Winter course in Jotunheimen

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Mixed Winter Activities Level 2 4 days 4-12 participants

Overview

Do you have a desire to learn more about outdoor life in the winter, or maybe you dream of going skiing on Svalbard or Grønland within a year or two? The winter course is a great opportunity, specially made for those of you who are dreaming of just this! Hvitserk posses tour leaders who have extensive experience in cold areas both when it comes to long skiing trips in Norway and in polar regions.

Note: This trip is only held in the Norwegian language!

Highlights

  • One night at Bygdin Høifjeldshotel
  • Trip planning. Who, what, where
  • Winter clothing and equipment
  • Tent and camp routines
  • Using a primus
  • Packing a pulk
  • How to orientate on the mountain in the winter
  • Choice of route/recognize avalanche risks
  • Risk factors such as frostbite, hypothermia, burns, tent fire, etc.

Winter in the mountains can be insanely beautiful - but also cold and challenging. The weather and conditions determine the exact route we choose to go. Along the way, the participants get tested on orientation, we take breaks where we can discuss, get tips and training in winter outdoor life. We go as far as we can and take our time for a good lunch break along the way before we find a nice place to pitch our tents for the two nights we spend outside.

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Norwegian guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact us 

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

We rate this at a level of 3.5 out of 5. Conditions in Jotunheimen can be demanding in the winter. It may be cold and windy, but if you are interested in testing if skiing expeditions are for you, and at the same time learn more about winter outdoor life, this can be a very good opportunity. Although conditions can be tough, Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure has also had training sessions for our Greenlanders in the same area at about the same time - in calm, beautiful winter weather.

Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

Preparations 

Most of our trips contain physical challenges. You should have previous experience with being in the outdoors and be in good physical shape to participate. Longer walks in the fields and, for example, “cabin to cabin” or tent camping in the mountain can be good training. 

Accommodation

Our first night is at Bygdin Høyfjellshotell in double rooms (single room supplement is 500 NOK). A 3-course dinner is served on the day of arrival. Solid breakfast and packed lunch are included before the outdoor part of the course starts. Before departure on Sunday, we enjoy a 2-course dinner inside the hotel.

NOTE: It is possible to take the bus to Beitostølen, and be picked up there, notify us about this in advance.

Climate

If you want to see the weather forecast for the next few days? Check out www.yr.no and fill in your destination.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 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 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.

Insurance

You must have adequate health and accident insurance that will also cover any repatriation. Remember to bring proof of travel insurance on your trip.

Some general things to be aware o:

  • Some insurance companies use the number of meters above sea level as a criterion for what the insurance covers and whether they call it an expedition or not. Pay special attention to this - and check it carefully.
  • Some insurance companies require an extension if the individual journey goes beyond a certain duration.
  • Make sure the insurance covers the selected geographical area.
  • Some insurance companies have an upper limit on their cancellation and sickness insurance.

We recommend that you check that your insurance covers the following:

  • Cancellation insurance - must be taken out at the time of booking the trip. Check that the total amount of the cancellation insurance covers the total amount of your trip. If it does not, you should purchase additional cancellation insurance that covers the remaining amount.
  • Luggage
  • Responsibility
  • Delays
  • Lost the purpose of the journey. (For example, you can travel to Africa if you break your arm before departure. But it may not be possible to climb Kilimanjaro and sleep in a tent. Therefore, you should have insurance that covers the loss of the purpose of the trip.)

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

Price includes

  • Experienced Hvitserk-guides
  • Accommodation in double rooms at Bygdin Høyfjellshotell for one night 
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day program
  • Supplies/food when we sleep in a tent.
  • General equipment such as primus, tents, pulk bags and pulk. 

Price does not include

  • Transportation to Bygdin Høyfjellshotell
  • Harness and tow to the pulk
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drinks 

Other information

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

Day by Day

day

1

Arrival at Bygdin Høyfjellshotell

Accommodation Hotell
Meals D

Arrival at Bygdin Høyfjellshotell in the afternoon/evening. Here we are served a 3-course dinner at 7.00 PM, so meet up before that time. NOTE: The road to Bygdin closes at 20:00, so it is important to get in before it closes. You meet the guide and the other participants at Bygdin. We spend the evening preparing for the trip, going through both the days while we also distribute equipment, getting ready for the nights in tents. We spend the night in a double room (single room supplement NOK 500) at the hotel.

day

2

From Bygdin to tents

Accommodation Tent
Meals B, L, D

After a good breakfast, we finish packing the pulks and start skiing. The weather and conditions determine the route, but we have studied the map yesterday so we will have a general idea of where we intend to go. We are skiing in is terrain that is difficult to navigate, but the landscape is very beautiful. Along the way, we take breaks where we get tips and training in winter outdoor life. We go as far as we can and take our time for a good lunch along the way before we find a nice place to pitch our tents before we get ready for the evening.

 

day

3

Expedition course

Accommodation Tent
Meals B, L, D

We fire up the primus and eat breakfast, then pack the tent and continue skiing after hopefully a comfortable night in the tent. It is probable that we are in an area where we can ski all by ourselves in the beautiful winter landscape. If we are really lucky we might even see wild reindeer! Today as well as yesterday we will take breaks along the way where we get tips and training in winter outdoor life.

 

day

4

Back to Bygdin

Meals B, L, D

We pack our tents for the last time before we ski the last leg towards Bygdin! When we arrive at Bygdin Høyfjellshotell, there is the possibility of a shower, we also eat a 2-course dinner before we depart back where we came from. Now we are left with a lot of knowledge on how to be out in the winter mountains. Remember to get back on tour as soon as possible, then you will not forget everything you have learned.

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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 if for SUMMER trips, but you can still get some good tips for Winter! 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.

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:

UNDERWEAR

We recommend at least one wool boxer shorts for both men and women. Men can advantageously have one with Windstopper in the front. For women, the bra/sports top in wool is also recommended.

2-SET WOOL BASE LAYER

It is wise to use wool underwear that is not too thick, so rather use several layers.

FLEECE JACKET

This is very good to have, a warm wool sweater can also be used.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it snows or rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

SHELL PANTS

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

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

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. 

THIN GLOVES

Good to have while making food, etc.

SKI, SKI BOOTS AND POLES

Mountain skis and thick boots, preferably with steel edges. Large casters on the poles.

SKINS

Both short and long. Choose short if you have both. 

SKI WAX

One blue extra and green. Don't take with you all you've got. 

GAITERS

Full-coverage gaiters are excellent on all types of boots and are highly recommended. They both heat and protect.

SHOVEL

A proper snow shovel is important in winter.

SOCKS

Socks, the thicker the better, with good resilience. And check that there is at least 80% wool in them. Inner socks can be wool or synthetic. Newer socks can withstand more days than old ones.

Sandals / Slippers This is nice to have inside.

PANTS

Light pants for use inside but only if you have room for this, or don't want to walk around in your wool base layer. 

BALACLAVA AND BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining.

SUNGLASSES 

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. 

GLASSES FOR ALPINE SKIING

This is needed in snowy weather and strong winds. It also provides good protection against the cold.

HEADLAMP

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

BACKPACK

Good and spacious backpack with a good hip belt, chest buckle, and padding. A 50-60 liter sack is appropriate.

WATER BOTTLES

2 solid one-liter bottles with cover so that they don't freeze so easily. A thick sock also does the job. A bottle should be able to hang on the backpack or belt so it is easy to drink. 

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.

TOILET PAPER

When you need to go to the toilet. 

EXTRA BATTERIES

For the camera, headlamp, etc.

MAP, COMPASS AND MAP FOLDER

1:50 000 map over Jotunheimen East.

SLEEPING BAG

Should withstand -30 celsius. Down is lighter than synthetic fiber, but is more vulnerable to moisture.

PULK

We lend pulk, but you must bring your own harness and tow (see below).

DUFFEL BAG

Bring a duffel bag or other water-resistant bag to have your equipment in. 

HARNESS AND TOW

You can choose between purchasing your own harness and tow, or use a good backpack (approx. 30-40 L with a good hip belt) with home-made tows (rope). Bring 2 screw carabines, rope and a knife - then you make it at Bygdin. Check out our expedition school for ideas on how to make this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2x8vMEySCo&index=5&t=0s&list=PLaVmMMPHDbGMsOX7TfAvHkU7f6B7qJJAF  

LUGGAGE STRAPS

To attach the equipment to the pulk

SCREW CARABINES

2 large screw carabines

SLEEPING PAD

Good insulation and comfort are important.

POCKET KNIFE

Bring one if you already have one.

LUNCHBOX, CUTLERY, CUP, PLATE

For eating each day. 

WATERPROOF PACKING BAG

To store items that are necessary to keep dry.

Recommended:

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

It's important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

GPS

Bring one of you already have one.

BIVOUAC SHOES

If you have footbags, bivouac shoes or something similar, this is nice to use when finished skiing

Optional:

ANTI BAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

EARPLUGS

If you're a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

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.

POWERBANK

If you need extra charging.

 

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 11. Feb 2021 Sun 14. Feb 2021
Available
NOK 6 900
Thu 25. Feb 2021 Sun 28. Feb 2021
Available
NOK 6 900

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