Level 2 7 days 4-8 participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Stay in the authentic Bygdin Mountain Hotel, over 100 years of history. 
  • Learn how to mush your own team of dogs!
  • Snowshoe on The Kings Road and learn about the Norwegian Trekking Association.
  • Hike on "Vindhellavegen" section of the King's Road, what some consider the most impressive part of the journey towards the Norwegian fjords. 
  •  Enjoy a spectacular fjord cruise on the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord.
  • Take the train from Myrdal to either Oslo or Bergen on "the most beautiful train ride in the world". 

Jotunheimen National Park is the perfect place for dogsledding and snowshoeing in the winter. During your stay, you will join the local dogsledders, or mushers as they are called, on their adventures. Not used to dogs? Don't worry. These dogs are very friendly! If the snow conditions are right, you can cover up to 40 kilometers in one day. While running, the dogs are silent, and mushing is simply a beautiful, quiet and nature-friendly way of experiencing the Norwegian mountains during winter.

Our snowshoeing adventures will take us into the winter landscape of the Norwegian Mountains for a truly humbling and breath-taking experience. Our tour will be weather dependant, but no matter where we snowshoe, the mountains are grand and beautiful. Jotunheimen National Park has 29 of Norway's highest peaks, and the views from our summits are awe inspiring. On this tour, you will learn about local history, as well as snowshoe on the historical King's Road, the cultural heritage 100 km section of "road" from Oslo to Bergen, created in the 12th century. 

This tour takes us to family owned and local communities in Norway to experience a typical small town Norwegian lifestyle. Well fed on traditional dishes served by local hosts, your winter holiday will give you the experience of a lifetime!

 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • Transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You do not need to have snowshoe or dog sledding experience on this trip. 

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

How to get there?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 3000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day. 

Baggage

Due to limited space in the minibus, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.

Insurance

You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

Languages

The guide will speak English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 7 people.

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Oslo to the National Park Jotunheimen

Accommodation Mountain Hotel
Meals D
Transportation 4-5hrs

Your winter adventure tour starts in the capital of Norway, Oslo. At the central bus station, you will meet your guide, and team up with the other hikers in the morning. We will travel like locals, and go on the public bus to Beitostølen. During the day, you will see large parts of the mountain areas in eastern Norway and the small local settlements in this area. The first night of the trip you will spend in historic rooms at the mountain hotel Bygdin. 

 

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2

Snowshoeing in Jotunheimen National Park

Accommodation Mountain Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Duration 8hrs
Climb 200m
Descent 200m
Distance 10km

Right outside the doorstep of Bygdin mountain hotel, the wild nature awaits to be explored and experienced. On this day, one of the locals from the hotel will join us on our snowshoeing adventure. Jotunheimen is an enormous national park, with numerous options for exciting nature exploration, and together with the local participant, we will seek out some hidden gems in this beautiful landscape. Our lunch is enjoyed outside by the bonfire, and you will have a traditional bonfire-coffee. In the evening, you will get the chance to experience an interesting lecture about the history of the area. 

 

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3

Dogsledding

Accommodation Traditional Farm
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1-2hrs
Duration 6-8hrs
Distance 20-40km

Dogsledding is perhaps the funniest activity there is. The local mushers from the nearby village of Beitostølen will come to our hotel in the morning, and from Bygdin, our dogsledding adventure in Jotunheimen starts. The dogs are very kind and used to people, and you will soon realise that they love running. As soon as you release the breaks of the sledge, the sound from the dogs almost disappear. Mostly, the only sound you will hear is the sound of light feet running through the snow, as you move elegantly through the winter landscape. Todays journey takes us to Fondsbu, a charming DNT-hut. Here, you will be greeted by our hostess Solbjørg, her and her staff will serve us some traditional and good Norwegian food. If we are lucky she might even sing us a song!

 

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4

The King's Road

Accommodation Modern Cabin
Meals B, L, D
Duration 7-8hrs
Climb 650km
Distance 15-20km

Today we take a snowcoach out from Fondsbu, before we start our hike in the snow-blanketed forest, and we move gradually towards the mountain plateau. The King's Road was the first road built for horse transportation between east and west in Norway. People have traveled these areas since the medieval days. The state established the King's Road in the 1700's due to the many dangerous sections on the old path. The road builders back in 1700, followed an idea of building the roads as straight as possible, also known as the French principle. 

The hike over Filefjell, from Kyrkjestølen to Maristova, takes you over the highest point of Kongevegen. The high mountain trail, above the treeline, provides incredible views of Jotunheimen and the nearby fjords. In the evening we will enjoy dinner at Filefjellstuene. 

 

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5

Off the beaten track

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 2-3hrs
Duration 5-6hrs
Climb 400m
Distance 10-15km

Our day starts with another lovely breakfast at Filefjell before we get to hike a different part of the Kings Road. 

It is not by chance that the King's Road was awarded the EU prize for Cultural Heritage in 2017. Not all terrain types fit into the "French Principle"-the idea of having only straight roads. On some parts, the way became drastically steep and almost impossible to travel on, so new ideas were needed to decrease the steepness. On top of a tall, hand-made wall of rock, they put the road in a characteristic switch-back, at that time a world-class engineering accomplishment. A local guide will follow us along the Kings' Road. The real stories and narratives connected to this place are an essential part of the experience, and together with beautiful nature and architecture, it will be a day to remember.  

Vindhellavegen, the most spectacular stretch of Kongevegen over Filefjell, begins next to Borgund Stave Church. The road goes through the Vindhella and swings you back and forth down the steep road to Husum. The road is a good depiction of what types of roads were possible to build before dynamite was invented. Built in 1842-43, the road was only suitable for horse and cart.

The Kings road is not a long hike from Borgund Stave Church, which is one of Norway's best-preserved Stave churches and definitely worth a visit.

 

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6

The King's Road Day 2

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1-2hrs
Duration 5-6hrs
Climb 400m
Descent 300m
Distance 15km

People all over the world travel all the way to Norway, to experience the magnificent fjords. Our day starts with a bus transfer to small village Årdal,  before we head out for a snowshoe hike. Todays hike goes through a beautiful landscape covered with pine trees. Eventually, we reach the destination of the day at the viewpoint high above the Sognefjord, which only a few tourists have seen. A local treat! This area is primarily used as a recreational area for the locals and therefore offer an authentic taste of the Norwegian outdoor lifestyle. 

After our hike we will go to the local microbrewery for some beer tasting. Enjoying good tasting, handcrafted beer with the fjords surrounding us. In the evening we will gather for our last meal, sharing good stories and laughter from our week together.

 

 

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7

Fjord cruise and railway

Meals B
Transportation 6-8hrs

Today we will drive through the longest road tunnel in the world, before we end up by the shore of the world famous fjords of Norway.  We will embark the boat that will take you on a spectacular cruise in the UNESCO listed fjords of Norway. Rest your legs on deck, enjoy the view, and fill up the last part of your memory card. 

After a couple of hours, the boat will stop in the tiny village of Flåm, the railway Flåmsbanen is considered by many to be the most beautiful train journey there is. From here we will take the train from Flåm to the high mountain plateau at Myrdal.  From Myrdal, we continue to Oslo on the scenic train ride "Bergensbanen". 

 

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!

Advice on other essentials to pack in your pack from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS

Two sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

SHELL JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be water-proof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains or snows all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET

Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneath your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneath your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold quickly. 

GLOVES & MITTENS

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 

HIKING SOCKS

4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that is extra thick for evenings. 

BOOTS

Warm boots comfortable for snowshoeing all day. 

BACKPACK

Day pack- 20-40 liters. 

SUNGLASSES 

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. 

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLES

Insulated water bottle, 2-liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 

HEADLAMP

Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.

COMPRESSION SACKS FOR GEAR

Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 

BALACLAVA OR BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1-liter thermos.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities. 

SITTING MAT

Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If you're a light sleeper.

JOURNAL AND PEN

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment specific to the activities will be provided.

 

 

Dates & booking

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Wed 25. Mar 2020 Tue 31. Mar 2020
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USD 2,414
Wed 1. Apr 2020 Tue 7. Apr 2020
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USD 2,414
Wed 8. Apr 2020 Tue 14. Apr 2020
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USD 2,414

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