Our adventures

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

The winter is most Norwegians favourite time of year, and we love our winter activities. Your winter adventure starts a little more than three hours away from Oslo, by the foot of the Jotunheimen national park. Jotunheimen is the area, where all of the highest Norwegian mountains are situated, and adventurers and travellers have used Bygdin mountain hotel as their starting destination for more than 100 years. You will stay in the same authentic rooms they used back then, and from the historical hotel of Bygdin, you will explore Jotunheimen on snowshoes and with your dogsled team for two full days.

This part of Jotunheimen national park is the perfect place for dogsledding, and 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, the dogs are very friendly, and you will be given a chance to steer your team of dogs while moving through the beautiful landscape. If the snow conditions are right, you can cover up to 40 kilometres in one day. While running, the dogs are silent, and mushing is merely a beautiful and nature-friendly way of experiencing the Norwegian mountains during winter.

Snowshoeing enables you to float on top of the snow, and it gives access to endless opportunities for hikers in the wintertime. From Jotunheimen, you will move closer to the Norwegian fjords in the west. Your first day is spent in a traditional and authentic farm dated back to the 1600's. Well fed on traditional dishes served by the local hosts, your winter holiday continues further on a snowshoeing tour along the old King's road. The King's road stretches from east to west in Norway, and it was the first road built for horse transportation between Norway's largest cities, and for two full day's you will experience this popular hiking area.

Since the mid-1800's, The Norwegian Trekking Association have been an essential part of the Norwegian outdoor culture, on day two along the King's road, you will go on a snowshoeing adventure off the beaten track, to one of their mountain lodges. Silently our map and compass will lead us into the untouched mountain area, and when we arrive Sulebu mountain lodge, the key will open up the door to a peaceful and quiet atmosphere. On the next day, our journey continues, and soon, we will be by the Norwegian fjords. The King's road leads you through some of the most beautiful areas in Norway, and on the last day by the King's road, you will hike what most people consider the most impressive part of the way, called "Vindhellavegen".

A week-long journey in the Norwegian winter is coming to an end, but first, you will experience the fjords of Norway. People all over the world travel to Norway because of our fjords, and from just outside the town of Flåm, you will go on a spectacular fjord cruise on the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord. The journey ends at the Flåm Railway, also known as the most beautiful train journey in the whole world. The railroad connects to both Oslo and Bergen, and if you haven't been in Bergen, a stay in the second largest city in Norway is the perfect ending of your Norwegian winter adventure.

 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 2 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 for 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 sex).
  • 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 Flam
  • Drinks and snacks.

DAY 1: FROM OSLO TO THE national park

Your winter adventure tour starts in the capital of Norway, Oslo. At the bus central 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. Our night is spent in historical 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, the traditional bonfire-coffee is served, and 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 realize that they just 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 early 1600's, and the buildings and stories connected to the place are an invaluable piece of Norwegian history and Culture. Our local and healthy breakfast is enjoyed in the dining room, and when ready, our transportation will take us to 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, and due to the many dangerous sections on the old path, the King's Road was built in the late 1700'. 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 track both summer and winter is an important 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 allowed to try and practice! 

The group will make dinner together at the Sulebu Mountain Lodge, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the middle of 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 awareded 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 roads 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 charateristic 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 important 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, just 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 Flåm the train climbs up the mountain to the station Myrdal, from here, you can choose to go either west or east, to either Bergen or Oslo. The train tickets is not included in the trip, but we would be happy to help you arrange this. 

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 with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Norway in this period can be anything from a warm summer day to a cold day with snow in the air (not very likely, but can happen). We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. 

 

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

Underwear

Preferably wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleece jacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell jacket

Gore-Tex or similar. The jackets must be wind proof with hood. 

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Pants with ventilation. 

Hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 Bring two pair, at least one of them should be a thick pair of mittens. 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh and thick socks help reduce gall. Remember to try them on in the boots that you plan to use. 

Hat

Bring a warm hat

Headover/skarf

 

Down jacket

Your best friend during the winter, a medium thick jacket is enough

Hiking shoes

Bring good winter hiking shoes that you have used before.

Rucksack

30-40 L (day pack).

Ski poles

for the hiking

Sunglasses

 

Water bottle

 Remember that you need isolation to prevent it from freezing

Thermos

A small one.

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips.

Toiletries

 

First aid kit

Compeed, sports tape etc.

Camera

Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

Toilet paper

For the hikes.

Antibac

 

Headlamp

Remember new batteries.

Ear plugs

 

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars.

You only need to carry a daypack on the hikes, you will be able to leave the luggage at the accommodation or in the transportation each day.