July 12 to 21, 2018
|Cost||$2,725 per person; hotels – double occupancy, DNT huts – 4-6 occupancy|
|Travel Dates||July 12 to 21, 2018|
|Description||Join us in Norway’s Skarvheimen mountain region (https://www.ut.no/omrade/4.1259/) for a 10-day/9-night multisport adventure of Norway’s best hut-to-hut backpacking, mountain biking and sea kayaking. Skarvheimen is where the east meets the west. With its broad valleys, wide plateaus and rugged peaks, this is a truly beautiful mountain area. The Aurlandsdalen valley, some people say, exceeds anything Norway can offer of unspoiled nature. This is known as Norway’s Grand Canyon and is one of the most popular trails of the country.
Our trip and English speaking local guide will be provided by the Den Norske Turistforening (DNT, https://english.dnt.no/) or Norwegian Trekking Association, founded in 1868. The DNT is Norway’s largest outdoor life organization with more than 260,000 members. DNT aims to promote active, versatile and environment-friendly outdoor activities and to preserve the outdoors and the cultural landscape.
For the first 4 days of our trip, with a 5th day later, we’ll backpack hut-to-hut. Daily backpack distances and times will average 8 miles and 6 hours, with daily elevation gains under 1,500 feet. This part of the trip is classified as “Strenuous” as per ADK’s hiking guidelines. Terrain will be varied – mostly a mountain plateau, but with several ascents and descents along rocky trails, river crossings, and some scree and permanent snow fields to traverse. Temperatures are expected to be cool – 40 to 65 degrees, but perfect for backpacking. We’ll need to pack light for the trip – a 2,500 to 3,600 cubic inch backpack weighing no more than 15 to 25 pounds is recommended.
Our 1-day mountain bike adventure will be from Finse to Flåm along the 35 mile Rallarvege or “Navy Road”. Rated “easy” by the DNT and mostly flat until the steep final descent, the ride should take us about 5 hours to complete. Note: please bring your own cycling helmet or purchase one from the outfitter. Also rated “easy”, is our morning sea kayaking excursion in the beautiful Aurlandsdal Fjord – a deep finger off the Søgnefjord (the 2nd longest fjord in the world) in double kayaks where there is possibility to see seals, otter, and other wildlife.
Participants on the trip must have a good level of fitness and agility, along with the mental and physical stamina to backpack for multiple days. You should also be comfortable riding downhill on a graded, packed track with multiple turns and some steep sections, as well as being comfortable around water – no previous sea kayaking experience required.
Optional activities, at additional cost, include hiking to Blåisen, the tongue of the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier – the 6th largest glacier on mainland Norway.
Accommodations will be split between double occupancy hotels (2-nights at Oslo Comfort Hotel Grand Central, and 1-night at Fretheim Hotel in Flåm), and 4-6 person bunk rooms in DNT huts (6-nights). Breakfast is included at the Oslo hotels, and dinner and breakfast are included at the Freitheim Hotel. While staying at the DNT huts, 3 meals per day are provided and included in the trip cost, however, each day we must prepare our own lunch at breakfast time and prepare 1 breakfast and 1 dinner at the self-service KongsHelleren hut. Ground transportation, when not under human-power, will be by train and/or bus and is included in the trip cost (excluding transportation from Oslo airport to Oslo city center and return).
Meals at the DNT huts and mountain hotels are hearty local dishes prepared in traditional ways using ingredients like berries and fungi from the forest, organic herbs and vegetables, fresh fish from near-by lakes and rivers, and meats from animals that have grazed in the surrounding forest and mountains. The beautiful Norwegian landscape leaves its stamp on the food.
Travel to Norway is quite easy. It is recommended that you fly to Oslo Airport (OSL) Gardermoen. Oslo’s time zone is Central European (CET) and is 6 hours ahead of EST. To enter Norway, US and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for 6 months beyond your return day, and must not have any criminal or immigration convictions. There are no immunizations required to enter Norway, however, it is recommend that your Tetanus
|Payment Policy||A Deposit of $725.00 is due with the Application forms to register for the trip.
Must have at least 12 registered by February 12/18 for the trip to go.
The Balance of $2,000.00 is due on February 12/18
|Getting To||Fly to Oslo Airport (OSL) Gardermoen (https://avinor.no/en/airport/oslo-airport/). Arrange and take Airport Express Train (Flytoget http://www.flytoget.no/flytoget_eng), State Rail, or bus to Olso city center. Walk to the Comfort Hotel Grand Central located beside the Olso Central train station arriving no later than 16:00.
Please Note: Do not make your flight arrangements until I tell you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go.
|Trip Insurance||It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF ADKTO BE A PARTICIPANT ON AN ADK ADVENTURE TRAVEL TRIP. YOU CAN JOIN ADK ON LINE AT WWW.ADK.ORG.
TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND ADK’s CONTROL.
|Daily Itinerary||This is a tentative itinerary. It could change due to weather or other considerations.
Day 1: Thursday July 12, 2018 – Arrival day
Arrive at Oslo Airport (OSL) Gardermoen. Arrange and take Airport Express Train (Flytoget), State Rail, or Bus to Olso city center. Arrive and stay at Olso Comfort Hotel Grand Central located beside the Olso Central train station no later than 16:00. This evening, there will be a group dinner, followed by a group meeting and pack/gear review with our local guide. Not included this day: ground transportation, all meals.
Day 2: Friday July 13, 2018 – Backpack to Iungsdalshytta; 3.0 miles, 1.5 hours – Easy
Meet for group breakfast. Travel by train and bus approximately 5 hours near to the town of Tovika. Backpack 3.0 mile in to Iungsdalshytta – a cozy hut located between the Jotunheimen and Hardangervidda Parks. Included this day: breakfast, dinner, ground transportation, and accommodation. Lunch is not included.
Day 3: Saturday July 14, 2018 – Backpack to Kong Helleren; 9.5 miles, +1,300 feet elevation gain, 6.0 hours – Strenuous
Leaving Iungsdalshytta heading west, we’ll summit Skarvåne, hike along the Volavatnet Lake, and onwards to Kong Heller Lake to the high altitude (4600 feet) Kong Helleren cabin. Here we’ll prepare a group dinner from the pantry of this self-service hut. Included this day: all meals and accommodation.
Day 4: Sunday July 15, 2018 – Backpack to Geiterygghytta; 8.0 miles, +200 feet elevation gain / – 900 feet elevation loss, 4.0 hours – Moderate
Leaving Kong Helleren heading south west, we cross over a river and past Mont Bolhovd on mostly easy terrain. After we cross the Rossdøla, the path gently descends toward the Geiterygghytta at 4,000 feet and in the centre of the beautiful Skarvheimen mountain area. Included this day: all meals and accommodation.
Day 5: Monday July 16, 2018 – Backpack to Finsehytta; 9.5 miles, 1,400 feet elevation gain and loss, 6.0 hours – Strenuous
Leaving Geiterygghytta we head mostly west along lake Geitryggvatnet. Turning south, a steady climb awaits us as we hike up the east side of Mont Omnsvatnet at 5,400 feet. From here, we gradually descend rocky terrain to the Finsehytta. Included this day: all meals and accommodation.
Day 6: Tuesday July 17, 2018 – Rest day at Finsehytta
Today is a rest day or you can you participate in optional activities such as hiking, biking or a side trip to Blåisen, the toungue of the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier – the 6th largest glacier on mainland Norway. Included this day: all meals and accommodation. Not included this day: all optional activities. Hardangerjøkulen Glacier trip is estimated to $100.
￼Day 7: Wednesday July 18, 2018 – Mountain Bike to Flåm; 35 miles, -3,000 feet of elevation loss, 5 hours
We’ll change it up this day by mountain biking the exceptionally beautiful Rallarvegen, or Navy Road, from the “roof of Norway” down to the Aurlandsdal Fjord in Flåm. The use of a cycling helmet is mandatory. The road was originally constructed to support the navvies – railroad employees, who constructed the Bergen Railroad completed in 1909. After arriving in Flåm and returning our bikes, we will travel by bus to the Aurlandsdal Turistthytte Østerbø to overnight. Note: for “insurance reasons” the outfitter cannot rent cycling helmets but they do offer helmets for purchase at approximately $50. Alternatively, you can supply your own cycling helmet. Included this day: all meals, accommodation, bike rental, and ground transportation. Not included this day: cycling helmet.
￼Day 8: Thursday July 19, 2018 – Backpack the Aurlandsdal valley to Vassbygdi; 8.5 miles, +600 feet elevation gain / – 3,000 feet elevation loss, 7 hours, Strenuous
Back on our feet again, we hike the beautiful Aurlandsdal valley. The first half of the hike has a modest elevation gain while the last 5 miles is steep as we descend beside the Vetlavatnet river into Vassbygdi. Along the way we’ll pass stunning views, waterfalls and gorges. A shorter, 6 hour, less step route is also a choice. Upon arriving in Vassbygdi, we’ll travel by bus to Flåm, overnighting at the Freitheim Hotel – a lovely inn built in 1879 to lodge wealthy Englishmen as they fished the Flåmselva River for salmon and trout. Included this day: all meals, accommodation, and ground transportation.
￼Day 9: Friday July 20, 2018 – Sea Kayak the Aurlandsdal Fjord; Return to Oslo.
We’ll start our day with a 3 hour guided sea kayak tour of the Aurlandsdal Fjord. Travelling in double-kayaks, we’ll take in the magnificent fjord landscape and learn about the history of the Flåm area – we may even see some seals or otters on our travels. After our water outing, we’ll travel 6 hours by train from Flåm to Myrdal to Oslo checking in at the Comfort Hotel Grand Central where we’ll overnight. Included this day: are breakfast, accommodation, sea kayak tour, and ground transportation. Not included this day: lunch and dinner
Day 10: Saturday July 21, 2018 – End of Trip and Departure Day
Trip ends after breakfast (included). Depart Olso Comfort Hotel Grand Central to Oslo Airport (OSL) Gardermoen.
|What to Bring||The suggested packing list for this trip is:
Pack light – don’t bring too much – your pack should weigh no more than 15 to 25 pounds.
|Registration Procedure||Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or post) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S, Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.|
|Trip Leader||Paul Robins
PO Box 584, Manotick
Ontario, Canada K4M 1A5