- Ideal preparation for your own self-guided tours
- Combines day tours with hut-to-hut expedition
- Learn or develop ski techniques and winter skills
- Includes focus on using map and compass
- Previous ski experience not essential
- Ski equipment available to hire
Discover the adventure and freedom of a hut-to-hut ski tour
Ski touring is simply a wonderful way to enjoy the winter landscape, offering a real sense of adventure and enabling you to access remote areas.
But touring in wintertime requires skills, both in the techniques of skiing and in general outdoor craft. Introduction to Backcountry Skiing in Langsua National Park gives you both - an ideal training experience to prepare for your own self-guided ski tours in the future or as a stepping stone to joining more challenging guided trips.
If you love the outdoors in wintertime and are keen to discover the freedom and excitement of hut-to-hut ski touring, this is the place to start! Previous ski experience or of outdoor activities in wintertime is not essential, but it will be helpful if you have at least basic experience of cross country or downhill skiing.
The tour is not only a great adventure but has a strong instructional/learning component. Photo: NF.
Start with training days from fixed-base at mountain lodge
Your ski touring adventure takes place in and around Langsua National Park, just 4 hours by train + bus from Oslo and a beautiful landscape of low rolling mountains, moorland, birch and old-growth conifer forests. It is a superb area for exploring on skis, with wonderful views of the surrounding peaks.
The experience begins with day tours from fixed back at a mountain lodge, giving you the chance to test out and get used to your equipment and to practise various ski techniques carrying just a day pack, developing your control and confidence. You will be using "fjell skis", which are wider and more stable variations of cross country skis suitable for touring.
There is also a focus on map reading, navigation and general winter hillcraft including the Norwegian "nine rules" for mountain safety.
The second part of the tour is a hut-to-hut expedition between simple cabins. Photo: NF.
Complete the week with a mini expedition
From here you progress to a 4-day/3-night expedition, skiing each day between simple wilderness cabins, utilising and further developing what you have learned and skiing with a larger pack.
During this part of the tour, you will be skiing with a pack weight of around 10-12kg for distances approx. 12-16km per day.
By the end of your week in the Langsua region, you will have received a well-rounded education in enjoying the fjells in wintertime!
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive by bus to Dalseter, from where transfer (approx. 5km) to the Mountain Lodge is included. This will be your base for the first 3 nights of the tour.
At the Lodge you have dinner together at 19.00 and an introduction to the tour.
Days 2-3: Day training tours from lodge base
Over the next two days you will develop your skills with tours from the Lodge. Day 2 will be an introduction followed by short tour to learn (or brush up on!) the basics of backcountry ski technique - moving forward, going uphill and downhill, stopping. In the afternoon you will look at equipment and go through some navigation with map and compass.
Day 3 takes you for a longer day tour away from prepared tracks, getting used to skiing on different types of terrain and to techniques such as using snowplough and turning round in one step with the "Lappkast".
On the afternoon of Day 3, you head back to prepare equipment and food for the expedition component of your trip to come!
Days 4-7: Hut-to-hut tour
The next four days is an expedition using part of the network of over 500 winter cabins operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association. The cabins offer simple facilities with no electricity or running water and with dry outside toilets, but are cosy and comfortable once heated.
You will be skiing inside and outside the Langsua National Park area, with typical daily distance 12-16km. The weight of your pack during this part of the tour will be around 10-12kg. This is an excellent opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the previous days and to develop your skills and confidence. You will often ski away from the marked trails to enhance the "wilderness" feeling and gain practice in a range of terrain.
When you arrive at your cabin for each night, everyone helps to prepare for the evening, lighting the fire, melting water for drinking and cooking, etc.
On Day 7, you return to the Mountain Lodge for your final dinner together to reflect on everything you have learned and experienced!
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and check out from the Lodge before transfer to Dalseter for bus departure.
Not offered for the 2021 winter season.
Scheduled tours normally take place in February and March, with private tours possible for groups on other dates by arrangement between February and April.
Private tours for groups can be offered at standard per person prices based on min. group size 4 persons.
|Optional Extras per person (see description below)|
|Ski equipment (pay locally)*||NOK|
|Backpack 85L (pay locally)*||NOK|
|Thermos (pay locally)*||NOK|
|Bed linen and towel (pay locally)*||NOK|
|Bivouac shoes with footbags (pay locally)||NOK|
|Gaiters (pay locally)||NOK|
|Map pocket and compass (pay locally)||NOK|
NB: These items must be booked in advance but are paid locally. Card payment is accepted for these items locally.
*These items are essential for the tour and should be hired as optional extras unless bringing your own. Other items listed are not essential. A detailed packing list will be provided in booking documentation.
- Ski equipment: Skis, boots (sizes available are 37-48) and poles. Please provide height, weight and shoe size. Skis used are wax-free Fischer E99 easyskin extralight skies with Fischer BCX5 boots and Fischer Mountain Variolight poles (or similiar). The boots are similar to hiking boots and so it is not necessary to bring other winter boots for use during the tour.
- Backpack 85L: A backpack is required for the tour (min. size required if bringing own pack 50 litres). If you do not wish to bring your own, backpack is available to hire.
What's Included »
Sleeping accommodation is shared on all nights. Everyone assists with tasks around the cabins such as preparing food, washing up, etc.
- Days 1-3 and Day 7: Total four nights' accommodation in 3-4 person rooms with bunk beds at Mountain Lodge. The cabins have WC/shower and kitchen facilities. Bed linen/towels are included for nights at the Lodge (you should bring sleeping bag and towel for the expedition component).
- Days 4-6: Wilderness huts along the route. The cabins have no electricity or running water and are heated with wood-burning stove. They have gas cooker, dry outside toilets and sleeping accommodation is in shared rooms with bunk beds. The cabins are self-service and beds here cannot be reserved - it is the philosophy of the mountain cabins that all travellers will receive shelter. There are bunk beds with mattresses and extra blankets to use with your own sleeping bag. In the unlikely event that all standard beds are occupied when the group arrives at a cabin, additional mattresses are available for use on the floor.
All meals are included from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day. At the Mountain Lodge and in the wilderness cabins along the route, the group will prepare meals together using the self-catering facilities.
Please advise any dietary needs in advance and contact us to discuss your requirements.
Communal safety equipment for the group: First Aid kit, windsack, emergency beacon and snow shovel.
Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.
Arrival/departure transfers between Dalseter and the Mountain Lodge (approx. 5km).
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
- Ski equipment: Can be hired as optional extra or you are welcome to bring own equipment. Skis must be steel-edged and suitable for use off trail. If wishing to bring own ski equipment, please contact us to confirm that your equipment is suitable.
- Sleeping bag/liner: For the cabins during the expedition part of the tour, guests should bring own sleeping bag (3-season).
- Alcoholic drinks.
Good To Know »
You must have a general good level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. You should also be used to living in close proximity with others.
During the expedition part of the tour, typical daily distance will be around 12-16km skiing with pack weight around 10-12kg (your own clothing/equipment plus a share of the group food provisions).
No previous experience of hut-to-hut ski touring or winter expeditions is required - the tour includes an instructional element both in ski technique and in winter outdoor craft.
Previous ski experience is also not essential and the first days will be an introduction to basic techniques. However, basic confidence with cross country skiing and/or downhill skiing will be an advantage.
As well as being suitable for relative novices, guests with previous experience should also find the tour a valuable chance to develop their skills both in skiing and in winter hillcraft.
Minimum age 18 years.
What makes this "Medium"?
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
Total 4 persons is required for scheduled tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
Max. group size 8 participants for scheduled tours. For private tours, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a written environmental policy.
Getting There »
See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!
Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
- Fly to Oslo for train to Vinstra (approx. 2 hours 45 mins) and bus to Dalseter (approx. 1 hour), from where transfers (approx. 5km) to the Mountain Lodge are included at fixed times.
Gallery & Reviews »
"[The best part was] the final day, skiing across the lake, huge sense of achievement on the home run!" Helena, February 2020
"The best part was the hut to hut skiing and the high quality of leadership and instruction from our guide, who was phenomenal." Cristina, February 2020
"It was a brilliant week. Our leader was great. This trip was a good balance of learning (outdoor living in winter) and skiing challenge. The two days skiing before the hut to hut tour were very useful. [The best parts were] the cosy huts in the middle of nowhere. Remarkably few people (we never had to share a hut, and saw very few others when out skiing). Small, easy-going group. We have booked with Nature Travels before and were also very happy last time." Mary, February 2020