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Crossing Norway Ski Expedition

From the Swedish boarder to the fjord of Trondheim

Crossing Norway Ski Expedition

From the Swedish boarder to the fjord of Trondheim

From USD 1442

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.

Highlights

  • 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!

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Dates and booking

Sun 12. Mars - Sun 19. Mars 2023

USD 1442Available

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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 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.

Safety and grading of trips

Physical level

4/6 Physical

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.

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 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).

Other information

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.

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Day by Day

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Day 1:Attendance and first stage from Vaektarstua towards the Swedish border

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.

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

-,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

1,5 hour

DISTANCE

20 km

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Day 2:Sweden and eastwards

Today we either start the day with an easy trip to the Swedish border without a sled, or - if we visited the Swedish border the day before - we start straight on the next stage. Today we will ski in open landscape towards Storerikvollen - a mountain cabin belonging to the Norwegian trekking association (DNT). The trip starts with a climb, but as we get above the tree line the terrain becomes easier. We find a suitable place to camp in the area, depending on how far we ski. During todays stage we come close to the Sylan mountain massif, which is a spectacular sight. We take our time and go steadily with a good lunch break every day. We start to get into the tent routines as melting snow, boiling water, setting up tents and relax.

Today we either start the day with an easy trip to the Swedish border without a sled, or - if we visited the Swedish border the day before - we start straight on the next stage. Today we will ski in open landscape towards Storerikvollen - a mountain cabin belonging to the Norwegian trekking association (DNT). The trip starts with a climb, but as we get above the tree line the terrain becomes easier. We find a suitable place to camp in the area, depending on how far we ski. During todays stage we come close to the Sylan mountain massif, which is a spectacular sight. We take our time and go steadily with a good lunch break every day. We start to get into the tent routines as melting snow, boiling water, setting up tents and relax.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

18 km

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Day 3:Mountain birch forest

The journey goes towards Ramsjøen mountain lake, and we follow the winter marked route. We move in easy terrain, trough valleys of scattered mountain birch forest. We are in the kingdom of the grouse, and here we ski along frozen streams and marshland covered in winter white snow. Between the two mountains Sankåkleppen and Blåhåmmåren we find a suitable place for lunch in the open air. We have the whole day, nothing we have to stress to achieve. When we approach the area of the Ramsjøen mountain lake, we find a suitable place to set our tents up.

The journey goes towards Ramsjøen mountain lake, and we follow the winter marked route. We move in easy terrain, trough valleys of scattered mountain birch forest. We are in the kingdom of the grouse, and here we ski along frozen streams and marshland covered in winter white snow. Between the two mountains Sankåkleppen and Blåhåmmåren we find a suitable place for lunch in the open air. We have the whole day, nothing we have to stress to achieve. When we approach the area of the Ramsjøen mountain lake, we find a suitable place to set our tents up.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

16 km

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Day 4:High mountains and varied terrain

Today's stage goes via Fongen and Ramskardet mountain pass. Here we encounter brutal alpine mountain terrain and a long uphill that breaks with the gentle landscape we come from. The area is known for being rugged - maybe we will get a taste of the real expedition feeling? Towards the end of the day we will cross a frozen river in the bottom of a small valley, which can be challenging, but together we work our way down and into the beautiful forest that awaits us.

Today's stage goes via Fongen and Ramskardet mountain pass. Here we encounter brutal alpine mountain terrain and a long uphill that breaks with the gentle landscape we come from. The area is known for being rugged - maybe we will get a taste of the real expedition feeling? Towards the end of the day we will cross a frozen river in the bottom of a small valley, which can be challenging, but together we work our way down and into the beautiful forest that awaits us.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

16 km

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Day 5:Kingdom of the grouse

Today we will ski an unmarked part of the route, and this is perhaps the day that you can really experience the feeling of the wilderness. We start the day in the forest, among spruce and pine, but eventually we move into more open terrain. In the afternoon we camp for the night.

Today we will ski an unmarked part of the route, and this is perhaps the day that you can really experience the feeling of the wilderness. We start the day in the forest, among spruce and pine, but eventually we move into more open terrain. In the afternoon we camp for the night.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

12 km

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Day 6:Cross country tracks and civilization are approaching

Now we are starting to approach civilization again, and most of the day we ski in cross country tracks. If they are prepared after the latest snow fall, they can be a welcome break after many days of plowing deep snow. The sledges are noticeably lighter, and tonight we will enjoy the last dinner portion of freeze-dried tour food in our tents.

Now we are starting to approach civilization again, and most of the day we ski in cross country tracks. If they are prepared after the latest snow fall, they can be a welcome break after many days of plowing deep snow. The sledges are noticeably lighter, and tonight we will enjoy the last dinner portion of freeze-dried tour food in our tents.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

13 km

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Day 7:The last ski stage, Trondheimsfjorden and a warm bed

Today only the last stage remains, and we slide down from the mountain area, trough the forest and towards our destination Stjørdal. When the ski tracks are coming to an end, our transportation meets us. Those who want can end the trip here and get transported to our Hotel, but those who want to complete the entire stage change their shoes, send their luggage with the transportation, and walk the last approx. 20 kilometer to the Trondheimsfjord by foot. After a warm shower we will have a nice dinner together at the hotel in the evening.

Today only the last stage remains, and we slide down from the mountain area, trough the forest and towards our destination Stjørdal. When the ski tracks are coming to an end, our transportation meets us. Those who want can end the trip here and get transported to our Hotel, but those who want to complete the entire stage change their shoes, send their luggage with the transportation, and walk the last approx. 20 kilometer to the Trondheimsfjord by foot. After a warm shower we will have a nice dinner together at the hotel in the evening.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

13 km + 20 by foot

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Day 8:Going home with memories

The trip ends after breakfast at the hotel. Maybe we have already started planning new adventures?

The trip ends after breakfast at the hotel. Maybe we have already started planning new adventures?

MEALS

B,-,-

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

-,L,D

TRANSPORTATION

1,5 hour

DISTANCE

20 km

Today we either start the day with an easy trip to the Swedish border without a sled, or - if we visited the Swedish border the day before - we start straight on the next stage. Today we will ski in open landscape towards Storerikvollen - a mountain cabin belonging to the Norwegian trekking association (DNT). The trip starts with a climb, but as we get above the tree line the terrain becomes easier. We find a suitable place to camp in the area, depending on how far we ski. During todays stage we come close to the Sylan mountain massif, which is a spectacular sight. We take our time and go steadily with a good lunch break every day. We start to get into the tent routines as melting snow, boiling water, setting up tents and relax.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

18 km

The journey goes towards Ramsjøen mountain lake, and we follow the winter marked route. We move in easy terrain, trough valleys of scattered mountain birch forest. We are in the kingdom of the grouse, and here we ski along frozen streams and marshland covered in winter white snow. Between the two mountains Sankåkleppen and Blåhåmmåren we find a suitable place for lunch in the open air. We have the whole day, nothing we have to stress to achieve. When we approach the area of the Ramsjøen mountain lake, we find a suitable place to set our tents up.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

16 km

Today's stage goes via Fongen and Ramskardet mountain pass. Here we encounter brutal alpine mountain terrain and a long uphill that breaks with the gentle landscape we come from. The area is known for being rugged - maybe we will get a taste of the real expedition feeling? Towards the end of the day we will cross a frozen river in the bottom of a small valley, which can be challenging, but together we work our way down and into the beautiful forest that awaits us.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

16 km

Today we will ski an unmarked part of the route, and this is perhaps the day that you can really experience the feeling of the wilderness. We start the day in the forest, among spruce and pine, but eventually we move into more open terrain. In the afternoon we camp for the night.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

12 km

Now we are starting to approach civilization again, and most of the day we ski in cross country tracks. If they are prepared after the latest snow fall, they can be a welcome break after many days of plowing deep snow. The sledges are noticeably lighter, and tonight we will enjoy the last dinner portion of freeze-dried tour food in our tents.

ACCOMMODATION

Tent

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

13 km

Today only the last stage remains, and we slide down from the mountain area, trough the forest and towards our destination Stjørdal. When the ski tracks are coming to an end, our transportation meets us. Those who want can end the trip here and get transported to our Hotel, but those who want to complete the entire stage change their shoes, send their luggage with the transportation, and walk the last approx. 20 kilometer to the Trondheimsfjord by foot. After a warm shower we will have a nice dinner together at the hotel in the evening.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

MEALS

B,L,D

DISTANCE

13 km + 20 by foot

The trip ends after breakfast at the hotel. Maybe we have already started planning new adventures?

MEALS

B,-,-

What's included in the price

Included

Mainly freeze dried food during the ski trip. Dinner and breakfast at the hotel.

Taxi from Værnes to Stugudal, and taxi/luggage transport to Værnes from where the ski trip ends.

Such as tent, stove, cookware, fuel, snow shovels, toilet paper.

Such as first aid, navigation equipment.

Not included

SAS og Norwegian fly direct from Oslo Gardermoen, Vy drives night trains to Trondheim.

If you a arrive the day before the trip starts.

Also pulk/sled, harness, and sled bag for use in the sledge - contact us if you want to rent this.

Reservation

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.

Obligatory

Clothing

We recommend wool underwear for both men and women. Wool sportstop is recommended for women. A boxershorts with windstopper is recommended for cold days. 

Not too thick, bring more layers if necessary.

2-3 paris. Wool is recommended.

2-3 pairs. Wool or synthetic material.

Fleece or wool. 

With hood, and long enough to cover the butt.

Gore-Tex or equivalent. Must withstand wind, rain and snow, and have a decent hood with room for the climbing helmet.

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. 

Or a face mask.

Footwear

Warm BC or 75mm ski boots. Slightly large, so that there is room for thick socks. The shoes must be well used to avoid blisters. May have integrated gaiters.

Equipment

Should have a comfort temperature of at least -20° celcius. Both down and synthetic are fine, remember to pack it in a waterproof bag. A liner can increase the comfort temperature.

For winter use. For example Exped down mat or Thermarest NeoAir. Used together with the "flat" sleeping mat.

Remember new/extra batteries.

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. 

Compact and light.

Preferably a spoon with a long handle if you are going to eat freeze dried food.

A solid pair, with dark glass. With a cord to hang around the neck.

Alpine snow glasses. To protect your face and eyes in snow, wind and cold conditions.

"Flat" type made of closed-cell foam, for example Thermarest Z-lite. To use in combination with the inflatable sleeping mat.

Nordic back country skis, preferably with steel sledges. BC bindings with manual closure, or 75mm bindings. The poles must have large baskets. 

For hot drinks in breaks and in camp.

2 x 1 litre bottles, with 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. If you do not have 2 bottles you can bring an extra thermos instead (must be 3 litres of water capacity all together).

1-2 litre (3 litres all together in thermos and waterbottles).

Waterproof packbags, important to keep your clothes, electronics and sleepingbag dry. Different sizes and colours is practical.

We mostly use short skins, but should we be unlucky with the route (hard and icy or lots of powder snow), long traps are a must.

The hauling piece must be the stiff type. If you do not have a sled, you can hire from us, pleace contact us.

Recommended

Clothing

A warm hat that also should be windproof.

For warmer days, and as a hat when sleeping.

Can also be used inside the down mittens.

To protect your boots against mud, dust and water.

Nice to take it outside the shell trousers. Preferably with a zipper all the way.

Footwear

Lightweight  and back up very small. Keep your feet warm inside the tent, sleeping bag or while walking around camp. Down or synthetic filling. In addition, warm and good footwear in case of emergency, if your feet are very cold.

Equipment

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

A small bag with antibac, and dog poop bags for used wet wipes etc. Here you can also keep toilet paper, and matches to burn used toilet paper.

Useful

Clothing

Thin, ultra lihgt.

Equipment

To increase the comfort temperature in your sleeping bag.

As light at possible. 

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

If youre a light sleeper.

For example Piteraq HD. Be sure to have the right size, that fits your sleeping mats.

20-30 litres. If you perfer having easy access to snacks, thermos etc. while skiing.

We provide

We have the following common and safety equipment

GPS, kart og kompass.

Mainly freeze dried food during the ski trip.

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.

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