Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (27)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (45)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (80)

Spring Ski Trip from Finse to Hardanger

Finish the winter season with this hidden gem

Spring Ski Trip from Finse to Hardanger

Finish the winter season with this hidden gem

From USD 822

Are you ready for a classic ski expedition this spring? Just one last trip before the summer comes? Then our spring ski trip from Finse to Hardanger is the perfect option for you. We go from Finse, via Demmevasshytta and to Hardanger, a route that offers great contrasts and spectacular nature experiences.

Highlights

  • Accommodation at Finse 1222
  • Skiing over the majestic Hardangerjøkulen Glacier
  • Accommodation at Demmevasshytta, one of the most remote, and isolated cabins in the Norwegian Tourist Association's cabin network
  • Skiing from winter to spring during the descent down Simadalen Valley\
  • Hardanger in full bloom!

We start the trip at Finse, the Bergen Railway's highest elevated station, spend the night at Finse 1222, before we cross the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier the next day, going in the direction of Demmevasshytta - one of the Norwegian Tourist Association's most spectacular and isolated accommodations. Then finally, on the last day of the trip, we go down the Simadalen Valley where Hardanger in full spring bloom welcomes us.

May is a fantastic month for a last ski trip of the season and together with our local guide we get to experience great contrasts as we go from the snow-clad Hardangervidda Mountain Plateu to the green-clad Simadalen Valley, which lies at the inner end of the Hardangerfjord. When we get to Simadalen Valley, the most adventorous participants in the group can end the trip with a swim in the roaring river that flows down the valley. There are few, if any trips that will give you such a wide range of experiences as this one, and in such a short time. We welcome you to join this magnificent trip the upcoming spring!

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Dates and booking

Sat 29. April - Mon 01. May 2023

USD 822Available

Fri 05. May - Sun 07. May 2023

USD 822Available

Guaranteed departure

Fri 12. May - Sun 14. May 2023

USD 822Available

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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)

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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

3/6 Physical

On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity.

Safety and grading of trips

Risk level

3/6 Risk

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.

Safety and grading of trips

Training and preperations

This is a fairly tough skiing trip with two long ski days, which depending on route and snow conditions are between 15 and 20 kilometers in lenght. 

On the lap from Demmevasshytta to Simadalen Valley there is a steep descent where we will go by foot on the trail (if the snow has melted), or in a snow-covered  valley side down to the bottom of the valley, approx. 900 meters of descent in 2 kilometers.

Accommodation and food

We spend the nights at Finse 1222 and Demmevasshytta during the trip. At Finse 1222, the guests will be divided into two-bed rooms together with one of the same sex, while at Demmevasshytta we will spend the night in multi-bed rooms (bring a sleeping bag). 

Demmevashytta has quite limited standard so we prepare shared dinner and shared breakfast during our stay here.

Other information

It is only possible to reach Finse 1222 by train. All trains on the Bergen Railway stop at Finse. You can buy tickets at www.vy.no. If you are coming from Oslo, it may be worthwhile to drive to Ustaoset or Geilo, leave the car there, and take the train for the last stretch to Finse.

Since you have to carry your own backpack, we recommend packing as lightly as possible so that you do not carry too many kilos. This is very important for a successful trip. Use a backpack that you have used on a trip like this before, which also has a good hip belt. Remember windproof and waterproof clothing. Remember to also leave some room in your backpack for the food we will need to carry to Demmevasshytta. This will be divided equally on all participants. 

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Day by Day

Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (13)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (21)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (5)

Day 1:Meet up at Finse

We meet at Finse 1222 in the evening. The afternoon trains from Oslo and Bergen arrive just in time for dinner. Finse can only be reached by train (or ski...!) in winter, and if you don't take the train from Oslo, there are good parking options at Ustaoset and Geilo, where you can take the train the last stretch into Finse. After dinner, we go through the trip program together and get ready for tomorrow.

We meet at Finse 1222 in the evening. The afternoon trains from Oslo and Bergen arrive just in time for dinner. Finse can only be reached by train (or ski...!) in winter, and if you don't take the train from Oslo, there are good parking options at Ustaoset and Geilo, where you can take the train the last stretch into Finse. After dinner, we go through the trip program together and get ready for tomorrow.

ACCOMMODATION

Finse 1222

MEALS

-,-,D

Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (50)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (56)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (63)

Day 2:From Finse to Demmevasshytta

We get up early, eat a good breakfast and pack lunch. After we have distributed the food we will bring to Demmevasshytta, we strap on our skis and cross Lake Finsevatnet. Today's lap continues over the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier and to Demmevasshytta. We eat lunch along the way. Demmevasshytta is spectacularly located on a mountain shelf above the Rembesdalsskåkji glacier arm. On arrival, we fire up the oven, relax a bit, before cooking a delicious dinner in the evening.

We get up early, eat a good breakfast and pack lunch. After we have distributed the food we will bring to Demmevasshytta, we strap on our skis and cross Lake Finsevatnet. Today's lap continues over the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier and to Demmevasshytta. We eat lunch along the way. Demmevasshytta is spectacularly located on a mountain shelf above the Rembesdalsskåkji glacier arm. On arrival, we fire up the oven, relax a bit, before cooking a delicious dinner in the evening.

ACCOMMODATION

Demmevass hytta

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

8-10 hours

ASCENT/DESCENT

550m/450m

DISTANCE

15-20 km

Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (68)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (75)
Vårskitur Finse Hardanger@JørnAreLongfjeld (97)

Day 3:From Demmevasshytta to Hardanger

We make breakfast together at the cabin and find a safe route over the glacier. From here, the trip goes from a white winter landscape in the direction of the bright green Simadalen Valley and the Hardangerfjord. Today's ski trip goes from 1311 m.a.s.l. down to the fjord, and is approximately 15 kilometers long. There are some steep parts down the Simadalen Valley that we go on foot, so remember to bring sturdy hiking boots for this. In Simadalen Valley we are met by our mine bus which takes us back, first past Vøringsfossen Waterfall and then across Hardangervidda to Ustaoset. The trip ends here, and we expect to catch the train departures from Ustaoset after 18.30.

We make breakfast together at the cabin and find a safe route over the glacier. From here, the trip goes from a white winter landscape in the direction of the bright green Simadalen Valley and the Hardangerfjord. Today's ski trip goes from 1311 m.a.s.l. down to the fjord, and is approximately 15 kilometers long. There are some steep parts down the Simadalen Valley that we go on foot, so remember to bring sturdy hiking boots for this. In Simadalen Valley we are met by our mine bus which takes us back, first past Vøringsfossen Waterfall and then across Hardangervidda to Ustaoset. The trip ends here, and we expect to catch the train departures from Ustaoset after 18.30.

MEALS

B,L,-

DURATION

6-8 hours

ASCENT/DESCENT

150m/1200m

DISTANCE

15 km

We meet at Finse 1222 in the evening. The afternoon trains from Oslo and Bergen arrive just in time for dinner. Finse can only be reached by train (or ski...!) in winter, and if you don't take the train from Oslo, there are good parking options at Ustaoset and Geilo, where you can take the train the last stretch into Finse. After dinner, we go through the trip program together and get ready for tomorrow.

ACCOMMODATION

Finse 1222

MEALS

-,-,D

We get up early, eat a good breakfast and pack lunch. After we have distributed the food we will bring to Demmevasshytta, we strap on our skis and cross Lake Finsevatnet. Today's lap continues over the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier and to Demmevasshytta. We eat lunch along the way. Demmevasshytta is spectacularly located on a mountain shelf above the Rembesdalsskåkji glacier arm. On arrival, we fire up the oven, relax a bit, before cooking a delicious dinner in the evening.

ACCOMMODATION

Demmevass hytta

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

8-10 hours

ASCENT/DESCENT

550m/450m

DISTANCE

15-20 km

We make breakfast together at the cabin and find a safe route over the glacier. From here, the trip goes from a white winter landscape in the direction of the bright green Simadalen Valley and the Hardangerfjord. Today's ski trip goes from 1311 m.a.s.l. down to the fjord, and is approximately 15 kilometers long. There are some steep parts down the Simadalen Valley that we go on foot, so remember to bring sturdy hiking boots for this. In Simadalen Valley we are met by our mine bus which takes us back, first past Vøringsfossen Waterfall and then across Hardangervidda to Ustaoset. The trip ends here, and we expect to catch the train departures from Ustaoset after 18.30.

MEALS

B,L,-

DURATION

6-8 hours

ASCENT/DESCENT

150m/1200m

DISTANCE

15 km

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.

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.

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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.

Wool or suitable material. Avoid cotton. Remember to allways bring dry socks with you, to prevent chafing. 

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.

Wind proof mittens with warm inner mittens. Has to cover the underarm, and must be spacious. Must give a good grip, even with inner mittens. 

Warm ski mittens/gloves.

Equipment

50-60 liter capacity.

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.

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.
 

1 pc 130-150 cm, 5-6 mm static climbing rope

We recommend a small and light alpine harness. For example Petzl Altitude or Tour or Black Diamond Colouir.

2 pcs. screw carabiners and 1 regular carabiner. 

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.

Recommended

Clothing

Fleece or wool. 

Down or primaloft.

For evenings and leasure days.

Or a face mask.

To protect your boots against mud, dust and water.

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.

To attach skis to backpack if necessary.

Useful

Equipment

Toilet paper, antibac and waste bags for the paper.

As light at possible. 

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

We provide

We bring ropes and other safety equipment for skiing over Hardangerjøkulen Glacier. Personal equipment such as harness, sling and carabiners must be brought by each individual.

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Testimonial

"Beautiful spring ski trip with a great tour guide!"

– Beate, 2022

Testimonial

"A fantastic trip over the mountain from the winter landscape at Finse, over glaciers and a spectacular overnight stay at Demmevasshytta and down to a blooming Hardanger and a refreshing bath in the river in Simadalen."

– Trine, 2022

Testimonial

"Wow, this really is spring's most beautiful adventure! We got almost every kind of weather, which is part of the charm. Good food, pleasant conversations and a fantastic cabin with an incredible view. This tour is highly recommended!"

– Grete, 2021