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Randonnée course i Jotunheimen – tent basecamp
Join us, when we camp out in the middle of Jotunheimen’s impressive mountains. This is where we find the best down slopes and give you a solid introduction to snow safety and randonnée skiing.
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Come join us for a randonnée tour in some of the best and most beginner-friendly terrain Norway has to offer. After two days of thorough introduction, we go to the beautiful Heimre Fagerdalen where we set up tent basecamp between some of Scandinavia’s tallest and most majestic mountains. This course will build up your backcountry skills in a fun and exciting learning environment.
The week kicks off at Bygdin Høifieldshotell, where the first day is spent preparing for our tour. We test equipment, pack and go on small trips in the area surrounding the hotel.
From here, we set off into the mountains, where we in true expedition style bring along both basecamp tents and smaller sleeping tents. All around the camp, spectacular mountain sides call on both beginners and experienced randonnée skiers to go off piste.
During the course, we’ll find the most enjoyable down slopes with the best snow on classic peaks such as Synshorn (1475 m above sea level) and Mefjellet (1386 m above sea level). If weather and technique permit, we’ll also try the more challenging and technical Bitihorn (1607 m above sea level); from the camp it towers above us like a shark’s fin in a sea of mountains.
And of course, on the last, long tour day we must give one of the countless 2,000 m peaks a shot. We’ll have a go at Rasletinden; with its 2105 m above sea level it will give us a spectacular view. It will be a long uphill slope, but our reward will hopefully be an awesome downhill ride.
This course concentrates on:
- Establishing a camp on the winter mountain
- Good routines and practical tips for camping
- Safe conduct and choices of tracks in steep terrain
- Avalanche theory and snow knowledge
- Practicing search techniques with avalanche probe and spade
- Risk thinking and assessment of danger
Back at camp, nights will see us cooking our well-deserved meals in the snow kitchen in the tent, telling tall tales and having a good time. If anybody has any energy left, we might try some night skiing.
This week will focus on good skiing and will provide you with the skills required to go off-piste, both going up and coming down. That way you’re able to explore randonnée skiing once you’ve completed the course.
- Accommodation from arrival to departure and during the tour
- All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Experienced and well-prepared guides 24/7
- Equipment such as tents, multi-fuel burners, first aid kit, bothy bag and emergency transmitter.
- Transport to and from Bygdin Høifiellshotel
- Personal equipment such as clothes, backpack, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- Skis, boots, poles and climbing skins (randonnée or telemark)
Among other things, you can hire:
- Skis, boots, poles and climbing skins (Dynafit brand)
- Avalanche probe
- Sleeping bag including sleeping bag liner (comfort -17 men and -10 women)
- Sleep mat (self-inflating + 14 mm foam mat)
- 85 litre backpack
Day of arrival
All day Sunday, arrival and check-in at Bygdin Høifiellshotel. Please note that the last stretch from Beitostølen to the hotel is closed between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am; please don’t be too late. At 19.00 (7 pm), we’ll have a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant with introductions. We’ll discuss previous experiences and match our expectations for the week ahead. No problem if you arrive later, just let us know.
Day 1 is all about learning and getting familiar with our equipment. We’ll take a closer look at bindings and boots and what makes us able to go uphill like you do on cross-country skis and at the same time have the superiority of the alpine skis when we go downhill. We’ll test our avalanche probes in theory and in practice in the area around the hotel. Probes and spades will also be put into use when we search for something buried deep in the snow. This needs to be practised to make all participants feel secure in a possible avalanche situation.
And of course, we’ll go skiing on the first day too, and we’ll find some small peaks and lines down before we head back to the hotel. Once there, we’re going to prepare and pack food for the four days and three nights that we’ll be away. And we must pack our equipment onto pulks, and if anyone has doubts about how to pack their personal equipment, we help each other.
A well-deserved meal in the restaurant completes day 1, and then it’s off to bed.
After breakfast, we leave for our planned camp area in Heimre Fagerdalen, where we set up camp together. We must dig kitchen and sheltering walls and several other things that make life a little more comfortable. We complete our day with a small trip in the surrounding area, where we can climb the peaks Synshorn and Mefjell. There is a chance of both easy and more difficult downhill runs.
We spend the evening relaxing and with some theoretical snow knowledge.
The local landmark Bitihorn must be climbed. We must go down before we go up, cross Bygdinsøen and then about 600 m to the top, where the 360˚ view is spectacular. Downhill the same way we came up, but with the possibility of making it harder if you feel like it. We look at choice of route and group position when in motion.
We spend the evening resting our legs for tomorrow’s long trip.
On the last full day, we’ll try to climb Rasletind. With its 2105 m it’s the tour’s highest peak. Lengh-wise, it will also be the tour’s ‘queen stage’. Rasletind belongs to Norway’s exclusive club of peaks that rise above 2,000 m, and it is fairly easy to access on skis. There are loads of opportunities for various downhill slopes, and the view into Jotunheimen, Gjendealperne and Leirungsdalen is absolutely fantastic. The downhill ride can be adjusted to your level. We can take the same way down that we went up, or we can take a steeper way down and do the 1,800 m tall Raslet as well.
All depending on the state of our legs and our general physical state, the last day gives us the opportunity to ski some of the nearby mountains that we haven’t yet checked out. But first of all, we must down our camp; that way, we can quickly point our skis is the direction of Bygdin Høifieldshotell once we’ve finished playing and enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant.
After breakfast, check-out and departure.
This course is for you if you’d like to go off-piste and away from prepared pistes and choose your own line, preferably in untouched snow. You’re a skilled alpine or cross-country skier, and your physical shape will let you enjoy long days with many vertical metres on your skis.
For most of the tour you sleep in roomy tents, and there is a large camp tent for common use during both days and evenings. You don’t need experience with winter outdoor life, but you must be prepared for new experiences in an exciting and changeable environment. We’re all in this together, and we help each other all the way to give everybody a good experience on the winter mountain.
If you have any doubts about your ability to participate on this tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we’ll help you make the right decision.
We’ll spend the first and last night at Bygdin Høifiellshotel in rooms accommodating 3-4 people and with a shared toilet and bath in the hallway.
During our trip, we spend the nights in 3-person mountain tents made available by Nordisk Friluftskompani. We all eat together in the large camp tent, where we’ll be well-protected at night.
On this course, all meals are included in the price, from supper on arrival day to breakfast before departure. Before and after our tour, we’ll have our meals at Bygdin Høifiellshotel, and we’ll be provided with packed lunches for our day trips. We prepare and pack food for our 3-day tour together, but Nordisk Friluftskompani handles all shopping. On the tour, participants and guides prepare meals together.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or special eating habits; if you let us know well in advance, we’ll try to consider this when shopping. Remember that small surprise snacks brought from home can lift spirits on a long day.
This course requires a minimum of 4 participants, and the maximum number of participants is 8. Minimum age is 18.
This course is also sold to international participants, which gives you the opportunity to join a guide with local knowledge and meet people from around the globe. Your guides speak both Danish and English. Kasper Madsen and Adam Waarst are your guides on this course. For safety reasons there are always two guides on this tour.
Bygdin Høifieldshotell opens every winter on February 15. in connection with the clearing of the road from Beitostølen. The hotel is located at the south entrance to Jotunheimen by the lake Bygdin at 1,065 meters above sea level and at the foot of the peaks Bitihorn, Synshorn and Mefjellet. The area is well-suited for both beginners and the experienced with several 2,000 metre peaks well within reach of a day trip. This is what makes this destination so well-suited for randonnée.
Breathable mountain clothes that will keep damp and wind out and stop you sweating from within are important when we climb the mountains on skis. Synthetics or wool is preferable. Wool is preferable in winter, as it will keep you warm even when damp, and it won’t start to smell too quickly. Remember some extra warm clothes for evenings in the tent camp.
We recommend randonnée or telemark equipment, i.e. skis with Tech/Dynafit, telemark or frame bindings with walk mode.
Please get in touch if you have doubts about the suitability of your skis.
The course starts at Bygdin Høifieldshotell just north of Beitostølen. You can take the E6 to Oslo and then E16 and Fv51 to Beitostølen, the road from Beitostølen to the hotel opens on February 15. and is closed every night from 8 pm to 8 am. Please make sure that you arrive well before that. There is also public transportation from Oslo to Beitostølen; we can arrange a collective pick-up at 6 pm.
This checklist is guiding and can help you get an overview. When registering, you’ll receive a more comprehensive list with specifications, preferred makes and models etc. Equipment for hire is marked with *.
- Large backpack for our trip to base camp *
- Backpack for day trips w. straps for carrying skis
- Sleeping bag *
- Sleep mat *
- Ski poles, boots, sticks and climbing skins *
- Inner layer
- Middle layer
- Outer layer
- Warm clothes for breaks/relaxation
- Knitted/woolly hats
- Neck warmer/buff
- Water bottle *
- Thermos flask *
- Cutlery, plates, cups etc.
- Cream for use in the cold and moisturizer
- Personal first aid kit
- Avalanche probe *
- Probe *
- Spade *
- Map case *
- Compass *
- Head lamp
- Ski repair kit
- Shoe covers *
- Repair kit
- Ear plugs
Before and after the tour
- Everyday clothes
Equipment for hire from Nordisk Friluftskompani
- Skis, boots, poles and climbing skins (brand: Dynafit). For hire at Intersport, Beitostølen
- Avalanche probe
- Snow shovel – contemporary, light and foldable
- Probe – 3 m with appertaining case
- 85 litre backpack – good bearing system and many pockets
- Sleeping bag incl. inner bag (comfort – 17 men and – 10 women
- Sleeping mat – self-inflating + 14 mm foam mat)
- Shoe covers – contemporary and with appertaining fibre bivouac shoes
- Waterproof map case and mirror compass with clinometer
- 1 litre thermos flask and 1 litre drinking bottle
Equipment that we share – brought by Nordisk Friluftskompani
- Tents – Helsport camp tent and sleeping tents
- Burners – Primus multi-fuel burner
- Fuel – in winter, we use benzine for our multi-fuel burners
- Bothy bag – emergency shelter for 6 people
- Snow shovels – light, come apart
- First aid kit – comprehensive kit for both minor and major incidents in the winter mountains
- Emergency transmitter – InReach transmitter in case of an emergency