Great stress free introduction to the Arctic environment on this 7 day expedition in some of the best cross country skiing terrain in the world. No previous skiing or winter camping experience required.
It’s early spring deep in the Norwegian Arctic, the dark polar nights have gone and the light has returned to reveal this beautiful vast white wilderness. This easy paced expedition is designed to be a stress free, enjoyable adventure across what is rated as some of the best cross country skiing terrain in the world.
From Alta, the route works its way over the pristine crisp white ‘dry’ snow, using a mix of cabins (basic lodges) and tents for approx 80km over the 7 days. Some days are short to make use of the frozen lakes and you will experience the ice fishing.
The sense of freedom and open space is immense; no roads, no people, no fixed times to adhere to. The expedition is completely self contained, save for a couple of friendly Alaskan Huskies, there to help pull the supplies (this is not a dog sled expedition!).
You are highly likely to come across herds of reindeer and their nomadic herders.
No previous cross country skiing or winter camping experience is needed although it would be an advantage. Cross country ski lessons (3 – 4 hrs) are available the day before the start of the expedition (you would need to arrive 1 day early).
Your Guides will teach you everything you need to know, from the tents, cooking equipment, how to handle to Huskies and how to ice fish (dinner!) so this is a very educational trip too. The final Lodge is awesome (see page 4 of the brochure).
This expedition is for any aspiring adventurer, looking to try the Arctic environment and yet not extreme. The ski distances are manageable and enjoyable even for non skiers. You will still need to be fit to cope with the rigours of such an environment but no previous experience of the Arctic is required.
Perfect first time expedition; no previous cross country skiing or winter camping experience necessary
Day 1, Depart London, Arrive Alta
You will be met on arrival in Alta and taken to a local guesthouse/cabin where you will stay the first night. Your Guide will go through the program and the skiing route over dinner.
He will also conduct a check of your personal outdoor equipment to make sure everybody has brought everything they need and that the equipment meets the standards that the Arctic environment requires. D
Day 2, Final Preparations, Start Expedition
After breakfast, final preparations will take place including time to make any adjustments to kit. Travel to the expedition area. It’s a nice easy introduction on Day 1 with a 4km ski to the Jotka Mountain Cabin. Based from the Cabin, in the afternoon you will be teamed up with 1 or 2 other people with whom you will work together and share a tent during the trip. You will also be shown how to put up your tent and how to use some of the equipment that you will be using on the trip. Having skiied the 4km, it’s a good time to make any additional adjustments before the journey across the Finnmark Plateau starts in earnest.
The guide will also go through safety routines, skiing routines and how to handle the dogs in the best way possible. BLD
Day 3, Expedition
After breakfast, off we go. The Alaska Huskies will help pull some of the equipment and you will be surprised to see how much these dogs love to work. Half of the day will be skiied on tracks; the rest off track. This is the first night in tents. We will now be well on our way and the landscape will be quite flat and mostly treeless. BLD
Day 4, Expedition
Today’s route passes some lakes and the group will spend some time fishing on the ice for Arctic Char, Brown Trout and Grayling. Camp is set up by a lake. BLD
Day 5, Expedition
Some additional fishing in the morning perhaps before progressing further across the Plateau. BLD
Days 6, Expedition
The first few kilometers will be in gentle uphill terrain before we reach the highest point on the trip and fabulous views. We will be skiing a few more kilometers before we make camp for the night. BLD
Day 7, Expedition
Today, a gentle descent from the barren mountains into the forest heading for the mountain cabin. This cabin has a basic standard with no shower facilities but it is heated with a wood burner! It creates an incredible cozy atmosphere in a winter wonderland outside. BLD
Day 8, Expedition – Last Day, ski into Husky Lodge
The final day will see us skiing around 15 kilometers, on tracks and mostly downhill all of the way into Husky Lodge. Husky Lodge is a very comfortable place, dinner served in the kitchen in the warm and cozy lodge atmosphere. A nice wood heated sauna and outdoor hot tub is ready on request for those tempted. BLD
Day 9, Depart, Bus to Alta Airport, fly to London
Early departure for the 4hr bus journey back to Alta to catch the flight back to London.