Crossing Norway Ski Expedition [ West to East ]

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Norwegian Guide New trip
Nordic skiing Level 4 8 days 6-16 participants

Overview

Come join us and see some of the best Norway has to offer and at the same time experience a real ski expedition. 

Note: This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

120 km in 7 days. The route goes along the official "Crossing Norway" route, along 63º North.

We follow the marked routes by the Norwegian Trekking Association, a few of the days are not marked, so that means we can practice our navigation skills. We sleep in tents to get a proper expedition experience, but have the opportunity to spend the night in cabins if needed.

One of the really great experiences of the trip is the mountain range called Sylan on the Swedish border that we have insight large parts of the trip.

We leave from the Swedish border in Tydal and end the trip by the fjord in Stjørdal where we dip our finger in the sea so we can really say that we have crossed Norway.

If you want an adventurous week where you get to ski in varied terrain and at the same time get a taste of the expedition life? Then this is the trip for you.

This is a popular trip during the summer, but in winter there are not many people in this area, that gives us a great opportunity to really enjoy the wilderness. There is a high probability of seeing reindeer along the way and there are some wild animals in the area that we can see if we are lucky.

What's included

  • We sleep in tents
  • All meals as described in the day to day program
  • Guide
  • All local transport as described in the day to day program

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 4 out of 5. Please read more about our difficulty levels here. You need to have experience skiing off of groomed trails on mountain skis. You don't need expedition experience but you need to have experience with sleeping outside in the winter, and be prepared to camp. On this trip, you will use a pulk (sled) and we recommend specific training for this skill set. The pulk will weigh about 30 kilos.

If you are uncertain you have the proper experience for this trip, please contact us. We also have a Winter Course that you can join to get the necessary experience. 

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above.

How to get there?

The tour starts and ends in Stjørdal right outside of Trondheim. Trondheim has several daily flights (SAS and Norwegian) as well as a train from Oslo. 

Accommodation

We stay in tents during the trip and the last night is spent in a hotel in Stjørdal close to the airport in Trondheim. 

Baggage

We require that you pack a duffel bag to have on the pulk. Pack everything inside your bag in waterproof bags. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

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: 6 people; Maximum: 16 people.

Included in the price:

  • Experienced guides
  • Transport from the trip starts until the trip ends
  • Communal equipment
  • Meals as described in the itinerary

Not included in the price:

  • Travel back and forth from the meetup point
  • Pulk and harness, contact us if you need to rent this
  • Drink and snacks

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

day

1

First meeting and start of the trip

Accommodation Tent
Meals LD
Transportation 1.5H
Distance 20KM

We meet at Værnes Airport at 08:30 (you can take the night train from both the South and from the North and be there before the meetup time). It is up to you whether you choose to spend the night in a nearby hotel or come in with the train the same day. We take a shared transport to the starting point, this takes about 1.5 hours. This is where the adventure begins. Today we ski for 20 KM, if conditions allow, we go to the Swedish border today. We have everything we need in the pulk, so we adapt the route according to the shape of the group and the conditions. If we are lucky we can get a glimpse of Sylansfjella today. We put in a lunch break along the way and after we set up camp we enjoy a simple but good dinner.

day

2

Sweden and then east

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD
Distance 18KM

Today we either start easy and go to the Swedish border without a pulk, but if we have already visited the Swedish border the day before, we start right on the next stage. The stage of the day is in an open landscape towards Storerikvollen We start out with a climb but as we cross the tree line, the terrain becomes easier. We find a suitable campsite either before or after the cabin at Storerikvollen depending on how the group is feeling. Along the way we come close to the Sylan massif which is a spectacular sight. Each day we make sure we have enough time on the stages and go smoothly with a good lunch break every day. This evening we start getting into the tent routines, melting snow, boiling water, setting up tents and relaxing.

day

3

Magnificent view of Sylan

Accommodation Telt
Meals BLD
Distance 16KM

Today's stage is towards Ramsjøhytta. We follow the winter marking to the cabin. This day we ski in light terrain in mountain birch woods and over the plateau. We walk in the groom's rich, warm and comfortable - along wooded streams and marshes, covered with winter white snow. We walk between Sankåkleppen in the south and Blåhåmmåren in the North and find a suitable place for lunch. We spend the day, there is nothing we have to hurry for. As we approach Ramsjøhytta we find a suitable place to set up camp.

day

4

High mountain terrain

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD
Distance 16KM

Today's stage goes via Fongen and Ramskardet. In this mountain pass we encounter high mountain terrain that we need to pass. We have a solid hillside that is more challenging than the landscape we have come from. The area is known for being tough - maybe we get to taste the real expedition feeling? Towards the end of the day, we are going to climb a valley that can be challenging, but together we work our way down and into the beautiful forest that lies down in the valley between many spectacular mountains.

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5

Wilderness and wildlife

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD
Distance 12KM

Today we will walk an unmarked part of the trail, and this is perhaps the most beautiful day when we really get to take in the wilderness. We start down in the woods, among spruce and pine, but eventually move into more open terrain. As we approach the Prestøy cabin we camp for the night.

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6

Ski tracks and we are closing in on civilization

Accommodation Tent
Meals BLD
Distance 13KM

Now we are starting to approach civilization again, we are going to spend part of the day on scooter trails/groomed trails, which can be a welcoming break after many days of snow plowing. The pulks are noticeably lighter, and tonight we will enjoy the last freeze-dried dinner portion in our tents. 

day

7

Last day of skiing and a warm bed awaits

Accommodation Hotel
Meals BLD
Distance 13KM+15KM on foot

The final stage remains, we start the day near Kvitfjellhytta before sliding down towards Hegra fortress and Stjørdal. When the snow comes to an end our transport meets us. Those who want to finish the trip here and get transport down to Stjørdal can do that, but if you want to complete the whole stage we swap to shoes, send the luggage with the transport and go the last 15KM down to the fjord in Stjørdal on foot. We gather in Stjørdal in the evening after a good shower at the hotel and have a nice farewell dinner together.

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8

End of trip

Meals B

The tour ends after our breakfast at the hotel. Maybe we have already started to plan our next adventure together?   

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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!

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

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com 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:

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES

Durable skis, leather clip in boots, and backcountry ski poles. 

SKI WAX

Blue and green rating

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS

2 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 / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, 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 underneathe 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 underneathe your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 

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 are extra thick for evenings. 

BOOTS

Bring lightweight boots for when we are not skiing.

BACKPACK

Backpack, 30-40 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. 

SLEEPING BAG

Must have a comfort level at least -20 Celcius

Pulk and harness

This can also be rented, let us know well in advance. 

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.

SWIMMING SUIT OR SHORTS AND BRA

For sitting in saunas. 

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 youre 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.

HEADSET

If you would like to listen to music or an audio book while skiing.

 

 

Dates & booking

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want. Send a request
Sun 14. Mar 2021 Sun 21. Mar 2021
Available
NOK 14 900

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