March: Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th
April: Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd
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
The tour ends in Stavanger on Sunday at approximately* 13.30 (1:30 pm)
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:
- 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
2017 Season: March 18 – April 1
Please read the “Additional Information” and “General Conditions of Contract” before booking.