Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing
Hardanger Classic Crossing

Hardangervidda Classic Crossing


Point to point tour across the Hardangervidda plateau

A ski journey across the world famous Hardangervidda is an exploration of all that is wild and wonderful in Norway. This high plateau is the largest protected area in Norway at 3422 square kilometres (2138 square miles). It is home to wildlife such as arctic foxes, beaver, and elk and has the largest wild reindeer herds in Scandinavia. 

Our point-to-point ski journey beings in Haukeliseter and finishes in Finse. We follow the rolling hills that border the lonely road from Geilo to the fjords. We ski past frozen lakes, the Hardangerjokull and the snouts of the glaciers from the plateau, before reaching the end of our journey.

Highlights

  • Cross the world famous Hardangervidda, a high and wild plateau 
  • Ideal tour for experienced Nordic skiers looking for a hut-to-hut adventure
  • See herds of reindeer in their natural environment; no promises! 
  • Enter a 'white' world of wilderness, solitude, space and scenery

The Hardanger was immortalised in film in 'The Hereos of Telemark' based on the true story of Norwegian resistance fighters trying to prevent the construction of an atomic bomb. Skiing across this wild plateau you will truly appreciate what they endured living in the wilderness for many months in winter.


I could not believe how wild and remote the landscape felt. There was a deep sense of peace and solitude to be found skiing through these mountains. In our crowded world it was a joy to experience the openness of this wonderful winter land. 

Itinerary

  • Today we will meet at the main bus terminal in Oslo ready to begin our ski journey and your rucksack packed with everything you need for the trip.

    We will take the direct bus to Haukeli departing mid-afternoon. This evening at your accommodation your ski guide will give a full briefing on the week ahead. 

    For 'Arrival & Departure' details please refer to the 'Trip Information' section.

  • After a hearty Norwegian breakfast we will transfer 25 minutes by taxi to reach the trail head and wild Hardangervidda. 'Vidda' is the Norwegian word for 'plateau' so to sound like seasoned Nordic ski tourers remember to refer to either the Hardanger plateau or the Hardangervidda. 

    This will be a full day on skis as we head north onto the Hardangervidda with a short, steep climb which is always a good way to test your technique. We then enjoy typical Hardanger terrain with undulating hills and small frozen lakes which will allow us to find our 'ski legs'. We will ski pass the dramatic Nupsegga which sits at 1674m (5490ft) and then shapely Simletind rising to 1504m (4933ft). Shortly after passing Simletind we will see Hellevassbu the DNT hut where we will spend the night. DNT huts offer an amazing service to skiers in remote wilderness areas. Good meals, warm and cosy rooms offering a true haven from the cold white world outside. 

    Ascent: 500m (1640ft) Distance: 26km (16.3 miles)

  •  'Bu' is a word-ending that you will often see in the mountains of Norway. It means a mountain cottage or mountain home and will often be applied to a name. So this morning we leave Hellevassbu as we set out on what will be a more relaxed day of skiing as we head for Litlos. The hut at Litlos is in the western part of the Hardangervidda, is far from any road access, and really does provide the perfect escape into the spectacular Norwegian landscape. Our route follows an intricate line through small valleys, past rocky knolls and over yet more frozen lakes. 

    Ascent: 350m (1148ft) Distance: 20 km (12.5 miles)

  • Coffee, and waffles and then we are on our way. Skis waxed and prepared to head ever closer to the centre of the immense Hardangervidda. We set off heading north-east across a more open and gentler winter wonderland containing many small hills and wider valleys. 

    Our goal today is the hut at Sandhaug which claims to be located in 'the closest you will ever come' to the centre of the Hardanger plateau.  In this magnificent area of mountains, with a near perfect view of the nature around, it is said that you can experience a seldom found feeling of 'peace.' 

    With Hårteigen to the west, Gaustadtoppen to the southeast and Hardangerjøkulen to the north, the horizon is crowded with the summits of this amazing arctic landscape. 

    Ascent: 180m (590ft) Distance: 23km (14.4 miles)

  • By now you should be well into the rhythm of the mornings and enjoying discussing the 'grip wax' needed for the day. It's worth mentioning that on this trip you will be supplied with ski climbing 'skins' free of charge, which does make life easier when we have difficult waxing conditions. 

    Today we will continue northwards across the vast open spaces of the Hardanger plateau. A series of climbs and descents link a number of lake-filled valleys offering excellent skiing. If the weather is good we may see the wide bulk of the Hardanger Icecap directly ahead. 

    Ascent: 220m (721ft) Distance: 25km (15.6 miles)

  • Today we ski off in the direction of our next overnight at Kjedebu, another 'bu' which is actually a self-service DNT hut. If you have not encountered 'self-service' huts before then we hope you will be pleasantly surprised. The Norwegian hut system which allows us to travel into remote areas in winter is amazing. It is based very much on trust and honesty and relies on each visitor writing a note of exactly what they have used and then paying accordingly. 

    The huts are supplied with wood for the fire, and a store room of dried and tinned foods. There is also bedding as well which avoids having to carry a 'full' sleeping bag, you just require a 'sheet sleeping bag liner'.

    You will have plenty of time to make yourselves at home at Kjedebu as we will have a short day. In fact, you could almost consider it a rest day. We have a short hop over some ridges with superb views towards the Hardanger Icecap. The hut is situated in a lovely setting, and is a great sport to spend a relaxing afternoon. 

    Ascent: 110m (360ft) Distance: 9km (5.6 miles)

  • Today we begin our journey to exit the Hardangervidda and our longest ski day. Leaving Kjedebu we follow an enticing route over hills, alongside lakes and through various passes. We ski along with the looming mass of the Hardanger Icecap to our left with it’s tumbling outlet glaciers with crevasses of blue ice. It is a fitting view to end our epic trip across this immense arctic plateau, and an image that will stay with us as we head for home. 

    The final descent into the tiny community of Finse is a great way to finish this tour. We have 8km (5 miles) of descent with the prospect of the comforts of Finsehytta at the end of the day. This famous hut is located a short walk from the Oslo to Bergen railway where Finse can claim to be the highest 'stop' on the Norwegian railway system.

    Fine, which sits at 1222 metres (4009ft) is home to the Alpine Research Centre which since 1972 has attracted biologists, geologists, geophysicists and other researchers from a wide range of Norwegian and international institutions.

    Ascent: 400m (1312ft) Distance: 28km (17.5 miles)

  • This morning we can enjoy a final relaxed breakfast in the DNT Hut at Finse before the short trip to the railway station and the mid-morning train to Oslo and your onward travel arrangements. 

    For 'Arrival & Departure' details please refer to the 'Trip Information' section. 

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 in Norwegian mountain huts for seven nights. '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. 

All of the huts have shared rooms with either 2-3, or 4-6 beds. Whenever possible we aim to secure bedrooms for 2 people. 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 which cost around 10 NOK, drying rooms, a small shop and bar.

We will also be using 'self-service' lodges for two of these nights; these 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'! 

Twin rooms MAY be available for a supplementary fee, but at staffed huts only. Please contact us if you wish to discuss the rooming on this trip. 

Haukeli Hotel, Haukeli

The Haukeli Hotel is a family run hotel situated in Haukeligrend, Norway's Telemark region. All of the rooms are en-suite with WiFi and the price includes: a buffet style breakfast, packed lunch (made by yourselves from the breakfast buffet) and 3-course evening meal offering local cuisine.

Haukeli is a popular starting point for hikers and fishermen in the summer and skiers and nordic ski tourers in the winter. On the first ski day of our tour we transfer by taxi 25 mins to the trail head.

Hellevassbu

DNT Self-Service Cabin

The hut at Hellevassbu is 'self-service' which means that we will arrive to find wood for the fire, and dried and tinned food available. The hut which has 26 beds is also supplied with blankets and pillows, and you only need a 'sheet sleeping bag liner. As with all the huts it is in a stunning remote location. 

 

Litlos

DNT Staffed Cabin

Litlos is located on the western part of Hardangervidda. With the lodge based far away from any road, it is the perfect escape into the spectacular Norwegian nature. Hårteigen, the great landmark of Hardangervidda, lays only a day's ski away.

 

The lodge has 52 bunks in 14 rooms, which have two, four, six or eight bunks. It also has coin-operated showers and hot and cold water. 

Sandhaug

DNT Staffed Cabin

Sandhaug is located in what is probably the closest you will ever come to the center of Hardangervidda. The hut is surrounded by beautiful mountains, with Hårteigen to the west, Gaustadtoppen to the southeast and Hardangerjøkulen to the north.

The lodge has 80 bunks in two-bunk, three-bunk and four-bunk rooms. It also has a larger dormitory. The lodge has power supplied by a diesel generator.

Dyranut

Mountain Lodge

The hut at Dyranut is on a high road pass in the Hardanger. It is a staffed hut meaning we do not have to cook for ourselves, and our meals are provided. It sleeps up to 35 people in a range of room types. 

 

Kjedebu

DNT Self-Service Cabin

Kjedebu is a self-service hut, situated in a great spot with excellent mountain views. It sleeps up to 51 people in a variety of rooms. As with all self-service huts you will be joining in with the wood chopping, fire making, and preparation of the meals. 

 

Finsehytta

DNT Staffed Cabin

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

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

 


  • 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 be approx 2hrs before departure of the bus to Haukeli to allow you to prepare and to store any excess luggage at the airport.

    We will meet at the main bus station in Oslo and take the direct bus to our overnight accommodation at Haukeli. The bus usually leaves at 1530hrs, but the time will be confirmed with you in your trip joining instructions available 4 weeks prior to the trip start date. The journey takes around 5 hours and 30 minutes.

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

    By Train

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

    By Bus

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

    Departure

    On your departure day we walk or ski back to the train station in Finse where we catch onward trains. The first train leaves at 1015 hrs and arrives at Oslo Airport at 1457 hrs. Alternatively, the first train for Bergen leaves at 1233 hrs arriving at 1457 hrs. Please ensure your flight is late enough to take account of your arrival time from Finse and to allow time to collect any luggage left at the airport or in town.

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

    Please check with us before booking any travel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The skis and boots required for this trip are metal-edged Nordic touring skis 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. You are not charged for days when you are travelling. 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 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 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 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 - if hiring from Braemar Mountain Sports then 'skins' are included in the package, be sure that they are included. Refer to 'Type of Skis' under 'Trip Information' for more details. If you have your own skis and 'skins' then please bring the 'skins'. If you require skins Tracks and Trails will provide them free of charge, but you must BOOK these with Tracks and Trails in advance.
    • 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
    • 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.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • A single room is only available on two nights on this trip; in Haukeli and Dyranut. The single supplement is £95. 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 are often 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. When staying in staffed huts we book small mixed dormitories just for our group of 2, 3, 4 or 6 people.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Staffed cabins

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

    Self-service cabins

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

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

  • 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. 

  • If would like to spend extra nights in Oslo, the capital city of Norway, we can recommend several city centre hotels:

    The Thon Hotel Opera is a very short distance from the central railway station and, indeed, the Opera House. It is approximately 100 metres (328ft) from the railway station. Karl Johan high street, the main shopping thoroughfare, is a two minute walk from the hotel. 

    The Thon Hotel Spectrum is also central and approximately 600 metres (1968ft) walk from the central railway station. 

    Both these hotels are part of the Thon hotel chain. We would normally recommend family run hotels, but they are not easily found in central Oslo and we feel that the Thon group do provide good accommodation which is easily reached from the railway station. You will be able to book either of these online. 

    If you would like inexpensive accommodation in Oslo we can recommend the Perminalen Hotell. The hotel has a choice of accommodation ranging from bedrooms to same gender dormitories. It is approximately 850 metres (2788ft) from the central railway station. 

  • 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. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

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What's Included

  • 5 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
  • Services of a professional Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Bus travel from Oslo to start point at Haukliseter
  • Group taxi from Haukeli to Haukeliseter
  • Use of ski waxes
  • Use of ski climbing skins - refer to Kit List for details, if required these must be booked with Tracks and Trails in advance
  • Tracks and Trails memento to take home
 

What's Not Included

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

I could not believe how wild and remote the landscape felt. There was a deep sense of peace and solitude to be found skiing through these mountains. In our crowded world it was a joy to experience the openness of this wonderful winter land. 

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From Price £1595
Holiday Type Nordic Touring 'Off Track'
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2000m (5560ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Oslo, Norway
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