Cross country ski trip crossing the Finnmarksvidda plateau, home to the Sami native people.
- Temperature 12-18°C
- Long summer days
- Short winter nights
- Rugged coastline
- Coastal fjords
- Mountain glaciers
- ‘Hygge’ lifestyle
- Believe in elves
- Sami native people
This trip is a ‘classic’ journey across a high wilderness plateau located in the far north of Norway. An ideal location for the Northern Lights, if they choose to come out and we have clear nights! Finnmarksvidda is home to the Sami native people of northern Scandinavia, and their nomadic reindeer herding lifestyle.
Our accommodation at the start and finish point for the journey is in cabins at Alta Strand camping, situated on the edge of Alta town. Passing two of the three cabins on the plateau that were originally built back in 1840 by the Norwegian Government for passing priests, doctors and the sheriff, these lodges were located 30km apart (the average distance travelled by horse and cart) but we will overnight in our tents, as usual, when ‘on tour’.
Monday 30th March – Sunday 5th April 2020
Day 1 – Meet early afternoon at Alta Airport before your private transfer to your accommodation. Organise group equipment and pack pulks. Time in the evening to have your evening meal and enjoy the northern lights perhaps.
Day 2 – After breakfast our transport takes us to our drop off point. As we ski towards Joatka, one of three original fjellstue on the plateau we refresh our ski skills and winter camping techniques.
Day 3-5 – Skiing for approximately 6 hours per day we will cover 70km as we cross the high arctic plateau area of Finnmarks’s largest lakeand following the River lesjohka south to our finish point.
Day 6 – On the final ski day, we head down to the main road leading to Suossjavri and return by minibus to our accommodation. Time to sort kit, shower and celebrate (in that order!)
Day 7 – Transfer to Alta Airport for onward travel home.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Flights to and from Norway
Tents, Stoves, Sledges, Shovels, Emergency communications etc.
Accommodation whilst on expedition: 4 nights in a polar tent.
Accommodation: 1 night at the start and finish in hyttes at Alta Strand camping (based on twin room with shared bathroom facilities).
Personal clothing and sleeping mat – full kit list will be issued upon receipt of deposit.
Sleeping bag (5 season)
Excess baggage on aeroplane
Celebratory meal at the end of the trip.
Mountain ski equipment (can be hired from us.)
Experience Required: Requires previous experience of cross country skiing with a pulk and winter camping.
Physical Fitness Required: Good.
Training Advised: Train 2-3 times per week with a backpack or dragging tyres.
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