Skiing through the church door or Kyrkjedori
Making friend with the locals
Lunchtime in a snowhole!
Skiing to Geiterrygghytta
Skarvheimen hills
Hallingskarvet mountains
Geilo & Finse Team
Hardangervidda plateau ski tour
Skarvheimen hills
Reaching the Hardangerjokull summit
Heading to Geitrygghytta

Introduction to hut-to-hut touring


Nordic Off-Track Ski Touring

The perfect introduction to Nordic hut-to-hut ski touring. Beginning in the ski town of Geilo, the gateway to the famous Hardangervidda National Park, join us for 3 days of skills training in nordic off-track ski techniques followed by 3 days of hut based touring from Finse.

Finse is located at 1222m (4008ft) above sea level and enjoys excellent snow conditions, the mountains of the Hallingskarvet are to the north and to the south views of the Hardanger plateau and its large ice cap dome. Finse is a small hamlet with the D.N.T (Den Norske Turistforening) hut which we use for our stay in the area. 

Highlights

  • Introduction to Nordic Off-Track skiing
  • Experience a 2-day circular hut based tour
  • Visit the Hardanger Glacier's highest point
  • Skills training on the relevant techniques 
  • Hotel and mountain hut accommodation
  • Learn of the art of traditional ski waxing
  • Make your own tracks through the arctic wilderness

Nordic 'off-track' skiing is cross country skiing away from marked and pressed trails. There will be an emphasis on travelling, turning and controlling speed in a variety of snow types. We will teach you how to use waxing skis, and climbing skins for hills as well as give you tips and ideas on how to manage your equipment and clothing.

We begin in Geilo where there are 130 kms (80 miles) of prepared tracks, ideal for the teaching phase of this trip. Skiing off-track uses many of the techniques of 'classic' style track touring, but with a few added extras. The skis are wider than those used for track skiing holidays, and the boots chunkier, sturdier and warmer. 

After three days we travel a short distance by train to Finse which lies at the highest point of the Bergen-Oslo railway. From Finse we have options either north or south to access vast nordic ski-touring areas for our 'hut' based tours.

Join us 'off-track' and journey through an arctic wilderness carved by glaciers, across frozen lakes, and wide open spaces where the reindeer roam. This is an ideal opportunity to develop your Nordic off-track skills with a view to more ambitious hut-to-hut tours elsewhere in Norway. Enjoy our article on Crossing the Hardangavidda: hut-to-hut ski touring in Norway.


Itinerary

  • airport
  • accommodation
  • meet in
  • train
  • route
  • Today you arrive in Geilo and the Ustedalen hotel where we stay for two nights and where you will meet your Ski Instructor. Geilo is the gateway to two national parks the Hallingskarvet National Park and the Hardangervidda National Park, Norway's largest national park.The town itself is small and picturesque with many buildings of typical Norwegian style. Alpine slopes and groomed Nordic tracks rise either side of the town which lead onto the plateaux and mountains beyond. There is a compact shopping centre with a range of shops, supermarkets, a bank, ATMs, post office etc. Many hotels have bars, cafes and swimming pools open to non-residents.

  • After arranging the ski hire we head out to the nearby tracks, which offer over 130kms (82 miles) of cut tracks and plenty of off-piste skiing options. First of all we will revisit the essential nordic travelling techniques used for classic 'track skiing' before beginning our 'off-track' adventure. It's important you are comfortable skiing over a variety of rolling terrain and snow types for our touring days later in the week. In the afternoon there will be a large emphasis on downhill skiing working on controlling speed, direction, traversing slopes as well as uphill techniques both on and off the cut tracks. We stay a second night in the Ustedalen hotel.

  • We spend a second day at Geilo putting into practise the skills from yesterday. The aim will be to complete a longer ski tour in the local area taking in a variety of terrain and changes of snow types. On route we will stop and coach further on classic nordic up and down hill techniques, with a focus on mastering some longer descents and ability to traverse slopes with confidence. Due to the mix of open countryside and tree cover the tracks and touring options around Geilo offer the perfect playground for coaching and practice.

    After the ski day we then return to the hotel to collect our bags before taking the train to Finse. This is an enjoyable 40 minute journey to Northern Europes highest train station. We will get off the train, put our skis on while on the station platform and ski straight to the hut! We have a short ski of about 10 minutes to reach the Finsehytta where we will spend two nights. The hut is very comfortable, and is really more like a hotel. We aim to book twin rooms or small rooms for up to three people. Hot showers are available. The hut is staffed and you will be well looked after by the team who serve excellent food; we stay on a full board basis and make a picnic lunch every morning while at breakfast.

  • Today we aim to complete an easy ski tour from the hut towards the Hardanger Icecap and its glaciers known as 'Blaissen'. This is an excellent opportunity to practice acquired skills and to learn new travelling skills. We will also look at 'off-track' downhill techniques while enjoying the wonderful scenery. The route climbs very gradually and is never too steep as it winds it's way over open country side. We will take a break for lunch close to the Blaissen glacier. This is dramatic, but safe and skier friendly terrain where we can enjoy the magnificent views of the ice cap and the rolling hills around us. This wide open arctic terrain is the traditional home of the Sami people. In Norway there are approximately 2,600 Sami making their living from herding reindeer. Traditionally, most Sami people have also supported themselves through fishing, farming and hunting, on the coast and on the larger inland rivers.  Tonight we return to Finsehytta for a second overnight.

    Ascent: 280m (918ft) Descent: 280m (918ft) Distance: 9.8km (6 miles)

  • We set off today for our 2-day hut based ski tour from Finse to the lovely Geiterygghytta in the Hallingskarvet National Park. Leaving Finse we ski steadily north climbing into wild open terrain as we cross the plateau of Omnsbreen. This relatively easy route offers the perfect terrain to practice all of our Nordic travelling techiniques and use of waxes and climbing skins. You will carry everything you need in your rucksack for the two days ahead giving you the experience of complete autonomy. This in our view is to be savoured as it is great to un-clutter and realise you can survive with all your needs in your rucksack.

    The 'hytta', Norwegian for 'hut', is known as the pearl of Skarvheimen and is one of the main gateways to the magnificent Aurlandsdalen. This well-known and historic Aurlandsdalen Valley, was once one of the main routes between the eastern and western parts of Norway. This area is known as Norway's Grand Canyon, a landscape that is often described as wild and breathtaking, rich in plant and animal life, cultural treasures, history and geological features. 

    The Geiterygghytta is in a wonderful location, often surrounded by heards of reindeer, a warm Sami welcome is assured. We stay in 4 bed rooms here, showers are available. Experience being in the wilderness, watching the sunset across a frozen lake whilst enjoying a hot drink.

    Ascent: 360m (1049ft) Descent: 358m (1174ft) Distance: 16km (10 miles)

  • Today we return to the Finsehytta via a different more challenging route through the stunning 'Kyrkjedori' which means 'church door'.  This is a deep cut through the mountains leading to an area of frozen lakes and interesting terrain of craggy hills and low passes. This natural rocky mountain pass completes a very satisfying circular tour with a fun descent back to the Finse hut and hamlet, offering a true sense of a point-to-point mountain journey.

    Ascent: 520m (1706ft) Descent: 360m (1049ft) Distance: 20km (12.4 miles)

  • This is our last ski day. Having refined our technique over the past five days, weather and snow permitting we plan to put everything together to ski tour to the summit of the Hardanger Glacier 'Hardangerjøkulen' at 1863m (6112ft). This classic Norwegian day tour is very popular with the locals and there's no wonder why!

    Leaving Finse we travel south into the heart of the Hardangervidda National Park then begin a steady but manageable climb to the summit plateau on the northern edge of the glacier reaching the 'Jokulhytta' (don't worry glacier kit is not required). This well positioned hut offers the perfect location for a well earned lunch and 360 degree panoramic views. Looking south across the vast open Hardanger plateau and north towards the Geiteryggahytte and Hallingskarvet and direction of our two-day tour.

    We return via a thoroughly enjoyable long descent thereby completing this wonderful day tour. A superb finale, from developing those first off-track steps at Geilo to putting it all together with a full day tour over a wild and remote ice-cap. We spend our last night in the Finsehytta.

    Ascent: 660m (2165ft) Descent: 660m (2165ft) Distance: 22.4km (13.9 miles)

  • Today we leave the hut either on skis or on foot as we head back to the train station. From here you can take the train to either Oslo or Bergen depending on your onwards travel plans. If you are planning to head to Bergen then your ski guide will assist with returning your ski hire to Geilo. We have a wonderful arrangement whereby you and or your guide will lean out of the train when it stops at Geilo, hand the ski equipment to Terje from the hire shop, and then the train pulls out again bound for Oslo. Seamless - we hope! So far it has worked.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

Finsehytta

DNT Staffed Cabin

The DNT hut at Finse is a fabulous starting point or base for ski tours into the beautiful Skarvheimen. With the railway station just 500m (1640ft) from the hut door it is easily reached on foot or by ski! It is a comfortable serviced DNT hut, cosy and well run, looking after skiers from all over the world. The DNT hut at Finse is fully 'catered' and therefore you do not have to prepare any meals while staying here.

Bedrooms, which require early booking, are normally for between 2 to 3 people, although there are some rooms which have between 4 to 6 beds. It may be that we will use dormitories if necessary. Twin rooms may be available for a supplement. Single bedroom are not possible. The meals are hearty and there are showers available (10 Kroner). For each of the huts you will need a 'sleeping bag liner', and this will be on your kit list. The hut also has a lounge area, a ski store, waxing room, drying room and a small shop.

 

Geiterygghytta

DNT Staffed Cabin

Geiterygg DNT hut sits at 1224m (4014ft) above sea level, in the middle of Skarvheimen. The hut was opened in 1914 and has become a vital hub in an extensive network of trails, connecting routes from Hol, Aurland, Finse and Hallingskeid. Geiterygg is known as the pearl of Skarvheimen and is one of the main gateways to the area known as Norway's Grand Canyon. The mountains around the hut are breathtaking, wild, rugged and remote.

The hut at Geiterygg is a 'serviced or catered' hut and has a total of 88 beds. You will not be required to prepare meals, it will all be done for you. There are a few rooms with 2 bunk beds, or 4 bunk beds, and there are 44 bunks in a dormitory annex. Both the main hut at Geiterygg and the annex have toilets, showers (10 Kroner) and a drying room. There is also a comfortable lounge area and a small shop.


  • Arrival

    To get to Geilo, in Norway, you can choose to fly either to Oslo Gardermoen airport or to Bergen airport. You will then take a train to Geilo which is on the main line between Oslo and Bergen. When flying to Oslo Torp or Oslo Rygge with Ryanair please allow for extra time to reach the Oslo railway station.

    When staying at the Ustedalen Hotel you will be collected from the station.

    If arriving into Oslo airport the first train to Geilo departs around 0743 hrs, followed by an 1113 hrs departure and the last train at 1513 hrs. The journey time is approximately 5 hrs. The railway station is within the airport building and is just a few minutes walk from the baggage reclaim area.

    Arriving into Bergen there are trains to Geilo several times a day, taking around 2 hrs 20 minutes. The first train is approximately 0757 hrs, and there are another two trains departing at approximately 1157 hrs, and 1557 hrs. The train at 1557 hrs is the last train of the day. To travel from Bergen airport to Bergen bus/train station is a 15-minute taxi ride, or a 40-minute tram ride. The trams leave the airport every 15 minutes.

    Departure

    On your departure day we walk or ski back to the train station in Finse where we catch onward trains. The first train leaves at 1015 hrs and arrives at Oslo Airport at 1517 hrs. Alternatively, the first train leaves for Bergen at 1233 hrs arriving at 1457 hrs. We advise that your return flight is booked no earlier than 1700 hrs.

    All of the above train times are provisional. In Norway the train times are confirmed 3 months before the departure date and can vary by a few minutes on the times given for previous months. Tickets are easily purchased online at Vy.no. Please ensure you book your ticket early as the trains can be fully booked and you will not be permitted to travel.

    By Bus

    There are various bus services between the city centre and the various airports. Gardermoen airport can be reached by bus with Ruter. Transfer links to Torp airport are to be found on the airport website

    Please check with us before booking any travel.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity including emergency helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. 

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our Terms and Conditions is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details.

    You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter temperatures in Scandinavia are 'according to the locals' warmer in recent years than previously which is why we now run trips in the months of January, and February, as well as March and April. Even in January when the daylight hours are short we find that we have more than enough time for skiing. We have never yet had guests feeling they were losing out in terms of ski hours by booking in January or February. There is a special pleasure to starting your ski day in the sunrise, and skiing back with the sunset. 

    Historically temperatures in December have averaged -8°Celsius (17.4°F), in January -9.7°Celsius (14.5°F), in February -9.2°Celsius (15.4°F), in March -6.6°Celsius (20.1°F), and in April -2.3°Celsius (27.9°). Clearly there is the potential for temperatures to drop much lower, but rarely lower than  -15°C (5°F).

    We have found over the years that these temperatures have not been unpleasant nor have any guests had problems dealing with the weather as it is generally a 'dry' cold, and of course this helps create great snow and therefore great ski tracks. If we do experience a cold snap where temperatures drop then we ensure that everyone is appropriately clothed and kitted out for the ski day. In this respect energy snacks and a thermos with a hot drink are a great comfort! 

    If you are booked on one of our 'Advanced' or 'Challenging' point-to-point journeys and we experience very cold temperatures eg -15°Celsius (5°F) then we would expect you to be able to be efficient and keep moving and to manage your comfort.

  • Please refer to 'Type of Skis' for rental information. There is no ski pass required for this trip. 

  • The skis and boots required for this trip are metal-edged Nordic touring skis NNN BC bindings similar in width to the Fischer E99, or Fischer E109. Boots should be leather or soft plastic, such as the Garmont Excursion, with Vibram soles. Poles should be of touring length and fit snugly into the armpit with the basket on the snow surface.

    You can hire skis, boots and poles locally from Geilo for 6 days for 1110NOK.

    It is important that you ORDER your skis, boots and poles as soon as your trip is guaranteed to run.

  • Your safety while skiing is our top priority. All skiers are requested to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by the International Ski Federation, or FIS. The aim is to make you, the skier, aware of how to avoid risks, take responsibility and act thoughtfully while on the cross-country ski tracks. 

    • Respect for others
      A cross-country skier must ski in such a manner that he/she does not endanger or
      prejudice others.
    • Respect for signs, direction and running style
      Trail marking signs must be respected on any trail marked with an indicated
      direction. A skier shall proceed only in that indicated direction and ski in the
      indicated running style.
    • Choice of trails and tracks
      On cross-country trails with more than one packed track, a skier should choose
      the right-hand track. Skiers in groups must keep in the right track behind each other. With free
      running style, skiers shall keep to their right-hand-side of the trail.
    • Overtaking
      A skier is permitted to overtake and pass another skier to the left or right. A skier ahead is not obliged to give way to an overtaking skier, but should allow a faster skier to pass whenever this is possible.
    • Encounter
      Cross-country skiers meeting while skiing opposite directions shall keep to their
      right. A descending skier has priority.
    • Poles
      A cross-country skier shall make the utmost effort to keep his poles close to his/her
      body when near another skier.
    • Control of speed
      A cross-country skier, and especially going downhill, shall always adapt his/her
      speed to personal ability and to the prevailing terrain and visibility and to the
      traffic on the course. Every skier should keep a safe distance from the skiers ahead. As a last resort, an intentional fall should be used to avoid collision.
    • Keeping trails and tracks clear
      A skier who stops must leave the trail. In the case of a fall, he/she shall clear the trail
      without delay.
    • Accident
      In case of an accident, everyone should render assistance.
    • Identification
      Everybody at an accident, whether witnesses, responsible parties or not, must
      establish their identity. 
  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Equipment

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired at the start of the trip. The cost of hire is indicated in 'Type of Skis'. If you are intending to hire you must inform us as soon as possible as equipment must be booked in advance. The skis and boots required for this trip are metal-edged Nordic touring skis with NNN BC bindings similar in width to the Fischer E99, side cut 66-54-61, or Fischer E109, side cut 82-60-70. The 'sidecut' refers to the width of the ski in millimetres; at the tip, the middle, and the tail. You should avoid any skis that are narrower than the E99, so less than 54mm in the middle or 'waist'. Any narrower and the skis are not appropriate for off-track skiing. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    • Wax Cork and Ski Scraper - can be bought in the hire shop
    • Ski ties - to hold your skis together
    • Waxes - these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Rucksack - 35 to 40 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your personal items for 2 days of touring and an item of group kit
    • Rucksack waterproof cover or liner to keep contents dry
    • Water container - 1 litre, drink tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
    • Snow shovel - check with us before packing one as we may already have sufficient within the group
    • Whistle
    • Climbing skins - these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries
    • Medium sized kitbag – you must be able to lift your luggage easily to carry it across snow to the Finse hut. Whilst on the 2-day tour to the Geiterygghytta you will be able to leave travel clothing etc in your main bag at Finse.

    Clothing

    • Waterproof jacket - essential, this must keep you dry during a day of continuous snowfall or at least as dry as any waterproof jacket ever keeps you!
    • Waterproof trousers - in case of heavy snowfall
    • Trousers - lightweight, windproof and warm
    • Thermal top with long sleeves
    • Thermal leggings
    • Thin fleece - long sleeves
    • Waistcoat - fleece/wind stopper 
    • Gloves x 2 (one thick and one thin)
    • Over-mittens for colder days can be useful
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs
    • Gaiters - to deal with fresh snow

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen 
    • Sunglasses 
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor 
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Small mat for sitting on snow at lunch
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Sleeping bag liner, also known as a 'sheet sleeping bag' for the nights at Finse and Geiterygghytta. This can be bought or hired from Finse
    • Small 'Pack' towel 
    • Slippers for use at the accommodation

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets - eg Dioralyte
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antiseptic cream/spray

    Documentation

    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Norwegian Kroner

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Toiletries - soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Toiletries - mini versions - for the Geiterygghytta night
    • Hair dryer if required (it is not standard for Norwegian hotels to provide one)
    • Travel Kettle if required (it is not standard for Norwegian hotels to provide one)
    • Swimwear for when a sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Ear plugs if you are room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • To join this level of 'off track' trip you should have completed at least one week of 'classic' skiing on prepared tracks. You should already be at a standard where you are confident about controlling your speed and direction, and have an effective ‘snowplough’. You should be able to ski under control on a variety of terrain both uphill, and downhill. Read more about our ski grades.

    This trip is an ideal opportunity to develop your Nordic off track skills with a view to more ambitious hut-to-hut, week long tours elsewhere in Norway.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • We recommend bringing one medium sized kitbag to transport your luggage in plus a 35 - 40 litre rucksack with waist and chest strap as your ski bag. You must be able to lift your main luggage easily to carry it across snow to Finse hut. Whilst on the 2-day tour to the Geiterygghytta you will be able to leave travel clothing etc in your main bag at Finse.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • Statens Kartverk Lankartdivisjonen 1:50,000 Turkart 'Geilo' and Turkart 'Finse'. New style Nordeca maps are also available; sheet 10039 'Hardangerjokulen' and sheet 10040 'Geilo'.

    All maps are available online via the Map Shop www.themapshop.co.uk or from Stanfords in London www.stanford.co.uk

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • The DNT system of cabins in Norway is a wonderful concept. 'DNT' stands for Den Norske Turistforening, which translates to the 'Norwegian Trekking Association'. 

    According to the DNT local member associations operate 550 cabins across Norway. They maintain a network of about 22,000 km (13,730 miles) of marked hiking trails and about 7000 km (4375 miles) of branch-marked ski tracks. Each year, volunteers work a total of more than 800,000 hours maintaining this system. 

    A number of our trips such as our Geilo & Finse Introduction to hut-to-hut touring, Skarvheimen Traverse, Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks, and the Hardanger Classic Crossing require you to be a member of the DNT. Please check the 'Dates & Prices' section of the your trip itinerary. To become a member click here

    DNT Cabins are either 'staffed' or 'self-service':

    Staffed cabins

    Staffed cabins serve all meals; breakfast, dinner and a picnic lunch which is made up from the breakfast buffet. Meals are excellent in both quality and quantity! Many have showers (for a 10 Kroner fee) and electricity, either from the power grid or from a local generator. Staffed cabins are open only in certain seasons.

    Self-service cabins

    The self-service cabins are equipped with all that we need for cooking and sleeping. Firewood, gas, kitchen utensils, table linen and bunks with blanks or duvets and pillows. We do require you to bring a 'sheet sleeping bag liner' for reasons of hygiene. The cabins are also stocked with tinned and dried food which means we do not have to carry provisions! It is not possible to 'reserve' beds in self-service cabins and it is a case of 'first come, first served'. We aim to arrive in good time to secure the necessary number of beds which are usually in rooms with between 2 - 8 bunk beds. If we arrive late in the day and the cabin is already crowded then as 'members of the DNT' you will have priority over non-members in terms of acquiring a mattress. Please note this may be a mattress on the floor, think of it as camping, but with a roof!

    In the self-service cabins we look after ourselves: fetch water, cook food, wash up and chop wood. At the cabin we fill out a payment form which details everything we have used. The DNT then contact us on our email addresses and we make payment for your stay. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2020

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What's Included

  • 2 Nights full board hotel accommodation at Geilo; bed, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
  • 5 Nights full board staffed DNT hut accommodation at Finse and Geiterygg; bed, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
  • Services of a professional Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Train travel from Geilo to Finse
  • Use of ski waxes
  • Use of ski climbing skins
  • Tracks and Trails memento to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Ski hire
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Rail travel in Norway
  • Extra drinks and snacks
  • DNT membership: Our prices are based on you having DNT membership; it is, therefore, essential that you arrange membership via this link: https://english.dnt.no/join/ Membership cards will be needed when we are staying at the huts.
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Grade: Intermediate

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At a Glance

From Price £1545
Holiday Type Nordic Touring 'Off Track'
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1863m (6112ft)
Countries Visited Norway
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Why book with T&T?

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  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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