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 should be a guideline for you to find the right trip. In accordance with our travel conditions, we require that you as a participant are prepared for the trip you book, and have familiarized yourself with what you are going to take part in. It is important that you read more about the trip under tour facts to gain an understanding of the physical level required and the risks involved in each trip.
Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk. 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 a selection of first aid equipment for treatment in the field. We also have a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.
Norrøna Hvitserk 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.
If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.
All Norrøna Hvitserk trips involves physical activities. We emphasize fitness, hight above sea level, technical skills, length, accommodation facilities, and whether the trip is mentally demanding. You do not have to be an athlete to participate in our trips, but we believe that you will have a better experience if you put in a little effort before joining us on an adventure. Remember that preparation is at least half the trip! The preparations you need to make depend on your experience and the level of the trip.
When we move into nature, we take a greater risk than we usually encounter in daily life. Mountains and nature are infinitely complex, and we can never have full control of all elements along the way. This means that events will happen. Our guides do everything they can to have control over the various elements. Nevertheless, you as a participant can observe details overlooked by the guide. We therefore expect you to communicate your observations and feelings along the way. Good communication helps to highlight all important observations so that you can make the best possible decisions together.
These are our easiest trips and require minimal prior knowledge. We spend the night in places of a good standard. On trips with this grading, the stages are short and the pace calm. We have plenty of time to enjoy the view and arrive at today's hiking destination. Can be performed by anyone with normal health.
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.
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.
To participate on a level 4 trip with us, you must prepare well and be ready for a real challenge! The trips are often longer than at lower levels, and the accommodation is often of a simple standard. Along the way, it will be both physically and mentally demanding, and it presupposes that you are prepared for this. You should do targeted training well in advance of departure. If the trip includes technical elements such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / summit hiking, you should have good skills in the relevant activity.
These are our most demanding trips. Here you have to count on working hard over a longer period of time to reach the goal. The trips are physically and mentally demanding, and thorough preparations are needed to participate. Trips on this level are often long, with many nights in tents. The trips often go to colder areas and / or at high altitudes, and you have to carry or pull heavily. The equipment plays an important role, and the trip places great demands on you as a participant. The guide is responsible for the tour, but you as a participant are responsible for being well enough prepared so that you can take responsibility for yourself along the way. On these trips, the participants take part in camp routines such as setting up camp and cooking.
These are trips we do not have fixed on the tour program, such as an expedition to Mt. Everest. Such expeditions require extraordinary involvement from employees, guides, partners, and participants. You must be able to document experience from demanding trips / expeditions, and be in very good physical shape.
Activities / trips with minimal risk / everyday risk (events that can just as easily occur in everyday life).
Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally.
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.
Activities / trips with significant risk. Events can happen, and they can be of such a nature that they require professional help. If guidelines from guides and / or the company are not followed, you can be exposed to incidents that in the worst case result in serious injuries.
Activities / trips with high risk. Incidents occur and can cause serious injury.
Activities / trips with extremely high risk. Not normally carried out by commercial tourism companies. In that case, it requires extraordinary measures related to the trip / activity, and extremely high demands are placed on all parties involved. An example of such a trip is the ascent of Mt. Everest.