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Hut-to-hut across Tafjordfjella

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Hut-to-hut ski tour across Tafjord Mountain Range

4 days

Moderate

15+

14550

HIGHLIGHTS

  • "The Ræin philosophy" Small groups - personal experiences - great adventures
  • Classic hut-to-hut Norwegian ski adventure of the beaten path
  • Reinheimen National Park; home of the wild reindeer
  • Historical Fieldfare cabin - World War 2 sabotage hide place

Tafjordfjella (The Tafjord Mountain Range) is located in the fare west of Reinheimen National Park. It is one of the most remote wilderness areas in southern Norway, and is known for varied nature and wildlife. The area is where east meet west, and due to its location the weather may change rappidly. It´s therefor recommended to participate on guided tours in this area. Its also recommended to use a guide to know how to act when spotting the reindeer. The tour will follow recommended ski routes from north to south through the mountain range, and we will end the tour with Norwegian luxury and a social dinner at Billingen Mountain Lodge. This is a classic Norwegian winter adventure with certified guides and approval from the board of Reinheimen National Park.

Nyttig info

This is a trip for those who wants to experience a pure and authentic winter adventure. The trip requires basic skiing skills, and the participants can master long days of activity. The age limit on the trip is 15 years accompanied by a parent/parents, otherwise 18 years. You need to be able to be active for 3 full days and carry your own backpack. Its therefor recommended to pack as light as possible. The days are moderately demanding in length, but the weather and conditions will provide guidance for the accessibility and be decisive for how demanding the trip will be. Along the path we will sleep in DNT mountain cabins, where we will make dinner together and stay warm with a cozy fireplace. This will be a social adventure where the goal is to enjoy the moments and accomplishments in the great wild.

  • All food and lodging from dinner day 1
  • Lodging and three-course dinner at Billingen Mountain Lodge
  • Taxi from Bjorli to Brøste
  • Local approved guide for Reinheimen National Park
  • Safety equipment

  • Transport to Bjorli/from Billingen (more info under transport section)
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Travel and accident insurance
  • Personal gear

  • Lunch to day 1
  • Multiday backpack 50-60 liters
  • Skiis with steel edges
  • Skipoles and boots
  • Ski wax or ski skins
  • Sitting pad
  • Sun glasses
  • Sleeping liner (to use in the beds at the cabin)
  • Waterproof pants and jacket
  • Hat and cap
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Midlayer (wool sweater or fleece)
  • Downjacket
  • Slippers to wear at the cabin
  • Thin pants to wear at the cabin
  • Heavy duty wool socks x 3
  • Baselayer top and bottom x 2
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Drinking bottle
  • Thermos
  • Favorite snacks
  • Camera
  • Powerbank
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Emergency shelter

To get to Bjorli we recommend the train from Oslo or Trondheim. At the end place Billingen, we recommend the bus to Otta/Oslo/Trondheim.

At the digital pre-meeting we will organize transport back to Bjorli if neccessary. For international travelers its easiest to take the train to Bjorli from Otta/Oslo/Gardermoen one day ahead, and travel back to Otta/Oslo/Gardermoen by bus from Billingen.

For those of us who need to head back west to Stranda/Ålesund we will organize transport.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information/coordination of transport og accomondations in Bjorli.

This trip is happening witin the boarder of Reinheimen National Park with permission from the board of Reinheimen National Park.

The route does not have phone reception, but the guide have an satelite phone that can be used for emergencies.

The guide will always put the group's safety as a priority. This means that weather, wind, and other conditions will always provide guidance as to whether the planned route can be completed or not. Should the weather be too bad, we as the organizer will cancel, and you will be offered to move the trip or a full refund. Remember to read through our booking conditions and safety rules as this is automatically part of the agreement when you book a trip.

DAG-FOR-DAG Program

Around 10 days pre departure we will invite to a digital meeting for general questions, transport coordination and packing list. More information about where and when to specific meet the guide will also be determined here. However, the meet up time on Bjorli will be no later than 10. am on day 1.

Distance: 17 km | 450 meters elevation

You will meet the guides no later than 10. am at Bjorli. Today's destination is the self-service cabin Pyttbua. From the parking lot in Brøstedalen to Pyttbua it is approx. 17 kilometers with an ascent of 450m. It will take us around 4-6 hours depending on the weather and group. Pyttbua is located at the foot of some of Tafjordfjella's highest peaks: Pyttegga (1999 masl), Karitind (1982 masl), and Høgstolen (1953 masl). At the hut, we make dinner together and the guide will do its mandatory "Ræin duty" and share all his/her knowledge about the area.

Distance: 14 km | 340 meter elevation

We start the day with breakfast at the cabin and morning meeting over a cup of coffee. Today is the first day where we are completely off grid, and we focus on good rutines and group dynamics. Todays leg is a bit shorter than yesterday, both in distance and altitude. If we are lucky with the weather, we can enjoy a long lunch at the highest point of the tour, while we scout for wildlife and enjoy the view. Upon arrival at Veltdalshytta and after we have settled in the cabin, we will do a mini expedition to the historic Fieldfare cabin and the Veltdalsmuseeum. This is forsure the most remote and original museum in Norway: This small shack was a refuge back in 1944 for four Norwegian war saboteurs during World War II, they had a mission to destroy communication in the regions Lesja and Romsdalen. In 1990, the cabin was restored to its original form by one of the saboteurs themselves, and today it is both a museum and a small refuge owned by DNT. The refuge is well hidden in the winter, something that makes this little trip an entire little expedition of its own.

Distance: 19 km | 450 meters downhill

The last leg of the ski trip brings great views and fun skiing. Today we have a soft start through the valley across some great lakes. Once we cross over the last lakes the landscape opens up and gives us a great view of large parts of Norway. We are not following the normal route to Billingen if the reindeers allows it! This small detour on a sunny day will give us a view over Breheimen National Park and Jotunheimen National Park you never want to forget. Even though we dont have much uphill today, the leg might be challenging on the downhill. Today's mission is dinner at 8:00 pm at Billingen Mountain Lodge, and we will take it slow and controlled down towards the cabin. At Billingen Mountain Lodge we will eat a locally sourced dinner served by local host among log timber walls.This is the last night of the trip, and the impression from the adventure can seep in and find its place in the memory bank.

End of tour - return home

Day 4 is a day for traveling home. If guest are dependent of transport we will organize this at the digital meeting. IF you need to have it settled before the meeting, do not hesitate to contact us. Transportation costs except the taxi from Bjorli - Brøstet parking, is not included but can be included for additional costs.