Hardangervidda with dog sledge support - 15 -22. march
Hardangervidda is a beautiful and wild place for a ski trip.
You can book a place on our trips through our online booking(only norwegian).
Maximum number of participants: 12 (plus two tour leaders)
Welcome letters are sent to participants 1-2 weeks before the start of the tour, with information such as the name and contact information of the main tour leader.
15 to 22. march
- NOK 15.400
- Non-membership supplement: NOK 1.500,-
About the trip
This dog sled tour goes south east across the plateau’s white expanses, from cabin to cabin, and ends each day with dinner and social gatherings. A wonderful skiing holiday awaits you.
On this trip we are accompanied by an eager dog team which will take some of your gear for you. The polar dogs are social and like to have interaction with people.
Our permanent guide on this trip, Chris, and our musher Becky, are looking forward to joining you on a trip across the Hardangervidda.
On the trip, participants are welcome to take have contact with the dogs - Alaskan huskies - with feeding, spanning and helping out the musher.
The dog team will take a maximum of 4 kg of your gear. The luggage sent with the dog team needs to be packed in a robust waterproof bag, of about 12 – 15 litres volume. The waterproof bags used for kayaking are recommended. Mark the bag with your name and telephone number.
The dog sled will not always be with the group, so bring things you need during the day in your rucksack.
Friday 15/3: Arrive at Finsehytta (1,223 m)
Meet at Finsehytta before 19.00. Put your skis on at Finse station platform, and ski over to the DNT Finse lodge about 400m away. Dinner on arrival. Gather in the lounge after dinner for an introduction and information on the trip.
Saturday 16/3: Finsehytta - Krækkja (1,161 m), approx 23 km/7-8 hours
We will have breakfast and make a packed lunch at the Finse lodge with a view of the Hardanger ice-cap. Then we put on skis and rucksacks and start the first stage of our journey. We will cross over the lakes Midtnutvatnet (1.323 m), Finnsbergvatnet, & Drageidfjorden and then to the DNT lodge at Krækkja. After a long and scenic day, both 2 and 4-legged participants will be happy with a good dinner and a comfortable night.
Sunday 17/3: Krækkja - Stigstuv (1.200 m), approx 21 km/6-7 hours
Again, we enjoy breakfast at well over 1,100 meters above sea level. Then the ski trip goes over Storekrækkja and down to Halnekollen before you cross the Oslo – Bergen road. Continue on nice, gentle terrain towards charming Stigstuv. Feel free to look in on the dogs and give them a good hug before you go in for the evening.
Monday 18/3: Stigstuv - Rauhelleren (1.200 m), approx 12 km/4-5 hours
We can use plenty of time at breakfast this day as today's stage is not that long. It runs in a lovely open landscape eastwards towards Rauhelleren.
Tuesday 19/3: Stay at Rauhelleren
The day off at Rauheleren can be used for whatever you want and the guides can arrange outdoor activities. A nice round trip is to go up a nearby mountain; Store Skrekken (1,429 m). But a day by the fireplace with a good book is also a good plan.
Wednesday 20/3: Rauhelleren - Mårbu (1.120 m) approx 21 km/ca 7 hours
Again, you have a great skiing day ahead of you. After a few kilometers over water, mountains and frozen marshes, you get the final stretch down the Grøntjønn valley and then across the Mår lake. Mårbu is beautifully situated by the lake. You are still far into Hardangervidda. Enjoy your dinner and evening at Mårbu.
Thursday 21/3: Mårbu-Kalhovd (1.100 m), approx 18 km/ca 6 hours
The day starts with breakfast before we put on our packs and skis. The 10km is along the Mår lake. Then there is an ascent of about 100m to get behind the Mårsbrotet hills. A short steep hill takes us down the last stage to Kalhovd - perhaps the steepest you will get all week (!).
Friday 22/3: Kalhovd-Steinsbøle (approx 750 moh), approx 17 km/ca 5 hours. Homewards
After a last breakfast with the group, we head down from the plateau and in to the forested Breidset valley to Steinsbøle. We thank the team of dogs and Becky here. From Steinsbøle you will be transported to Mæl, where there is a regular bus to Oslo. Alternatively you can take a bus to Rjukan. This is an UNESCO world heritage site, with some fascinating history.
The programme is subject to change!
It is the guide who, taking into account the weather, snow conditions, participants’ fitness and opinions, & local knowledge acquired, decides whether the day's tour can be carried out as scheduled.
All time calculations are based on an average speed of approx. 3 km/h. Please note that allowances for breaks, weather and snow conditions, are not included in the time calculations shown in this programme.
Grading of trip: Demanding
The winter mountains are beautiful, but unprecitable. Even the simplest ski trip can be very demanding with challenging ski conditions and brutal weather. With the right and good equipment, it is often these trips that you remember best for their comradeship and teamwork. In the mountains, there are no prepared trails and you have to break trail yourself. Pack your rucksack correctly and smartly.
The tour package includes
The tour package includes: accommodation, tour guides, all meals (breakfast, lunch / thermos and usually three-course dinner), with the exception of: first day only dinner, last day only breakfast + lunch / thermos.
Necessary special diet: Please give notice when you book your tour!
For safety reasons, your rucksack must contain the right, important clothing and equipment. We refer you to our winter packing list.
It is compulsory that all participants on our winter tours bring their own sleeping bag, sleeping mat, survival shelter/emergency bivy and shovel. nordic mountain skis and boots are required on all our mountain ski tours.
Ski skins and snow goggles (storm goggles) are very useful on our winter tours.
Read more tips about ski skins and ski wax.
You can use your sleeping-bag liner in the cabin/lodge beds. Sleeping bags cannot be used.
Tour leaders and tour routes
Our tour leaders are volunteers. They have undergone tour-leader courses and have a lot of mountain experience. Tour leaders derive great pleasure from guiding and enjoy sharing their experience and love of nature with participants. You can read more about our tour leaders here.
Important information about DNT tours
When you sign up for this tour, you confirm that you have read and accept the terms and conditions set out in the ‘Terms and conditions for participating in organised tours with DNT in Norway’.