2-Day Snow Cave Tour

PRICE: 3,990 NOK per person

Have you ever been hiking through the snow?

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, thick layers of snow blanket the region’s majestic mountains well into springtime.

Join Outdoorlife Norway on 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. In other words, experience first-hand what it feels like to be in a winter wonderland =)

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.

Moderate Difficulty: Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

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2018 Dates:
March: Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th

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2018 Dates:
March: Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th

Pick-up
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and 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

Drop-off
The tour ends in Stavanger on Sunday at approximately* 13.30 (1:30 pm)

Moderate Difficulty. Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

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 know how and where to find suitable conditions for building snow caves.  Because the process of building a safe and spacious snow cave can take several hours, construction will be finished before your arrival at the site.

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).

The tour ends in Stavanger on Sunday at approximately* 13:30 (1:30 pm)
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.

Included in this tour:

  • Transportation
  • Professional guide carrying navigation, safety, first-aid, and winter/outdoor equipment
  • Snow shoe equipment
  • Overnight accommodation in a ready-made snow cave
  • Winter camping equipment (reindeer hide, sleeping mat, and a lined winter sleeping bag)
  • Warm footwear and goose down jackets (to be used in / around the snow cave)
  • Head lamp
  • Dinner, breakfast, hot beverages, and snacks

2018 Dates:
March: Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th

Please read the “Additional Information” and “General Conditions of Contract” before booking.

Additional Information

MODERATE DIFFICULTY

Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Distance and ascent vary from day to day.

DURATION

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?

Saturday 13:30 (1:30pm) – Sunday 13:30 (1:30pm)
(approximately; see times in product description)
(Late March – Early April: for available dates, please see calendar by clicking on ‘Book Now!’)

WHERE?

Pick-up/drop off at various locations in and around Stavanger.
See details in product description.
(Please choose your preferred time & meeting-point when booking)

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Transportation
Professional guide carrying navigation, safety, first-aid, and winter/outdoor equipment
Snow shoe equipment
Accommodation in ready-made snow cave
Winter camping equipment (sleeping mat, reindeer hide, winter sleeping bag)
Warm footwear and down jackets to be used in / around the snow cave
Dinner (day 1); breakfast (day 2) (at campsite)
Hot beverages and snacks

WHAT TO BRING?

Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor clothing for winter: water-resistant/insulated pants,
rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater, hat, and gloves
Small backpack with additional clothing layers/thermal underwear
Bottled water / snacks
(NOTE: NO JEANS/SNEAKERS!)

*It’s possible to rent both hiking boots and outdoor-clothing from us.
(Please make your selection when booking)

NOTE: A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

LANGUAGES

English, Norwegian

NUMBER/AGE OF PARTICIPANTS

Maximum: 6 people (adults/16 yrs. +)

CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER

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.

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