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Tent trip with pulk in Rondane National Park
Come join us in the wild outdoors when we go winter camping. We ski and carry our equipment on pulks. For five days, we walk, eat and sleep outdoors.
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Put on your skis and pack your pulk, we’re going camping! We’ll walk for miles, and there’ll be many new experiences along the way, when we move through the desolate winter landscape. For five days, we’ll be alone in the mountains with each other and nature as company. This trip requires a sense of adventure and drive – but no previous experience with skiing or winter. In short, this trip is right up your alley, if you have a taste for winter life.
We’re in the mountains five days out of six. Before departure, we spend a day checking the necessary equipment and preparing our meals from recipes such as ‘dørmåtte’ (door mat), Snickers cake, Stone Age bread and homemade dried foods.
The pulk makes it easier for us to be comfortable when we move around and spend the nights in the winter mountains. The pulk is easy to use when you bring a lot with you, and your equipment feels lighter per kilo than it would in a backpack. Because you can bring that little bit extra without feeling the extra weight, the pulk is perfect when you’re testing the winter environment with camping in sub-zero temperatures.
We’ve chosen a soft terrain without overly technical ascents and descents – perfect for trips where we’re dragging a pulk.
We cross Rondane National Park, Norway’s oldest, from north to south. We start at the bottom of Atnadalen (Atna Valley), and over the course of a week we move higher up in the high mountains and through the Rondane massif with peaks of more than 2,000 metres above sea level. At the end of the trip we reach the high mountain with wide open spaces, where we can easily imagine that we’re crossing the inland ice or the North or South Pole.
The tour leaders will teach you how to get warm and stay warm in winter; we work towards becoming comfortable with the cold and reaching the feeling of security brought on by knowing how to get warm again.
Spending the night in a tent on a mountain during winter is a great experience. When we don’t have to rely on finding a cabin, we have a wider choice of possible routes, and when enough is enough, we can set up camp anywhere. In winter there are untold possibilities for setting up camp, when snow has covered the landscape and erased unevenness and damp areas.
We focus a lot on camping, and each new day offers tasks that we help each other solve. We must build a kitchen and a protective wall for the tents, melt snow for drinking water and cooking, and we must build a toilet.
During this tour, you’ll gain experience with setting up camp and building with snow.
- 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, burners, pulks, climbing skins, first aid kit, bothy bag, emergency transmitter and shovels.
- Transport to and from Rondane Friluftssenter
- Hire of backcountry skis, ski sticks and boots
- Personal equipment such as clothes, backpack and sleeping bag
Among other things, you can hire:
- Backcountry skis with boots (sizes 37-48), ski sticks and ski wax
- Sleeping bag including sleeping bag liner (comfort -17 men and -10 women)
- Sleep mat (self-inflating + 14 mm foam mat)
Day of arrival
All day Saturday, arrival and check-in at Rondane Friluftssenter
This is where we’ll stay for the first two nights. At 19.00, we have dinner and meet and greet. No problem if you arrive later, just let us know.
We’ll spend the entire day preparing for our small expedition. We start with handing out pulks, skis, tents and burners. In the morning we’ll take a small test tour to make us familiar with our skis, put us on good terms with the pulk and for the first time set up camp and try out the multi-fuel burners; all of this to make things easier to handle when we’re out there on tour, even in bad weather with strong winds and low visibility.
The afternoon is spent preparing and packing tour food. You’ll find inspiration for easy preparation of long-life and tasteful tour food to have an alternative to the freeze-dried food from the outdoor shops. Finally, we pack up the pulks and have a closer look at the exact route on the map.
The adventure starts on Monday when we’re driven north to start at Blæsterdalen. We start in pine forest and move up through the forest to the somewhat sparser birch forest with low, twisted trees like in the old Norwegian fairy tales. Rondane National Park is Norway’s oldest national park, and several peaks rise more than 2,000 m above sea level, but the terrain is generally soft and rolling, which makes it friendly, even for beginners.
Day two takes us the central part of the Rondane massif and across the four km long lake Rondvattnet with its metre-thick ice. The lake is encircled by bluffs several hundred meters tall that continue towards the tall peaks.
On day three the terrain changes significantly and becomes more rolling and whiter as far as the eye can see, and on day four we cross Vulufjellet and move down across large moors to set up camp at the edge of the forest. Along the way, we’ll have short introductions to for example thermal regulation, snow conditions and wildlife.
Friday we reach our goal Venabygdsfjellet, from where we are driven back to Rondane Friluftssenter, where we can celebrate having crossed Rondane National Park. We celebrate with a hot bath and a nice dinner.
After breakfast, check-out and departure.
This course is for you if you’d like to try camping in winter. You might have a little experience from alpine or cross-country skiing, but there’s no need for prior experience with winter camping, as this course takes you through basic knowledge and theories that will prepare you for the joy of camping in the winter mountains.
Are you experienced or a beginner? This course is for everybody; you must be accustomed to physical activity, since we’ll be very active for days on end. 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.
The first two nights and the last night, you will be staying in 2-4 persons rooms in a cottage at Rondane Friluftssentere. There is a bathroom and toilet in the cabin, as well as duvets and pillows in the beds. Bed linen are to be brought. There is a kitchen and living room where you together with the other participants prepare and eat together.
During our trip, we spend the nights in tents made available by Nordisk Friluftskompani. We use Nordisk Friluftskompani’s multi-fuel burners for cooking and for melting snow. Every night sees us building a new camp with kitchen, living room and toilet.
On this course, all meals are included in the price, from supper on arrival day to breakfast before departure. We’ll be served meals in Spidsbergseter’s restaurant. Some of the food that we take with us must also be prepared and packed before we leave. You can buy dinner if you arrive early.
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 9. 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 and Sarah Spang are your guides on this course. One guide: up to 6 participants.
Rondane Friluftssenter is located in Atnadalen on the border of Rondane National Park. We are going to live close to the great Atnasjø and close to the lookout point where Harald Solberg painted Norway’s national painting.
The location is on the national tourist route Rondane and is worth a drive all year long.
Breathable mountain clothes that will keep damp and wind out and stop you sweating from within are important when we ski with pulk. Wool is preferable in winter, as it will keep you warm even when damp, and it won’t start to smell too quickly.
We use backcountry skis, and you either bring your own or hire. It’s important that the skis have steel edges when we move outside the beaten track, and that bindings and boots are heavy, like hiking boots, to give you more control of your skis.
Please get in touch if you have doubts about the suitability of your skis.
The trip is based in Atnadalen on the east side of Rondane National Park. It is possible to drive by E6 via Oslo. It is also possible to take public transport from Oslo to Atna, where we can arrange pick up at 18.00 (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 *.
- Sleeping bag *
- Sleep mat *
- Skis *
- Ski boots *
- Ski sticks *
- Inner layer
- Middle layer
- Outer layer
- Warm clothes for breaks
- Knitted/woolly hats
- Neck warmer/buff
- Shoe covers *
- Water bottle *
- Thermos flask *
- Cutlery, plates, cups etc.
- Cream for use in the cold and moisturizer
- Personal first aid kit
- Other equipment
- Head lamp
- Gaiters *
- Map case *
- Compass *
- Extra boots
- Snow shovel
Before and after the tour
- Everyday clothes
- Equipment for hire from Nordisk Friluftskompani
- Backcountry ski set – consists of:
- Skis – with full steel edges and with BC bindings
- Ski boots – warn and light backcountry ski boots suitable for BC bindings
- Ski poles – adjustable in length and with large straps suitable for mountain use
- Sleeping bag incl. inner bag (comfort – 17 men and – 10 women
|Tour dates Confirmed Dates||Trip Status Booking status||Price (PP) Per adult|
22. February 2020 - 29. February 2020
29. February 2020 - 7. March 2020
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.