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2-day Fjord & Mountain Snowshoe Trek

4,990 NOK per person

Wintertime is the perfect season to get outdoors and experience a unique adventure in Fjord Norway! Enjoy the magic of trekking for two days through the Lysefjord’s vast wilderness, and relax in the comfort of an über-modern mountain cluster-lodge.
Includes fjord cruise!

Unique Tour Designed by Outdoorlife Norway!

2019 Departures:
Weekends from January – April (Saturday – Sunday)

This tour can also be organised for private groups.
Inquiries: booking@outdoorlifenorway.com

Tour Includes

• Transportation
• Ferry Cruise (1-hour)
• Professional guide

• Use of snowshoe/equipment
• Use of hiking poles
• Accommodation in cabins
• Winter sleeping bag + liner
• Lunch (day 1 + 2)
• Dinner (day 1)
• Breakfast (day 2)

Please Bring

• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks
• Water-resistant pants*

• Rain-proof jacket*
• Thermal baselayers

• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Warm hat and gloves
• 50 liter backpack
• Water bottle
• Sun glasses / sunscreen
• Personal hygiene items

*items can also be rented
Note: A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Extras

• Photography package (+299 kr)
• Down jacket rental (+500 kr)
• Hiking boot rental (+500 kr)

• Hiking pants rental (+250 kr)
• Hiking jacket rental (+250 kr)

Difficulty

MODERATE DIFFICULTY
Suitable for people of most ages – excluding young children – who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

For the whole trek, you’ll be hiking through hilly terrain on snowshoes.

DISTANCE
5 + 7 kilometers

ASCENT
500 + 300 meters

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Participants

MAXIMUM: 14 Hikers

MUST BE:
≥ 12 years old

> 36kg | 79lbs.
> 135cm | 4ft. 5in.

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Please do not book tours that exceed your skill-level or physical abilities.
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Weather Changes

Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.

Wintertime is the perfect season to get outdoors and experience a unique adventure in Fjord Norway! This time of year, the region’s countless hiking trails are nearly deserted, and often blanketed in snow, allowing visitors to experience Norway’s beautiful nature in near-solitude. Join Outdoorlife Norway on a serene, two-day winter trek, and experience a hint of overnight luxury in a sleek mountain lodge.

This early in the year, weather conditions are constantly shifting. You’ll trek 2-5 kilometers through the beautiful Vinddalen (‘wind valley’), which includes an elevation gain of 200-400 meters. Toward the end of the day’s trek, you’ll pass Tyre Gorge and shortly thereafter, arrive at Skåpet, your home for the night.

Skåpet, which was opened in August 2016, is a unique designer mountain lodge facility that consists of a cluster of small cabins. Your guide will prepare a hearty warm meal for you in the main cabin. Each of the sleeping cabins have a glass wall facing the tranquil Sodda lake, which provides panoramic views of the water and surrounding mountains. All the cabins are heated with Norwegian wood-burning stoves.

After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast, you’ll continue trekking eastward through upper Vinddalen. During the hike, you’ll bridge another 200 meters of elevation before reaching the highest point of the trek, 800 meters above sea level. Along the way, you’ll pass mountain lakes, abandoned seasonal farms, and have abundant opportunities to enjoy spectacular views of Flørli and the Lysefjord.

Flørli, which has been inhabited on and off since at least the seventeenth century, is beautifully located amidst 1000-meter-high mountains along the southern shore of the Lysefjord. Your arrival at Flørli marks the end of your trek. From there, you’ll board a ferry that will transport you back to the mouth of the Lysefjord. During the 1-hour cruise, you’ll pass waterfalls, abandoned farms, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level. Once ashore, you’ll be picked up by a bus, which will transport you back to Stavanger.

DURATION
Total | 2 days
Hiking | 2 days
Distance | approximately 5km + 8 km
Ascent | approximately 400m + 300m

MEETING POINT
The tour starts on Saturday with a briefing at our office in Stavanger.
Address | Ryfylkegata 13, Stavanger
Meeting time | 9:30am

DROP-OFF POINT
The tour ends on Sunday in Stavanger at approximately 17:30 (5:30pm)

Day 1 | Saturday

Before starting the adventure, you’ll meet your guide at our office in Stavanger. After an equipment check and information briefing, you’ll be transported to the trailhead, which takes about two hours. The route to the trailhead includes a ferry ride across the Høgsford, which is just adjacent to the mouth of the mighty Lysefjord. Onward, you’ll pass steep granite walls that tower over the region’s u-shapes valleys, which were carved out by glaciers. During the coldest periods, the many lakes, streams, and waterfalls freeze. When this happens, the landscape seems to transform into a real-life version of Disney’s animated ‘Frozen’.

This early in the year, weather conditions are constantly shifting. Once at the trailhead, your guide will provide you with appropriate outdoor equipment (spikes and/or snowshoes), which you can change in accordance with the shifting terrain. You’ll trek 2-5 kilometers through the beautiful Vinddalen (‘wind valley’), which includes an elevation gain of 200-400 meters. These variables depend on current snow conditions as well as how far your guide is able to drive up the mountain before the start of the hike. Along the way, you’ll learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. Periodic rests will give you ample opportunities to take photos of the beautiful surroundings. Toward the end of the day’s trek, you’ll pass Tyre Gorge, and shortly thereafter, arrive at Skåpet, your home for the night.

Skåpet, which was opened in August 2016, is a unique designer mountain lodge facility that consists of a cluster of small cabins. It was strategically built along a 100-kilometer-long nature trail that circumnavigates the Lysefjord, and which connects the region’s three world-famous landmarks: Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjerag, and Flørli 4.444. In just a few years, Skåpet has become the gateway to Frafjordheiane: a protected landscape area located on the south side of the Lysefjord.

While you settle in, your guide will prepare a hearty warm meal for you in the main cabin, which has a common kitchen and dining area. After dinner, you’ll have ample time to relax and recuperate in one of the smaller sleeping cabins. All of the sleeping cabins have a glass wall facing the tranquil Sodda lake, which provide panoramic views of the water and surrounding mountains.  Designed by KOKO architects, the exteriors of the cabins are made of rolled zinc, while the modern wooden interiors are reminiscent of traditional Norwegian mountain cabins. All the cabins are heated with Norwegian wood-burning stoves.

Day 2 | Sunday

After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast, you’ll continue trekking eastward through upper Vinddalen. During the hike, you’ll bridge another 200 meters of elevation gain, before reaching the highest point of the trek, 800 meters above sea level. After a short break, you’ll start descending toward Flørli 4,444. Along the way, you’ll pass mountain lakes, abandoned seasonal farms, and have abundant opportunities to enjoy spectacular views of Flørli and the Lysefjord.

Flørli 4,444, which has been inhabited on and off since at least the seventeenth century, is beautifully located amidst 1000-meter-high mountains along the southern shore of the Lysefjord.  In 1916, construction began on a hydro-electric power plant. From its completion through to 1950, the power plant at Flørli supplied electricity to the city of Stavanger. At its peak, in 1917, 142 people were employed at the plant; quite an impressive number considering that only 13 permanent residences were ever built near the site.

Your arrival at Flørli marks the end of your trek. From there, you’ll board a ferry that will transport you back to the mouth of the Lysefjord. During the 1-hour cruise, you’ll pass waterfalls, abandoned farms, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level. Once ashore, you’ll be picked up by a bus, which will transport you back to Stavanger.

The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17.30 (5.30pm).
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.

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