We meet at Finse 1222 in the evening. The afternoon trains from Oslo and Bergen arrive just in time for dinner. Finse can only be reached by train (or ski...!) in winter, and if you don't take the train from Oslo, there are good parking options at Ustaoset and Geilo, where you can take the train the last stretch into Finse. After dinner, we go through the trip program together and get ready for tomorrow.
Are you ready for a classic ski expedition this spring? Just one last trip before the summer comes? Then our spring ski trip from Finse to Hardanger is the perfect option for you. We go from Finse, via Demmevasshytta and to Hardanger, a route that offers great contrasts and spectacular nature experiences.
- Accommodation at Finse 1222
- Skiing over the majestic Hardangerjøkulen Glacier
- Accommodation at Demmevasshytta, one of the most remote, and isolated cabins in the Norwegian Tourist Association's cabin network
- Skiing from winter to spring during the descent down Simadalen Valley
- Hardanger in full bloom!
We start the trip at Finse, the Bergen Railway's highest elevated station, spend the night at Finse 1222, before we cross the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier the next day, going in the direction of Demmevasshytta - one of the Norwegian Tourist Association's most spectacular and isolated accommodations. Then finally, on the last day of the trip, we go down the Simadalen Valley where Hardanger in full spring bloom welcomes us.
May is a fantastic month for a last ski trip of the season and together with our local guide we get to experience great contrasts as we go from the snow-clad Hardangervidda Mountain Plateu to the green-clad Simadalen Valley, which lies at the inner end of the Hardangerfjord. When we get to Simadalen Valley, the most adventorous participants in the group can end the trip with a swim in the roaring river that flows down the valley. There are few, if any trips that will give you such a wide range of experiences as this one, and in such a short time. We welcome you to join this magnificent trip the upcoming spring!
- 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
On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity.
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.
Training and preperations
This is a fairly tough skiing trip with two long ski days, which depending on route and snow conditions are between 15 and 20 kilometers in lenght.
On the lap from Demmevasshytta to Simadalen Valley there is a steep descent where we will go by foot on the trail (if the snow has melted), or in a snow-covered valley side down to the bottom of the valley, approx. 900 meters of descent in 2 kilometers.
Accommodation and food
We spend the nights at Finse 1222 and Demmevasshytta during the trip. At Finse 1222, the guests will be divided into two-bed rooms together with one of the same sex, while at Demmevasshytta we will spend the night in multi-bed rooms (bring a sleeping bag).
Demmevashytta has quite limited standard so we prepare shared dinner and shared breakfast during our stay here.
It is only possible to reach Finse 1222 by train. All trains on the Bergen Railway stop at Finse. You can buy tickets at www.vy.no. If you are coming from Oslo, it may be worthwhile to drive to Ustaoset or Geilo, leave the car there, and take the train for the last stretch to Finse.
Since you have to carry your own backpack, we recommend packing as lightly as possible so that you do not carry too many kilos. This is very important for a successful trip. Use a backpack that you have used on a trip like this before, which also has a good hip belt. Remember windproof and waterproof clothing. Remember to also leave some room in your backpack for the food we will need to carry to Demmevasshytta. This will be divided equally on all participants.
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 bring ropes and other safety equipment for skiing over Hardangerjøkulen Glacier. Personal equipment such as harness, sling and carabiners must be brought by each individual.
It is important that you pack your clothes and gear 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.
"Beautiful spring ski trip with a great tour guide!"
– Beate, 2022
"A fantastic trip over the mountain from the winter landscape at Finse, over glaciers and a spectacular overnight stay at Demmevasshytta and down to a blooming Hardanger and a refreshing bath in the river in Simadalen."
– Trine, 2022
"Wow, this really is spring's most beautiful adventure! We got almost every kind of weather, which is part of the charm. Good food, pleasant conversations and a fantastic cabin with an incredible view. This tour is highly recommended!"
– Grete, 2021