Snowshoes in Norway
Tilmeldingsfrist d. 12/01-20
WEEK 9

    Snowshoes in the wilderness – cabin to cabin

    DKK 6.400

    Join us on a five-day winter hike on snowshoes in Fulufjället Nationalpark. We tour through the endless, Swedish forests, the rugged high mountains and the kingdom of the moose.

    • Trip dates Planned trips
      23. Feb 2020
    • Activities Season
      Winter
    • Activity Level Beginner
      3/8
    • Group Size Max group size
      9
    All about the Snowshoes in the wilderness – cabin to cabin.

    On snowshoes, we move away from the beaten track and directly onto the pristine mountain. We venture into the riveting winter landscape of Sweden’s Fulufjället Nationalpark. The shoes are easy to handle, and they make it easier for us to get around in the forests and in rugged terrain. This tour is for you, if you’d like to become acquainted with hiking in the snow.

    Forget about struggling with ski wax and rush hour on the piste. Snowshoes require neither waxing or technique, and they’re cross-country, which makes tracks completely unnecessary. With snowshoes, we move on foot through everything from endless pine forests and undergrowth that is hard to pass to practically deserted high mountains, where the weather decides the view. And, fingers crossed, the northern lights will entertain us when darkness falls.

    For maximum benefit, we’ll spend the first day on preparations. We’ll go through our equipment, and in the afternoon, we’ll drive south and walk the short distance to the first cabin. Snowshoes are immediately easy to use and require no previous experience, but days are short and daylight sparse, which means that we hike most of the day and cover about 10-14 km a day.

    We start our tour by following the well-known summer hiking route Södra Kungsleden, and we end up at Sweden’s tallest waterfall, Njupeskär, this time of year a gigantic ice fall.

    We’ll spend the nights in primitive tourist and hunting cabins in the high mountains. We focus on spending enjoyable time together in the long, dark winter nights. During the entire tour, your skilled tour leader will give you useful tips and tricks for winter outdoor life.

    Fulufjället Nationalpark is at the north-western part of Dalarne and borders Trysil in Norway. Fulufjället is a relatively newly established national park from 2002. The area is known for its diverse and untouched wildlife, and we might get lucky and run into the forest’s many moose and reindeer and the fabled wolverine that lives all over the mountain.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Accommodation from arrival to departure
    • All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Experienced and well-prepared guide 24/7
    • Equipment such as first aid kit, bothy bag, emergency transmitter and snow shovels
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel to and from Sälen
    • Hire of snowshoes and poles
    • Personal equipment such as clothes, backpack and sleeping bag

    Among other things, you can hire:

    • Snowshoes and poles
    1. Day of arrival Sunday

      Arrival at FuluFjällsgården Vandrehjem (hostel), afternoon and evening. We meet and eat together at 19.00 (7 pm). No problem if you arrive later, just let us know.

    2. Day 1 Monday

      After breakfast, we look at personal and shared equipment to get ready for the winter mountains. Before lunch, we pack food for our tour.

      After lunch, we finish packing and are then driven south where we have a short walk before reaching our first cabin. And now our tour has really started!

    3. Day 2-4 Tuesday-Thursday

      We start the day by following Södra Kungsleden, first through forest and then out into the high mountains. This is when things get serious, and in the days ahead we’ll walk through Fulufjället’s varying landscape. Already on the first day, we’ll be in both forest and on mountains before we arrive at Tangsjöstugan.

      On day 3 we walk to the next small cabin on the mountain. The day will take us through a beautiful and wild valley that cuts down through the mountain with the bare mountain above us and a frozen river at our feet. There will be ample opportunity to work with map and compass to reach Rösjöstugarna, where we spend two nights.

      Day 4 is a daytrip that lets us leave all the heavy equipment behind us when we go exploring the Swedish winter forest. We might be tested when trying to find the best route through the forest, which can at times seem impassable. We find a nice place for making a fire to prepare lunch.

    4. Day 5 Friday

      On Friday morning we leave the cabin and head for Njupskärfallet to see this impressive 90+ m tall ice fall. We move down the mountain and end our trip by the waterfall, before we go back to the hostel for a well-deserved farewell dinner.

    5. Departure Saturday

      After breakfast, check-out and departure.

    Below you’ll find more information about the course. If you have any further questions, please read our FAQ or write to us.

    This tour is for you if you’d like to try a winter tour. You might have hiked before and would like to challenge yourself with a winter tour that stretches over several days. We’ll give you plenty of basic knowledge to prepare for the winter cold, so you don’t need any previous winter experience.

    Using snowshoes is easy and suitable for everybody. You must be used to being physically active, as walking with a backpack in deep snow can be hard work. 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.

    On this tour, you’ll be put up at Fulufjällsgården Vandrehjem (hostel) in rooms accommodating 4 people and with bunk beds. You share toilet and bath in the hallway. The beds have duvets, pillows and bed linen. We’ll eat in the hostel on the days that we stay there.

    When we leave the hostel, we’ll be staying in primitive cabins on the high mountain. Practically every day will give us the chance to light a wood-burning stove.

    On this course, all meals are included in the price, from supper on arrival day to breakfast before departure. Before and after our tour, you all prepare meals together. Some of the food for our tour must also be prepared and packed before departure.

    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. Kristian Torp is your tour leader on this tour. 1 tour leader: up to 6 participants.

    Fulufjällsgården is in an isolated spot close to nature, Södra Kungsleden and Fulufjället Nationalpark. The hostel has a shared kitchen and living room. Besides winter activities such as snowshoes and skiing, summer activities include mountain biking, canoeing and fishing.

    Breathable mountain clothes that will keep damp and wind out and stop you sweating from within are important when we are on snowshoes with backpacks. Wool is preferable in winter, as it will keep you warm even when damp, and it won’t start to smell too quickly.

    Our means of transportation will be snowshoes; you can bring your own or hire on arrival. Your snowshoes must have a good fit and teeth that will bite into hard snow. It’s also important to wear extra warm boots that will keep out damp and snow.

    Please get in touch if you have doubts about the suitability of your snowshoes.

    We start and finish our tour at Fulufjällsgården north of Sälen and south of Idre. You can drive through Sweden on the E45 to Karlstad and take route 66 to Särna. Or you can go through Norway on the E6 via Oslo and then take route 25 at Hamar over Elverum to Särna.

    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 *.

    Basic

    • Backpack *
    • Sleeping bag
    • Winter boots
    • Snowshoes *
    • Ski poles *

    Clothing

    • Inner layer
    • Middle layer
    • Outer layer
    • Clothes for breaks/relaxation
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Knitted/woolly hats
    • Neck warmer/buff
    • Shoe covers *

    For meals

    • Water bottle *
    • Thermos flask *
    • Cutlery, plates, cups etc.

    Toiletries

    • Washbag
    • Shit-kit
    • Cream for use in the cold and moisturizer
    • Personal first aid kit

    Other equipment

    • Sunglasses
    • Head lamp

    Optional equipment

    • Snacks
    • Goggles
    • Map case
    • Compass
    • Camera
    • Gaiters
    • Notepad
    • GPS
    • Snow shovel
    • Binoculars
    • Book
    • Camp fire kit

    Before and after the tour

    • Everyday clothes
    • Towel
    • Bed linen

    Equipment for hire from Nordisk Friluftskompani

    • Snowshoes – set consisting of:
    • Snowshoes – contemporary sports snowshoes, all sizes
    • Ski poles – adjustable in length and with large straps suitable for mountain use
    • Shoe covers – contemporary and with appertaining fibre bivouac shoes
    • 85 litre backpack – good bearing system and many pockets
    • 1 litre thermos flask and 1 litre drinking bottle
    • Gaiters – for keeping snow out of your boots, if your pants don’t have a tight fit

    Equipment that we share – brought by Nordisk Friluftskompani

    • Snow shovels – light, come apart
    • Probe – 3 m probe w. appertaining case
    • Bothy bag – emergency shelter for 6 people
    • First aid kit – comprehensive kit for both minor and major incidents in the winter mountains
    • Emergency transmitter – InReach transmitter in case of an emergency

     

    Tour dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status Booking status Price (PP) Per adult  
    23. February 2020 - 29. February 2020
    Available
    DKK 6.400
    Please contact us if your desired trip date is sold out or have too few spots available.
    We may be able to work something out or you can join our waiting list in case a spot opens up.