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