Sweden’s Vasaloppet Tour
Sweden’s Vasaloppet Tour
Sweden’s Vasaloppet Tour
Sweden’s Vasaloppet Tour
Sweden’s Vasaloppet Tour

Ski the famous 'Vasaloppet'


Cross Country Skiing in Sweden

Join us for a cross country ski holiday in the Swedish mountains at Sälen. The area has 250km (156 miles) of prepared ski tracks and Sälen is the start point of the 90km (56 miles) Vasaloppet - considered to be the oldest, longest, and the largest of the cross-country ski races in the world.

Skiing entirely on prepared ski trails we spend a week exploring the Dalarna region. We have two warm up days around Sälen, exploring both the local tracks and mountain trails progressing to a four-day point-to-point tour along the route of the historic Vasaloppet. 

Highlights

  • Ski one of the most famous race routes in the world
  • Four nights in an historic hotel with spa facilities
  • No ski pass payment required, the tracks are free
  • 120km (75 miles) of reliable track skiing
  • Perfect introduction to track touring
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • Qualified BASI Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Single rooms available on request
  • Optional nights in Stockholm

Sweden is sparsely populated, and the landscape can feel quite wild. In the northern parts of Dalarna or 'Holiday Country', as the Swedes call it, you find Vasa Country; consisting of three communities: Malung, Mora and Älvdalen, with it’s long rivers, rolling hills, lakes and valleys. All three areas are in various ways involved in the Vasaloppet. As the ski track passes through their territory, daily life is somewhat influenced by the race and it's history.

Our Swedish Vasaloppet ski tour offers 120kms (75 miles) of relatively easy to moderate skiing over six days. This is the perfect introduction to classic ‘track touring’ allowing time to make improvements to your technique along the way. The ski style used is 'classic' cross-country ski technique and is entirely on prepared tracks. The rental equipment available is 'fish scale' skis or micro fibre ‘skins’.


Excellent! Loved Hotel Älvdalen. Good food, central location in town to walk around, hot tub. Our guide did an excellent job of catering to different skill set and speeds on trip and keeping everyone happy. My most memorable moment was skiing through a blizzard to a waffle house and having the sled dogs turn up!

Itinerary

  • airport
  • meet in
  • accommodation
  • peaks
  • route
  • transfer
  • Your guide will meet you on the first evening at your hotel in Högfjället, a settlement in Sälen’s national park, to brief you on the days ahead and answer any questions. We will be staying at the Gammelgarden Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in the area which dates back to the 17th century. Our traditional wooden built hotel has excellent facilities including a fine restaurant, Swedish style sauna, open fire, superb valley views and cross country ski tracks running past the front door. On arrival you can fully relax as we will spend four nights here. The hotel has cosy rooms all uniquely decorated and en-suite. The rooms are distributed in two buildings, one in "Lodge Style" with wallpaper and fabrics from Ralph Lauren, and the other with an emphasis on Dalarna with influences of the well known locally born artist Carl Larsson.

  • Today we plan to ski almost entirely above the tree line to reach ‘Hemfjällsstugan’, a characterful mountain cabin, situated on the mountain plateau at 810m (2656ft). We will be aiming to have our lunch here by the fire, but not before stopping also for morning coffee at Storfjällsgraven. From the trail head opposite our hotel we make our way up the valley, soon reaching open highlands, skiing past frozen streams and shallow valleys making a great circular tour around Mellanfjäcllet, 910m (2984ft). We have some good views across the Swedish mountain landscape as we traverse the mountainside. Experience the true charm, peace and tranquility of the Dalarna region on this mountain ski tour.

    Ascent: 347m (1138ft) Descent: 344m (1128ft) Distance: 14km (8.7 miles) 

  • Vasa Country prides itself in being Northern Europe’s largest winter paradise, offering not only cross country track skiing but 'off track' touring, alpine skiing, ice skating, dog sledding, winter fishing and even snow mobile touring! Sälenfjäll (Sälen mountain) is popular with locals, with the surrounding mountains offering over 200km (125 miles) of ski trails. Today we will explore the network of trails running straight past our hotel door. We will most likely do a really lovely loop around Vestra Kalven mountain, stopping to eat our picnic lunch at the gorgeous wooden cabin at Lindalen. Wafffles with jam and cream are a must! A true Swedish ski touring experience complete with mountain culture.

    For those renting skis locally you will collect the equipment in the morning and have plenty of time to get used to them. After your warm-up ski enjoy afternoon tea and sauna back at the hotel.

    Ascent: 420m (1377ft) Descent: 414m (1357ft) Distance: 25km (15.6 miles)

  • Today we make our way to Berga, a hamlet in Sälen valley and official start of the Vasaloppet at the VasaloppsArena. After photos and a look at the visitors' centre, we will start our 4-day point-to-point tour which will take us through the ‘taiga’ coniferous forests, villages, marshlands and lakes before finishing in picturesque Mora.

    After an easy first 3kms (1.8 miles) from the arena, the trail climbs 178m (583ft) to reach Vasaloppet’s highest point: 528m (1731ft) in the Spränsbackarna forest. This is the hardest climb of the tour. The trail then levels out and winds it’s way through the broad scenic marshlands of Valmyrsätra before reaching the frozen lake of Smågen and one of many simple lumberjack/log floaters' huts ‘Smågenkojan’. Until 1947 lumberjacks would overnight here during their working week. Today it makes the ideal place of refuge for lunch, marking 11kms (6.8 miles). From Smågen we climb easily over 4.5km (2.8ft) after which we are rewarded with 8.5kms (5.3 miles) of rolling downhill to reach Mångsbodarna. Mångsbodarna is one of three of the original 1922 race checkpoints. Here we can see water-powered saw and paper mills and the old school house. High quality timber and in recent years, sandstone, have been important worldwide exports. From here we will take a taxi back to Sälen. Tonight is our last night at the Gammelgarden Hotel.

    Ascent 368m. Descent 301m. Distance 24km.

  • We re-join the Vasaloppet trail back at Mångsbodarna, with an easy descent for about 3kms (1.8 miles) to the woodland settlement of Tennång. Darlana is well known in Sweden for upholding its traditions. Crafting the famous wooden horses, folk music, Midsummer celebrations and national costumes are all part of the local culture. The Dala wooden horse is decorated with painted ‘kurbits’ - characteristic folk art form patterns. This is the Swedish icon and is as Swedish as Swedish can be! It derives from the 18th century when foresters would sit by the fire in the dark winter evenings and carve horses for their children.

    Another climb and descent brings us to the farming village of Risberg where we have a shelter for a late morning stop. Risberg is home to many old wooden chalets and close to where Gustav Vasa is said to have spent the night in a bear’s den! To complete our day we have a final climb through dense Vasa birch and fir trees out of Risberg, and then easy trails around the shores of the beautiful frozen lake of Mellansjön. Here we head 300 metres (984ft) off the track to a woodland cabin where we can have our lakeside picnic lunch. We finish with a short ascent to the village of Evertsberg (with a chapel and altar, plunder from war taken from Lübeck, Germany, which is dated back to 1490). It’s here we pass the 47km (29 miles) check point indicating that we are now a little over half way to the finish. We meet our taxi which will take us 12 kms (7.5 miles) to Hotell Älvdalen where we will spend two nights.

    Ascent: 362m (1187ft) Descent: 361m (1184ft) Distance: 23km (14.4 miles)

  • We first travel back to Evertsberg, one of the larger villages on the trail, housing summer farmsteads and log cabins still used today. Traditional methods of fishing, hunting, architecture and music all help to make this wild region so rich and colourful. After a nice warm up, we soon find our trail begins to descend and roll nicely over the next 10kms (6.3 miles). Just before Oxberg, we arrive at the famous short climb originally known as the Sighing Hill. But after Sven-Åke Lundbäck’s 1981 Vasaloppet victory it was renamed ‘Lundbäck’s Hill’. A short descent into Oxberg, framed by it’s 18th century chapel, is where we will have our lunch break. Our afternoon ski undulates over snow covered pastures and rich woodland to reach the Gophus ski centre above the Österdaläven valley. It is here where Mora-Nisse, in 1945, made his famous last 're-waxing' of his skis which helped him recover nine minutes on the leader, Gunnar Wärdell, and win by just over a minute! Another 4kms and a final steady climb completes the day at the mountain farm of Hökberg - Hawk Mountain. We return back to Älvdalen for a second night and welcome sauna.

    Ascent: 396m (1298ft) Descent: 568m (1863ft) Distance: 24km (15 miles)

  • With the end now in sight, our final ski day starts at Hökberg, where despite it's remoteness has increased in numbers of permanent house owners and farmers in recent years. We ski easy trails down and around Hökberget 'fell' where the hoof prints and evidence of elk can often be seen in the forest. Level trails bring us to Eldris, the final checkpoint of our tour. With just 10kms (6.3 miles) of easy skiing left to Mora, we can pause for a moment and reflect on the adventure we’ve had. During the Vasaloppet it’s here that the number of spectators begins to grow. Our last few kilometres wind their way into Mora to reach the town centre, Vassaloppets finish gate and Anders Zorn’s statue of Gustav Vasa. The name Mora comes from the old Swedish word 'mor' meaning 'thick forest and humidity'. Today though, after the 90km (56 miles) wilderness journey across the Vassaloppet trail, Mora will feel like a metropolis! It is the largest district in Dalarna and sits by the region's biggest lake, Silijan. It has a friendly town centre with some nice shops, cafes and is home to the Vassaloppet Museum and several Wooden Horse factories! Sweden’s most well known artist and art connoisseur, Anders Zorn, was born in Mora. His house/museum or just the tearoom is well worth a visit at the Zorn Museum.

    Ascent: 152m (498ft) Descent: 225m (738ft) Distance: 19km (11.8 miles)

    NB: departure to Stockholm is possible at the end of today if you have an early morning flight the next day. Please contact us for advice.

  • Today is departure day and the trip ends after breakfast. For travel information 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 every trip. Detailed below are examples of our favoured venues and those 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. However on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

Gammelgarden Hotel, Högfjället

Hotel

The Gammelgarden Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the area, much of which dates back to 17th century. Our traditional wooden built hotel has excellent facilities including a fine restaurant, Swedish style sauna, open fire, superb valley views and cross country ski tracks running past the front door. The hotel has cosy rooms all uniquely decorated and en-suite. We spend four nights at the Gammelgarden Hotel.

The rooms are distributed in two buildings, one in "Lodge Style" with wallpaper and fabrics from Ralph Lauren and the other with an emphasis on Dalarna with influences of the well known locally born artist Carl Larsson.

Hotel Älvdalen, Älvdalen

Hotel

We move on to Älvdalen town where we have very comfortable accommodation in the hotel of the same name. The hotel has an interesting theme and history showcasing guitars and music sheets connected to the production of Hagström guitars. In 1925 Hagström started the factory with the production of accordions in Älvdalen and later exported guitars worldwide. World artists such as Elvis, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie have all played on Hagström guitars. We spend two nights in Älvdalen.

The hotel is very comfortable, and we will spend two nights of our trip here. There is a spa which is great for easing any muscles that require it. 

On a final musical note, we can report that famous artists such as Elvis, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie have all played on Hagström guitars. 

PS the town is also proud to be the home village of Princess Sofia who met her prince and has now joined the Swedish Royal Family as the wife of Prince Carl Philip.

 

Hotel Fridhemsgatan, Mora

Hotel

The hotel for our final night in Sweden is the Hotel Fridhemsgatan which is in the town of Mora, the end point of our journey. It has clean and colourful bedrooms with a traditional theme depicting the famous Dalarna wooden horses. It is within easy distance of the town centre, and also the lake side. It has a fitness area and a sauna. 

 


  • Arrival

    For winter 2020 Salen where we start our tour is opening it's own airport called the Scandinavian Mountain Airport. Flights from the UK are on a Saturday from London Heathrow with Scandinavian Airlines taking 2h30. From here the transfer time to our hotel is about 20 minutes. You can pre-book your transfer with Sälen Buss. A Shared Direct Transfer costs 260SEK taking you to the bus stop next to the hotel. A private taxi to the hotel door is 840SEK. Taxis should be booked to Lindvallen / Sälfjällstorget.

    From all other destinations, to reach the start of the tour we recommend that you travel to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. From Arlanda we travel by train and bus to Hotell Gammelgården, Salen.

    The train station at Arlanda (Stockholm) Airport is inside the airport called 'Arlanda C' on the timetables. Tickets for the entire journey, for both the train and bus can be booked with one payment at Swedish Rail. You are going From: Arlanda C To: Sälfjällstorget. Sälfjällstorget must be spelled correctly with the 'double dot' above the 'a', so we suggest you copy and paste from here. Sälfjällstorget is one stop BEFORE your hotel, and you must stay on the bus to the Gammelgarden, Salen stop. Your ticket will cover this extra stop. NB: be aware there are other Gammelgardens on this route - you are going to Salen.

    In 2020 the latest train leaving Arlanda Airport to arrive in time for the welcome meeting leaves at 1207hrs arriving at 1812hrs. If you are unable to make this connection then we recommend that is you either consider arriving a day earlier and enjoying time in Stockholm beforehand and taking an earlier train/bus or you take the next connection leaving at 1406hrs arriving at 2007hrs. Prices start from about 544SEK for the total journey from Arlanda to the start of the trip. Tickets are cheaper if arranged in advance. 

    Bus times from from the train stops at either Mora or Borlange can be found at (Dalatrafik). The bus stops directly outside Hotell Gammelgården (bus stop Gammelgarden, Sälen). Please note that you can only book your bus ticket on the train website. We have given the link to the bus times in case you are on a later train which will not go beyond Mora or Borlange and you then need to investigate bus times. 

    We realise that this can make quite a long travelling day, (5/6 hrs) so you may which to begin your holiday with an over night or two in Stockholm first, or stay at one of the airport hotels.

    Departure

    When leaving the tour if you are flying back to Heathrow from the Salen Scandinavian Mountain Airport the journey time is 1 hour 45 minutes. It is possible that this return journey can be combined with returning any group rental skis back to the start of the tour. Please contact us for details on this.

    Trains to Stockholm from Mora take approximately 3h30. Prices start from 325SEK. Trains depart from 0833hrs arriving in Arlanda at 1152hrs. There is no need to take a bus on the return journey, it can be done entirely by train.

    If preferred it could be possible to travel back to Stockholm on the afternoon of the final ski day. We normally arrive in Mora early afternoon and you could consider trains leaving later the same afternoon. This would allow for early flights from Stockholm airport the next morning. Please contact us to discuss this.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including 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. 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. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). 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°). 

    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! 

  • For this tour you will be using 'classic' track skis, and can use either fishscale or 'skintec' skis. Ski rental can be arranged locally and will normally be on 'fishscale' or micro fibre 'skintec' skis. We would only recommend ‘waxing’ skis if you are bringing your own and are already comfortable with the technique. Rental is possible from a shop close to our starting hotel for approximately 800 SEK per person. Please advise us if you wish to hire skis, poles and boots.

    The cost to return the skis from Mora to Lindvallen ski rental will be between 200-600 SEK per person. The price varies as the taxi cost is in accordance with the number in the group needing this service.

    In Sweden it is not necessary to purchase a ski pass as there is no charge to use the tracks. 

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

    Equipment

    This trip uses ‘classic’ style track skis. If you are bringing your own skis they must fit in the tracks, so should be no wider than 60mm. We suggest track skis which are 'fishscale' or 'skintec'. 'Waxing' skis can be used, but we expect you to be proficient and efficient with this technique. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired at the start of the trip. The cost of hire is indicated in 'Trip Information'. If you are intending to hire you must inform us as soon as possible as equipment must be booked in advance. The type of ski supplied by the hire shop is provided in the 'Ski Rental' section of the Trip Information page. 

    • Ski ties - to hold your skis together, useful but not essential
    • Rucksack - 25 to 30 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your kit, 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
    • Whistle

    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
    • 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

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor
    • 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

    Documentation

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

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required (it is not standard for hotels to provide one)
    • Travel Kettle if required (it is not standard for hotels to provide one)
    • Swimwear for when sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries

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

    Medium sized kitbag – you must be able to lift your luggage as not all hotels have elevators. Your luggage will be transported each day by taxi and therefore we ask that you restrict your luggage to ONE item.

    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.

  • 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. This trip has a single supplement from £450.

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

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

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

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

  • We grade this trip as Intermediate, for skiers with previous track cross-country skiing experience. On our first two days we will spend time finding our ski legs before beginning our point-to-point journey. 

    Expect to ski on a mixture of both flat and rolling terrain on prepared trails. You should already be at a level where you are confident about controlling your speed and direction, and have a good ‘snowplough’. You should be able to cope with skiing under control on a variety of terrain both uphill and downhill, and be confident about tackling corners while skiing downhill. All our trips include quality instruction, but for these trips you need to have a good ‘kick and glide’ to be able to travel competently and at a steady pace. You should have a good level of fitness to ensure that you are comfortable with longer days in winter weather, which may include snowfall and cold winds. You should be happy to ski on a variety of snow including perfect fresh tracks, AND tracks less than perfect which may be ‘firm’. On our point-to-point trips you will be expected to carry a small daypack. Time on skis will be 5-6 hours per day covering approximately 15-25 km (9.4-15.6 miles) per day with an occasional longer day.

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • 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.

    There are currency exchange facilities/banks in Stockholm Airport or you can obtain Swedish Kroner prior to your arrival. In our experience you only really need a very small amount of cash. Credit cards are accepted in all hotels, shops and restaurants for everything – including individual drinks. But if your bank charges you per overseas transactions then we would recommend you have Kroner in cash. £1 = 11 SEK and a coffee in Sweden is approximately 25 SEK. Stockholm City Terminal train station has a left luggage store available if needed which also takes ski bags.

     

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this 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 please contact us. 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 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.

    Water

    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. 

  • 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 you would like to stay on after the tour to explore the region then do let us know and we can book extra nights in Mora. We also recommend extra nights in Stockholm or Falun at the end of the tour.

    As mentioned in the itinerary, it is possible to leave for Stockholm on Day 7 of your trip once you have skied to Mora. We generally arrive in the town around 1430 hrs, and there is usually a train late afternoon, as well as an evening one.  Please note you should check these times against the latest timetables. Trains returning to Stockholm take 3h30 and are cheaper if arranged in advance.

    Falun is on the train route back to Stockholm, and is about 1h30 from Mora. The town grew up around the Great Copper Mountain, Kopperberget in the 17th century and since 2001 was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. You can visit the famous Great Pit and Mine Museum which is surrounded by the original colourful miners' cottages. Falun also houses the Dalarna Museum and a short drive away is artist Carl Larsson's Town House and Garden. The main town is also of interest architecturally with it's Kopparberg church and houses built with mining slag stone such as the Hammar's Patisserie built in 1776 - a great place for lunch!

  • 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.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the 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

  • Full board accommodation; breakfast, packed lunch, dinner and thermos refill, based on two sharing
  • Taxi transfers as part of the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers daily (1x bag per person)
  • The fees and expenses of a qualified BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader
  • Single rooms are available on request
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Rail and bus travel within Sweden
  • Ski hire, nor the return of the skis to the hire shop after the trip has ended, approximately 200-600 SEK per person. The price varies as the taxi cost is in accordance with the number in the group needing this service.

Excellent! Loved Hotel Älvdalen. Good food, central location in town to walk around, hot tub. Our guide did an excellent job of catering to different skill set and speeds on trip and keeping everyone happy. My most memorable moment was skiing through a blizzard to a waffle house and having the sled dogs turn up!

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From Price £1695
Holiday Type Cross Country Ski Lessons
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 7
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 528m ((1731ft)
Countries Visited Sweden
Meet In Högfjället, Sweden
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