We meet at Vaernes Airport at 08:30 in the morning (you can take the night train both from the south and from the north and be there on time). You choose whether you want to spend the night at a nearby hotel or come the same day. We have a shared transport to Væktarstua, this takes about 1,5 hours. Here the adventure begins. Today's stage is 20 km long, and if the conditions permit, we will visit the Swedish border today, but we have everything we need in the sledge, so we will adapt the route as needed. We have a good lunch break along the way, and after we have set up camp we eat a simple but highly appreciated dinner.
Do you want to see some of the most beautiful things Norway has to offer, and at the same time experience the ski expedition life with sled and tent? Then this is the tour for you! 120 km in 7 days. The route runs along the official "Norway Across the Globe" route, along 63º North.
- Cross Norway on skis from east to west
- A taste of life on a ski expedition
Varied nature and terrain
We follow marked winter routes for large parts of the trip, but also go on unmarked terrain on some stages. This is a popular trip in summer, but in winter not many people go here, so you can often have the areas to yourself and really enjoy the wilderness. There is, however, a high probability of meeting both grouse and reindeer during the trip, and there are also other wild animals in the area that you can see if you are really lucky.
To get a real expedition experience, we ski with sleds and sleep in tents. We move in varying terrain and nature, such as weather-exposed high mountains or scattered mountain birch forest. We find nice places to camp, and set up tents, dig cold pits and cook food in each of our tent teams with 2-3 people. The tents are spacious and stabile - the same ones we use on expeditions to Svalbard and Greenland. If needed, we make a protective wall of snow.
We start out with a view towards the Sylan mountain massif, and visit the Swedish border in Tydal before turning around and heading west. The tour ends with a leg on foot so that those who wish can go all the way down to the Trondheimsfjord and dip their fingers in the water - then you have really crossed Norway!
- 24 hour emergency communication
- All guides have wilderness first aid experience
- First aid equipment available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while on expedition
There are some mountain cabins in the area that can be used in emergencies.
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.
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.
Training and preperation
You should be used to outdoor activities and must be in normal good physical shape to participate. The trip also requires the participant to have experience of skiing off groomed slopes.
Prior knowledge of Arctic expeditions is not necessary, but you should have some experience sleeping and camping in a tent in the winter. Previous sledding experience is not necessary, but some specific training is recommended (pulling car tyres). It is necessary that you have tested your personal equipment/clothing before the trip, footwear being particularly important.
Shared equipment will be distributed between the participants. Setting up the tent, cooking and melting snow is done by the individual tent team (2-3 people). The sled will weigh 30-40 kg.
The daily stages vary but are usually within 12-23 km. Since we have everything we need with us all the way, we can adjust the distances according to the terrain, conditions, etc., and camp where we want.
Participants who are unsure whether their personal skills are sufficient are recommended to take part in our Winter course in Jotunheimen prior to the trip.
Accommodation and food
We sleep all nights in tents on the ski trip. On the last evening (after the ski trip) we stay at a hotel in Værnes and have a nice dinner together, this is included in the tour price.
Accommodation the day before the trip starts is not included (if you choose to show up the day before).
Food is included on the ski trip, the guide brings this and distributes it before the trip starts. Usually oatmeal for breakfast, and vacuum-packed freeze-dried tour food for lunch and dinner. Participants must bring their own snacks/energy (chocolate, nuts, etc.), as well as drinks (hot chocolate, tea, coffee, etc.) on the trip (both for the skiing stages and evening snacks).
It is very important that clothes and sleeping bags are packed waterproof. See the equipment list for what you need to take with you.
If you don't have a sled and harness yourself, you can hire this from us, get in touch well in advance of departure.
The trip starts right outside Vaernes Airport. The easiest way to get there is by flying with either SAS, Norwegian or Widerøe from one of the bigger norwegian cities.
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.
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.
We have the following common and safety equipment
It is important that you pack your clothes and sleeping bag 100% waterproof. Even if you already have a cover on your sleeping bag, it is important that you pack it in a waterproof drybag bag as well.
TIP: Travel in your hiking clothes. We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example ski boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.
"We had wonderful nature experiences, good togetherness and all in all a fantastic trip."
– Eva R. 2021