Our adventures

This guided adventure tour features a combination of snowshoeing, dogsledding and fjord adventures in the Norwegian winter mountains.

The winter is most Norwegian's favorite time of year, and we love our winter activities. Your winter adventure starts about three hours from Oslo, by the foot of the Jotunheimen National Park. Jotunheimen is the area where all of the highest Norwegian mountains are situated. Explore Jotunheimen on snowshoes and with your dogsled team for two full days before you move towards to the Norwegian fjords in the west.

  • 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.
  • Stay in the secluded Sulebu Mountain Lodge off trail in the Norwegian mountains. 
  • Hike on "Vindhellavegen", what some consider the most impressive part of the journey towards the Norwegian fjords. 
  •  Enjoy a spectacular fjord cruise on the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord.
  • Sleep in an authentic farmstead from the 1600s.
  • Take the train from Flåm 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. Well fed on traditional dishes served by local hosts, your winter holiday will give you the experience of a lifetime!

 

 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. Check out our equipment video here. This is a video made for our hiking tours in the summer, but a lot of it is still relevant to our trip.

ACCOMMODATION

On tours with Hvitserk of Norway, you always stay in nice accommodations. Everything from the historical hotels to traditional farms, and modern cabins. The tour ends in a traditional hotel with a beautiful fjord view. 

Please contact us for the price of single room supplement.

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our means of transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip.

INSURANCE 

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

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks 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: 5 people; Maximum: 8 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide
  • Dogsledding
  • Accommodation as described in the day by day program in twin rooms (Shared with the same gender)
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and three-course dinner (as described in the day to day program) 
  • Local transportation on the tour
  • Fjord-cruise with Vision of the Fjords

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International transportation
  • Train back to Oslo or Bergen from Myrdal (the ticket from Flåm to Myrdal is included)
  • Drinks and snacks

DAY 1: FROM OSLO TO THE national park

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 nights of the trip you will spend in historic rooms at the mountain hotel Bygdin. 

Accommodation hotel Meals D Transport 4-5 hrs

DAY 2: snowshoeing in Jotunheimen national park

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. 

Accommodation hotel Ascent 200-300m Distance 10km Meals B L D Descent 200-300m Time 8-9 hrs hiking

DAY 3: dogsledding in Jotunheimen national park

Dogsledding are 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. 

In the evening, our transportation will take us to the traditional farm of Sørre Hemsing. Here, you will be greeted welcome by our hosts, and they will serve us some traditional and good Norwegian food.

Accommodation Traditional farm Distance 20-40km Meals B L D Time 6-8 hrs dogsledding Transport 1-2 hrs

DAY 4: Sørre Hemsing and the Kings' road

Due to its age and authenticity, Sørre Hemsing is a protected farmyard. People have lived here since the early 1600's, and the buildings and stories connected to the place are an invaluable piece of Norwegian history and Culture. For breakfast, you will have a healthy breakfast in the farms dining room. After breakfast, our transportation will take us to the starting point of our first hike on the old King's Road. 

Today's hike starts 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 travelled 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. 

Accommodation Modern Cabin Ascent 640m Distance 15-20km Meals B L D Time 7-8 hrs hiking

DAY 5: adventure Off the beaten track

Travelling off the beaten path both summer and winter is an essential part of the Norwegian outdoor recreation culture, called friluftsliv. Our transportation will leave us by the road, and together we will hike in untouched snow towards the mountain lodge Sulebu. Ever tried navigating in the winter before? It is quite easy to learn the basic, but hard to master. If interested, you are welcomed to try it out and practice! 

The group will make dinner together at the Sulebu Mountain Lodge, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the middle of the Norwegian winter mountain. 

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Ascent 400-500m Distance 10-15km Meals B L D Time 5-6 hrs Transport 2-3 hrs

DAY 6: Second part of the Kings' road

Our day starts at the mountain lodge of Sulebu. From here, we will hike towards our pick-up point where the transportation takes us down from the mountains, closer to the fjords, and to the most spectacular part of the King's Road.

It is not by chance that the King's Road was awarded the EU prize for Cultural Heritage in 2017, and as the picture indicate, not all terrain types fitted into the French idea of straight roads. On some parts, the way became drastically steep and almost impossible to travel on, so new ideas were needed. On top of a tall hand-made wall of rock, they put the road in a characteristic zig-zag shape turning 180 degrees back and forth, at that time an engineering accomplishment in world class. 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.  

After the hike, we will drive through the longest road tunnell in the world, before we end up by the shore of the world famous fjords of Norway. 

Accommodation hotel Ascent 400-500m Distance 13-15km Meals B L D Descent 300m Time 5-6 hrs hiking Transport 1-2 hrs

 DAY 7: THE WORLDS MOST BEAUTIFUL fjord cruise and train RIDE

People all over the world travel all the way to Norway, to experience the two activities on our last day. Our day starts right outside the hotel, where 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, our trip ends, and you can choose to go either west or east, to either Bergen or Oslo. 

Meals B Transport 6-8 hrs Transport 2 hrs


B = Breakfast included
L = Lunch included (make you own lunch box at breakfast)
D = Dinner included

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 essential 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 weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear; you can use it as a baseline to pack for your winter trip. The weather in Norway at this time can vary from a dry, cold winter to a more harsh climate depending on the year. Make sure you pack effective gear and try and keep weight relatively low. Welcome to Norway!

 

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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 resistant, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains 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 

BACKPACK

Heavy duty backpack, 50-70 liter capacity. 

SUNGLASSES 1 & 2

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. Bring a second pair of Alpine Glasses, these cover more of your face in case of strong winds.

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. 

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 AND 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.