Arrival at Bygdin Mountain Lodge is at 18.00 (6.00 PM). Before we are served a 3-course dinner in the evening, we have a quick introduction, talk a little about the weekend and what expectations each one of you has for the course, and If we have enough time, we will start on some theory today. NOTE! The road into Bygdin closes at 20.00 (8.00 PM), so it is important to be here well ahead of this.
Our winter course in Jotunheimen is specially designed for those of you who want to learn more about ski expeditions. During a long weekend in Jotunheimen, we guarantee you an informative and educational course where we go from theory to practice so that you get a solid introduction to the good routines, tips and tricks that can make ski expeditions both safer, more fun and more comfortable.
- One night at Bygdin Mountain Lodge
- Trip planning: Orientation, safe route choices, etc
- Correct clothing and equipment on the trip
- Tent and camp routines
- Learning to use a petrol burner for cooking
- Packing of pulk
- Risk factors such as frostbite, hypothermia, tent fire, etc
The winter in the mountains can be insanely beautiful - but it can also be cold and challenging. During this long weekend, we will take you through everything a ski expedition entails. We start with the necessary theory at Bygdin before packing up the pulk, going through some practical exercises outside the hotel, then heading out into nature. Here, the days will be spent putting theory into practice. We practice orientation, safe route choices, we eat lunch along the day's stages, discuss what we have learnt, before we set up camp in the afternoon where we go through tent and camp routines, safe use of petrol burners, and more. We adjust the days according to weather and wind conditions to get the most out of the weekend.
NOTE! The first course from the 15. - 18. February will be held in Norwegian, while the second course from the 22. - 25. February will be held in English (if we receive bookings from international participants on this departure). If we only receive bookings from Norwegian participants on the second course, this will be held in Norwegian too.
- 24 hour emergency standby team
- Guides with training in first aid
- First aid equipment available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field
We have to work a little to reach the destination. These are trips most people can handle, if they have a basic level of fitness. We sleep in comfortable tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to join. The physical activity is the main element of the trip, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing / hiking or glacier hiking, but you do not need prior knowledge of the activity.
Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally.
Training and preperations
You should be used to being out in nature, and be in normal good physical shape to participate. The pulks we use normally weigh 20-30 kilos on this course.
Conditions in the mountains can be demanding in winter. It can be cold and windy, but if you are interested in testing whether ski expeditions are something for you, and at the same time learn more about ski expeditions, this can be a very good opportunity. If we're lucky, we can also get really great winter weather!
Accommodation and food
The first night we sleep at Bygdin Mountain Lodge, where we share a twin room with someone of the same sex. If you want a single room this night, you can reserve this when you register at an additional cost of 500 NOK.
The next two nights we sleep in tents. Two people of the same sex per tent. If you want to sleep alone in a tent, we recommend that you bring your own.
The easiest way to get to Bygdin Mountain Lodge is either to drive there, or to take a bus from Oslo via Beitostølen. These buses run several times each day. If you want to drive your own car to Bygdin, it is important that you arrive before 20.00 (8.00 PM) since the road going into Bygdin closes after this.
Since everyone will be pulling their own pulk, we recommend packing as lightly as possible. This is very important to have a successful trip. Excess luggage that you do not take with you on the skiing expedition can be left at the hotel or in your car. Remember to bring the correct equipment for your pulk. See equipment list for more information on this.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.
On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.
We have the following common and safety equipment
It is important that you pack your clothes and sleeping bag 100% waterproof. Even if you already have a cover on your sleeping bag, it is important that you pack it in a waterproof drybag bag as well.
TIP: Travel in your outdoor clothes. We recommend that you have the most important outdoor equipment in your hand luggage, for example ski boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.
"Very useful for gaining experience with navigation in everything from bright sun to white out with absolutely zero visibility. Pleasant and informative guide. Highly recommend."
– Nina, 2021
"A great experience!"
– Åse, 2021
"Fantastic surroundings and professional staff."
– Oscar, 2021