Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks
Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks
Fondsbu
Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks
Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks
Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks
Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks

Jotunheimen Pines to Peaks


Ski Touring in Jotunheimen

A stunning point-to-point Nordic ski touring trip in Norway through the famous "Land of the Giants" ending with the ascent of a Jotunheim peak. We spend one week touring in the beautiful Jotunheim mountain range which contains 29 of the highest mountains in Norway, including the highest Galdhøpiggen which reaches 2469m (8098ft). It is hard to describe the tranquility and solitude to be found on a ski tour in Norway. It is not often we can escape into the wilderness in search of true adventure. 

Highlights

  • Stunning Nordic ski journey through the southern Jotunheimen 
  • Services and guidance of a professional qualified ski instructor
  • Six day point-to-point ski tour finishing with the ascent of a peak
  • Stay at characterful mountain lodges including the fabulous Fondsbu
  • Catch a ride in a 'Bombardier Snowcoach' and experience history
  • Experience the true wilderness of Norway in winter 
  • Two optional 'Rest Days' if you feel the need to relax

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 journey begins in the pine forests of Espedalen, and finishes on the summit of a Jotunheim peak. A unique ski journey through the Norwegian mountains.  


Itinerary

  • Today you will make your own way by train from Oslo to the railway station at Vinstra. Upon arrival at Vinstra you will be collected by our hotel and taken to Espedalen where a warm welcome awaits you. We have stayed at this wonderful family run hotel many times over the years and always enjoy returning. For details please see the 'Arrival & Departure' section under 'Trip Information'. 

     
  • The breakfasts at Dalseter are legendary and you will get plenty of exercise just going back and forwards to the buffet! After all our preparations have been made we will take a transfer to the start of our ski journey in the Jotunheim.

    Our first day of skiing is a gradual climb through the pine and birch forests until we reach open ground and begin to head westwards towards the Jotunheim. This is a good warm up day and gives ample time to get your 'ski legs' under you. It is always a pleasure to be on skis and faced with the wide open landscape of Norway ahead. Once on the higher ground we will traverse below the peak of Oskampen, a steep eastern outlier of the Jotunheim. In Norway you will find many names with 'kampen' as an ending indicating a top or summit. 

    Ascent: 260m (853ft) Distance: 15km (9.4 miles) 

  • This morning we rise to the warmth of the wood-burning stove and preparations for the day ahead. All the self-service huts are supplied with a store of dried and tinned foods, and there is usually a search for the porridge packet - always good fuel for skiing. 

    We do have a longish day travelling south-westwards today as we cross a low saddle and descend into a valley. We then take up our route along the side of the frozen lake of Vinsteryvatnet. Ski touring in Norway regularly features skiing beside or over a lake as the route usually offers the line of 'least resistance' in a rocky mountain landscape. We are aiming for our overnight at Bygdin a very comfortable high mountain hotel by yet another lake! An oasis of luxury where we will spend two nights. 

    Ascent: 100m (328ft) Distance: 26km (16.3 miles)

  • Today we enjoy a day tour from Bygdin before returning back to the hotel for a second night. If you feel the desire to sit the day out and enjoy the views and the cosy hotel then it is an option. 

    One of our goals may be the shapely Bitihorn which sits at 1607m (5270ft) to the south, or we might explore the lakes and valleys to the north of the hotel. 

    Ascent and distance will depend on our chosen objective

  • We leave the luxury of Bygdin behind this morning as we set off into the wilds of the southern Jotunheim. Our rate today will link several frozen lakes by crossing over some low cols. The valley we pass through is bordered by increasingly steep hills and we get a true sense of arriving in the mountains. Eventually we arrive at the the frozen lake of Olefjorden and then it's a final ascent to Yksendalsbu. This wonderfully remote ‘self-service’ lodge will be our home for the night. Once again it will be a case of teamwork as we all share in chopping wood for the fire, and preparing our meals. 

    Ascent: 150m (492ft) Distance: 19km (11.9 miles) 

  • Up early and skis waxed for the day ahead! Our route now takes a line which negotiates the complex terrain of lakes and craggy hills to the west and north. A day of further low cols to cross and then circular routes around the steeper hillsides. On any day out in the Norwegian winter landscape there is a never ending vista to absorb, and to contemplate. It is one of the joys of a long distance ski journey, the complete absorption in the activity and a sense of remoteness from every-day hassle. 

    The views of the mountains close by to the north and west become increasingly stunning as the day progresses. Eventually we will follow a valley down to the staffed DNT cabin at Fondsbu. It has an outdoor hot-tub and some of the best food in the Jotunheim! We will enjoy two nights at Fondsbu when you will have the opportunity to make the most of our stay at this well-known cabin.  

    Ascent: 500m (1640ft) Distance: 20km (12.5 miles) 

  • We will set off today with lighter day packs leaving overnight items at the cabin. It is always a pleasure to have a few kilos removed from your back. Your ski guide will decide on the best option depending on the aspirations and abilities of the group. One objective could be Langeskavlen which sits at 1800m (5904ft) or Ørneberget at 1540m (5051ft). We will hope for good weather and a clear sky and wonderful views to end a superb week of Nordic ski touring. 

    If by this stage you feel like a rest day then, of course, you can opt out and sit in the hot tub!

    Ascent and distance will depend on our chosen objective

  • An early rise to take the historic ‘weasel’ to the main road at southern end of the Tyin lake. Our guests are often intrigued to understand the term 'weasel'. We can only describe the 'weasel' as an all terrain vehicle that some Norwegian cabins use in the winter months to travel along snow-covered roads and terrain. Think of it as the predecessor to the snowcat. It is an experience in itself!

    From Tyin we take the scheduled bus to Oslo city centre. Please note that the bus times will be published nearer the date of travel but we usually arrive mid to late afternoon. If in doubt contact us to discuss your travel arrangements. 

    For further details refer to the 'Arrival and Departure' section of '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.

Accommodation

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 to us. On this trip we will be staying three nights in mountain hotels at Dalseter and Bygdin, when you will have twin bedrooms. Two nights will be at Fondsbu DNT cabin when, with early booking, you will also have twin bedrooms. If we receive late bookings you may be sleeping in the dormitory at Fondsbu, but we try to avoid this if possible. At Fondsbu there are hot showers which cost around 10 NOK, drying rooms, a small shop and bar.

The remaining two nights will be in Norwegian self-service DNT mountain huts. 'Hut' is a misnomer as they are more like cosy mountain lodges! The huts are either privately owned and run, or more likely they are owned and operated by Den Norske Turistforening, which is the Norwegian Trekking Association. 

The self-service cabins we use are excellent timber-built buildings set in remote surroundings, with bunk rooms, fully-equipped kitchens, wood-burning stoves, a stockpile of wood (ready for chopping!), chemical toilets and a food store where we help ourselves to supplies. As a group, we will share the tasks of wood-chopping, water collection, cooking, clearing up, etc. We would like to point out that we aim to arrive early in the day at these 'self-service' cabins to ensure that we have a bed. If we arrive late and the cabin is busy it is possible that you will sleep on the floor on a mattress. Consider it a Norwegian form of 'glamping'! 

A single room may be possible at Dalseter, and at Bygid for a supplement, depending on availability. Please contact us if you wish to discuss the rooming on this trip.

Dalseter Hoyfjellshotell

Hotel

Dalseter is something of a Norwegian tradition. For generations Norwegians have traveled to spend part of the winter and, indeed, summer months at this mountain hotel. Beautifully situated at the top of the Espedalen valley at 930 meters above sea level, Dalseter Mountain hotel or 'Hoyfjellhotell' in Norwegian, has a wonderful view of the valley and the mountains in the Jotunheimen National Park. We spend three nights here, before beginning our journey. 

Dalseter is a family-owned and managed hotel, where third generation hospitality welcomes you to the mountains. The hotel is run by Grethe Gillebo and it is always a pleasure to see her again. The rooms are simple but always cosy. There is a decent sized swimming pool, and saunas. There is also a small ski tow in front of the hotel which can be useful for those who want to do lots of descents! There is a small fee for using the tow which you can pay direct to the hotel. There is also a shop with snacks, and useful ski items, as well as some clothing such as hats and gloves. 

Oskampen

DNT Self-Service Cabin

At Oskampen you can sit with a cup of coffee while gazing through the sitting room window onto the Jotunheim. This cosy little cabin, which accommodates 12 people, was built in 1970 to improve the connection in the DNT network of cabins between Liomseter and Sikkisdalen. 'Oskampen' is as the name implies at a peak, the Oskampen, at 1502 meters (4926ft) above sea level. You will often see 'kampen' attached to the end of a name denoting that it is a peak. 

Bygdin Høifieldshotel

Mountain Lodge

Bygdin Høifieldshotel opened in 1912, and since that time the building has had various additions. The owners are keen to keep the 'old good' style with its warm atmosphere. Furniture and other items dating back to when the house was built are still found around the corridors, lounges and rooms. They say it gives the house soul. As with most Norwegian hotels there is a sauna. 

The various additions means a variety of bedrooms, some simple, some historic, and some newly refurbished. A number of rooms have en suite facilities, while others have washbasins in the room with a shared bathroom and toilet adjacent. In the rooms you will find bathrobes and slippers for your use.

Yksendalbu

DNT Self-Service Cabin

Yksendalsbu DNT cabin is located in the green and lush Yksendalen, southeast of Fondsbu and Eidsbugarden. This self-service cabin which opened in 1993 is an old shepherd's hut and is a great place to stay to access Jotunheimen. The cabins sleeps up to 18 people. As always at self-service cabins we work as a team chopping wood, preparing meals, and tidying up. 

Fondsbu

DNT Staffed Cabin

Fondsbu is a serviced cabin which sits in a scenic spot on Lake Bygdin. The cabin is relatively large sleeping up to 100 people.  The main building was totally renovated in 1993, and an annex added in 1999 such is the beauty of the location that there is a healthy demand from skiers in winter and hikers in summer. The cabin has a reputation for great food!

There are toilets, showers and a drying room in both the main building and the annex. The rooms with two bunks in the main building also have wash basins with hot and cold water. There are seventeen rooms with two bunks and ten with four bunks; and there are 26 bunks in two dormitories.


  • Arrival

    We recommend flying to Gardermoen airport, Oslo. This is the main airport and is easily accessible from Oslo city. It is also possible to fly to Oslo Torp or Oslo Rygge with Ryanair, but you will need to allow more time between Olso city centre and these airports. Transfer links to Oslo are to be found on the Torp airport website. Arrival times should give sufficient time before the departure of the train to Vinstra to allow you to prepare your kit and to store any excess luggage at the airport.

    You will need to book a ticket for the train which leaves from Olso Lufthavn (Oslo airport) to Vinstra at 1429hrs. The final train times will not be published until 3 months before the departure date. The journey time is approximately 2h42. The group transfer included in your trip fee is for this particular train. If you choose to arrive at any other time we ask that you pay for your transfer to the hotel. 

    Departure

    Today we have an early start to take ‘weasel’ to the main road at the southern end of the Tyin lake. We then take the scheduled bus to Oslo city centre, arriving at Oslo central bus station at approximately 1452hrs. The cost of your bus ticket is included and we will book this for you. At this point you are free to make your own plans to return home. We advise an evening flight or an extra night in Oslo.

    From Oslo city centre you can make your way to Gardermoen airport by bus or train:  

    By Train

    The “Flytoget” airport express train takes twenty minutes from the city centre to Gardermoen airport. You can also take the normal train operated by Vy which is cheaper, but takes a little longer. 

    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 are to be found on the airport website

  • 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 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. It is not convenient to hire equipment in Norway, and indeed is very difficult. This is largely because there is little demand as almost all Norwegians skiers have their own touring skis and boots.

    You can hire from the United Kingdom from Braemar Mountain Sports. They will post the skis, boot and poles to you five working days before your departure date by registered courier with next day delivery. The cost is around £140 per week, plus postage in 2020. This system has been used for many years without difficulty. 

    It is important that you ORDER your skis, boots and poles as soon as your trip is guaranteed to run. It is also important to discuss with the hire shop your normal shoe size and how this will relate to the type of boots they will supply you with. You may have time to exchange your boots before you leave, but the hire shop cannot guaranteed they will have the size you require in stock. 

  • 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. 

    When you leave Oslo you will take everything you need for the trip in your rucksack. Allow sufficient time between your arrival in Oslo and your connecting travel to ensure you have your rucksack packed and ready for the week. 

    You can leave any extra luggage in Oslo in the left luggage lockers at the airport. For example you might want to fly wearing footwear other than your ski boots and leave those and a fresh change of clothing in the left luggage lockers? However, you can leave home ready to ski and arrive at Oslo ready to go. It has been done many times, and it works. To avoid the need to pay to leave a ski bag at the airport you can arrive with your skis simply taped together. At Oslo airport the luggage desk will wrap them for free for your return flight home. 

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

    Equipment

    The skis and boots required for this trip are metal-edged Nordic touring skis 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.

    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. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired in the UK. They cannot be easily hired in Norway. For more information on ski hire consult the 'Type of Skis' section of the 'Trip Information' page. 

    • 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 - these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries

    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 - 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' 
    • Small 'Pack' towel 
    • Slippers for use at 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
    • DNT Membership Card/Number
    • Cash - Norwegian Kroner

    Additional Items

    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Minimalist Toiletries – soap/toothpaste etc
    • Ear plugs 
    • Small thermos for hot drinks

    **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.

  • 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.

  • This is our highest-level 'off track' touring cross-country ski holiday. You should have successfully completed at least one week of Nordic 'off track' hut-to-hut touring. Expect these weeks to be similar to our Advanced 'off track' touring trips in terms of technique and effort, with a little more of everything! You should be familiar with using metal-edged skis and touring boots; able to confidently travel over undulating terrain and maintain a reasonable and appropriate pace within a group of this level; be able to traverse a slope and to make a turn on moderate slopes, controlling your direction and speed in any snow conditions. The slope angle at its maximum would be similar to a ‘red’ classic track (equivalent to steeper 'blue' slopes in a downhill resort). A confident and effective snowplough turn and the ability to traverse are the minimum downhill technique requirements. This tour does demand stamina and self-reliance in a relatively remote area, skiing long and sustained days. You should be at a very good fitness level. Time on skis will be 6-7 hours per day covering approximately 20–26 km (12.4-16 miles) per day.

    Above is our Trip Grade description for 'Expert'. Please note that for this trip to the Jotunheim you need to be within your 'comfort' zone when skiing this terrain. It is very important that you understand that confident skiing is essential. Your level should be such that you do not rely on coaching 'on the move'. You should be arriving for this trip with sufficient experience of ski journeys to be able to get on your skis and go!

    We always acknowledge that many of our guests only ski once a year and we do understand that on the first day you require time to find your legs. With this in mind our first day from Dalseter to Oskampen is only 15km (9.4 miles) and there should be time to allow you to settle into the trip. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • During this trip you will experience 'touring' in its purest form as you will set off from Oslo with everything you need for the week 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 might like to leave extra luggage for your flight or any onward travel in Oslo. The preferred option is that you leave luggage in a locker at Gardemoen airport for approximately 630 NOK per week. When you come through the 'Arrivals' door at Gardermoen airport gate you should turn left and walk to the end of the building and you will find the baggage service.

    There are also luggage lockers at Oslo central railway station from 350 NOK per week, though cost does depend on the size of locker you use. We have, however, found that on occasion these are unreliable in that they can be fully booked.

  • 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

  • 4 Nights full board staffed DNT hut accommodation; bed, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
  • 2 Nights full board self service DNT hut accommodation; bed, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
  • 1 Night full board hotel accommodation in Dalseter; bed, breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
  • Services of a professional Nordic Ski Instructor 
  • Transfer from Vinstra to Dalseter
  • Transfer from Dalseter to Finnbole
  • Transfer by 'Snowcoach' from Fondsbu to Tyin
  • Bus from Tyin to Oslo
  • 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
  • Left luggage lockers in Oslo
  • 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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At a Glance

From Price £1735
Holiday Type Nordic Touring 'Off Track'
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2000m (6560ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Vinstra, Norway
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  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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