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Winter course in Jotunheimen

Learn all you need to know about ski expeditions

Winter course in Jotunheimen

Learn all you need to know about ski expeditions

From USD 797

Our winter course in Jotunheimen is specially designed for those of you who want to learn more about ski expeditions. During a long weekend in Jotunheimen, we guarantee you an informative and educational course where we go from theory to practice so that you get a solid introduction to the good routines, tips and tricks that can make ski expeditions both safer, more fun and more comfortable.

Highlights

  • One night at Bygdin Mountain Lodge
  • Trip planning: Orientation, safe route choices, etc
  • Correct clothing and equipment on the trip
  • Tent and camp routines
  • Learning to use a petrol burner for cooking
  • Packing of pulk
  • Risk factors such as frostbite, hypothermia, tent fire, etc

The winter in the mountains can be insanely beautiful - but it can also be cold and challenging. During this long weekend, we will take you through everything a ski expedition entails. We start with the necessary theory at Bygdin before packing up the pulk, going through some practical exercises outside the hotel, then heading out into nature. Here, the days will be spent putting theory into practice. We practice orientation, safe route choices, we eat lunch along the day's stages, discuss what we have learnt, before we set up camp in the afternoon where we go through tent and camp routines, safe use of petrol burners, and more. We adjust the days according to weather and wind conditions to get the most out of the weekend.

NOTE! The first course from the 16. - 19. February will be held in Norwegian, while the second course from the 23. - 26. February will be held in English (if we receive bookings from international participants on this departure). If we only receive bookings from Norwegian participants on the second course also, this will be held in Norwegian.

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Dates and booking

Thu 16. February - Sun 19. February 2023

USD 797Limited availability

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want.
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Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 09 - 16

Opening time info (Holidays)

CET

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.

Safety and grading of trips

Training and preperations

You should be used to being out in nature, and be in normal good physical shape to participate. The pulks we use normally weigh 20-30 kilos on this course. 

Conditions in the mountains can be demanding in winter. It can be cold and windy, but if you are interested in testing whether ski expeditions are something for you, and at the same time learn more about ski expeditions, this can be a very good opportunity. If we're lucky, we can also get really great winter weather!

Accommodation and food

The first night we sleep at Bygdin Mountain Lodge, where we share a twin room with someone of the same sex. If you want a single room this night, you can reserve this when you register at an additional cost of 500 NOK.

The next two nights we sleep in tents. Two people of the same sex per tent. If you want to sleep alone in a tent, we recommend that you bring your own.

Other information

The easiest way to get to Bygdin Mountain Lodge is either to drive there, or to take a bus from Oslo via Beitostølen. These buses run several times each day. If you want to drive your own car to Bygdin, it is important that you arrive before 20.00 (8.00 PM) since the road going into Bygdin closes after this.

Since everyone will be pulling their own pulk, we recommend packing as lightly as possible. This is very important to have a successful trip. Excess luggage that you do not take with you on the skiing expedition can be left at the hotel or in your car. Remember to bring the correct equipment for your pulk. See equipment list for more information on this.

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Day 1:Arrival at Bygdin Mountain Lodge

Arrival at Bygdin Mountain Lodge is at 18.00 (6.00 PM). Before we are served a 3-course dinner in the evening, we have a quick introduction, talk a little about the weekend and what expectations each one of you has for the course, and If we have enough time, we will start on some theory already today. NOTE! The road into Bygdin closes at 20.00 (8.00 PM), so it is important to be here well ahead of this.

Arrival at Bygdin Mountain Lodge is at 18.00 (6.00 PM). Before we are served a 3-course dinner in the evening, we have a quick introduction, talk a little about the weekend and what expectations each one of you has for the course, and If we have enough time, we will start on some theory already today. NOTE! The road into Bygdin closes at 20.00 (8.00 PM), so it is important to be here well ahead of this.

ACCOMMODATION

Bygdin Høyfjellshotell

MEALS

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Day 2:From theory to practice

After breakfast, we start with the necessary theory, going through some exercises, before we start packing the pulks. Once this is done, we head out to learn more about how the petrol burner works, and how to set up the tents in the best possible way. Then we strap on our skis (and pulks), and head out into nature. Weather and wind conditions determine the choice of route. After a short lap this afternoon, we are now left to ourselves and this is where the theory will be put into practice. We set up tents, go through camp routines, boil water, make dinner, and jump into our sleeping bags for the night, before a new day awaits tomorrow.

After breakfast, we start with the necessary theory, going through some exercises, before we start packing the pulks. Once this is done, we head out to learn more about how the petrol burner works, and how to set up the tents in the best possible way. Then we strap on our skis (and pulks), and head out into nature. Weather and wind conditions determine the choice of route. After a short lap this afternoon, we are now left to ourselves and this is where the theory will be put into practice. We set up tents, go through camp routines, boil water, make dinner, and jump into our sleeping bags for the night, before a new day awaits tomorrow.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

6-8 hours

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Day 3:Expedition course

We fire up the primus and eat breakfast, then pack down the tents and continue the trip after hopefully a comfortable night. Along the way, we get tested in navigation, and take breaks where we get tips and training. In the afternoon we find a suitable place where we set up camp. Here we will go through much of the same stuff as yesterday so that we get the hang of our routines. Because that's what ski expeditions are all about! The good routines.

We fire up the primus and eat breakfast, then pack down the tents and continue the trip after hopefully a comfortable night. Along the way, we get tested in navigation, and take breaks where we get tips and training. In the afternoon we find a suitable place where we set up camp. Here we will go through much of the same stuff as yesterday so that we get the hang of our routines. Because that's what ski expeditions are all about! The good routines.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

6-8 hours

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Day 4:Back to Bygdin

We pack up the tents for the last time and head back towards Bygdin. We use the day to practice navigation and choice of route. When we arrive at Bygdin Mountain Lodge we eat lunch, then start unpacking before a final chat about the trip awaits. The course ends in the afternoon. In order to get the most out of what you have just learned, we recommend that you carry out such a trip on your own, in a safe environment that you are comfortable with, or by signing up for one of our ski expeditions.

We pack up the tents for the last time and head back towards Bygdin. We use the day to practice navigation and choice of route. When we arrive at Bygdin Mountain Lodge we eat lunch, then start unpacking before a final chat about the trip awaits. The course ends in the afternoon. In order to get the most out of what you have just learned, we recommend that you carry out such a trip on your own, in a safe environment that you are comfortable with, or by signing up for one of our ski expeditions.

MEALS

B,L,-

DURATION

6-8 hours

Arrival at Bygdin Mountain Lodge is at 18.00 (6.00 PM). Before we are served a 3-course dinner in the evening, we have a quick introduction, talk a little about the weekend and what expectations each one of you has for the course, and If we have enough time, we will start on some theory already today. NOTE! The road into Bygdin closes at 20.00 (8.00 PM), so it is important to be here well ahead of this.

ACCOMMODATION

Bygdin Høyfjellshotell

MEALS

-,-,D

After breakfast, we start with the necessary theory, going through some exercises, before we start packing the pulks. Once this is done, we head out to learn more about how the petrol burner works, and how to set up the tents in the best possible way. Then we strap on our skis (and pulks), and head out into nature. Weather and wind conditions determine the choice of route. After a short lap this afternoon, we are now left to ourselves and this is where the theory will be put into practice. We set up tents, go through camp routines, boil water, make dinner, and jump into our sleeping bags for the night, before a new day awaits tomorrow.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

6-8 hours

We fire up the primus and eat breakfast, then pack down the tents and continue the trip after hopefully a comfortable night. Along the way, we get tested in navigation, and take breaks where we get tips and training. In the afternoon we find a suitable place where we set up camp. Here we will go through much of the same stuff as yesterday so that we get the hang of our routines. Because that's what ski expeditions are all about! The good routines.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

6-8 hours

We pack up the tents for the last time and head back towards Bygdin. We use the day to practice navigation and choice of route. When we arrive at Bygdin Mountain Lodge we eat lunch, then start unpacking before a final chat about the trip awaits. The course ends in the afternoon. In order to get the most out of what you have just learned, we recommend that you carry out such a trip on your own, in a safe environment that you are comfortable with, or by signing up for one of our ski expeditions.

MEALS

B,L,-

DURATION

6-8 hours

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.

Guides

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

We recommend wool underwear for both men and women. Wool sportstop is recommended for women.

2 sets. Not too thick, wear multiple layers if necessary.

2-3 paris. Wool is recommended.

2-3 pairs. Wool or synthetic material.

Medium thickness. Primaloft or down.

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. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must be waterproof and windproof,  zips for ventilation are recommended.

Warm hat for cold days.

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of windproof over mittens for additional warmth and protection. 1 pair of thick wool mittens to wear inside the over mittens. 3 pairs in total. 

To protect your boots against mud, dust and water.

Warm ski mittens/gloves.

Equipment

50-60 liter capacity.

Good, warm sleeping bag that can withstand -30°C in comfort temperature. Down is the best. They are lighter, and become smaller in package volume. If you already have a good sleeping bag, but are not sure if it is warm enough, this overbag from Halite could be a good alternative.

For winter use. For example Exped down mat or Thermarest NeoAir. Uses together with the "flat" sleeping mat.

Remember new/extra batteries.

2-3 litres, with an insulation cover, so they dont freeze. For example Nalgene bottles with wide mouth. They can handle hot water, so you can use them to keep warm in the sleeping bag.

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

Nordic back country skis, preferably with steel sledges. BC bindings with manual closure, or 75mm bindings. The poles must have large baskets. 

Make sure these fit your skis.

We recommend blue and green kick wax rating. If you want to use skins, we only recommend short skins.
 

Small, light and in aluminum (not plastic).

2 pcs. screw carabiners and 1 regular carabiner. 

For example Piteraq HD. Be sure to have the right size, that fits your sleeping mats.

Recommended

Clothing

Fleece or wool. 

Down or primaloft.

For evenings and leasure days.

Or a face mask.

Nice to take it outside the shell trousers. Preferably with a zipper all the way.

Equipment

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.

Bed linen and disposable sleep liner are included in the cabins, but if you prefer to bring your own sleep liner/light sleepingbag, you are free to do so.

Useful

Equipment

Toilet paper, antibac and waste bags for the paper.

As light at possible. 

There are few or no possibilities to buy this at the cabins. Bring such as chocolate, power bars, nuts, hot drink powder, etc. (We get mostly coffee and tea at the cabins).

We provide

Alt av fellesutstyr som navigasjon, kommunikasjon og satelittelefon. I tillegg til dette har vi med et stort telt som vi kan spise lunsj i hvis det blir dårlig vær. En av guidene vil også dra pulk underveis på turen for frakt av dette. 

Testimonial

"Very useful for gaining experience with navigation in everything from bright sun to white out with absolutely zero visibility. Pleasant and informative guide. Highly recommend."

– Nina, 2021

Testimonial

"A great experience!"

– Åse, 2021

Testimonial

"Fantastic surroundings and professional staff."

– Oscar, 2021