Ski Tour of the Jotunheim
Ski Tour of the Jotunheim
Ski Tour of the Jotunheim
Ski Tour of the Jotunheim
Ski Tour of the Jotunheim
Ski Tour of the Jotunheim

Ski Tour of the Jotunheim

Ski Tour of the Jotunheim

A spectacular hut to hut Nordic ski touring trip through the famous "Land of the Giants". We spend one week circling the beautiful Jotunheim mountain range which contains twenty-nine of the highest mountains in Norway, including the mighty Galdhøpiggen which reaches 2469m (8098ft) and is the highest summit in Northern Europe. It is hard to describe the tranquility and solitude to be found on a ski tour in Norway. In an increasingly busy world it is not often we can escape into the wilderness in search of true adventure. 


  • Stunning Nordic ski journey through the Jotunheim mountains
  • The services and guidance of a professional ski instructor
  • Cosy & comfortable accommodation in legendary DNT cabins
  • Experience the true wilderness of Norway in winter 

The Jotunheimen, which means "Land of the Giants" is one of the most scenic mountain areas of Norway, and is a popular ski touring destination. Our route takes us through valleys and over cols and around the summits of this National Park.

The mountains are some of the most shapely I have seen in Norway. Loved the DNT cabins, and Leirvassbu DNT takes the prize for absolutely stunning food, there is even a dance floor! Can't wait to get back there. 

- Tim, UK, 2024


  • Today you will arrive in Otta, Norway. We will have organised a group transfer from Otta to your hotel at a specific time.  For details refer to 'Arrival & Departure' under 'Trip Information'. Tonight your guide will brief you on the days ahead. This will most likely take place after dinner over coffee/tea in the lounge.

  • This morning we will have a leisurely start as we need time for those who are hiring skis to collect their equipment and be sure that boots fit well, and are comfortable. We will do a local ski tour today which may be partly on the prepared skidoo track and partly off-track. The benefit of doing a local tour before committing to the journey is that you will be able to find your 'ski legs' without undue pressure and if necessary you will be able to change any boots which are hired and not working for you. There are many lovely day tours from our accommodation and it is likely we would aim do do a circular route around the peak of Nordre Brurskardknappen. This gives a chance to refresh uphill and downhill techniques as we get plenty of both on this tour. Once we reach the pass we get great views to the iconic Bessegen Ridge, and down Lake Gjende where we will ski on our final day of the tour. It is also your chance to ask your Instructor for any top tips and advice before heading into the mountains.

    Ascent: 367m (1203ft)  Descent: 377m (1236ft) Distance: 17 km (10.6 miles) Duration: 05h00 - 06h00 

  • This morning our adventure begins with a winding track through the birch forests, before dropping down to the DNT hut at Gjendesheim. At this point we start skiing straight up Lake Gende and will follow the route for 20 kms (12.5 miles), a good chance to practice your kick and glide technique! The route is flat and very scenic as we pass glacier clad mountains and steep cliff faces along the way. As we ski along the lake the famous Bessegen ridge climb will be on our right. This is a landmark known world wide as it has a green lake on one side of the ridge, and a blue lake on the other, it's no wonder it is one of the most photographed images in Norway. Eventually, after the many photo stops we arrive at a junction on the lake and swing right to the mountain lodge at Memurubu, one of two 'private' huts we will stay at during this week. Today, the original old summer dwelling house has been turned into a modern mountain lodge serving local food and providing sustainable energy from its own hydro station. The Sveine family have running Memurubu since 1884.

    Ascent: 175m (574ft)  Descent: 130m (426ft) Distance: 14 km (8.7 miles) Duration: 04h00 - 05h00

  • Norwegian breakfasts in the huts are an event which require time to 'graze' the buffet, but once you are stocked up we will begin with a route that wanders up a narrow valley through the birch woods. We should then be well warmed up before the long but steady climb to a high pass. There will be plenty of chance to practice kick-turns. You should all be experts by the time we reach the high valley where we turn towards the lake of Langvatnet. By now we have many steep and spectacular mountains on either side of our route which once again takes us straight up several lakes. Eventually a climb leads us to a pass into the next valley, and it is then via a sweeping descent that we make our way to our overnight at the lovely DNT hut at Leirvassbu. It even has a dance floor if you have any energy left that needs expending.

    Ascent: 836m (2742ft)  Descent: 436m (1430ft) Distance: 25 km (15.6 miles) Duration: 08h00 - 09h00

  • After another hearty breakfast we head off up a long gentle slope past the stunning mountain of Krykja or 'Church Mountain'. Once past Krykja we have a gentle downhill which lets us cover a lot of ground at a nice gentle speed. In the summer there are many reindeer in this area, but the winter snows force them to lower ground. Almost 90 per cent of the world’s wild tundra reindeer can be found in Norway which has a legal responsibility to protect the herds. In the distance we will soon see our overnight mountain lodge at Spiterstulen. The lodge has been run by the same family for eight generations. The current managers grandfather climbed the highest mountain in Norway no less than 900 times from the door of Spiterstulen. Today is a shorter day and depending on the energy of the group we may do a short detour to add some distance to our day.

    Ascent: 86m (282ft) Descent: 392m (1285ft)  Distance: 14.6 km (9 miles) Duration: 04h00 - 05h00

  • Today's climb doesn't waste time in making its presence felt as it starts more or less from the door of our lodge at Spiterstulen. A long and steadily rising traverse takes us across the mountain side for some time, before finally easing as we come around the ridgeline into a wide and high valley. Here we have Glittertind sitting at 2452m (8,042ft) and the second highest mountain Norway ahead of us, a huge white dome which attracts skiers keen to claim the summit. We will take a line which rises steadily along the valley towards a pass deep in the mountains and where impressive glaciers keep us company. We wind our way through the valleys until we begin a gentle descent to our overnight at the DNT hut at Glitterheim which lies at the foot of Glittertind.  

    Ascent: 584m (1915ft) Descent: 292m (957ft) Distance: 17.8 km (11 miles) Duration: 05h30 - 06h30

  • Today we have our greatest amount of descent as we begin the journey to return to our starting point at Bessheim. Leaving Glitterheim behind we take a gentle line along the valley which eventually climbs to a pass. From here we are treated to a long descent down to the Russvatnet lake. Ahead of us now we once again have the Bessegen Ridge, but we soon veer onto the lake and once again take to the ice as we follow the trail. Along the way we pass ancient fishing huts where members of the British aristocracy used to spend their summers hunting reindeer and grouse, and fishing in the lakes. After the lake we climb once again to a shoulder of the mountains before enjoying a final descent right to the door of our lodge at Bessheim. 

    Ascent: 512m (1679ft) Descent: 931m (3053ft) Distance: 20.6 km (12.9 miles) Duration: 06h30 - 07h30

  • This morning we will take a transfer from your hotel to the railway & bus station at Otta.  For details refer to 'Arrival & Departure' under 'Trip Information'.

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. 


On all of our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, comfortable, characterful, family run accommodation. We take time to research, update and view the best options available. On this trip we will be staying in Norwegian mountain huts for five nights and for two nights in mountain lodges.  'Hut' is a misnomer as they are more like cosy mountain hotels. The huts are owned and operated by Den Norske Turistforening, which is the Norwegian Trekking Association. 

In all of the huts we aim to book twin rooms so a maximum of two people are sharing, and there are occasions where you can book a single room for a supplementary fee. We cannot rule out that we may have to use a larger room shared by more than two people, but this would be unusual and would generally be between the group members rather than with strangers. All meals, which are excellent in quantity and quality are provided and you make up your packed lunch from the breakfast buffet. There are hot showers available every night and all huts have a drying room. Overall we believe the accommodation to be at the 'top end' of what is normally available in remote mountain areas. We are happy to answer any questions about the accommodation. Contact Us if required.


It is a condition of booking that you are a member of the DNT, you can book membership here. This allows us to charge less for this trip. Without this the trip price would increase to a level that is greater than the cost of your membership. 

Bessheim Fjellstue


You can expect a warm welcome from Kari and Bjørn at Bessheim Fjellstue. Bessheim has provided shelter for mountain lovers since the last half of the 1800s, when the original Kari Storvik started offering accommodation and food to hikers at her sæter, the Norwegian word for a summer farm. She built the first main building at Bessheim in 1890. Since then the sæter has evolved into a modern lodge in Jotunheimen. The rooms have en suite facilities and are decorated in mountain style.

The hosts at Bessheim today are Kari Lund and Bjørn Ekerbakke. Kari grew up at Nordgard Storvik in Vågå. Bessheim was originally the sæter of Nordgard Storvik. When she grew up her grandparents Kari and Knut Lund were running Bessheim. In 2005 Kari and her cousin Ragnhild Sjurgard took over the business and collaborated until Ragnhild started as a farmer in 2016.

Bjørn has been part of the business since 2011. He is from Skammestein in Valdres and is a trained chef. He has been working in mountain tourism for several years and ran Haugseter Mountain Lodge before he came to Bessheim.


Mountain Lodge

Memurubu is to be found at the mouth of the river Muru, in the middle of Gjende, and has for centuries been a popular starting point for the mountains. Today, the old summer dwelling house has been turned into a modern mountain lodge serving local food and providing sustainable energy from its own hydro station. The Sveine family have running Memurubu since 1884. They first accommodated guests in the summer pastures, and in 1872, the Norwegian Trekking Association built one of their first lodges here, with the Sveine family as hosts. Today, Kjetil Sveine is the host, and the next generation, Nina and Espen, work at the lodge in school holidays and weekends. 

Memurubu have a total of 150 beds divided in rooms with 2, 3, 4 and 5 beds and dorm rooms with 8 to 13 beds. In the newest building there are 12 family rooms accommodating a total of 38 people.

Leirvassbu - Winter

DNT Staffed Cabin

Leirvassbu is one of the most famous lodges in Norway, it was one of the first to open and today is the latest and largest to be acquired and managed by the DNT  (Norwegian Trekking Association).  We love staying here with the spacious living space, fireplace, bar and restaurant it's a cosy mountain lodge in the middle of nowhere! It has been hosting mountain people since 1875 and today offers an exceptional dining experience for a mountain hut. The hut has 224 beds and 87 rooms. There is good 4G coverage and guest WiFi in the bar and reception area.


Spiterstulen Turisthytte - Winter

Mountain Lodge

Spiterstulen is a former mountain farm, now a tourist cabin in the valley of Visdalen, near Lom. The cabin sits at  1100 metres (3280ft) above sea level, between the two highest mountains in Norway, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind. It is the largest tourist cabin in Jotunheimen, with around 230 beds. Check out the webcam for current conditions. The mountain lodge is currently managed by the 8th generation of the Ovesen family. 

Originally a mountain summer farm, the building was extended in the middle of the 19th century to offer one guest room for overnight travellers, since then it has been added to over the generations and now offers accommodation in a variety of cabins around the main building. Spiterstulen was owned by the family of Nigard Solheim, and since 1881 the building has been extended and modernized by several generations. From Spiterstulen you can access seventeen of the highest peaks in Norway. The buildings are in traditional Norwegian style and accommodation comes in a range of room sizes and types. 

Glitterheim - Winter

DNT Staffed Cabin

Glitterheim hut is to be found in a wild remote valley, sitting at 1400m (4582ft) below the second highest mountain in Norway, Glittertind. Nearby peaks such as Glittertinden, Nautgardstinden, Memurutinden and Trollsteineggje are on the doorstep and are a challenge for those who collect 2000 metre (6560ft) peaks. The hut has space for 137 people, in 2-bed rooms, 4-bed rooms, and also in larger dormitories. There are showers, toilets, and a drying room for wet kit. The lodge serves local cuisine, based on local ingredients and traditions or on foods supplied by local vendors. DNT works with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to promote local cuisines and traditions at the staffed lodges.

  • Arrival

    To reach the start of the tour in Norway you will travel north by train from Oslo to the town of Otta. Tickets are easily booked on line, with reduced prices available if booked in advance at Norwegian Trains. 

    Plan to take the train departing Oslo Sentrum at 1402 hrs to Otta, or the train from Gardermoen Airport which leaves at 1429hrs. Timetables are yet to be published, but the train normally arrives in Otta at 1754 hrs. The route is likely to be on the Departure Board as the line to Trondheim S. At Otta you will be collected by a private taxi, and driven to your accommodation which will take between 0h50 to 1h15 depending on road conditions.

    Travelling to Oslo by Train: There are options for rail travel to Norway from all major European cities. For example from the UK you can overnight in Copenhagen, Denmark, however, there are many possibilities. 

    The easiest way to book is via or If you're travelling from the UK or US then take a look at the multi-day pass travel system provided by Eurail.

    If you would like to book each stage as an individual journey then using the UK to Copenhagen, Denmark, as an example here is how.

    Travel from London, England, to Brussels, Belgium using the Eurostar, these tickets can be purchased up to 6 months ahead of your travel date. From here you can book a train from Brussels, Belgium to Gothenburg, in Sweden, (Gotëborg) adding a stopover in Copenhagen, Denmark. For this you can use the German Railway website A full day on the train sees you arriving in Copenhagen for an evening walk around the city before dinner if you would like to use this as a stop over. 

    The final leg of your journey is from Gothenburg Central Station, in Sweden, to Oslo, Norway, and this can be booked using Vy the Norwegian rail network website

    All the trains have Wi-Fi, charging points and a restaurant car.

    Travelling to Oslo by Air: You can either fly to Oslo Gardermoen Airport which then has connections from the airport building to Otta by rail. Or fly to Torp which is about 1h45 from Oslo by public transport. Buses run from Torp to Gardermoen Airport every hour which allows you to connect to the train to Otta.


    At the end of the trip we have included a transfer back to Otta station, where you can then take connecting trains to Oslo. Train times for our departure will only be confirmed once the repairs are completed on the damaged rail section north of Lillehammer. We hope this is before the end of summer 2024. 

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

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

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

  • Winter temperatures in Scandinavia are 'according to the locals' becoming warmer, which is why we now run trips in the months of January, and February, as well as the traditional ski touring months of 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.

  • The skis and boots required for this trip are metal-edged Nordic touring skis. Boots should be leather or soft plastic, with vibram soles.  Poles should be of touring length and fit snugly into the armpit with the basket on the snow surface. All equipment can be hired, and will be collected on the morning of the first day. Before you being your hut to hut tour you will have a day to ski locally with your guide when you can check if everything is working for you and there are no boot issues. Six days hire will cost 650 NOK.

    There is no ski pass to be purchased as the tracks are free of charge in Norway.

  • 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. You will carry all your kit for the hut to hut tour in your rucksack. Extra luggage can be left at Bessheim Fjellstue for our return. 

    Group equipment - we share out waxes, 2/3 snow shovels, emergency lightweight shelters, a snow probe, and any repair kit amongst the group members. 


    The preferred skis and boots required for this trip are metal-edged Nordic touring skis similar in width to the 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, side cut 66-54-61, so less than 54mm in the middle or 'waist'. Any narrower and the skis are not appropriate for off-track skiing.

    Boots should be leather or soft plastic, such as the Garment Excursion, with vibram soles.  Poles should be of touring length and fit snugly into the armpit with the basket on the snow surface. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired on arrival, you should have notified us upon booking if you require to hire. If you are hiring boots we strongly recommend that you tape up your heels and any areas which are possible issues, such as a bunion, BEFORE skiing in the boots. Do not take any chances and risk ruining your holiday. We recommend Tensoplast as a tape that can help avoid blisters. It should be applied the night before and left to 'set' into the shape of your foot. 

    • Wax Cork and Ski Scraper - only if using 'waxing' skis
    • Ski ties - to hold your skis together
    • Waxes - if required, these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Rucksack - 40 to 50 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your kit for 6 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 - long
    • Kick skins if appropriate - newer skis have the ability to attach a short skin under foot
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries
    • Carry mat - rolled up


    • 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 - long sleeves
    • 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


    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen 
    • Sunglasses 
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor 
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Sleeping bag liner, also known as a 'sheet sleeping bag' - compulsory
    • Small 'Pack' towel 
    • Slippers for use at accommodation

    Personal First Aid

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


    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • DNT Membership Number
    • Cash - Norwegian Kroner - most places now take cards 

    Additional Items

    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Minimalist Toiletries – soap/toothpaste etc
    • Ear plugs 
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Padlock for any luggage stored while on tour

    **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.

  • This is an off-track Nordic ski touring trip. As such you should be a person who loves an adventure, and who has the mental and physical stamina to deal with all weathers, which at times may mean being uncomfortable, and dealing with biting cold, strong winds, and difficult visibility. You much be self-sufficient in terms of keeping yourself hydrated, warm, and fuelled. If using grip wax you should be competent at waxing and able to deal with any wax requirements quickly and efficiently. 

  • Trips become guaranteed when we reach a minimum numbers of participants, in this case 4. We take a maximum of 8 guests on a trip of this nature. 

  • There is the possibility of booking a single room on this trip for the first two nights at Bessheim Fjellstue and on the last night, again at Bessheim. There is also the possibility of a single room at Leirvassbu DNT hut and at Spiterstulen Turisthytte, but this requires early booking.  For a single for all of these nights mentioned it will be a supplementary fee of £250 per person. Please contact us if you want more information.

  • Your ski guide will be a professionally qualified BASI Nordic Instructor at the least and may also be a BASI Telemark Instructor. They will hold the Winter Mountain Leader Award, or the International Mountain Leader Award or have the ability and relevant experience to navigate in winter conditions. While in no way interfering with the tour, coaching along the way in ski technique and waxing will help you ski more effectively and with less effort. We are always mindful of safety in cold conditions and wilderness areas.

  • In Norway it is traditional to make your own packed lunch sandwiches from the breakfast buffet. This would be forbidden in many other countries, but in Norway it is the norm. A paper bag will normally be supplied in which to wrap your lunch, but feel free to bring a small plastic box if you wish. There is also the option to fill your thermos with either tea or coffee, or sometimes blackcurrant juice. You might want to bring tea bags of your favourite brew, or juice?

  • 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. 

  • Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have a map detailing the entire trip you can refer to the one below:

    Cappelen Damm Kart 45 - Jotunheimen 1:100,000/1:50,000

    There is the possibility that you can buy this map at a hut we will visit on the first day, but worth checking with them beforehand. Contact us for further information. 

  • 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. 

    On this trip we require you to be a member of the DNT. To become a member click here

    DNT Cabins are either 'staffed' or 'self-service', on this trip we only use 'staffed' cabins.

    Staffed cabins

    Staffed cabins serve all meals; breakfast, dinner and a picnic lunch which you make yourself from the breakfast buffet. Meals are excellent in both quality and quantity! Many have showers and electricity, either from the power grid or from a local generator. They are very cosy and traditional in style and are just as comfortable as a rustic hotel. 

  • During this trip you will experience 'touring' in its purest form as you will carry everything you will need in your rucksack. It's a great feeling to have everything on your back, a de-cluttering of life and stripping down to the basics. With this in mind you can leave other luggage at our mountain lodge at Bessheim Fjellstue where we will stay on the first two nights, and to which we will return for the final night. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. 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 ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

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

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    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 Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. 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. 

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation 7 nights; Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
  • Professional guide who will be a qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Showers are included in the huts
  • Minibus return transfer from Otta to Bessheim
  • Use of ski waxes as required

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Ski hire
  • Flights
  • DNT membership

* DNT membership should be purchased at this LINK before the trip departs. 

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At a Glance

From Price £2195
Holiday Type Nordic Touring 'Off Track'
Duration 8 Days
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2000m (6560ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Otta, Norway
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