Gjennom Østmarka i Packraft@EliseKoren (8)

Crossing Østmarka in Packraft

Local wilderness tour in Oslo

Crossing Østmarka in Packraft

Local wilderness tour in Oslo

From USD 281

Our capital has more than just urban life to offer, in the forests around Oslo you can easily access the feeling of wilderness. We therefore want to take you on a trip through Østmarka - in a packraft! Here we will paddle from lake to lake. We have the freedom to do what we want along the way; swim, fish and spend the night in hammocks at one of the many fantastic campsites in the area. We will simply enjoy two full days of Norwegian outdoor life.

Highlights

  • Exploring urban wilderness
  • Two days in a packraft
  • Good fishing opportunities
  • A cozy evening in our camp
  • The opportunity to sleep in an Amok hammock

Østmarka is one of Oslomarka's (meaning the forest surrounding Oslo) most famous gems, and if you haven't been here yet, we can strongly recommend a visit. Østmarka is formed from over 1,000 million-year-old bedrock, and is characterized by north-south running hills and valleys. Therefore, we also find many lakes and rivers that flow in the same direction, and form an eldorado for those who like to travel on water.

The trip starts and ends on foot, but mostly consits of paddling from water to water in a packraft. This wonderful means of transport is easy to paddle and also easy to carry on your back when not paddling - both inflated and deflated. The aim is to paddle as much as possible, and only go on foot where we have to. We are looking for the feeling of the wilderness on this trip, so the shortest route isnt always the priority, but primarily traveling in the most remote and beautiful areas. Along the way, we will paddle through the Østmarka nature reserve, and approx. half way we will camp for the night.

For those who want to fish: In Østmarka you can catch Trout, Pike, Perch and Whitefish. The fishing license is a reasonable price and can be purchased individually from OFA. (Ask for more details upon booking).

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Dates and booking

Sat 02. September - Sun 03. September 2023

USD 281Available

Sat 16. September - Sun 17. September 2023

USD 281Available

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Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 09 - 16

Opening time info (Holidays)

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Safety

  • 24 hour emergency standby team
  • Guides with training in first aid
  • First aid equipment available
  • Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field

Safety and grading of trips

Physical level

2/6 Physical

We have to work a little to reach the destination. These are trips most people can handle, if they have a basic level of fitness. We sleep in comfortable tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to join. The physical activity is the main element of the trip, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing / hiking or glacier hiking, but you do not need prior knowledge of the activity.

Safety and grading of trips

Risk level

2/6 Risk

Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally.

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Training and preperations

The trip mostly involves easy paddling. We only paddle on water, we don't go down riverbeds or rapids, and the packrafts are safe and stable. We have to carry the pack power through certain areas between the waters where we walk.

You do not need to have paddled packraft before to join this trip, you will receive a brief introduction to paddling technique before we set off. It is a requirement that you can swim to participate.

Accommodation and food

We sleep in Amok hammocks from Saturday to Sunday. These are solid hammocks where you lie horizontally. If bad weather is reported, we also bring tarps that we can hang over ourselves so that we don't get wet. Hammock with sleeping mat, and tarp if necessary, are included in the tour price.

Together with a waterproof bag for transport, this weighs approx. 3 kg. If you have a small and light tent yourself, and you have room for this in your bag, you can use this instead if you wish.

We cook dinner on the primus together on Saturday evening, and we also have freeze-dried tour food for breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Lunch on Saturday, as well as snacks and drinks, is provided by the individual. We boil the water from the waters we paddle on if there is a need for extra drinking water, so it can be practical to bring a large drinking bottle that can withstand hot water (Nalgene 1 liter hard plastic is recommended). If you have a water purification bottle, you can of course use this.

Other information

The tour starts on Saturday at 08.30 at Oslo S (the taxi stand by the flight train). From here we are transported to Losby Besøksgård where we head into Østmarka. The total distance we cover is approx. 22 kilometers, and we expect to spend two whole days on the trip.

We paddle most of the stretch but have to carry packraft and equipment with us in certain places where the different waters are not connected to each other. The stages are mostly short, from 50 meters up to the longest and last, which is just over 2 km. The trip ends in the afternoon/evening on Sunday after we have been transported back to Oslo S.

Since it will be a long time getting in and out of the boat, we recommend packing compactly, and having only one parcel, so that you don't have things hanging on the outside of the bag or in your hands when we go. Feel free to pack several times before departure so that you can exclude any redundant things you don't need. It is necessary to pack 100% waterproof even if there is a reported stay, as it is difficult to keep the bag dry while paddling. Take a bag big enough for you to have room for approx. 15 liters of communal equipment/hammock etc.

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Day 1:From Oslo to the heart of Østmarka

We meet outside Oslo S (the taxi stand by the flight train) at 08.30 in the morning. From here we are transported to Losby Besøksgård where we are given equipment - packraft, oar, paddling vest, communal equipment, food - and a fantastic Amok hammock! When the equipment is distributed and the bags are on the back, the journey starts on foot on a hiking trail, before after a couple of kilometers we arrive at Mønevann where we inflate the packrafts and paddle on, from water to water. After a good lunch, we paddle into Østmatrka Nature Reserve, an area that has been protected since 1990. Like the rest of Østmarka, this area has a rich flora and fauna, and even wolves roam here! Østmarka is also home to the beaver, and along the way we see clear traces of its ravages. About halfway we find a suitable place where we camp for the evening. We cook dinner together, and if it rains we hang up tarps so we can stay dry in true Lars Monsen style.

We meet outside Oslo S (the taxi stand by the flight train) at 08.30 in the morning. From here we are transported to Losby Besøksgård where we are given equipment - packraft, oar, paddling vest, communal equipment, food - and a fantastic Amok hammock! When the equipment is distributed and the bags are on the back, the journey starts on foot on a hiking trail, before after a couple of kilometers we arrive at Mønevann where we inflate the packrafts and paddle on, from water to water. After a good lunch, we paddle into Østmatrka Nature Reserve, an area that has been protected since 1990. Like the rest of Østmarka, this area has a rich flora and fauna, and even wolves roam here! Østmarka is also home to the beaver, and along the way we see clear traces of its ravages. About halfway we find a suitable place where we camp for the evening. We cook dinner together, and if it rains we hang up tarps so we can stay dry in true Lars Monsen style.

ACCOMMODATION

Amok Hammock

MEALS

-,-,D

TRANSPORTATION

30 min

DURATION

6-8 hours

DISTANCE

10-15 km

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Day 2:A piece of real wilderness on the way

After breakfast, we paddle on, stopping along the way for a well-deserved lunch break. If we're lucky with the weather, we might even get a cooling bath! Midway we meet at the wildest part, and especially here we can observe how nature behaves when it is given free rein. Here the path is sometimes indistinct, and no one has cleared the trees that have fallen over it because of old age, or because the beaver has felled them. We must slowly but surely work our way through this area, which contains both paddling and the trip's most demanding walking stages. It will be wild, wet and challenging! With just over two kilometers left of today's distance, we take our last paddle roofs for this time, let the air out of the rafts, and follow the dirt road out of the field and into the settlement. Here we are picked up in the late afternoon and driven back to Oslo S.

After breakfast, we paddle on, stopping along the way for a well-deserved lunch break. If we're lucky with the weather, we might even get a cooling bath! Midway we meet at the wildest part, and especially here we can observe how nature behaves when it is given free rein. Here the path is sometimes indistinct, and no one has cleared the trees that have fallen over it because of old age, or because the beaver has felled them. We must slowly but surely work our way through this area, which contains both paddling and the trip's most demanding walking stages. It will be wild, wet and challenging! With just over two kilometers left of today's distance, we take our last paddle roofs for this time, let the air out of the rafts, and follow the dirt road out of the field and into the settlement. Here we are picked up in the late afternoon and driven back to Oslo S.

MEALS

B,L,-

TRANSPORTATION

45 min

DURATION

6-8 hours

DISTANCE

10-15 km

We meet outside Oslo S (the taxi stand by the flight train) at 08.30 in the morning. From here we are transported to Losby Besøksgård where we are given equipment - packraft, oar, paddling vest, communal equipment, food - and a fantastic Amok hammock! When the equipment is distributed and the bags are on the back, the journey starts on foot on a hiking trail, before after a couple of kilometers we arrive at Mønevann where we inflate the packrafts and paddle on, from water to water. After a good lunch, we paddle into Østmatrka Nature Reserve, an area that has been protected since 1990. Like the rest of Østmarka, this area has a rich flora and fauna, and even wolves roam here! Østmarka is also home to the beaver, and along the way we see clear traces of its ravages. About halfway we find a suitable place where we camp for the evening. We cook dinner together, and if it rains we hang up tarps so we can stay dry in true Lars Monsen style.

ACCOMMODATION

Amok Hammock

MEALS

-,-,D

TRANSPORTATION

30 min

DURATION

6-8 hours

DISTANCE

10-15 km

After breakfast, we paddle on, stopping along the way for a well-deserved lunch break. If we're lucky with the weather, we might even get a cooling bath! Midway we meet at the wildest part, and especially here we can observe how nature behaves when it is given free rein. Here the path is sometimes indistinct, and no one has cleared the trees that have fallen over it because of old age, or because the beaver has felled them. We must slowly but surely work our way through this area, which contains both paddling and the trip's most demanding walking stages. It will be wild, wet and challenging! With just over two kilometers left of today's distance, we take our last paddle roofs for this time, let the air out of the rafts, and follow the dirt road out of the field and into the settlement. Here we are picked up in the late afternoon and driven back to Oslo S.

MEALS

B,L,-

TRANSPORTATION

45 min

DURATION

6-8 hours

DISTANCE

10-15 km

What's included in the price

Included

Not included

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.

Travel insurance

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions: 004723213080 / adventure@norrona.com TIP : We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Obligatory

Clothing

Not too thick, bring more layers if necessary.

Wool or suitable material. Avoid cotton. Remember to allways bring dry socks with you, to prevent chafing. 

We recommend thin wool.

Fleece or wool. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must have a decent hood, and hold out wind and rain. Should have space for midlayers underneath. Ventilation under the arms is recommended. 

Footwear
Equipment

50-60 liter capacity.

Remember new/extra batteries.

Band-aid, compeed, sportstape, Paracet/Ibux, medicine for soar throat, running nose, irritable stomach, etc, and personal medication. 
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

Toilet paper, antibac and waste bags for the paper.

You should be able to bring 2-3 litres of water.

Preferably a spoon with a long handle if you are going to eat freeze dried food.

Recommended

Clothing

For evenings and leasure days.

Or bike gloves.

Equipment

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

For head/face protection. 

Useful

Clothing
Footwear
Equipment

If youre a light sleeper.

Amok hammock with accompanying sleeping mat, tarp and waterproof packing bag. Packraft, paddle, attachment straps, life jacket and pump. Primus and boiler set for shared use in the group (including gas).

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Testimonial

"Great experience with two mates. Suitable for single trips, trips with friends, adults with children. Very fun introduction to packraft, an exciting and new way to experience nature."

– Tobias, 2021

Testimonial

"2 days in Østmarka, which offer great experiences and some challenges both on the water and on land. Great for anyone who wants to test their inner "Monsen" without doing something to extreme."

– Gry, 2021