"This expedition made me feel very proud at what I'd done, I also learnt that I'm tougher than I thought" - Student, 2015
An incredible winter mountaineering experience on Nordic skis in the Hardangervidda Mountains. Travel to Norway to receive expert tuition in the skills of Nordic mountain skiing, before donning rucksacks and heading out into the icy chill for an exhilarating and instructional journey, staying in remote mountain hytter (huts) and experiencing a night in a snow hole. This is for the determined who want adventure, fun and the opportunity to learn new skills in a wonderful environment.
Day 1 London to The Setesdal Valley
We fly from London to southern Norway and here we meet our bus to travel north on the wintery roads to our base in the Upper Setesdal region.
Tonight we will settle in to our hostel situated on the edge of the Hardangervidda, one of the largest mountain plateaus in Europe. It is the perfect base for our expedition with a year-round alpine climate and stunning scenery.
Welcome to a winter wonderland where cold temperatures and snow are just a way of life. Once out of the chill, we can appreciate the warmth of a glowing fire and traditional comfort of our accommodation for the night.
Days 2-3 Mountain Ski Training
The next two days will be spent learning the essential skills of Nordic skiing and then gradually improving our technique in readiness for carrying a laden rucksack up into the mountains.
There are numerous varied trails for us to practice on and the different terrain will provide a real challenge no matter what our ability from the gently undulating to more challenging hilly tracks.
Under expert tuition we can concentrate on developing our skiing competency, but we will also spend time learning vital winter skills which we may need over the coming days.
This might include lessons in winter survival techniques and camp skills, such as cooking our own ration packs.
Day 4 Mountain Ski Journey
Brimming with confidence and prepared with our packed rucksacks, we head off up into the mountains. As we will be self-sufficient during our journey days, we carry with us all that we need including our food and clothing.
At first we use established tracks lower down and then we move into wilderness and follow maps and compasses through the pristine winter environment. With the skills we have learnt over the previous days and still under the guidance of our experienced leaders, our self-assurance and ability will grow as we journey.
This is a magical landscape and our routes take us through birch forests to mountain expanses. We will learn all about equipment care and the nuances of adjusting our ski wax for the varying snow temperatures.
We leave the tree line and glide over the crunching snow until we arrive at our remote mountain hytte. The world's most extensive cross-country skiing network is found in Norway and mountain cabins provide welcome lodgings in this breathtaking natural environment.
Once in, we soon become familiar with the mountain hytte routine, making sure our skis are stacked outside and snow is removed from our clothing. Stoves are started and we can prepare our evening meal. Out of the elements, we can relax and enjoy a comfortable night after the first day of our skiing adventure.
Day 5 Mountain Skiing /Snow Holing
The door opens and we venture out into the crisp Norwegian morning. Measuring the snow conditions, we can apply the correct wax for today’s journey before we don our skis and rucksacks ready for the day.
Now we head off using our newly learnt navigational skills to guide us through the wilderness over a trackless plateau for a full day of exploration. We arrive at a suitable site for snow holing and, working as a team, we design and then begin the task of making our homes for the night.
We use snow shovels and snow saws and with guidance, we learn the most efficient way of making a secure shelter for the night. Whilst it is fun to make our own bed, we are also learning a worthwhile life-saving survival technique. It may drop to below minus 20 degrees at night outside, but inside is surprisingly cozy as our snow roof provides great insulation.
Once construction is complete, we can prepare our evening meal on cookers out of the wind. Hot food is very welcoming in this environment!
Day 6 Mountain Ski/ The Setesdal Valley
The aim this morning is to have everything packed away in our rucksacks and for everyone to emerge from their snow holes at the same time, dons their mountain skis, pulls on their rucksacks and skis off, as one – well, that’s the theory!
We have a full day of exploration across this amazing landscape, enjoying the sheer wilderness feel of the terrain that we will be covering. There is nothing at all around but the magnificent elements of wind, snow and sky.
After four days skiing we should be able to test some of our more advanced mountain ski techniques, including downhill descents as we return to our base in the valley. We meet the tree line and continue down onto the loupes where we now speed towards the sanctuary of our hostel and an awesome celebratory meal.
Day 7 Return to London
We pack up and hand back our mountain skis before we travel south through the beautiful Setesdal Valley with its frozen roadside waterfalls and frozen lakes to catch our flight home.
Norway’s dramatic and untouched wilderness is one of its many treasures. Blanketed in snow for most of the year, Norway is dominated by vast fjords and glaciers, and speckled with pristine alpine forest that provides the perfect habitat for an array of wonderful wildlife. Whether it’s trekking and wild camping you’re after, or a Nordic Ski adventure, this Scandinavian paradise has it all for the perfect wintry adventure.
Our itineraries take travellers to the spectacular Hardangervidda region, Norway’s largest national park, where there are plenty of opportunities for trekking hut-to-hut over this vast hilly moorland plateau, taking in the outstanding views from above the tree-line. For the more adventurous, Nordic Skiing is a fantastic way to explore the region, learning new skills on an exhilarating adventure through the snow, plus a chance to spend a night in a snow hole! Slicing right through the Arctic circle, Norway is the perfect destination for an incredible alpine adventure in some of the most remote landscapes in the world.
Day 1 Depart London Setesdal Valley
Days 2-6 Setesdal Valley Mountain Skis Training Remote Mountain Hytter
Day 7 Travel to airport Fly to London
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Spend 7 days in the beautiful Hardangervidda region of Norway, enjoying exciting team-building activities with your friends includug traditional Norwegian games and orienteering, before completing an exhilarating hut-to-hut trek and finishing with a Norwegian fishing experience- a true adventure in the wilderness!
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Written on Monday, 13 February 2017
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