Winter course in Jotunheimen

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Physical 2/6   Risk 2/6 4 days 4-12 participants From NOK 7 900

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.

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: 2

Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally. Read more about the grading on our trips here

What's included

  • All accommodations (Bygdin Mountain Lodge and tent)
  • All meals as mentioned in the day to day program
  • Norwegian guide

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.

Eirik B. Zwart-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 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!

Safety

Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure places great emphasis on safety. If an accident occurs, know that you will get help quickly. We have 24h emergency preparedness at our office when someone is on a trip, so Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure can always be contacted if something happens during the trip. We demand that our local partners also place great emphasis on high levels of experience and understanding of our products.

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.

What to bring?

Take a look at the equipment list by clicking on "Equipment list" in the menu above. On this trip, you have to drag your own pulk so it is important to pack as lightly as possible.

How to get there?

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.

Accommodation

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.

Luggage

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.

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Hvitserk 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 Hvitserk 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.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English if there are some international participants booked on the course from the 23. - 26. February. 

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 Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure guide(s)
  • Accommodation at Mountain Lodge
  • All meals as described in the day to day program
  • Food when we are out skiing
  • Necessary equipment for the group such as primus/gasoline burner, tent from Hilleberg, pulk bags and pulks

Price does not include

  • Transportation to Bygdin Mountain Lodge
  • Harness and drag to the pulk
  • Cancellation- and travel insurance
  • Any alcoholic beverage or mineral water

Other information

If it is close to departure and the trip is fully booked, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join the trip anyway. 

Day by Day

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1

Arrival at Bygdin Mountain Lodge

Accommodation Bygdin Mountain Lodge
Meals D

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.

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From theory to practice

Accommodation Tent
Meals B, L, D
Duration Will vary
Climb Will vary
Descent Will vary
Distance Will vary

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.

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Expedition course

Accommodation Tent
Meals B, L, D
Duration Will vary
Climb Will vary
Descent Will vary
Distance Will vary

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.

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Back to Bygdin

Meals B, L, D
Duration Will vary
Climb Will vary
Descent Will vary
Distance Will vary

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.

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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. 

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.

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.

WOOL UNDERWEAR
We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and a bra. No cotton.
2-SET WOOL BASE LAYER
2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm, or Expedition thickness is recommended.
EXTRA TOP LAYER
Bring an extra medium-thick layer to add underneath your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily.
MID-LAYER
A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer.
SHELL 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 rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation.
SHELL PANTS
Waterproof shell pants. Gore-tex 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.
MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET
Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid-layer, yet underneath your rain shell. It should be comfortable with the full range of movement when all layers are on.
INSULATING SHORTS, SKIRT OR TROUSERS
Insulating trousers, shorts or skirt that you can wear over the shell trousers is good to have when it's really cold. Also nice in the sleeping bag. Down or synthetic filling. Not mandatory, but comfortable.
GLOVES & MITTENS
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.
HATS
2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. One can have a windproof lining.
BALACLAVA AND BUFF
Wool layer to protect your neck and face. 2 is recommended.
WOOL SOCKS
3 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 1 thick. We recommend a 4th pair that are extra thick for evenings.
BIVUAK SHOES/CAMP SHOES
If you have foot bags, bivuak shoes etc, this is comfortable to use in camp.
GAITERS
To have over your ski boots and shell pants in case of a lot of wind/snow.
WATERPROOF SACKS FOR GEAR
May also be with compression straps. For storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jacket to create more space.
SLEEPING BAG
Should withstand -30 celsius. Down is lighter than synthetic fiber, but is more vulnerable to moisture.
SLEEPING PAD
2 pieces. It is important to sleep well, an inflatable sleeping pad as well as a thin sitting pad to wear underneath is best. Of the inflatables, Thermarest NeoAir and Exped DownMat are good options. It is possibly possible to use two normal sleeping pads on top of each other. A seat pad can also be practical to have with you.
ARCTIC BEDDING
Transport cover for sleeping bag and sleeping pad that allows you to transport this on top of the pulk without packing it up/taking the air out of the pad. Arctic Bedding is not mandatory, but practical.
SNOW GOGGLES
Alpine snow glasses. To protect your face and eyes in snow, wind and cold conditions.
SUNGLASSES
UV rated. Dark lenses. Plastic frames, not metal.
SUN SCREEN AND COLD CREAM
Cold cream can be good to have in extra cold environments.
WATER BOTTLES & THERMOS
Insulated water bottles and thermos, 1-2 liter capacity. Should be able to contain hot water. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures.
LUNCHBOX, CUTLERY, CUP, PLATE
For eating each day. 
SKIS, BOOTS, POLES
Durable skis, leather clip in boots, and backcountry ski poles.
SKI WAX/SKINS
We recommend blue and green kick wax rating. If you want to use skins, we only recommend short skins.
SNOW SHOVEL
A proper snow shovel is important in the winter.
LUGGAGE STRAPS
To attach the equipment to the pulk.
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   
SCREW CARABINES
2 large screw carabines.
HEADLAMP
Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold.
BATTERIES/CHARGING GEAR
For your small electronic devices.
REPAIR EQUIPMENT
Leatherman etc., bring it if you already have one. Needle and thread for small repairs, repair kit for the sleeping pad, extra shoelaces etc.
MAP, COMPASS AND MAP FOLDER
The compass must be either a plate compass or a mirror compass, 360 degrees. We provide a map. If you want to buy your own, you can: Beitostølen 1:50,000.
GPS
We mainly use a map and compass, so this is not mandatory, but feel free to bring a GPS if you already own one.
PERSONAL MEDICATIONS
Pain killers and blister tape/patches etc. And make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs.
ANTIBAC AND TOILET PAPER
"TOILET KIT" for use during skiing. Remember a small plastic bag for used paper, wet napkins etc., as vi practice the rule of "leave no trace".
EARPLUGS
Against snoring and fluttering in the tent cloth. Recommended for a good night's sleep!
TOILETRIES
Personal basics: toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes etc.
CAMERA
If you want the extra good photos from the trip. Remember to leave enough space on the memory stick.
NORMAL CLOTHES
Only necessary on the first evening at Bygdin. This can be left at the hotel while out skiing. Sandals/slippers are also nice to wear indoors.

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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 16. Feb 2023 Sun 19. Feb 2023
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Limited availability
NOK 7 900
Thu 23. Feb 2023 Sun 26. Feb 2023
Available
NOK 7 900

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