Jotunheim Snowshoe
Jotunheimen Snowshoe
Jotunheim Snowshoe
Jotunheimen Snowshoe
Jotunheim Snowshoe
Jotunheim Snowshoe

Jotunheimen Snowshoe

Snowshoeing in Norway

Explore the fabulous Jotunheim on snowshoes and enjoy a remote winter adventure. The world famous Jotunheimen attracts those who love to spend time in the mountains away from the crowds. In winter the Sjodalen area feels wild and remote, with only cross country skiers and snowshoers venturing into this winter wonderland. We will spend the trip between two traditional mountain lodges or 'Fjellstue' as they are known in Norway. This will allow us to explore both ends of the Sjoadalen, where we are surrounded by open mountains and low pine and birch forests containing rare plants and lichens and home to some of the oldest trees in Norway. 


  • A chance to explore the famous Jotunheim
  • Traditional and characterful Norwegian lodges
  • Fabulous Norwegian food featuring local produce
  • Guided by a qualified mountain professional
  • Walk the Ice Canyon and enjoy a winter spectacle
  • No promises, but you may see wild reindeer

The scenery was excellent, with wide expanses of mountains and snow. The weather was very fine, albeit very cold - no one should skimp on good gear! The accommodation was very comfortable and the food excellent. Emma was an excellent guide, full of good humour and attentive to the welfare of the group. My best moment was the ascent on the second last day of Blessomfjellet (?).

- Martin, UK, 2023

Wonderful trip, excellent guide and very good accommodation. Best days were the linear walk to the second hotel and attaining the summit of the highest mountain.

- George, UK, 2023

Everything was enjoyable: convivial guide, excellent accommodation and food, wonderful landscape and views, walks pitched just at the right level.

- Margarete, UK, 2023


  • Today you will arrive in Norway, and travel to the town of Otta where you will be collected by private taxi and taken to your hotel. The journey to your hotel takes approximately 1h10. This evening your guide will brief you on the trip and answers any questions you might have. 

  • We begin our day at Besstrond by the Sjoadalen Lake with a linear route to Bessheim. This is a relatively easy day and offers views along the valley which is dominated by pine, and as such is the highest pine-forest in Norway. The western side of the valley is defined by the Jotun nappe, which has created the highest mountains in this area. A nappe is a large sheet of rock that has been moved more than 2 km (1.2 miles) or 5 km (3.1 miles) from its original position. After a steady climb we make our way southwards towards the summit of Besstrondrundhøe which sits at 1421m ((4660ft). We then drop down to the lakeside at Bessheim. 

    Ascent: 448m (1469ft) Descent: 453m (1485ft)  Distance: 9.5 km (5.6 miles) Duration: 4h00 - 5h00

  • Setting off from Hindseter we plan to do a circuit on to the plateau and then back down to the lodge. A gentle climb to start with through the birch woods, before we get onto open ground and take in views to the west of the main Jotunheim peaks. In summer herds of wild reindeer graze on these mountains, and are to be seen foraging through the lichens, and mosses. Local folk culture celebrates the legendary reindeer marksman Jo Gjende. Born Jo Tjøstolvsson Kleppe in 1794 in Vågå he lived most of his adult life on his own in the mountains, initially as a 'travelling vagabond', then eventually in a cottage at the southern end of lake Gjende which he built around 1840. In many ways Jo Gjende was the first guide in Jotunheimen, and offered his services to those who wanted to hunt, fish and explore the area. As you snowshoe to the tops, you can reflect that you are hiking in the footsteps of the pioneering guides of the Jotunheim. 

    Ascent: 538m (1765ft) Descent: 539m (1767ft)  Distance: 10.3 km (6.6 miles) Duration: 5h00

  • A mountain summit today and a circular route from Lemonsjø. Trollhøe is our goal and is a well known mountain in this area sitting at 1371m (4498ft). From the top you can see no less than five Norwegian National Parks. These include the Jotunheimen, Rondane, Dovrefjell, Reinheimen and Breheimen and with a summit view of 360 degrees it is hard to leave on a good day. At the top stands a plaque indicating the direction and names of thirty-nine nearby peaks. If the weather is kind we will have lunch at the top before working our way back round to the north for our descent. To the south is the small alpine ski area which is enjoyed by local people. Like many tiny communities in Norway there are a couple of ski lifts installed which entice weekend visitors to the mountains and help to keep the local mountain lodges in business. We feel strongly about supporting these remote mountain communities through our snowshoe adventures. 

    Ascent: 560m (1836ft) Descent: 489m (1603ft)  Distance: 8.7 km (5.4 miles) Duration: 5h00 - 6h00

  • Today is all about ice and exploring the canyon that cuts through the landscape. This is a spectacular, but easy day trip along the frozen river and frozen waterfalls, visiting ice caves and experiencing ice in all its colours. In the winter months the river creates a fantastical world of ice columns, and icicles. Ascent and distance depend on the conditions in the canyon but you can be assured of an interesting day out exploring this beautiful landscape. 

  • Sikkilsdalshøa offers a great day out with amazing views from the summit. Today is a more challenging day out, in terms of distance and ascent, and you will earn your dinner! We begin by crossing the lake from Bessheim, so a nice easy warm up straight over the ice to the other side. Crossing lakes in winter is a normal way of travelling in Norway during the cold months, and the skidoo from our hotel regularly puts in a track across the lake. Once on the other side we begin our climb heading for the summit at 1778m (5833 ft). The top gives views to the Besseggen ridge, Gjendesheim, Gjendevatnet and many mountain peaks in the national parks of Rondane, Dovre, Jotunheimen and Langsua. After the obligatory photo stop we will begin to retrace our steps back down to the lake, and head for the comfort of our cosy hotel for tea and waffles. This area is also know for the Princes Cabin, which is used extensively by the Norwegian royals especially during Easter and the hunting season. From where we are on the summit the Prinsehytta is tucked under the southern slopes, well out of sight!

    Ascent: 822m (2696ft) Descent: 826m (2709ft)  Distance: 16.4 km (10.3 miles) Duration: 6h00 - 7h00

  • This morning we leave Hindseter and begin our ascent of Stuttgongkampen which sits at 1418m (4651ft). To gain the summit we approach from the north, and as we work our way southwards, we skirt round the mountain. The word 'kampen' you will often see at the end of mountain names in Norway and it simply means 'mountain', or 'summit'. Laid out below Stuttgongkampen is a diverse landscape of rivers, lakes and birch woodland. Depending on conditions our trail may take us past Stuttgongfossen waterfall which will be well frozen in winter! We then enter Stuttgonglia Nature Reserve before getting on to rockier terrain as we head for the top. Upon reaching the top, we will have a view over the high peaks of Jotunheimen National Park, as well as the gentle slopes of the Sjodal Valley. Then it's back to our hotel for a sauna and a final fabulous dinner prepared by Bjørn.

    Ascent: 605m (1984ft) Descent: 602m (1974ft)  Distance: 8.9 km (5.6 miles) Duration: 5h00

  • This morning we will arrange a private transfer back to Otta railway station for any onward travel. This transfer is included in your trip fee.

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 to us on every trip. Detailed below are our favoured hotels which we intend to use. If unavailable at the time of booking we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

The trip fees are based on two people sharing a room, with breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner included. Single rooms may be available for a supplementary payment. However, these are very limited in number, and require early booking. On this trip we will stay at two different mountain lodges, or Fjellstue, which are characterful and reflect the Norwegian style.

Hindseter Fjellstue


We will be spending time at Hindseter Fjellstue which is run by the very welcoming Karola and Andre. They have welcomed guests at Hindseter for 18 years, and the food and decor is beautiful. A true oasis in the mountains where you can relax and enjoy the view. It was the 'alps' or summer meadows, which offered shelter and food to the first adventurers and tourists coming to this area. The owner of Hindsæter alp decided to build a hotel in 1898. There were quite a few artists staying at Hindsæter during the first years and for a period Hindsæter was called “Hotel of the Artists”. You can still see the cultural landscape of the alp history with timber buildings, stone walls, wooden fences and animals.

The hotel is very comfortable with en suite bedrooms, a spa, and you can experience a 'beer' tasting with Karola who is a professional beer sommelier. It is ideally placed for adventures starting right at the door. Those of you who are staying in the traditional log cabin will find that the bedrooms are spacious and you will have a small kitchen area, fireplace, and living area. The two rooms in the cabin share a toilet and shower situated between the apartments. 

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.

  • Arrival

    Firstly, note that the train timetables are published three months in advance of your departure date.

    To reach the start of the tour you will travel north by train from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to the town of Otta. The train station is in the airport building at Gardermoen and it all works very efficiently in terms of connecting with your flight. Tickets are easily booked on line, with reduced prices available if booked in advance at Norwegian Trains. 

    Plan to take the train departing Oslo Airport at 1429 hrs, and arriving in Otta at 1739 hrs. If you are already in central Oslo, check the train times departing from Oslo Centrum. 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.


    At the end of the trip we have included a transfer back to Otta station, where you can then take connecting trains to Oslo. We will be aiming for the 0911 hrs morning train, which arrives at Oslo Gardermoen Airport at 1218 hrs. 

  • 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.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have the appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and the accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Generally clothing for snowshoeing should be equivalent to that used for walking in the mountains in winter. For this trip we provide snow shovel, snow probe, and avalanche transceivers free of charge. The carrying of this safety equipment is compulsory and demonstrates ‘best practice’. 

    Your guide will arrive at the ‘Welcome Meeting’ with only enough snowshoe equipment for those who have booked it via their Booking Form. 


    • Snowshoes - hire locally for approx. 450 NOK for the 6 days (about £37)
    • Poles - you must bring your own poles fitted with 'snow baskets'
    • Avalanche Transceiver - supplied free of charge
    • Shovel - supplied free of charge 
    • Snow Probe - supplied free of charge 
    • Rucksack – 30-35 litres, with waist and chest strap. Ideally it should have a system that allows you to attach snowshoes if it is necessary to carry them. See image below
    • Rucksack – waterproof liner/cover
    • Walking Boots - warm and waterproof. They should not be ‘low cut’ and must cover your ankles
    • Bags to waterproof items, such as documentation
    • Gaiters - useful on days with deep fresh snow


    • 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 - 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


    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - very useful in snowfall
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    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


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

    Additional Items

    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required 
    • Travel Kettle if required 
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • 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 

    The image below gives examples of how snowshoes can be attached to your rucksack

  • 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.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms for this trip are very limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £450.

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

    Please note your snowshoe guide 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. This is particularly relevant in a winter environment where the snowpack can change on a daily basis.

    Your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page. 

  • 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 maps of the itinerary you will find that the map detailed below covers your itinerary: 

    Nordeca: Jotunheimen Aust - 2503 - 1:50,000

    Nordeca: Besseggen - 32HO9 - 1:50,000

    Ideally, you might also require the maps which covers Sjodalen, however, this is hard to come by, and you may only be able to buy it in Norway. Our snowshoe area sits on the edge of several different maps. 

  • Food

    We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you are vegetarian his is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet contact us

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.


    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly.

  • 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. 

Prices may vary depending on date.


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What's Included

  • 7 nights full board; Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
  • Transport from Otta Railway Station to our hotel
  • Transport from our hotel to Otta Railway Station 
  • Transfer from Hindseter to Bessheim
  • Fees and expenses of a professional guide 
  • 6 days of guided snowshoeing
  • Hire of avalanche transceivers, shovels, probes

What's Not Included

  • Hire of snowshoes or poles, refer to kit list for details
  • Flights 
  • Travel to Otta Railway Station
  • Insurance
  • Additional expenses
  • Drinks 
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Grade: Intermediate


At a Glance

From Price £2195
Holiday Type Snowshoeing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 4-8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2,500m (8,200ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Otta, Noway
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