Dogsledding in the Norwegian Mountains

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Mixed Winter Activities Level 2 4 days 3-8 participants

Are you looking for new, exciting experiences this winter? Then this long weekend package may be right up your alley! Over the course of four eventful days, we will take you out into the wilderness - in the outskirts of Jotunheimen - together with our own pack of dogs to get as close to nature as possible. This trip gives you a unique opportunity to experience the Norwegian winter landscape in a different way.

 

Highlights

  • Learn how to handle your own pack of dogs.
  • Get to know our four-legged friends better during the trip. 
  • Experience the Norwegian winter landscape from your own dogsled.
  • Overnight in glamping cabins, at Øysterli Støl and in a tent camp.
  • Enjoy the view of Norway's largest mountain area, Jotunheimen, during the trip.

Dogsledding is a perfect winter activity! You will not only get to experience the beautiful Norwegian nature up close, you will also handle, and most importantly become friends with your own pack of dogs during the trip. Haven't you tried dogsledding before? No problem. These dogs are used to humans and they are of course very kind. In addition to this, they love to pull the sled for you! If the weather turns out to be at its best, we can put as much as 40 kilometers behind us in one day.

The trip begins with an introductory course where we go through both equipment and packing in addition to meeting and of course getting to know both the dogs that will join us on the trip and also the puppies/young dogs that are trained at the facilities. The next day we go out into the wilderness! Once we are here it is only us, our dogs, and the nature around us that we need to focus on. The next few days are spent in Jotunheimen's backyard where we will go from place to place before we travel back again to civilization at the end of the trip.

This trip is run in collaboration with Beito Husky Tours.

Age limit: 13 years

Physical Level and Risk

So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.

Read more about physical requirements and risk here.

Physical: 2

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. Read more about the grading on our trips here

Risk: 3

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here

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.

Eirik Nilsen

eirik@hvitserk.com +47 23213080

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Details

Difficulty

Level 2 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

You do not need any to have previous experience with any of the activities mentioned in the program. This trip is for everyone.

Safety

Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure places great emphasis on safety. If an accident occurs, know that you will get help quickly. We are available 24 hours a day when someone is on a trip with us, so if something happens it is easy to reach us. We also have close collaborations with our local partners and demand that they also place great emphasis on this. 

Our guides are trained in first aid and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for necessary treatment in the field. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure also has a collaboration with Turlegen.no who can be contacted if you need medical advice.

NB - If you are on regular medication, have known allergies, or the like, you must always bring your personal medication with you.

Equipment

Please take a look at the equipment list by clicking on "Equipment list" in the menu above. We provide special equipment needed for the dogsledding.

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to Beitostølen is either to drive your own car/rental car or to take the bus. There are bus departures every day that go directly from Oslo to Beitostølen. From Bergen and Trondheim, it is also possible to take a bus or a train that corresponds with the bus to Beitostølen. It is also possible to fly to Oslo and then take the bus from there to Beitostølen. If needed, we can assist you with both transportation and extra accommodation in Beitostølen both before and after the trip. Get in touch with us if you are interested in this.

Accommodation

You will stay in three different places during the trip, both in glamping cabins, at Øysterli Støl, and in a permanent tent camp. It is possible to get a single room/single tent on this trip but it must be requested in advance. Please contact us if this is desired. The trip price is based on two people sharing either a room together or a tent together.

Baggage

We recommend that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, this is easier to carry around than a suitcase) with clothes, toiletries, and other items that are necessary during the trip. We also ask that you bring a day backpack for food, water, camera, and extra clothes so that you have this easily available on the various day trips that we are going on.

Insurance 

You need 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: 8 people.

Included in the price:

  • All accommodations.
  • All meals.
  • Professional nature guide.
  • Transport within the itinerary.
  • Local permits.
  • Warm clothes and boots used specifically for dogsledding.
  • Necessary equipment for staying overnight in the wilderness. 

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Beitostølen.
  • Drinks and snacks. 

Day by Day 

day

1

Welcome to Beitostølen!

Accommodation Glamping Cabins
Meals L, D

Today the trip starts! Meet-up is at Beito Husky Tours just south of Beitostølen. After arrival, we start with an introductory course where you become better acquainted with equipment and packing and also get to meet both the dogs we will take with us on the trip and the puppies/young dogs who are trained for later trips. During the day we will also go on a full-day training trip to learn more about how the dogs and the sled work together in nature. Dinner is served in the evening. After this, we will go through the final preparations before leaving for the wilderness tomorrow morning. 

day

2

Dogsledding to Øysterli Støl

Accommodation Øysterli Støl
Meals B, L, D
Duration 6-8 hrs
Distance 20-40 km

It's time to go out in the wilderness! From our camp at Beitostølen, we are transported to the mountains before we embark on the first stage of the trip with our dogsleds. Our goal for the day is Øysterli Støl, a small cottage that is idyllically located in the beautiful winter landscape that surrounds us. Along the way, we will pass beautiful mountain scenery with Jotunheimen towering in the background. We eat lunch outside at a suitable location while dinner is served at a later time when we have arrived at the cabin. Enjoy a relaxing evening with your travel companions.

Note! Day 2 and day 3 can be switched around depending on how the weather forecast looks on the specific days.

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3

Dogsledding to Kvitfeten

Accommodation Tent
Meals B, L, D
Duration 6-8 hrs
Distance 20-40 km

After a good night's sleep, we rise up to a new and exciting day! After breakfast, we pack up before heading out on the next leg of our trip. From Øysterli Støl we continue to Kvitfeten where we will spend the night in a tent. The trip goes in a southeasterly direction over large flat mountain plateaus, before we slowly but surely approach Langsua National Park, a beautiful mountain area well suited for both fishing and hiking in the summer. Lunch is served at a suitable location along the way before dinner is served in the tent camp later in the evening.

Note! Day 2 and day 3 can be switched around depending on how the weather forecast looks on the specific days.

day

4

Back to civilization

Meals B, L
Duration 6-8 hrs
Distance 20-40 km

The last day of the trip ... Luckily we have a whole leg left before we go back to Beitostølen! From Kvitfeten we turn our nose westwards, further over the mountain, before we are closing in on the final stages of the trip. Arrival at the premises of Beito Husky Tours is scheduled for the afternoon. Here we pack up the equipment before it's time to say goodbye to new acquaintances, and of course, the dogs that have transported us through the mountains. We hope that the trip will leave you with everlasting memories, and dreams of new visits!

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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 trips as well! Welcome to Norway!

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:

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. 

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

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

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. 

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 that are comfortable for whole days outside. 

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 Norrøna Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

HEADLAMP

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

SHOES TO WEAR INDOORS

It is mandatory to leave wet shoes at the entrance, so slippers are important to bring.

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and a 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.

EARPLUGS

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.

We will bring equipment that is specific to the activity.

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
Thu 10. Mar 2022 Sun 13. Mar 2022
Fully booked
NOK 12 900
Thu 31. Mar 2022 Sun 3. Apr 2022
Available
NOK 12 900

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