2-day Snow Cave Trek
3,990 NOK per person | ★★★★★ (1 guest review)
Join a unique winter trekking/camping adventure. Breathe in the silence of Norway’s vast wilderness and pristine mountain air; hike into the mountains on snow shoes; enjoy crystal-clear views of the Milky Way; and spend the night on reindeer hides in a cave carved out of snow.
2018 Dates: March 17 – 18
(other dates available by request for privately-guided tours)
• Hotel pick-up / drop-off
• Professional guide
• Snow shoe equipment
• Use of hiking poles
• Accommodation (ready-made snow cave)
• Winter sleeping bag
• Use of down jacket
• Hot beverages & snack
• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks
• Water-resistant pants*
• Rain-proof jacket*
• Thermal baselayers
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Warm hat and gloves*
• 60 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.
• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Hiking gloves
Maximum: 7 people
(adults & children 8 yrs. +)
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.
Have you ever been hiking through the snow? Join Outdoorlife Norway on a hike into the region’s snow-capped mountains and experience Norway’s long cold winter while sleeping under the stars!
Warmer winds brought north by the Gulf Stream, combined with Stavanger’s coastal location in south-western Norway, means that the city is one of the first in Norway to welcome springtime. However, just a stone’s throw outside of Stavanger, the region’s majestic mountains rise hundreds of meters straight out of the sea. While people have already begun to enjoy grilling and picnics in Stavanger, thick layers of snow continue to blanket Norway’s mountaintops well into springtime.
Our professional guides are trained to safely maneuver through the frozen landscape as well as winter’s rapidly changing weather conditions. They carry with them all necessary navigation, safety, first-aid, and outdoor winter equipment. Because the process of building a snow cave can take several hours, construction is finished upon arrival. Our guides know how and where to find suitable conditions for building snow caves.
This is a moderately difficult 2-day trek. About 21 of the 24-hour trip is spent outside in the wilderness. The hike’s total distance and ascent are dependent on snow conditions and therefore vary from day to day.
Total: 2 days – ~24 hours (depends on pick-up location and weather conditions)
Hike: ~2 hours (each way) (including breaks)
Total time outdoors: ~21 hours
Transportation: ~1-2 hours (each way) (depends on the snow and weather conditions)
When booking, you can select one of the following pick-up locations:
13:30 (1:30pm) Clarion Hotel Stavanger (on Arne Rettedalsgate)
13:35 (1:35pm) Thon Hotel Maritim (outside of main entrance)
13:35 (1:35pm) Stavanger City Centre / Domkirkeplassen
13:40 (1:40pm) Scandic Stavanger City (outside of back entrance, facing the parking lot)
13:45 (1:45pm) Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
13:50 (1:50pm) Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
13:50 (1:50pm) St. Svithun Hostel / Hotel (outside of main entrance)
14:00 (2:00pm) Kronen Gaard Hotell
The tour ends in Stavanger on Sunday at approximately 13.30 (1:30 pm)
Day 1 / Saturday
During the 1 to 2-hour drive to the trail head (which is dependent on the time of year + weather conditions), you’ll pass through a variety of dramatic landscapes. Some of the things you can look forward to seeing include fjords, waterfalls, boulder fields, and isolated farm villages. Getting a view of steep granite walls towering over long narrow valleys (which were carved out by glaciers) is a guest favorite =)
At the trail-head, your guide will introduce you to the art of hiking with snowshoes and then lead you on a 2-hour winter adventure. To ensure that you’ll encounter as few people as possible, your guide will diligently search for opportunities to hike ‘off the beaten track’.
Upon inspection of your ‘home’ for the night, you’ll likely be surprised by how comfortable it can be to sleep in a snow cave. To ensure your comfort, the cave’s floor will be furnished with insulating reindeer hides, and you’ll be provided with warm footwear and goose down jackets. To add to the magic of the tour, your guide will prepare a hearty Norwegian stew that will warm both body and soul. Dinner and hot beverages will be served by candlelight; after which you can relax in your snow cave. The thick snow walls will shelter you from both wind and sound, ensuring you a good night’s sleep.
If weather conditions are favorable, you may also have the opportunity to participate in a sunset and/or moonlight hike (optional).
Day 2 / Sunday
You’ll be awakened at approximately 08:00am, after which your guide will serve you breakfast and hot beverages. After packing up the camp, you’ll be lead on snow shoes back to civilization. To maximize the quality of your experience and your interaction with Norway’s pristine nature, your guide will follow a different route back down. After approximately 2 hours on foot, you’ll reach the transport vehicle and start your journey back to Stavanger. Transportation will take approximately 1-2 hours (depending on the time of year + weather conditions).
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3-day Kjerag Winter Basecamp Trek
4,990 NOK per-person
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2018 Season: Feb. – May
Preikestolen Winter Hike
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2018 Season: Jan. – Mar.
Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor
We had an amazing time on the overnight snow cave tour. Our guides, Johannes and Erlen worked so hard to make sure that we get to enjoy this fantastic and unique experience. They picked us up in convenient locations, and made us feel welcome and part of a team on the drive to the hike. Then we had a great hike with snow shoes up to the top of the mountain where we had snow caves which they dig for us by hand. Such amazing effort! We had great warm dinner and hot drinks in the tent, and then had the unique experience of sleeping in caves in the snow. It was an unforgettable experience. They provided us with all the necessary equipment to stay warm and comfortable, and catered to everyone’s needs. The next morning we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise, then some nice breakfast with coffee, and then a snowshoe hike (much shorter on the way down…!) back to the truck. We were so grateful that such tours are going on in the winter, and would highly recommend this experience to everyone! Thank you to our guides for the holiday of a lifetime!